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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main four-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudSpencer Dinwiddie, BKN at NY, $7,700 — Once again, Kyrie Irving is out. In four games without Irving, Dinwiddie has moved into the starting lineup, and it’s been a successful run for both him and the Nets. Brooklyn has won three of the four games Dinwiddie has started, and he’s averaged 40.9 DKFP. Earlier in the season, he came off the bench and scored 32 DKFP in just 27 minutes against the Knicks. Dinwiddie figures to have a bigger game with more playing time tonight.
ValueTyler Johnson, PHO at DEN, $4,200 — Ricky Rubio is questionable to play, and Johnson figures to start at point guard if Rubio is out. Johnson has started the past two games without Rubio and averaged 22.9 DKFP in those games. The matchup is difficult, although we don’t have many options to turn to on such a small slate. If Rubio is active then Johnson isn’t worth putting into DFS lineups.
StudBradley Beal, WAS vs. SAC, $10,200 — Beal has been on a tear lately. He’s hit more than half his shots in four of his past five games after opening up the season in a shooting slump. This shouldn’t come as a shock, but hitting more shots has meant more fantasy points for Beal. In the game where he’s made at least 50% of his shots, Beal has scored at least 56 DKFP in all but one of those games. This is a strong matchup as the Kings’ defense has struggled since De’Aaron Fox got injured.
ValueJustin James, SAC at WAS, $3,400 — As mentioned above, Fox is injured for the Kings. Not only is he out, Bogdan Bogdanovich is expected to sit out due to a hamstring injury. This opens up a massive void for the Kings in the backcourt. In the Kings’ most recent game without their two stars, they turned to James to play an expanded role. He had played only 15 minutes all season, but they felt comfortable giving him 33 minutes. He scored 24.25 DKFP and is way too cheap assuming he stays in the same role. James looks like the best value play on the slate.
StudPaul George, LAC vs. NO, $8,500 — This could be the last time we get to roster PG for this cheap a price. Despite starting his season late with a minutes restriction, he’s scored at least 43 DKFP in four of his first five games. The minutes restriction is gone and his production figures to take off. There was some worries about if his fantasy production would take a hit playing on a star-studded Clippers team, which hasn’t been an issue. George has a 34% usage rating.
ValueTaurean Prince, BKN at NY, $5,300 — Prince is one of the more difficult players in the league to predict production for. He’s extremely high variance, making him more of a GPP play than a cash-game play on Draftkings. For instance, look at his past three games. Prince scored 15 DKFP or less in two of them and had 38.5 DKFP in the third game. His usage is up since Irving has been injured, adding the potential for big upside from Prince.
StudBrandon Ingram, NO at LAC, $8,400 — A candidate to win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award, Ingram is flourishing in New Orleans. He’s the No. 1 option on his new team, and it’s made him an extremely safe fantasy option. Ingram has proved to be relatively matchup proof this season, scoring at least 41 DKFP in 10 of 12 games. He even put up a strong 48 DKFP against a tough Utah defense last night.
ValueFrank Kaminsky, PHO at DEN, $4,600 — The Suns are dealing with two key injuries at the moment. The first one is the aforementioned Rubio, and the second is Aron Baynes. Baynes has been a pivotal player for the Suns this season, and Kaminsky has started the past three games without Baynes. He’s produced fairly well in the role, averaging 23 DKFP. There is room for upside in the fantasy output since Kaminsky is shooting only 43.3% from the field during his starts. Like with Johnson, we can ignore Kaminsky if he ends up coming off the bench.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. PHO, $9,200 — I get the feeling that last game was a breakout game for Jokic and a sign of things to come. A lot has been made of his weight to start the season, and he clearly didn’t open the year in shape. Now with a handful of games under his belt, he looks to be in better condition. He triple-doubled and scored 64 DKFP last game, which was the eighth win for the Nuggets out of their past nine.
ValueMitchell Robinson, NY vs. BKN, $4,700 — The way coach David Fizdale has handled the Knicks’ rotation is extremely frustrating. Arguably, Robinson is the most valuable player on the team, yet he remains in a reserve role playing limited minutes. After playing 24 minutes last night, it’s possible Fizdale is warming up to giving Robinson more playing time. The Nets allow the eighth most to DKFP to centers, so this would be a good opportunity for Robinson to get big minutes in an easy matchup.
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