Tuesday’s fantasy slate featured five NBA and 11 NHL games on DraftKings. It also saw the Red Sox finally name a manager (at least for now) and DraftKings hand out some hardware to put an exclamation point on the just-concluded NFL season.
With the Super Bowl now in the rear view mirror, DraftKings revealed its end of the year awards for the NFL, headlined by Christian McCaffrey and Lamar Jackson.
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As we get ever closer to pitchers and catchers reporting, the Red Sox finally found the man to lead the Beantown nine this season after Alex Cora and the team “parted ways” over his role in the 2017 Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Congrats to Interim Manager Ron Roenicke! pic.twitter.com/W8I89GRDdw— Red Sox (@RedSox) February 11, 2020
Ron Roenicke named interim manager for Red Sox — After spending the past two seasons as Alex Cora’s bench coach, Roenicke has been named the interim manager for Boston. Roenicke was last at the helm of a team back in 2015 – his final season as manager for Milwaukee. The 63-year-old began that job in 2011 and, after five seasons, produced a record of 342-331. It was a span that also saw the Brewers make it as far as the National League Championship Series. Roenicke’s “interim” title could be removed as soon as the MLB finishes its investigation into the Red Sox’s own sign-stealing scandal from 2018. — Garion Thorne
NIGHTLY RECAPHere’s how DK Live recapped some of Tuesday’s biggest fantasy NBA performances on DraftKings. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Zion Williamson excels without Brandon Ingram — After taking a game off on Saturday, Williamson ($7,400; 50.75 DKFP) came back to the court full strength. And when we say Zion is full strength, you know how strong that actually is. Ingram (ankle) was ruled out just before the game started, which opened the door for the explosive rookie to be on display. He ended the night with a career-high 31 points, adding in nine rebounds and five assists in just 28 minutes. Through his first nine games of his career, he’s averaging 21 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and a 57.6 FG%. He could still make a push for ROTY, but just imagine if he had been healthy all season. — Mitchell Lapierre
Zach LaVine drops 41 in defeat — LaVine’s ($8,200; 63.75 DKFP) 41 points weren’t enough Tuesday night, as the Bulls fell to the Wizards, 126-114. LaVine added nine rebounds, four assists and two steals while sinking eight of his 11 threes in the losing effort. It’s the second game in a row that LaVine went off in a loss, as he scored 32 points and 51.3 DKFP on Sunday. It was LaVine’s fifth 40-plus point game this season. The Wizards were led by Bradley Beal ($9,500; 47 DKFP), who scored 30 points and added seven assists to accumulate 47 DKFP. — Alex Rikleen
Ben Simmons posts another triple-double in win over Clippers — While all of the drama going on in Philly with Al Horford ($5,200; 25.50 DKFP) coming off of the bench for the first time since his rookie season, the 76ers were in a tough spot against one of the West’s best. But Simmons ($8,600) came to play, recording his second consecutive triple-double (sixth of season) with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Coming into the night, he was averaging 44.7 DKFP. Simmons finished the game with 61 DKFP, so yes, he’s trending up. Philly improved their league-best home record to 25-2 tonight, with an opportunity to add one more on Thursday night against the Nets. — Mitchell Lapierre
LaMarcus Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs in road win — Aldridge ($6,700; 51.5 DKFP) scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Spurs took down the Thunder, 114-106. He also dished three assists to go with one steal and one block. It was Aldridge’s 14th double-double of the year and his fourth 25-plus point double-double. It’s also the second game in a row that he’s broken the 50 DKFP mark, and the third time in the past six games. Dejounte Murray ($5,200; 42.75 DKFP) also scored 25 points, adding nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. Chris Paul ($6,800; 47.5 DKFP) led the Thunder, scoring 31 points and passing out seven dimes. — Alex Rikleen
Tuesday’s NHL action was overshadowed by a scary scene in Anaheim involving Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, leading to the game between the Ducks and Blues being postponed.
Due to the medical emergency involving Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, tonight’s game will be postponed and made up at a later date. The Ducks and Blues thank you for your understanding.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 12, 2020
Blues and Ducks agree to postpone game due to medical emergency — In a jarring turn of events, Jay Bouwmeester seemed to fall unconscious while sitting on the bench in the first period of tonight’s game. His teammates immediately hailed the medical staff. Eventually, both teams agreed to postpone the game, which shows that there is huge concern over the severity of this incident. Fortunately, Darren Pang of the Blues’ broadcast team said Bouwmeester was alert when he went into ambulance to the hospital, which is a hopeful sign. The game will be played at a later date. — Mitchell Lapierre
Several teams sent their best wishes to Bouwmeester and his family, offering their support.
Sending love to Jay & the Blues. 🙏 https://t.co/GBddCSUOiW— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 12, 2020
Our thoughts go out to Jay Bouwmeester, his family and the Blues family ❤️— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 12, 2020
We offer our thoughts as well.
As for the action that did take place, here’s how DK Live recapped Tuesday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL:
Igor Shesterkin reenters game and posts second consecutive 42-save performance — Using the old hockey term, “he stood on his head tonight” may be the wrong choice here, but it would certainly be applicable. Winnipeg’s winger Andrew Copp ($3,300; 3 DKFP) got pushed back into the crease, colliding with Shesterkin’s ($7,300) head in the first period. He was taken to the bench to be assessed for a concussion and was replaced by Lundqvist ($7,500). Shesterkin passed the concussion protocol and reentered the game, eventually recording his third 40-plus save performance in his young seven-game career. With yet another solid outing for the Rangers’ second-stringer, Lundqvist is being given a run for his money. Though they’re still a fair distant from a playoff spot, two straight 4-1 wins will definitely be encouraging. — Mitchell Lapierre
Kevin Fiala racks up three points as Wild cruise past Golden Knights — Those who drafted him tonight are certainly Fial-ing good. Poor puns aside, Fiala ($4,500) was the top performer on a big Tuesday night NHL slate. For the first time this season, he tallied three points, which was generated from a goal and two assists for 33.50 DKFP. In Fiala’s current five-game point streak, four of those games have been multi-point outings. With 31 regular season games remaining for Minnesota, he only needs 11 points to beat his career high of 48. Needless to say, Fiala is having a solid season. Next up, the Wild host the Rangers on Thursday. — Mitchell Lapierre
Mark Pysyk and Mike Matheson lead Panthers to victory Tuesday — Pysyk ($3,300; 24.5 DKFP) and Matheson ($3,600; 24.5 DKFP) had identical lines Tuesday, leading the Panthers to a 5-3 win over the Devils. Both players logged one goal, two assists, two shots on goal and one hit. It was Pysyk’s second three-point game of the season, the other coming just last week when he logged his first career hat trick. It was Matheson’s third three-point game this season, his most recent coming when he notched three assists during that same game last week. — Alex Rikleen
Darren Helm returns to the ice in a big way — Sure, the Red Wings are not good. And yes, they lost another game tonight. Though both Detroit goals came from the stick of Helm ($2,900), who missed the last two games due to injury. It’s the 13-season veteran’s first multi-goal game of the year, which isn’t surprising since he’s spent most of his time fluctuating between lines 1-4. With that said, it was obviously Helm’s best fantasy outing of the season, ending with 27.5 DKFP in the loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings are by far the worst team in the league, but perhaps Helm can be a bright spot. — Mitchell Lapierre
Nikita Kucherov (lower body) and Anthony Cirelli (lower body) exit early vs. Penguins — Already short two of their top skaters in Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDonagh, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost two more crucial players Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Kucherov ($8,100; 9.50 DKFP) rammed into an opponent behind the Penguins’ net, awkwardly extending his leg. Meanwhile, Cirelli ($4,500; 2.8 DKFP) blocked a hard shot from Evgeni Malkin ($7,300). Of course, losing Kucherov hurts just a bit more, as he leads the Lightning with 70 points this season. He’s been an instrumental piece of Tampa’s current seven-game winning streak. As they attempt to catch the league-leading Bruins, the Lightning hope to get a few of their stars back on Thursday. — Mitchell Lapierre
Jamie Benn scores a hat trick Tuesday — Benn ($5,000; 37.3 DKFP) found the back of the net on all three of his shots on goal Tuesday, leading the Stars to a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes. It was the sixth hat trick of his career. Benn seems to score in bunches, as 39% of his 18 goals this season have come in multi-goal games. The Stars’ other goal Tuesday came from Denis Gurianov ($3,500; 19 DKFP). The Stars next play Thursday against the Maple Leafs. — Alex Rikleen
A LOOK AHEADWednesday has a 11-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and the featured contest is the $400K Mini Heartbreaker. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Mini Heartbreaker [$100K to 1st].
Luka Doncic (ankle) says he’ll play Wednesday vs. the Kings — His return would mark the end of a seven-game absence in which he suffered a “moderate” ankle sprain back on Jan. 28. After going through practice on Monday and Tuesday, he looks to be ready to return. He’s yet to be tagged with an injury designation but whatever he gets, regardless of if it’s questionable or probable, he should be able to play. Jalen Brunson will get bumped back to the bench after starting the last six games. Brunson is only averaging 14 DKFP off the bench, which is quite the drop from his 27.2 DKFP average in the starting lineup. When Doncic is on the court, Brunson has a 15% usage rate compared to the 22% when he’s off. — Steve Buchanan
Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) is listed as out Wednesday at Pacers — Antetokounmpo sat out Monday’s victory over the Kings for the birth of his son, and will remain home with his family when the Bucks travel to Indy on Wednesday. Milwaukee improved to a perfect 5-0 straight up and against the spread without Giannis, and will look to keep those numbers spotless on Wednesday. Expect the Bucks to use a similar rotation, with Khris Middleton ($8,800) becoming the go-to-guy, and value trickling down at other spots. With Giannis already missing a game, though, the value isn’t as strong as usual. All key players on Milwaukee have seen their salary jump entering this matchup. The Bucks also announced that Kyle Korver (back) will miss his first game in over a month – he averaged 17.3 minutes over the last 12 games. — Julian Edlow
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