The highlight of the night was a big 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings, but some MLB news happened shortly before the NBA action got going. First, the Seattle Mariners announced an extension with SP Marco Gonzales. Gonzales was one of only 15 pitchers to throw more than 200 innings last season and posted a 3.99 ERA, which is about 10 percent better than average when adjusted for park and league. Gonzales’ fantasy value is limited by his lack of strikeouts, as he struck out just 17% of batters in 2019, worse than the SP league average of 22%, but he does provide some fantasy value on the back of inning volume combined with plus run prevention. Gonzales completed at least six innings in 24 of his 34 starts and finished with 203 total innings, 12th most among all pitchers. Gonzales is better than average at generating weak contact by changing speeds and alternating the shape of his fastball, which helps him outproduce some of his advanced ERA estimators, such as xFIP.
In addition, the Houston Astros announced the hiring of their new general manager.
James Click hired as new Astros GM — After spending his past 14 years with Tampa Bay – most recently as the team’s Vice President of Baseball Operations – Click has been named the new General Manager of Houston. It’s the continuation of a recent trend we’ve seen in both executive and managerial hires in MLB, with former long-time Rays employees such as Chaim Bloom, Rocco Baldelli and Charlie Montoyo all having been poached from the organization within the past 18 months. Click will fill the role formerly held by Jeff Luhnow, who was fired alongside A.J. Hinch following last month’s signal stealing scandal. — Garion Thorne
NIGHTLY RECAPMonday’s NBA slate on DraftKings was loaded with fantasy scoring. 10 players from the earlier games managed to crack 50 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP), headlined by a Knicks-Cavs overtime game that reached 273 total points, shattering the over/under on DraftKings Sportsbook. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Monday’s biggest fantasy performances. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Kristaps Porzingis lights up Pacers for 38-point double-double — With usage monster Luka Doncic (ankle) out, Porzingis ($7,000; 59.00 DKFP) entered Monday as a strong candidate for expanded volume. Doncic’s 36% usage rate is third highest among all starters in the NBA, usage that is now available to be soaked up by other Mavericks players such as Porzingis. Porzingis cashed in during his first start since Doncic’s injury last Friday, scoring 56 DKFP on the back of a heavy 34% usage rate, a boost from his season average of 25%. Porzingis cashed in again on Monday, dominating the Pacers with a 38-point, 12-rebound double-double, which provided strong value at his $7,000 price tag. Porzingis is primed to continue to have boosted fantasy output for as long as Doncic remains out. — Timothy Finnegan
Bradley Beal continues his torrid scoring in loss vs. Warriors — I’m starting to think that maybe Beal’s ($10,100; 58.5 DKFP) fiance was on to something with this whole “All-Star snub” debate. Honestly, Beal’s essentially been the Eastern Conference’s answer to Damian Lillard the past two weeks, although his insane numbers have produced far less in terms of actual wins. That exact script played out again on Monday. Beal did all he could, but Washington fell to Golden State by a score of 125-117. Still, the Florida product couldn’t be to blame. Beal finished the contest with 43 points, six assists and a pair of steals, meaning the guard is now averaging an eye-popping 38.9 points across his past seven starts. Alec Burks ($5,300; 42.25 DKFP) had 30 points of his own in the victory. — Garion Thorne
Season-high 38 points. 12 boards.BIG W.@kporzee | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/JHm5Mr2a2U — Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 4, 2020
2️⃣1️⃣ first half points for Bradley Beal! 🔥#WizWarriors | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/VWJbVPNgIF — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 4, 2020
Kevin Love’s double-double not enough in OT loss vs. Knicks — While Love ($7,100; 63.25 DKFP) has been playing noticeably better in recent weeks, it had been a while since he’d last exceeded 50.0 DKFP. In fact, prior to Monday’s performance against New York in a 139-134 OT loss, you’d have to go all the way back to mid-December. So, while Love’s 33 points and 13 rebounds weren’t enough to get his team a win, he certainly made a lot of DFS owners happy. Actually, so did Elfrid Payton ($6,500; 59.25 DKFP). Returning from his one-game suspension, the former lottery pick essentially set season-highs across the board in the Knicks’ rare victory, collecting 17 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. It was Payton’s first triple-double in 2019-20. — Garion ThorneDeandre Ayton cleans glass in blowout loss at Brooklyn — Ayton ($7,700; 59.75 DKFP) came into Monday’s matchup in an appealing fantasy spot given Brooklyn’s tendency to allow fantasy points to opposing centers. The Nets have had trouble keeping centers off the glass, ranking in the bottom third in rebounds allowed to centers. Ayton cleaned the glass with the help of the soft matchup, grabbing 17 rebounds, his second most in a game this season and five more than his season average of 12 rebounds per game. Ayton was also productive shooting the ball, scoring 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting while adding five assists. However, the Suns couldn’t survive an ice cold night from Devin Booker ($8,600; 22.50 DKFP), who shot just 3-of-15 from the field. — Timothy Finnegan
DKFP) seemed to be on Monday night. Going up against his former Philadelphia teammates, the All-Star dropped a season-high 38 points in Miami’s 137-106 blowout victory. The most impressive part? Butler didn’t even need 30 minutes of action to make it all happen. The 30-year-old was hyper-efficient, going 14-of-20 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 at the free throw line. He’d also add seven rebounds and three steals to the mix, as Butler finished with his highest regulation DKFP output since Dec. 6. Never underestimate the power of revenge. — Garion Thorne
Jonas Valanciunas feasts inside in win over Pistons — Valanciunas ($7,100; 59.75 DKFP) entered Monday in a good spot against the Pistons, who had been weak at defending the interior. Detroit ranked in the bottom third at protecting the rim by both field goal percentage and made field goals within five feet of the basket, which allowed Valanciunas to feast inside. Seven of Valanciunas’ 13 made field goals were at the rim, three more than his season average of four made field goals per game in that zone. 12 of Valanciunas’ 13 made baskets were inside the paint. Valanciunas also had a strong night on the boards despite facing off against tough rebounding center Andre Drummond ($9,400; 54.00 DKFP), grabbing 17 rebounds, tied for his third most in a game this season. — Timothy Finnegan
24 points for @JValanciunas 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CglvYOPqcM — Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 4, 2020
Tyler Herro (foot), Meyers Leonard (ankle) will not return Monday vs. 76ers — It would be easy to suggest that Herro ($4,900; 3.5 DKFP) did not have a very enjoyable evening. Not only did the rookie shoot just 1-for-6 from the field during the first-half of Monday’s contest against Philadelphia, but Herro will also not return to the game due to right foot soreness. It’s unfortunate timing for the 20-year-old, as he shot the lights out in Miami’s win over Orlando on Saturday, hitting an impressive six 3-pointers. For the season as a whole, Herro is averaging 13.4 points while playing 28.0 minutes per game. Goran Dragic ($5,500) and Duncan Robinson ($4,400) could see some extra run in his absence. Leonard ($4,000) will also not return tonight. — Garion Thorne
J.J. Barea (ankle) will not return Monday at Pacers — After sustaining a left ankle sprain during the first half of tonight’s contest against Indiana, Barea ($4,400; 3.0 DKFP) will not return. It’s really the continuation of what’s been a frustrating and inconsistent year for the veteran, as Barea’s minutes have been incredibly inconsistent. Still, with injuries to Luka Doncic (ankle) and Seth Curry (knee), the 35-year-old was set to take on a bigger role in the coming weeks. In fact, he managed 29.75 DKFP in a recent spot start versus Houston back on Jan. 31. Look for Jalen Brunson ($6,000) and Delon Wright ($5,200) to pick up a few extra possessions in Barea’s absence. — Garion Throne
And here’s how DK Live recapped Monday’s most noteworthy fantasy NHL performances and news:Mark Pysyk notches a hat trick in win at Maple Leafs — It was an eventful evening for Pysyk ($2,500; 36.0 DKFP) in Florida’s 5-3 victory over Toronto. It all started early, too. The 28-year-old notched his fifth goal of 2019-20 in the game’s opening period; then, later in the first, he’d make contact with Leafs’ goalie Frederick Andersen ($8,200; 0.40 DKFP) which would eventually cause the veteran to exit due to injury. Still, that unfortunate sequence would later prove beneficial for Pysyk and the Panthers, as the former first-round pick would beat backup Michael Hutchinson ($8,000; -3.5 DKFP) for his second marker of the night mid-way through the third. Add in an empty-netter and you’ve got Pysyk’s first-career hat trick. Not bad for a guy who managed one goal in 70 contests last year. — Garion Thorne
Joe Pavelski gets two quick goals in win at Rangers — Of all the major sports, it’s pretty well established that hockey is the most unpredictable. Still, despite knowing that, once and awhile something strange enough happens to get your attention. That was the case Monday night in New York, where Pavelski ($4,000; 24.3 DKFP) essentially led his team to victory in the matter of 16 seconds. Seriously. Mid-way through the first period, the veteran netted back-to-back power play goals in just 16 ticks of the clock; a feat made more jarring by the fact that Pavelski had managed a mere two goals in his prior 19 games coming into this evening’s slate. Dallas eventually won by a final score of 5-3. — Garion Thorne
The man. The myth. The hybrid. 👊Mark Pysyk leads the Cats to a 5-3 victory tonight with an @Enterprise Hat Trick! 🎩🎩🎩 pic.twitter.com/24qUWuGZzr — Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 4, 2020
.@jpav8 get his second PPG in 16 seconds!#DALvsNYR | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/kGevOu4Z70 — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 4, 2020
Frederik Andersen (concussion) exits game early vs. Panthers; will be re-evaluated Tuesday — On the list of Toronto’s biggest worries, a serious injury to Andersen ($8,200; 0.40 DKFP) is right near the top. So, if you see a Leafs fan this evening, now you know why they might be a little jittery. Andersen did not return to the ice for the start of the second period in Monday’s tilt against Florida, and the goalie was ruled out for the rest of the eventual 5-3 loss with an upper body ailment. It’s a tough break for Andersen, who has certainly not had the best of luck as of late. In fact, the 30-year-old is coming off the worst month of his season, possessing a robust 3.71 GAA throughout January. However, the team said concussion testing postgame went well and Andersen will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. — Garion Thorne
A LOOK AHEADTuesday has a smaller four-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and it is headlined by the NBA $450K Big Jam, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $450K Big Jam [$100K to 1st]. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries ahead of Tuesday’s NBA slate.
Jamal Murray (ankle) questionable to play Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers — Murray ($6,100) has missed the Nuggets’ past 10 games with a sprained ankle, so it stands to reason that he will play limited minutes if he’s healthy enough to play. In his absence, Monte Morris ($5,900) has been starting at point guard and averaged 22.36 DKFP. His role takes a big hit when Murray is back. In other injury news, Michael Porter Jr. is also dealing with an ankle injury and won’t play. Without him, Denver will likely need Jerami Grant ($5,700) to play heavy minutes. — Greg Ehrenberg
Russell Westbrook (thumb) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. Hornets — Westbrook hurt his thumb during Sunday’s win over the Pelicans and it looks like it will force him to miss at least one game. Clint Capela also remains out with a heel injury, so we can expect a heavy workload for James Harden on Tuesday. When both Russ and Capela are off the court, Harden has a 49.2% usage rating and scores 71.15 DKFP per 36 minutes. Even though we don’t have pricing yet for tomorrow’s slate, it stands to reason that Harden is going to be a popular play with massive upside. Austin Rivers missed Monday’s practice with an illness, so he could also be forced to sit against the Hornets. — Greg Ehrenberg
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