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StudDe’Aaron Fox, SAC vs. PHX, $7,300 — The Kings have the highest team total on the slate and typically we see Fox thrive in uptempo games. He loves to push the pace and is a blur on fast breaks. He is in a great spot against the Suns, who allow the second most DKFP to points guards and are ranked 29th in defensive efficiency. Fox scored 40.75 DKFP the last time these teams played.
ValueTyler Johnson, PHX @ SAC, $4,400 — The Suns have wanted to land a point guard to start next to Devin Booker since the start of last season. Johnson isn’t a point guard, but the Suns seem to think he is. He came off the bench for his first game with Phoenix, but is expected to move into the starting lineup in the near future, which could be today. The Suns traded for Johnson knowing he was due a large amount of money through the end of next season, so I have to assume they are going to be giving him a big role in the offense.
StudDevin Booker, PHX @ SAC, $8,500 — Booker has gotten hurt on five separate occasions this season. He missed the last two games, but is probable to play tonight. This time he was sidelined with what is being called hamstring cramps, which doesn’t seem to be all that serious of an injury. He was rolling prior to the cramps forcing him to leave a game early against the Rockets with back-to-back games of over 57 DKFP.
ValueEvan Fournier, ORL @ ATL, $5,000 — The price of Fournier seems to fluctuate a lot and the $5,000 salary marks one of his cheapest prices of the season. He generally bounces back after bottoming out with an average of 31.7 DKFP when he is priced at $5,200 or less. Fournier also gets to play a Hawks defense that is ranked last in OPRK against shooting guards.
StudAaron Gordon, ORL @ ATL, $6,700 — The Hawks don’t defend any position well. They are in the bottom 10 at allowing DKFP to every position, so there is an argument to be made for all of the Magic starters on a small three-game slate. This shouldn’t come as a shock with Atlanta ranked 27th in defensive efficiency, while playing at the fastest pace in the league. In an odd coincidence, Gordon has frequently been injured when the Magic play the Hawks. He missed three of their last four meetings with injury.
Editor’s Note: Gordon (back) is listed as questionable for tonight’s game.
ValueBogdan Bogdanovich, SAC vs. PHX, $5,000 — The Kings traded away Iman Shumpert, which opens up more playing time for Bogdanovich. He is averaging 33 minutes per game since the move and scored over 31 DKFP in both games without Shumpert. The Kings’ game against the Suns is one to target with a slate-high 231 point total.
StudJohn Collins, ATL vs. ORL, $7,800 — The Hawks play in a ton of blowouts and this leads to shortened minutes for Collins. He is usually a safe bet for 30-plus DKFP when games are close, but staying competitive is often a tall task for the Hawks, whose 18 wins are the fifth least in the league. Of Atlanta’s last 19 games, 11 were decided by at least 16 points. The good news is that this game is expected to stay competitive with a 2.0 point spread.
ValueKelly Olynyk, MIA @ GSW, $4,200 – The Heat starting lineups are always subject to change, but Olynyk started at power forward in the last two games. He hasn’t played particularly well in those two starts, but there is upside for Olynyk to play bigger minutes if he sticks as a starter. He has a realistic upside on what should be depressed ownership after his last couple of performances. Olynyk averaged 34 DKFP in the two games prior to moving into the starting lineup.
StudHassan Whiteside, MIA @ GSW, $7,100 — Whiteside has benefited from Olynyk moving into the starting lineup. This has meant more big lineups for Miami and more playing time for Whiteside. He averaged 54.25 DKFP in the two starts made by Olynyk. Whiteside is typically a high variance play, but he’s been a bit more consistent lately with at least 36 DKFP in seven of his last eight games.
ValueKevon Looney, GSW vs. MIA, $3,800 — Whenever the Warriors play at home there is always a chance for a blowout. The Warriors are favored by a slate-high 14 points and Looney is typically on the floor for garbage time. He isn’t safe for cash games with DeMarcus Cousins in the mix, but if you build rosters fading the starters from both sides of this game assuming a blowout then there is added upside in playing Looney for the potential garbage time.
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