Despite the short four game slate, DraftKings has two fun tournaments for our Saturday night enjoyment. If you have stars in your eyes, through a few entries into the $180K NBA Sharpshooter that is paying out $12,000 to first place. Not a bad deal for the price of a movie ticket. If you prefer limited entry tournaments, there is the $80K Hot Shot that has a three entry max and is also at the $3 price point and boasts a $5,000 prize for first. Let’s see if we can find any hidden gems that will help us see our names in lights tonight!
Chris Paul – LAC vs GS – $9,400 – CP3 was on a heater heading into the All-Star Break and in the first game back on Thursday he picked right up where he left off with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, a block and a steal for 58.3 DraftKings points against San Antonio. Tonight the Clippers will be squaring off against the Warriors who lost Friday night in Portland by the shocking score of 137-105. This game projects to have 223 points scored and it would not be a surprise to see that total surpassed. Paul is a fine building block in all formats on this four game slate.
Goran Dragic – MIA vs WAS – $5,700 – Despite starting and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star Game last Sunday, Dwyane Wade sat out Friday night with soreness in his knee. If he is out again Saturday, Dragic will see an increased usage rate and he should be able to flirt with the forty fantasy point plateau against the John Wall and the Wizards.
Ricky Rubio – MIN vs NYK – $6,100 – Rubio is a fine upside play against the Knicks, particularly if he can come even close to his last performance against them when he was a single point shy of a triple double on his way to 57 DraftKings points. Over their last seven games, New York has been in the bottom third of the league against opposing point guards from a fantasy perspective and they are ripe to target on Saturday.
Khris Middleton – MIL at ATL – $7,200 – Atlanta is really missing the defensive presence of DeMarre Carroll and they are in the bottom third of the league against wings this season. Middleton is fairly price and he has averaged 39.2mpg, 21.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.2apg and 2.8 combined blocks and steals over his last five games for a solid 40.3 DraftKings points. He continues to be overlooked by most gamers and makes for an outstanding differentiation play.
Gerald Green – MIA vs WAS – $3,800 – Green saw 37 minutes last night for the injury depleted Heat and he had a solid game with 28.3 DraftKings points. If Dwyane Wade is out again on Saturday, Green is the by far the best discount dandy on the board.
Jamal Crawford – LAC vs GS – $5,200 – Recent acquisition Jeff Green will not cut into the production of Crawford, particularly with Austin Rivers out of action. This should be a freewheeling affair and both Crawford and teammate J.J. Redick – $5,200 are solid selections since they will be a big part of the offensive fireworks if this game goes as projected tonight.
Carmelo Anthony – NY at MIN – $8,600 – There is enough value to splurge with high-end Carmelo Anthony this evening as long as he is starting (hey, it is fair to have a qualifier for him since it feels like he is perpetually a potential late-scratch).
Luol Deng – MIA vs WAS – $5,000 – Deng had a vintage performance on Friday leading the Heat to a surprising victory in Atlanta with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals for a season high 53.3 DraftKings points. With Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade all likely to miss tonight’s game, we have to give Deng strong consideration as a must play with Washington allowing the third most fantasy points to small forwards this season. Justise Winslow – $4,300 also deserves a look as he should again see upwards of 30 minutes of floor time.
Paul Millsap – ATL vs MIL – $7,800 – Milwaukee has been in the bottom ten all season against opposing power forwards and Millsap is in a tremendous spot and the Hawks should be fired up after losing to Miami last night. In his last outing against the Bucks, Millsap had a well-rounded performance on the strength of 10 for 19 shooting for 23 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals in 32.6 minutes falling just shy of 60 fantasy points in an overtime game. Considering he actually fouled out of the game for just the second time on the season, he could be in rarified air once again in this matchup.
Josh McRoberts – MIA vs WAS – $3,000 – McBob was a thing in daily fantasy circles not too long ago, but his propensity for injuries always prevented him from being a consistently trustworthy option. He flashed his upside in Atlanta on Friday with 44.0 DraftKings points and he will be a wildly popular option Saturday at the minimum price.
Jabari Parker – MIL at ATL – $5,400 – Things are starting to click for the youngster and shots and asserting himself in the offense. In games where he is taking at least a dozen field goal attempts he is averaging nearly 27 DraftKings points per game. He is a solid choice at this price point.
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs NYK – $8,500 – The rookie big man has been amazing on offense this season and he will likely be the highest scoring frontcourt player on this slate.
Al Horford – ATL vs MIL – $6,600 – Horford is a steady option and in his last four games against Milwaukee he is averaging 35 DraftKings points per contest. This also mirrors his performance level against Greg Monroe over the last two seasons. Steady as a rock.
Marreese Speights – GS at LAC – $3,200 – With Festus Ezeli out, it improves the chances of Speights avoiding a DNP-CD. He should be good for 10-12 minutes and with his insane usage rate, that would be enough time for him to make some noise and approach 20 fantasy points. Tournaments only, but he could be a difference maker.