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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main 11-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudJames Harden, HOU at WAS, $10,100 — At last, Harden had his first good game of the season last time out against the Thunder. He scored 57.75 DKFP, including 40 real life points, after struggling mightily in his first two games of the season. Through three games, it doesn’t seem the arrival of Russell Westbrook will hurt Harden much. Harden has a 33.9% usage rating, and the only reason he isn’t scoring more fantasy points is because his shot isn’t falling. He’s shooting just 28.6% from the field, but it looks like his scoring is starting to see positive regression after his big game Monday.
ValueMarkelle Fultz, ORL vs. NYK, $4,100 — Is it time to consider Fultz a serious prospect again? The 2017 No. 1 overall pick burned out in Philly. We might never learn the true story there even though it probably deserves a “30 for 30” made about it. In Orlando, Fultz is starting to show the promise that made him a top draft pick. He’s scored more than 21 DKFP in every game in a bench role, and his playing time is trending up. Fultz has played more minutes in every game this season and got up to 27 minutes last game. Something else nice for his confidence, he’s made three 3-pointers in his past two games.
StudStephen Curry, GSW vs. PHO, $9,500 — Tear apart the eulogies written about the Warriors last week. They are on the board with their first win of the season after beating the Pelicans in a barnburner Monday. Curry scored a season-high 55.25 DKFP, the first of what should be many big fantasy games for him this season. Golden State is going to have to rely on him to carry the offense with Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson injured. Curry picked up 11 assists, which is a sign he is starting to get more comfortable with all his new teammates.
ValueEric Gordon, HOU at WAS, $3,900 — There are some positive signs for Gordon. Despite playing alongside Harden and Westbrook, he’s getting his shots up. Gordon is averaging 14.3 points per game and, like Harden, the shot just hasn’t gone in. He’s a lifetime 37.3% shooter from 3 and has shot at least 36% from three in six straight seasons. Gordon is a good shooter, and I would be more concerned about his production if he wasn’t getting shots. The shots he’s getting will fall sooner rather than later.
StudBuddy Hield, SAC vs. CHA, $6,200 — There’s a theme to how I am looking for underpriced players early in the season. When we have guys that are proven shooters but misses are causing a salary decrease, these are the players I am looking for. Hield fits the mold. He’s one of the best shooters in the league as evidenced by his 41.8% career shooting from 3. As a whole, the entire Kings team has been off, and there is no better get-right spot than against the Hornets. They are 29th in the league in defensive efficiency.
ValueOtto Porter Jr., CHI at CLE, $4,500 — The start to the season couldn’t have been weirder for Porter. Out of nowhere, the Bulls announced he was on a minutes restriction and he barely played more than 20 minutes in the first few games. After playing 32 minutes Monday, it looks like the playing time is back to normal. Porter averaged 30.51 DKFP per game last season, and his production should get to that level with his playing time back in order.
StudKevin Love, CLE vs. CHI, $8,200 — It’s easy to forgot how good Love is after he was injured for almost all of last season. He’s gone under the radar this season and barely has much ownership even though he’s crushing it every night. Love is averaging 45.08 DKFP, and this is the perfect matchup for him. He’s been feasting on the boards, and Chicago is 28th in the league in rebound rate.
ValueChristian Wood, DET at TOR, $4,000 — A preseason darling, Wood made the Pistons’ final roster over Joe Johnson because of his strong showing in the games that don’t matter. His preseason success is starting to equal regular season success. After playing only four minutes across the Pistons’ first two games, Wood has worked his way into the rotation. He’s put up back-to-back games with good value and is coming off a season-best 38.5 DKFP against a tough Pacers defense.
StudJoel Embiid, PHI vs. MIN, $10,100 — Turns out, the ankle is OK. After missing the 76ers’ game Saturday, Embiid was a GTD for Monday’s game. The decision came down the wire, and he was ruled active shortly before tip. This led to reduced ownership, and Embiid rewarded fantasy owners who took a chance on him. He put up 66.75 DKFP and still is priced relatively cheaply.
ValueRichaun Holmes, SAC vs. CHA, $4,500 — Holmes is getting extra opportunity with Marvin Bagley injured. In three games without Bagley, Holmes is averaging 25.5 DKFP. It also appears he has earned extra playing time due to his recent play. Holmes played 30 minutes in the Kings’ most recent game and responded with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Look for Sacramento to continue to lean on him.
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