There are five games scheduled for Saturday, however, the lone 5:00pm ET game with the Los Angeles Lakers heading to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder is only on the “all-day” slate. Not to fear though Gamers, there is nearly ONE MILLION in guaranteed prize pools and ticket contests. On to the fun!
Russell Westbrook – OKC vs LAL – $10,500 – (EARLY) There is a robust 208 projected points for this matchup, however, with the Lakers -15.5 road underdogs, we should tread lightly with regards to the Thunder players. We have seen Westbrook perform fantasy magic in just three quarters many times before, however, he is probably best left as a tournament option or a differentiation play in the all-day game set for his price point.
John Wall – WAS vs CHA – $9,300 – The Wizards are happy to be hom after their four game road swing and they last played on Wednesday so they should have relatively fresh legs with their 72 hour respite. Over his last ten games, Wall is averaging 24.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 2.4 combined blocks/steals. In the last meeting with Charlotte, he was just a nibble shy of a forty burger with 39.8 DraftKings points. While the Hornets have been excellent against point guards this season with a top five ranking for fantasy points allowed, Wall is the driving force behind Washington and without Bradley Beal, he will be counted on to literally do everything on Saturday.
Jeremy Lin – CHA vs WAS – $5,000 – There is very little chance we see Lin post another 50 fantasy point outing this season, so we cannot go point chasing here. However, if Nicolas Batum is still ailing and Lin sees 30+ minutes, it would not be a stretch to see him tally 30+ DraftKings points against the Wizards who have really increased the tempo of their play this season.
James Harden – HOU vs LAC – $10,700 – On the season, Harden is averaging 51.4 DraftKings points and he has equal home (51.6) and road (51.1) splits. The Rockets are a mess, however, The Beard usually performs better against top teams and in his last outing against the Clippers he put up 55 DraftKings points. On the thin four game late slate, he is a stellar option to pay up for in all formats.
Kobe Bryant – LAL at OKC – $6,300 – Kobe is an absolute wild card in his swan song season, however, we have seen him reaching back to the glory days (well, the sort of glory days) and in his last three games he is averaging 41.5 DraftKings points. He has had 48 hours between games and has been excellent against other top notch players (well, for his price) and we can hope he is up for this game. He is a fine tournament play and even in H2H contests if you are okay with a medium level of risk.
J.J. Redick – LAC at HOU – $4,700 – Redick is a fine value play and over his last four games he has averaged 20.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg for a very solid 29.1 DraftKings points. Houston has been a middle-of-the-road team against shooting guards this season and Redick makes for a sneaky option.
Kevin Durant – OKC vs LAL – $10,200 – (EARLY) Much like with his running mate Russell Westbrook, there is some risk that Durant does not need to play more than 30 minutes. However, he is one of the most efficient players in the game today and a fine option in the early contests as he will be a force behind OKC getting out to a commanding lead.
C.J. Miles – IND at MEM – $5,400 – With Miles bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, most gamers do not like the uncertainty of his role. The key thing to realize is that he usually plays about the same number of minutes regardless of his starting status. He shifts between shooting guard and small forward, dependent on who he is sharing the floor with and in a bit of a shock, the Grizzlies are in the bottom third of the league against both positions from a fantasy perspective this season and even more so recently as they are beginning to embrace small ball.
P.J. Hairston – CHA at WAS – $3,300 – Hairston has been bouncing between shooting guard and small forward depending on the lineup configuration for the Hornets. Fortunately the Wizards are in the bottom two against both positions this season, so he is a solid and relatively safe option who should approach 20 fantasy points and 6x production for his current price point.
Blake Griffin – LAC at HOU – $8,800 – This is an easy decision as the Rockets are the worst team against power forwards this season. Tune in The Blake Show in all formats Saturday.
Marvin Williams – CHA at WAS – $5,700 – Most gamers will see this price point and move along. We need to remember that this is a short slate on Saturday and that Marvin moves between the three and four positons. The Wizards will struggle with him when he gets time at small forward and he is a decent contrarian option in all formats. He accumulated 33.3 fantasy points in his last outing against Washington and a similar level of production is in play once again.
Kris Humphries – WAS vs CHA – $3,700 – As long as Humphries is in the starting lineup, he is a fine discount dandy against the Hornets who have struggled against opposing frontcourts with Big Al Jefferson on the shelf.
DeAndre Jordan – LAC at HOU – $6,800 – This is an outstanding price point for Jordan who is averaging 35 DraftKings points per game this season. He should be able to clean the glass with little resistance from the Houston frontcourt. With all of the top centers similarly priced Saturday, we will likely see a variety utilized in tournaments, but for me, Jordan is the option I will be focusing on for most of my lineups.
Clint Capela – HOU vs LAC – $5,600 – Capela has been up and down this season, but that is mostly tied to his playing time. With the Clippers featuring the double duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Houston will need to counter with size and that should clear a path for Capela to see 30 minutes in this matchup. If that comes to fruition, we should see him with a 25 DraftKing point performance a near lock and the potential to flirt with the forty fantasy point plateau.