There are five games tipping off at 6:00pm ET tonight, with plenty of superstars on the slate. There are only two teams playing on back-to-backs (New Orleans and Golden State), so we should have plenty of fresh options to choose from today.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC vs BOS – $12,400 – There are only so many things you can say about a player who is in the midst of seven straight triple doubles. Once again Westbrook projects as the highest scoring player for me, and frankly, it isn’t really close. The question will be how we like our lineups with him compared to those we can craft without him.
Eric Bledsoe – PHO vs NOP – $7,800 – The birthday boy crushed it on Friday night with 57.5 DraftKings points against the Lakers in Los Angeles giving him four 50+ fantasy point games in his last seven contests. This is a fine matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans who had a rough night in Los Angeles on Saturday at the hands of the Clippers.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($8,400)
Ish Smith – DET vs PHI – $3,600 – Ish has seen his minutes decline with the return of teammate Reggie Jackson – $5,100, and frankly, both are in play against the 76ers. From the looks of it, they will be getting Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor back but giving Joel Embiid the night off.
Other Options – Sergio Rodriguez ($5,100)
Lou Williams – LAL vs NYK – $7,100 – For me, this is a tournament only play due to his ever increasing price tag and particularly if D’Angelo Russell returns to action on Sunday after missing the better part of the last three weeks.
Other Options – Avery Bradley ($6,400)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – DET vs PHI – $5,200 – KCP’s shot has deserted him over the last week, but the minutes are secure and there should be plenty of available hustle/helper stats in this freewheelin’ affair against the ‘Sixers.
Langston Galloway – NOP at PHX – $4,300 – If Jrue Holiday continues to miss time, Galloway is a fine option since he plays both guard positions and there is likely to be a lot of points available in transition in this up-tempo matchup.
Other Options – Courtney Lee ($3,800)
Kevin Durant – GSW at MIN – $9,300 – Traveling from Memphis to Minnesota is not much fun, but we know that if the Timberwolves are able to keep this game somewhat competitive, Durant should be able to produce with his ruthless efficiency.
Carmelo Anthony – NYK at LAL – $7,600 – Carmelo Anthony is averaging nearly 45 DraftKings points in his last three meetings with the Lakers, and he will want to “show out” in LALA Land in the Sunday night finale. The Lakers are just not equipped with a defensive stopper to slow him down, and with Kristaps Porzingis – $7.300 – likely battling Julius Randle, this should be the path of least resistance for the Knicks offense to ride ‘Melo.
Other Options – Paul George ($8,000)
Andre Roberson – OKC vs BOS – $4,300 – This is a nice savings play on a night with somewhat limited discount dandies. Roberson helps us out by qualifying at five of the eight positions on DraftKings. Tournaments only for me, however, since even though he has produced 20+ DraftKings points in four of his last six games, the other two were single digit duds.
Other Options – Solomon Hill ($3,600)
Anthony Davis – NOP at PHO – $11,200 – Davis received the night off on Saturday, which makes sense considering his recent workload. The Brow is worthy of tournament consideration as one of the few players with the upside and ability to best Russell Westbrook.
Draymond Green – GSW at MIN – $7,700 – It will be interesting to see how the ‘Dubs recover from their shellacking at the hands of the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday night in a game that saw them behind by as much as 30 points. They had a season high in turnovers (23) and a season low for points scored (89). This is too good of a price point for me to pass on Draymond Green with his usual high floor making him a fine foundation piece when constructing Sunday rosters.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,200)
Tobias Harris – DET vs PHI – $5,800 – Harris has been incredibly infuriating in December with his performances all over the map. However, this is a nice matchup particularly if Joel Embiid is out. If Philadelphia is going to be working in Nerlens Noel for the first time this season and Jahlil Okafor playing for the first time in eight days after dealing with a bout of the flu, Harris could have a nice night.
Ersan Ilyasova – PHI at DET – $5,900 – Ersanity has been in effect with Ilyasova posting 100.3 combined DraftKings points in his last two outings. He has been gunning from beyond the arc, and as long as teammate Robert Covington continues to struggle, the 76ers will be leaning on him as a primary scoring option.
Other Options – Marcus Morris ($5,000)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs GSW – $8,100 – If Minnesota has a punchers chance of bopping the ‘Dubs on the nose in their back to back game, it is going to be on the production of second year man Karl-Anthony Towns. In his last three meetings with Golden State he has topped 42+ DraftKings points.
Andre Drummond – DET vs PHI – $8,000 – In the last four games against Philadelphia without Joel Embiid, AD has averaged nearly 45 DraftKings points and in his last two outings in Minnesota and Charlotte he has topped 50 DKPTs. I think this is a nice spot to roll with Drummond, looking for him to make that three in a row.
Other Options – Anthony Davis ($11,200), Draymond Green ($7,700)
Tyson Chandler – PHO vs NOP – $4,500 – I think the fifteen year veteran is in play as a solid punt option against the Pelicans on Sunday night with his ability to produce in the hustle stats. He should be able to flirt with a double double in this matchup. We can also consider teammate Alex Len – $4,300 who tends to have his better games when the opposition has a more traditional center that he can match up with and Omer Asik is just that.
Kyle O’Quinn – NYK at LAL – $4,300 – At some point the music will stop and we will be left without a chair, but until then we need to consider rolling with the KOQ as a discount option who qualifies for multiple front court positions. Over his last five games he has averaged 22.6mpg, 10.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.2 combined blocks/steals on his way to 30.6 DraftKings points. Enjoy!
Other Options – Timofey Mozgov ($3,200), Kelly Olynyk ($3,600)
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