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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudLou Williams, LAC vs. MIL, $6,500 — Before the season started, we heard from Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers that there wouldn’t be too much load management this season. Welp, here we are. Kawhi is being rested for the second time in eight games. This figures to lead to a big game for Williams. He has a 34.9% usage rating with Leonard off the court. Williams also figures to enter the starting lineup since he started the last time Kawhi had his load managed.
ValueJarret Culver, MIN at MEM, $3,200 — I loved Culver coming out of college and he could be getting his first NBA start tonight. Jeff Teague is questionable to play with an illness and Shabazz Napier is doubtful to play with a hamstring injury. Culver’s playing time is already trending up and the injury report implies more minutes are coming his way. In his last two games, Culver is averaging 25 minutes and 22.7 DKFP. It’s also a strong matchup since the Grizzlies allow the third most DKFP to point guards.
StudMalcolm Brogdon, IND vs. WAS, $8,100 — We are only a couple of weeks into the season, but it looks like the Bucks made a massive mistake letting Brogdon sign with a division rival. At +1000, he’s one of the early favorites to win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award. Playing without Giannis, Brogdon is taking on a much larger role in Indy and it looks like he’s heading towards the All-Star game. He’s scored at least 45 DKFP in six of the Pacers’ seven games.
ValueKevin Huerter, ATL vs. CHI $3,900 — An offseason knee injury led to Huerter starting the season with a minutes restriction. Before last night’s game, the team announced the restriction is gone, opening the possibility for Huerter to get extended run. He wasn’t spectacular last night although his 21 DKFP were a decent return for his salary. We should expect more production from Huerter going forward as his playing time continues to rise and he gets more involved in the offense.
StudJabari Parker, ATL vs. CHI, $6,700 — Parker is another Hawk who we can expect a bigger role from. John Collins was suspended for a banned substance and Parker entered the starting lineup last night. As the starting power forward, Parker played 32 minutes and scored 32.5 DKFP. He gets a great matchup tonight against the Bulls, a team that allows the most fantasy points to power forwards.
ValueJaMychal Green, LAC vs. MIL, $3,900 — Green should see increased playing time with Kawhi resting. He likely won’t be starting, although this isn’t a reason to avoid him. In the last game in which Leonard had his load managed, Green came off the bench and scored a season-high 37 DKFP. This performance came in a very tough matchup against the Jazz.
StudJulius Randle, NYK at DET, $6,800 — After a pair of bad games, Randle’s price has dropped to its lowest point of the season. I am not too concerned since the issue is that Randle isn’t making shots. He’s only shooting 42.2% from the field this season and he’s always been a guy who can get to the rim and make shots at a high percentage. In the last two years, he shot 52.5% and 55.8% from the field.
ValueMarkieff Morris, DET vs. NYK, $3,800 — The Pistons are all kinds of beat up right now. With Blake Griffin, Tim Frazier and Derrick Rose all out with injuries, Morris is going to have to play an expanded role. The last game was a blowout, which limited his minutes, but he played over 30 minutes in the three previous games. Morris scored nearly a fantasy point per minute last season and shouldn’t have a problem being worth his salary against an awful Knicks team if he plays over 30 minutes again.
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN at MEM, $10,000 — Towns is coming back from his two-game suspension. The last memory we have of him is tapping out from a Ben Simmons RNC, but we should really be thinking about how good his fantasy production was prior to his mini brawl with the Sixers. KAT was averaging a very nice 69 DKFP going into the game with Philly.
ValueGoga Bitadze, IND vs. WAS, $4,200 — We need a bit more information before plugging Goga into our lineup tonight. Both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are questionable to play tonight and Bitaze is likely going to be the starter if both of them are ruled out. In a similar situation last night, he drew the start at center and scored 32.25 DKFP in 32 minutes. Bitadze figures to be one of the highest owned plays on the slate if he starts at center again.
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