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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudTrae Young, ATL vs. MIL, $9,400 — Here’s a stupid narrative I feel I have to point out: Every time Luka Doncic has a big game, it feels like Young follows with one of his own. I have seen some people talking about this and there is some truth, however, it’s because Young is good basically every time he plays. He’s scored at least 45 DKFP in in five of his past six games, and his usage could be forced to skyrocket tonight since Jabari Parker is questionable to play due to a shoulder injury.
ValueAlec Burks, GSW at DAL, $5,200 — Somebody has to shoot the ball for the Warriors. This is where we have gotten with Golden State. Any warm body this team puts on the floor is likely going to be a viable DFS option. Burks has moved into the starting lineup with D’Angelo Russell injured, and he’s reaping the benefits of being one of the only players left on this roster who can create their own shot. In three starts, Burks is averaging 34.3 DKFP.
StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. GSW, $10,400 — Our king. Teams willingly passed on this future MVP in the draft last season. He’s breaking out in a major way this season, and the pricing algorithm is nowhere close to catching up to his current level of production. Coming off his sixth triple-double of the season, Doncic has at least 52 DKFP in 11 of 13 games this season. Arguably, he gets his easiest matchup of the season tonight against the Warriors. Golden State is dead last in the league in defensive efficiency.
ValueTyler Herro, MIA vs. CLE, $4,400 — After a few down games, there is reason to think Herro is primed to bounce back. Justise Winslow is out with a concussion, and Goran Dragic is questionable to play with an illness. With both of them out last game, Herro played more than 30 minutes for the first time in more than two weeks. As long as Dragic is out, Herro figures to continue to play big minutes and the Cavs allow the sixth most DKFP to shooting guards.
StudJimmy Butler, MIA vs. CLE, $7,700 — Jimmy Minutes! Butler has had an incredible high floor this season because of how much run he’s getting with his new team. He’s averaging 38 minutes over the past four games and has at least 33 DKFP in every game this season. One of the more expected sources of production for Butler in Miami has been his increased assists. He’s been the primary facilitator for the Heat and can be considered their point guard. It’s a role Butler has embraced, and he has 35 assists in his past three games.
ValueTaurean Prince, BKN vs. CHA, $5,000 — Even though the production hasn’t been there, Prince’s usage is up in the past three games. Kyrie Irving has been dealing with a shoulder injury and is out tonight. With Irving ailing, Prince has a usage rating over 25% in each of the past three games. He had a usage rating under 24% in each of the first 10 games of the season. Price hasn’t been making his shots, but his shooting numbers figures to normalize and it’s encouraging to see how involved he’s been in the Nets’ offense.
StudKevin Love, CLE at MIA, $7,400 — Love is going to have to play a big role on the glass tonight. Tristan Thompson is out for rest purposes and Larry Nance is questionable to play after missing last game with a thumb injury. Love comes into tonight with his cheapest salary of the season, and he should be well rested after sitting out Monday’s game. In his last game against the Heat, Love double-doubled and scored 46 DKFP.
ValueLauri Markkanen, CHI vs. DET, $5,400 — This is a buy-low play for me. Markkanen has been awful this season, although we have seen plenty of potential from him in the past. Last season, he averaged 35.9 DKFP per game. This season, he can’t get anything to go through the net. Markkanen is shooting 36.2% from the field, and he’s too good of a shooter to not have some positive regression in that area.
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. UTA, $9,600 — If you are looking for a contrarian guy to pay up for, I think KAT is your man. Even thought the Jazz are a tough matchup, Towns scored 63.25 DKFP against them Monday. He’s scored at least 53 DKFP in four consecutive games and historically has been a much better fantasy producer at home than on the road.
ValueAnte Zizic, CLE at MIA, $3,400 — With Thompson out and Nance questionable, we could see Zizic move into the starting lineup. He’s played in only two games this season due to injuries, and his playing time is starting to ramp up. He played 20 minutes last game, giving me hope that we could see 25 or so minutes from him tonight. Zizic averaged nearly a fantasy point per minute last season and shouldn’t need much playing time to payoff his current salary.
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