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About Jake Finnen - RotoBaller

Jake Finnen - RotoBaller I watch a dangerous amount of basketball and read books. Go. Knicks.

Jake Finnen - RotoBaller has written 94 articles so far, you can find them below.


You can almost smell October 17th, but unfortunately we've still got another month of hot takes, off-season news, and Twitter arguments so ridiculous that even I have been left speechless. With that, the point guard conversation has been one of the main topics of frustration this summer. While saying Russ is better than Steph is... Read More

Ante Zizic, an unproven rookie was also included in the deal that sends Kyrie Irving to his new home where he can start his new persona as superstar Kyrie. Not only have the Celtics completely revamped their entire team over the past two years, and the fantasy implications are massive. The Celtics are going to... Read More

Nigel Hayes played four years at Wisconsin and now the Knicks have decided to give him a partially guaranteed deal for this upcoming season. The 6'8 forward played with the Knicks during Summer League and his last game seem to have pushed the Knicks over the selling point. With a partially guaranteed deal, the Knicks... Read More

After a year in Brooklyn, K.J. McDaniels signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors to add some depth and versatility to the roster. McDaniels has not been a consistent source of production in recent years and going to the Raptors puts him in a similar situation. He is going to be third in... Read More

To mixed reactions from his youngest fans at his Flight Camp, Michael Jordan called Kawhi Leonard the best 'two-way' player in the league. There is an audible sigh while a few handfuls of applause close out the reactions from youngsters and spectators alike. After a stellar last season that almost had him in the MVP... Read More

According to an interview on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, Carmelo Anthony and current Knicks GM, Scott Perry, have expressed their qualms surrounding their symbiotic future. Anthony wishes to go to the Rockets, Perry wishes Anthony would choose a team with a more valuable, younger, return rate. The Knicks are looking to rebuild around a... Read More

The Pacers waived Kevin Seraphin and until he is a picked up again, he will not carry any fantasy value. He will be a nice addition to any team looking for an offensively minded big man, but his production has never been worth noting in fantasy realms. He needs to lock up 25 minutes a... Read More

Willie Reed signed a one-year deal with the Clippers after averaging 14 minutes a game, but contributed five points and over four rebounds a night. He was a solid backup to Hassan Whiteside, and a tough rim-protector during the Heat's late season run. With enough minutes, he can be a double-double threat, but is still... Read More

Mario Chalmers has been out of the league for some time, recovering from a torn achilles he suffered back in the 2015-2016 season. Chalmers was a bright spot for the Grizzlies during his time there and Memphis clearly has no problem taking him back. He will knock down Andrew Harrison's minutes, unless Harrison the Grizzlies... Read More

Not only did the Minnesota Timberwolves add superstar Jimmy Butler, they added three-time 6th Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford. Crawford adds automatic offense to the Wolves' bench and his signing is officially starting the campaign for his fourth 6th man award. He has already talked about his excitement to play, but as far... Read More

Now that we are in the thick of the playoffs, we are going to be getting two game slates. This means that you need to be looking at certain backups that have ideal match-ups. By saving up on backups, you will be able to afford James Harden and LeBron James on a night you cannot... Read More

We have a Game 7 between Los Angeles and Utah, and a Game 1 between Boston and Washington. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are the obvious plays for the Clippers, while Gordon Hayward is still going to be a strong play, as he hopes to close out his first playoff series victory. A two game... Read More

Only three games on the slate means we have to be precise. You should spend up for the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Wall, and Stephen Curry. They have great match-ups and I really should not have to explain to why you need to pick them. This is the NBA Playoffs which means every player... Read More

Well, Russell Westbrook is about to crack the $15K mark and we STILL have to consider rostering him. If he is about to drop 80FPTS, you need him if you want to be in the top of the leaderboards. The price is high and it is a gamble, but gambling on Westbrook surprisingly works out.... Read More

This should be fun. We have four games on the slate and tonight, you are going to need to spend up on point guards. Unfortunately, there is little value outside of Shaun Livingston and Cory Joseph. Luckily, there is plenty of value and one hidden gem that you'll read about later that will help you... Read More

If there has been one thing that the Grizzlies need, it's stellar production from their bench. For Memphis, this falls primarily on one person, Zach Randolph. The offensive machine had a solid Game 2 but needs to keep up his contributions if the Grizzlies hope to pull out one game against San Antonio. Head coach... Read More

If Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is cleared from his hamstring injury, he will play against Indiana in Game 3. He is reliant on his three-point shooting, which causes problems for DFS players. Seeing how he is the prime example of a boom-or-bust option, every night is a toss-up. Throught the playoffs, the Cavaliers Big 3... Read More

Playoffs are one of the most exciting times for DFS tournaments. Accuracy is key and rostering the value pick that goes off for 40FPTS is a fantastic feeling. Out of the three games tonight, the bench options are a little hazy. Look for value in Game 2 of the Atlanta-Washington series, while stacking your lineup... Read More

Now that we are in the playoffs, the options will be limited every night. With only two games Monday, cashing out is only getting that much tougher. You need the perfect lineup with the ideal amount of variety tossed in. Sticking towards moderate priced players will be a decent strategy heading into tonight. The Grizzlies... Read More

Well, this is it. The last day of the regular season. The youngest of players will be getting minutes, meaning the salary cap has officially become obsolete. Do not be afraid to take a gamble on that young guy you've had your eye on for the past few games. If the team is a contender,... Read More

With nine games on the slate, the options are everywhere. The season is ending and younger players are likely to get more minutes than some starters, depending on the team. Make sure you are checking for lineup updates throughout the day. In this article, I will be providing you with daily NBA lineup picks for... Read More

Even as the regular season comes to a close, tonight's slate will full of energy. The earlier games will lack intensity, but later in the day is were things get juicy. Other than Gregg Popovich, there should be no unsuspecting hindrances from the coaches resting random players tonight. Seeding is up for grabs for some... Read More

Davis Bertans is a great sleeper heading into Friday's DFS slate. He can score, rebound and get assists -- since the Spurs offense automatically makes you a passer. Most times, the Spurs should be avoided, but seeing how the starting lineup consists of younger players, take the best option. Davis Bertans is going to take... Read More

After missing Wednesday's game against the Clippers due to a coach's decision, Dwight Powell is warming up and looks ready to go versus the Spurs. As a versatile big man, Powell is great for certain matchups. Even though the Mavericks are not playoff-bound, Powell is going to be a great value play. He can score... Read More

Tristan Thompson is still out with a thumb injury, leaving Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Larry Sanders as the biggest beneficiaries from his injury. With playoffs nearing, the top teams will give their young guys more minutes while resting the starters. This can happen for no reason, so be aware of the teams you are picking... Read More

Dwight Howard Out For Rest

Dwight Howard will rest while the Hawks take on the Cavaliers, leaving Mike Muscala to see an extended run against the Cavaliers' frontcourt, For fantasy purposes, Muscala has plenty of upside given his ability to stretch the floor and hit outside shots. Muscala is going to be an under-owned option Friday, with Taurean Prince as... Read More

The Hawks, along with many other playoff-bound teams, have started to rest their starters, giving bench players increased roles. In this case, the veteran guard Jose Calderon will get the start over the energetic Dennis Schroder. It is unclear how many minutes Schroder will see against Cleveland, but expect Calderon and Malcolm Delaney to see... Read More

Paul Millsap played 26 minutes in the Hawks' last game and will play against the Celtics Thursday, but not against the Cavaliers Friday. This is just an example of how inconsistent late-season NBA rotations can be. The Hawks are playoff bound but are looking to develop young players like Taurean Prince. Prince offers a decent... Read More

Malcolm Brogdon is dealing with a sore back, meaning Matthew Dellavedova will continue to start in his place. Dellavedova can run the offense, find teammates and absolutely be a solid DFS option. Unfortunately, he will do more defending Jeff Teague than generating offense in this game, leaving him as a low-upside option Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo... Read More

After missing the Knicks last game against the Bulls, Kristaps Porzingis will return in a very favorable matchup. The Wizards are fighting for playoff seeding and Porzingis is in for another night with a healthy workload. The Wizards' frontcourt struggles to guard taller defenders like Porzingis, making him a high-ceiling option for Thursday. The Wizards... Read More

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