Ricky Rubio

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BUILDING BLOCKS AT GUARD


Here are some players to target for tonight’s main 11-game NBA slate on DraftKings:


POINT GUARD

Stud

D’Angelo Russell, MIN vs. CHA, $8,300 — This is only DLO’s second game with the Wolves, making it a bit tough to know what to expect. If his first game was any indication, the Wolves are going to play fast and won’t play much defense. Their first game in the Russell era ended with 263 total points. We shouldn’t expect quite that much scoring every night, but they figure to be in some really uptempo games going forward.

Value

Ricky Rubio, PHO vs. GSW, $5,900 — Rubio’s fantasy value hasn’t been able to catch a break lately. Every time he plays well, there seems to be a blowout and he doesn’t get to play in the fourth quarter. Take game last game for example. The Suns lost by 25, so Rubio only played 24 minutes. Even though he played limited minutes, Rubio put up 26.75 DKFP. There was also a game against the Rockets last in which the Suns won by 36 and he notched 10 assists in just 23 minutes. Rubio is playing well even if his fantasy point totals don’t bare it out.


SHOOTING GUARD

Stud

Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN vs. TOR, $7,800 — Kyrie Irving remains out, so we can continue to roster Dinwiddie. He’s thrived as the starting point guard in games without Irving and averages 39.63 DKFP as a starter. Even though the matchup against the Raptors isn’t ideal, Dinwiddie just scored 49.5 DKFP against them, so it isn’t as if he can’t play well against them. Overall, he’s played three games against Toronto and is averaging 43.58 DKFP.

Value

Victor Oladipo, IND vs. MIL, $4,800 — Now back in the Pacers’ starting lineup, Oladipo is slowly working himself back into form. He’s scored over 20 DKFP in three consecutive games and his price remains cheap. Playing the Bucks isn’t the greatest situation, although their defense might be a little looser than usual since Giannis is out due to the birth of his son. Milwaukee allows 5.0 more points per 100 possessions when he’s off the court.


SMALL FORWARD

Stud

Kelly Oubre, PHX vs. GSW, $7,200 — In the Suns’ last game, Oubre was a chalk play that didn’t come through. This was mostly because he came off the bench due to disciplinary action and he should be back in the starting lineup tonight. Prior to Monday’s game, he was on a good run, averaging 29.67 points in his previous three games. Oubre figures to start and bounce back against the Warriors since they give up the fourth most DKFP to small forwards.

Value

Joe Ingles, UTA vs. MIA, $4,800 — Mike Conley ($5,700) is questionable to play due to an illness. He sat out on Monday because of rest and Ingles put up 28.25 DKFP. Typically, Ingles plays much better when he doesn’t have to share the court with Conley. This allows Ingles to be a primary facilitator, leading to more assists and a higher usage rating with the ball in his hands more often. He was priced as high as $6,200 during the games that Conley missed because of a hamstring injury.


POWER FORWARD

Stud

Anthony Davis, LAL at DEN, $10,000 — AD is playing pretty well right now. He’s averaging 56.42 DKFP in the Lakers’ last three games and we could see him play extended minutes since this game against the Nuggets is important for seeding. Denver is quietly crawling up the standings and has moved to within three games back of the Lakers. AD scored 54.75 DKFP the last time these teams played.

Value

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, TOR vs. BKN, $4,400 — In the Raptors’ last game, RHJ started at center since Serge Ibaka was out. Ibaka ($6,300) remains questionable for tonight’s game and Hollis-Jefferson figures to start again if he’s ruled out. Making his first start of the season at center, he scored 36 DKFP matched up against Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,500). The Nets allow the fourth most DKFP to centers, so this is another great spot for RHJ if Ibaka can’t play.


CENTER

Stud

Andre Drummond, CLE vs. ATL, $9,400 — Drummond’s first game in Cleveland went not so great. The Cavs lost by a franchise-record 41 points at home. This is as bad as a debut can go. On a positive note for what we care about, he scored 47.5 DKFP in limited minutes. It doesn’t seem like his role will be negatively impacted on his new team and Kevin Love ($7,400) is listed as questionable, potentially creating extra rebounding chances for Drummond.

Value

Cheick Diallo, PHO vs. GSW, $5,000 — Diallo is another player who could potentially benefit from an injury. Deandre Ayton ($9,200) is questionable to play with a sprained ankle and Diallo started in his place in the Suns’ last game. Phoenix is also without Dario Saric, Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky, so depth is extremely thin in the frontcourt. This led to Diallo playing 39 minutes last game. He’s going to have to play a massive role if Ayton is out.


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