Say it with me gamers, it is SUNDAY FUNDAY!!! We have a great seven game schedule courtesy of The Association with two early games tipping off at 1:00pm ET and 3:30pm ET respectively and a five game block beginning at 6:00pm ET. DraftKings is also sneaking in an enjoyable four game set at 3:30pm so there is a little something for everyone. On to the hardwood!
John Wall – WAS vs CLE – $9,400 – EARLY – Wall has a good history against the Cavaliers and he has put up 40+ DraftKings points in four of his last five games, including 65.5 at the beginning of December. Over their last eight games, Cleveland has allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing point guards and this looks like a fine opportunity to employ the service of John Wall.
Kyle Lowry – TOR at DET – $8,600 – Lowry was phenomenal on Friday with 70.8 DraftKings points on the strength of 15 of 20 from the field. While we cannot expect that to happen again, he should be able to reach the forty fantasy point plateau in this matchup with Reggie Jackson.
Elfrid Payton – ORL vs PHI – $4,800 – Payton is now splitting time with the recently acquired Brandon Jennings, however, at this price point he is going to be hard to pass up. Over the last two seasons, Payton has faced the 76ers half a dozen times and in those contests he is averaging 32.3mpg, 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 6.8apg and 2.1 combined blocks/steals. He is always a threat for a triple double and he makes for an intriguing off-the-radar option in all formats as he should have a fairly stable 20 fantasy point floor.
DeMar DeRozan – TOR at DET – $7,300 – Game log watchers are likely to shy away from Double D after his 17.5 fantasy point dud against Cleveland on Friday. Not to fear dear reader, he is averaging 36.6 DraftKings points this season and in three of his last four meetings with the Pistons, he has ordered a forty burger from the menu. He is a borderline core play on Sunday.
Evan Fournier – ORL vs PHI – $6,000 – After eight straight games with 28+ DraftKings points, Fournier stumbled on Friday night in New York with just 14 fantasy points in only 25 minutes against the Knicks. Coming into that game he had been averaging just shy of 40 minutes per contest, so I am willing to chalk that up to an aberration. He is a solid play in H2H format contests as he should be back to 30ish fantasy points, with a little upside against Philadelphia.
J.R. Smith – CLE at WAS – $5,000 – EARLY – Smith is an interesting tournament option as he seems to have the Wizards number and they have been horrible this season against wing players allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards and the second most points to opposing small forwards.
LeBron James – CLE at WAS – $9,500 – EARLY – Over his last ten games, LeBron is averaging 36.3mpg, 24.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 7.8apg and 2.1 combined blocks and steals. The Wizards have been exploited all season by small forwards and they have no answer for King James who is averaging 53.1 fantasy points through the first two meetings this year.
Luol Deng – MIA at NYK – $6,400 – Deng continues to be effective filling the void left by Chris Bosh and he is playing some of his most productive ball in the last three seasons. Saturday marked his fifth straight game with a double double making him a safe option in all formats.
Jerami Grant – PHI at ORL – $4,300 – Grant is a productive player with his propensity for hustle stats (blocks, rebounds and steals) and he has averaged 24.3 DraftKings points in the first three meetings between these squads this season. He should be able to surpass the twenty fantasy point barrier and he has 30 fantasy point upside at a low, low price point. Enjoy!
Paul Millsap – ATL vs CHA – $8,000 – EARLY – Millsap continues to chug along and he is averaging just a tick shy of the glorious forty fantasy point mark this season. He continues to be a staple in H2H games as he has been below 20 fantasy points just once this season in a game where he suffered an injury and above 28 fantasy points in 51 of his 57 games. That my friends is consistency.
Myles Turner – IND vs POR – $6,000 – This is a nice matchup for the rookie big man as he has been performing well with center Ian Mahinmi as they learn to coexist on the floor. The Trail Blazers have been a team that can be exploited by mobile BIGs and this is a great spot for Turner. He should be on less than 20% of all tournament rosters and is a nice play.
David Lee – DAL vs MIN – $3,500 – Lee opened some eyes in the second game with his new team tallying 37.5 DraftKings points in just 25 minutes against Denver on Friday. The Mavericks will be using his fresh legs down the stretch after he didn’t play a single minute during his last six plus weeks with the Celtics before being bought out of his contract. At this near minimum price point, there is not a lot of risk with rostering Lee. The Timberwolves are playing a back-to-back and with their frontcourt logging heavy minutes, Lee should be effective on Sunday.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA at NYK – $8,000 – In three of his last four matchups against Robin Lopez, Whiteside has put up 35+ DraftKings points. In the three games he has played without Chris Bosh he has posted 21.7ppg, 18.0rpg, 0.3apg, 3.3 bpg and 0.3spg for 52.8 DraftKings points. He is a core play in all formats as a center or in the utility spot.
Zaza Pachulia – DAL vs MIN – $5,500 – Zaza dropped a dud on Friday against the Nuggets with just 5.3 DraftKings points in only eight minutes as both teams went small. He is at his lowest price point since the second week of the season and Dallas will need his size against Karl Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng who are likely to be a little tired on a back-to-back with all the minutes they have been logging. Trust the process!
Ian Mahinmi – IND vs POR – $5,000 – In five of his last six games, Mahinmi has accrued 24+ DraftKings points, including 45.3 in Oklahoma City and 32.3 in Orlando. Portland has a similarly weak frontcourt and Mahinmi is an excellent under-the-radar play who fits well in rosters with Hassan Whiteside.