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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Captain Plays for May 17

Nick Whalen joins The Sweat to give his favorite DraftKings Captain play for tonight’s NBA slate.

Rotowire’s Nick Whalen joins The Sweat to give his favorite DraftKings Captain play for tonight’s NBA slate.

Watch today’s entire episode of The Sweat below!


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Video Transcript

Emerson Lotzia:

So Nick, Jayson Tatum is going to cost you the most, $18K, that’s nearly two grand more than the next guy.

Nick Whalen:

Yeah, that’s a little too much for me in this Game 1. Obviously, Jayson Tatum played really well to close out that series against Milwaukee. I think his stat line in Game 7 didn’t look all that impressive, but that was because he went into distribution mode. I think if he wanted to get to 30 points, he very easily could have against that Milwaukee defense.

So, I think we see Miami key-in on Jayson Tatum to begin Game 1. So, I’m not going to captain him, but I am still going to try to fit him into my showdown lineup. I think you could actually captain Jimmy Butler. That’s going to cost you just over $16K. You could still fit Jason Tatum, you could still fit Bam Adebayo, you could still fit Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro, and it really only leaves you with one spot at the bottom where you have to pick a filler player. Like, I don’t know, Dewayne Dedmon, who could maybe play 10 to 15 minutes off the bench, grab six or seven rebounds, probably not a complete disaster.

But if you captain Tatum, then you’re really scrambling for two spots instead of one. So, as of right now, with how the lineups are shaking out, I’m leaning toward captaining Jimmy Butler.

Nick’s Pick: Jimmy Butler ($16,200 CP)

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