Salutations Gamers! We have nearly $1.5 Million available today in guaranteed contests beginning at 5:00pm and 7:00pm ET. There are six games that project to have at least 207+ points scored, which means there will be plenty of fantasy goodness to be found in the player pool and many strategies that we can employ to our tactical advantage.
Russell Westbrook – OKC at GSW $11,200 and Stephen Curry – GSW vs OKC – $10,800 – This duo is in an amazing situation squaring off in a game with a projected 231.5 total points. The highest such number since the 2009 season. We are going to want one of them, and with their lofty price points, it makes sense that more gamers will choose Curry since he is also at home. At this point I will be splitting my lineups, though I am going to put on my mad scientist goggles and gloves and spend some time in the lab this afternoon trying to concoct the perfect lineup that features both of them.
John Wall – WAS at CHA – $9,700 – Wall is coming off his fourth career double double on Friday night when he led the Wizards to a victory against Philadelphia. Wall has had some excellent games against Kemba Walker and over their last three, Wall is averaging 41.9mpg, 24.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 8.0apg and 4.0 combined blocks/steals. This will be the third game in four nights for Wall and the fourth game in six days. Kemba missed Wednesday’s game against Cleveland after having fluid drained from his bothersome knee, but he did play 36 minutes last night against Miami. While not the most ideal matchup, most gamers will be trying to work their way up to Westbrook and Curry, leaving Wall as an underrepresent option in tournaments.
Raul Neto – UTA at PHO – $3,400 – Trey Burke did not fly out with the team after Friday’s game as he is dealing with the flu. This should leave ample minutes for Neto who is not the most efficient fantasy point per minute producer, but he has posted four straight games of 19.3+ DraftKings points which is a nice rate of return on his near minimum price point.
Klay Thompson – GSW vs OKC – $7,800 – Thompson is one way to gain admittance to the Golden State/Thunder game at a more favorable price than rolling with one of the point guards. Over their last nine games, Oklahoma City is allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing two guards. The last seven times Klay has faced the Thunder, he is averaging 26.1mpg, 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7 combined blocks/steals and 3.7 three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus each on DraftKings. This all adds up to 37.5 fantasy points per game, making Thompson a fine option on Saturday.
Devin Booker – PHO vs UTA – $6,000 – This will be the fourth game in six days for the Jazz who beat Milwaukee in a slugfest on Friday night in Salt Lake City. On the flip side, the Suns have played just twice in the last six days. They have also had a little time to get used to new head coach Earl Watson. Over his last nine games, Booker has been excellent averaging 37.3mpg, 20.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg, 0.7 combined blocks/steals and 2.9 three-pointers for a solid 30.4 DraftKings points. He is a safe option in all formats on Saturday.
E’Twaun Moore – CHI at MIN – $4,500 – With Jimmy Butler out with a knee injury, Moore will be a popular discount option. Just realize that even though he had a magnificent 40+ fantasy point outing on Wednesday in Sacramento when Butler was a late scratch, he also only had 13.8 DraftKings points last night in 31 minutes. Buyer beware! Wayne Ellington – BKN at PHI – $4,200 – is my preferred cheapie at the shooting guard position.
Kevin Durant – OKC at GS – $10,500 – It is likely that Durant will be shadowed by Draymond Green in Saturday night’s marquee matchup, however, most gamers will know this and likely look elsewhere. Just know that in his last four meetings with Green, KD has averaged 33.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8 combined blocks/steals and 3.5 three-pointers for a very stellar 51.2 DraftKings points per game. The best part is that he accumulates these stats in just 33.3 minutes per game.
Stanley Johnson – DET at IND – $5,200 – We should see Johnson get another start for the injured Kentavious Caldwell-Pope against the Pacers on Saturday. He has seen his production trending up as he adjusts to life in the NBA and approaching 30ish fantasy points is definitely in the mix tonight.
Harrison Barnes – GS vs OKC – $4,700 – Looking to Barnes to get a piece of this high-flying matchup is a reasonable strategy. Though he has not been over 30 fantasy points since November (keep in mind that he missed 16 games due to injury), he has averaged just over 30 DraftKings points in his last three games against Oklahoma City. The Warriors will come out to play tonight and they will likely tighten their rotation, giving Barnes security and safety, with decent production upside available.
Anthony Davis – NO at CLE – $10,200 – Yes, I think EVERYONE has been burned at some point by an in-game injury from Anthony Davis. With most gamers preferring the safety of one of the options in the Golden State vs Oklahoma City game, he will be an overlooked option. He has put up 50+ DraftKings points in three of his last four games, including 62 fantasy points on Wednesday in San Antonio. Earlier this season he had 59.5 DraftKings points against LeBron and Company, so that sort of production is not out of the question. He will likely be on 20-25% of all tournament rosters making him a nice contrarian option.
Taj Gibson – CHI at LAC – $5,800 – This is the third game in four nights for the Bulls and the fourth this month. With all of the injuries, Gibson has really had to step up his game and he should see 35 minutes in this matchup. Over his last five games he is averaging just shy of a double double and a very solid 30 DraftKings points per outing. Even with this price increase, he is a building block in all formats. If you are looking for some savings, taking a chance on teammate Bobby Portis – $4,000 is an acceptable strategy. Just be cognizant that he has posted 20+ fantasy points only once in his last eight games.
Thaddeus Young – BKN at PHI – $6,300 – Young is going back to Philadelphia tonight where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. This is a nice matchup for him and it would not be surprising to see him reach the forty fantasy point plateau in his old stomping grounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs CHI – $8,100 – Over his last five games, KAT is averaging 34.3mpg, 20.6ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.4apg and 2.6 combined blocks/steals for 45.1 DraftKings points. In his first matchup against the Bulls this season he had 47.8 fantasy points in just 26.5 minutes. Don’t let the price increase scare you away. If you can’t quite scrape together the funds for Towns, look to teammate Gorgui Dieng – $6,100 as an alternative option as long as Kevin Garnett is out.
Marcin Gortat – WAS at CHA – $6,800 – The Polish Machine continues to get it done and he has been very steady this season with a 32.2 DraftKings points per game average with 33.0 at home and 31.0 on the road. Without Al Jefferson clogging the middle, Gortat should own the paint and as we saw last night, he can get up to 40+ fantasy points if things go his way.
Zaza Pachulia – DAL at MEM – $5,700 – Pachulia was frustrated last night after the Mavericks were down 62-26 at the half and he picked up his second technical early in the third quarter. He only played 18 minutes so he should be fresh for tonight’s matchup in Memphis. In the first two meetings this season with the Grizzlies, Zaza has averaged 34.3 DraftKings points, so don’t sleep on him tonight.