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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudKyrie Irving, BKN at MEM, $9,300 — It’s only been two games, but early signs are showing that Kyrie could be in for the best fantasy season of his career. After learning from his mistakes in Boston, he’s trying to make a better effort to be a leader of this young Nets team and Irving has opened the season with a monster usage rating. Unafraid to shoot the ball, Kyrie has a 37.6% usage rating and has hoisted 52 shots in his first couple games with Brooklyn.
ValueDelon Wright, DAL vs. POR, $5,000 — Don’t fret much about Wright’s role. In the opening game of the season, he started and played 21.5 minutes. In the second game of the season, he came off the bench and played 32 minutes. This isn’t to say that he’s better off as a bench player, it means that there is likely upside in Wright no matter what his role is. He scored 43.25 DKFP on Friday and has scored at least 40 DKFP in four of his past six games going back to last season.
StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. POR, $9,500 — The Luka vs. Trae Young debate looks like it is going to rage on forever. Thus far, both have been outstanding this season. Every time one of them plays, I think I know who the better player is, only for the other guy to one up it in his next game. Doncic is coming off his first triple-double of the season and there figures to be many more of them. He started to rack them up at the end of last season and has triple-doubled in five of his past 10 games.
ValueSpencer Dinwiddie, BKN at MEM, $4,900 — Dinwiddie had a lesser role than we would have expected in the season opener. He played 19 minutes, although he was plenty effective when on the court — Dinwiddie poured in 14 points in his limited minutes. In the second game, we saw something more in line with a regular role when he played 27 and scored 32 DKFP. This is about what we should expect from him on most nights and he’s still a bit too cheap because of limited playing time in the first game. Dinwiddie is the leader of the Nets’ second unit and figures to be in the Sixth Man of the Year discussion this season.
StudLeBron James, LAL vs. CHA, $9,900 — Hold the talks about LeBron being washed up or any nonsense of the like. The Lakers lost their first game of the season and the hot takes were flying. It wasn’t their best effort, but it was one game and the loss came against the Clippers, who are favored to win the championship. In the second game, LeBron nearly triple-doubled against the Jazz (one of the league’s best defenses) and scored 59.25 DKFP. Tonight, he draws by far his easiest matchup of the season against the lowly Hornets. In case you had doubts, James is still good.
ValueJae Crowder, MEM vs. BKN, $4,400 — The Grizzlies are playing a much different style of basketball than we have seen from them the last few seasons. Grit and grind is over and there is a focus on playing at a faster pace. So far, the change is evident. Memphis is playing the fourth fastest pace in the league, leading to much more fantasy output. Role players like Crowder have reaped the benefits and the pricing algorithm has yet to catch up. Crowder has played over 30 minutes in each of the Grizzlies’ first two games and is averaging 27.25 DKFP.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL vs. CHA, $10,500 — AD is playing well for the Lakers, although he’s yet to pop off for a huge fantasy game. This is mostly because his shot isn’t falling. Davis is only shooting 39.5% from the field, a number that is certainly going to see positive regression. Davis has a 34.2% usage rating, which would be a career high. He isn’t suffering from playing alongside James and a big fantasy game is lurking when he starts hitting shots at his normal rate.
ValueDorian Finney-Smith, DAL vs. POR, $3,000 — There are a bunch of high-priced guys in favorable spots tonight and a lack of cheap guys to pair them with. This is obviously a problem and makes roster construction difficult. Finney-Smith can help create some cap space since he’s the bare minimum price. He doesn’t have much upside, but he probably won’t kill a lineup. Going back to last season, he has at least 15 DKFP in seven of his past eight games.
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. MIA, $10,100 — Of all the expensive plays on the slate, KAT is my favorite of the bunch. His season is off to an incredible start and it looks like he’s taken his game to another level. In the offseason, there was talk about him becoming a more active passer and the offense running through him. So far, this looks to be holding true since he’s averaging 5.5 assists per game. It’s not as if being a more willing passer has taken away from his scoring numbers. Towns is also averaging 36.5 points per game.
ValueKelly Olynyk, MIA at MIN, $4,400 — With Hassan Whiteside gone and James Johnson starting the season inactive, common sense would lead us to think Olynyk would play a larger role. Instead, he’s averaging just 25 minutes per game. The main reason is foul trouble. Olynyk has picked up 10 fouls in the first two games of the season and fouled out of a game. His playing time has decent upside if he can avoid fouling. Even though his playing time has been held down, Olynyk has still been productive on the court and is averaging 25.75 DKFP.
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