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Early Bucks trends for daily fantasy players
One of the nice things about daily fantasy early in the season is that player salaries tend to lag. Young players poised to break out are often undervalued until a firm track record of production is established. This means solid players moving into larger roles will often put up numbers far outsizing their hit to your salary cap. The same goes for up-and-comers in the early stage of a "breakout."
Sound like any folks you know? While I haven't hit it big in any daily games yet this year (I'm just warming up!), I've rarely regretted snagging Greg Monroe or Giannis Antetokounmpo for my team. Monroe's salary isn't paltry by any means, but he's been about as consistent as it gets so far. He's scored in double figures in every game this year and is averaging almost 10 rebounds per game, plus he's been consistently getting you points in the assist and steal categories, two valuable counters in daily fantasy. Much of the same goes for Giannis, though the Greek Freak is still liable for a few extra turnovers a night. Shooting guard, where Giannis is listed on FanDuel, can be kind of a graveyard in fantasy basketball, so getting a guy who can contribute in every box score category for a solid value is excellent.