I’d like to think it’s days like today why NBA jerseys have players’ names on the back. We’re less than 48 hours removed from the trade deadline and no team was more active than Minnesota. In fact, heading into this evening’s eight-game featured slate on DraftKings, the Timberwolves have eight new men on their roster, a number that doesn’t even account for Allen Crabbe ($3,000), who was also acquired mid-season. Will any of them be active for tonight’s tilt with the Clippers? Does Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,500) know any of them aside from D’Angelo Russell ($8,800)? I guess we’ll find out.
EDITOR’S NOTE: D’Angelo Russell has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Clippers
Let’s break it all down position-by-position.
Set your lineups here: NBA $350K Fadeaway [$100K to 1st]
StudElfrid Payton, NY at DET, $7,500 – Payton’s salary continues to grow, however, that doesn’t change the fact that the former lottery pick has exceeded 5x value in each of his past nine starts. Specifically, in his past three games, Payton’s been operating at a whole different level, averaging 50.3 DKFP and a league-high 20.7 potential assists per night within that span of time. Even with RJ Barrett ($4,800) back in the lineup, the trade of a high-usage piece like Marcus Morris has created some extra opportunities for players like Payton. I assume he’ll keep rolling tonight against the Pistons. Other Option: Devin Booker ($8,300)
ValueJordan McLaughlin, MIN vs. LAC, $4,300 – I already mentioned the turnover in Minnesota, but if Russell (quad) is unable to make his T-Wolves debut tonight, McLaughlin’s about the only option the team has left at point guard. Honestly, it’s impossible to even know who’s going to be active for this matchup; yet, with the chance of an incredibly shortened bench, there’s an opportunity for McLaughlin to register 30-plus minutes in consecutive games. He took advantage of his opportunity on Wednesday, generating 33.25 DKFP against Atlanta.
Other Option: Terence Davis ($3,800)
StudFred VanVleet, TOR vs. BKN, $6,900 – VanVleet’s production has lagged slightly since the Raptors were able to welcome back Pascal Siakam ($8,200) a few weeks ago; however, the injury bug has struck again in Toronto. After suffering a neck ailment in Friday’s win over Indiana, Kyle Lowry is doubtful to suit up this evening against Brooklyn, which means he’ll likely join Norman Powell (finger) and Marc Gasol (hamstring) on the sideline. With Lowry off the court so far this season, VanVleet’s enjoyed a 25.2% usage rate and he’s produced 1.22 DKFP per minute of action. All that should translate well in a matchup with the NBA’s ninth-highest paced squad (102.1). Other Option: Jrue Holiday ($6,700)
ValueDamion Lee, GS vs. LAL, $5,500 – Lee’s value obviously takes a bit of a hit if Andrew Wiggins ($7,900) passes his physical in time to take the court tonight against the Lakers, but either way, the 27-year-old is tantalizing on a barren Warriors’ roster. In fact, in the 14 contests that Lee’s been able to log over 30 minutes of action in 2019-20, he’s produced 15.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists. I’d expect the third-year guard to see a similar amount of volume, with Eric Paschall ($5,200) now the lone man on Golden State averaging more than 12.0 points per game for the entire season.
Other Option: Landry Shamet ($4,400)
StudCaris LeVert, BRK at TOR, $6,300 – LeVert’s numbers had stagnated with the return of Kyrie Irving (knee), but as you would expect, he’s played two of his best games of the season with his teammate sidelined the past two nights. LeVert re-joined the Nets’ starting lineup with Irving unavailable, proceeding to score 45.75 DKFP against Phoenix and then 39.5 DKFP versus Golden State. LeVert’s more than a month removed from his own injury comeback and he looks to be playing at 100% health. With that being the case, how do you ignore the 39.3% usage rate he possesses since Feb. 3? Other Option: Paul George ($8,400)
ValueJeremy Lamb, IND vs. NO, $4,800 – Lamb’s basically been useless since Victor Oladipo (rest) made his return. To wit, the veteran has been held under 20.0 DKFP in four of the five games he’s played alongside the former All-Star, with Lamb failing to score more than 11 points in any of the five matchups. However, Lamb had proven himself to be a high-upside DFS asset earlier in the season and I find myself optimistic about his chances this evening with Oladipo out due to rest and T.J. Warren ($5,900) questionable with a concussion. This is, after all, someone who has routinely been priced above $6K in 2019-20.
Other Option: Josh Hart ($5,400)
StudZion Williamson, NO at IND, $7,600 – After logging 30-plus minutes in two straight starts, Williamson saw his workload decrease in a victory over Chicago on Tuesday, yet that was only due to a lopsided score. The fact is, when healthy, you don’t really have to worry about the first-overall pick’s limitations anymore, which could be great news for tonight’s slate if Williamson is a full-go. Brandon Ingram (ankle) is looking unlikely to play on Saturday against the Pacers, and if he can’t give it a go, Williamson could be set to go off provided he is able to play. It’s only an 80 minute sample, but the 19-year-old has seen his usage rate spike at 37.7% with Ingram off the floor this season, a stretch of time that’s also seen Williamson average an eye-popping 1.77 DKFP per 60 seconds of action.
EDITOR’S NOTE: ZION WILLIAMSON IS A GAME-TIME DECISION TONIGHTOther Option: Domantas Sabonis ($9,500)
ValueNemanja Bjelica, SAC vs. SA, $5,500 – The Kings might be a week away from copying the Rockets’ small-ball principles. Here’s a list of who won’t be playing for Sacramento this evening: Marvin Bagley (foot), Richaun Holmes (shoulder), Alex Len (hip) and Jabari Parker (shoulder). That leaves Harry Giles III ($3,200) and Bjelica as about the last front court options Luke Walton has at his disposal. It’s no wonder why the latter was asked to log nearly 37 minutes in Friday’s victory over Miami. Considering Bjelica is shooting 44.4% from 3-point range in 2019-20 and possesses above-average rebounding and play-making abilities, this is a very solid buying window.
Other Option: Eric Paschall ($5,200)
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. LAC, $10,500 – We don’t know what a lineup with Towns and Russell looks like quite yet, but if the Ohio State product can’t suit up on Saturday, we do know what Towns looks like as a lone offensive weapon. So far in 2019-20, with no Andrew Wiggins on the court, Towns owns a 31.7% usage rate and he averages a whopping 1.62 DKFP per minute played. There’s also a reason Los Angeles was apparently looking for some center depth at the trade deadline, as no one on this roster is big enough to lock-down the seven-footer. If Towns doesn’t take 25 shots tonight, he’s doing it wrong.
EDITOR’S NOTE: D’Angelo Russell has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the ClippersOther Option: Julius Randle ($8,500)
ValueThon Maker, DET vs. NY, $3,300 – It’s not necessarily a set-in-stone sign of things to come, but in Maker’s first game this season without Andre Drummond as a teammate, the former lottery pick scored 19 points in 34 minutes. Heck, he might have even been slated for a bigger role, but Maker fouled out in an eventual 108-101 loss versus Oklahoma City. Maker’s floor isn’t nearly as high as Christian Wood’s ($6,700), yet it’s undeniable that the 22-year-old has an opportunity to shine.
Other Option: PJ Washington ($4,200)
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