Greetings Gamers! There is a main slate beginning a little earlier than usual today with a tipoff of 5:00pm ET. The player pool is smaller than what we typically see on a Saturday; however, with the NFL Playoffs winding down, that will soon change and it will be rare to see anything less than a seven game main slate on Saturdays for the rest of the season.
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John Wall – WAS vs PHI – $9,500 – This is an outstanding matchup for John Wall and the Wizards as they need to keep winning to remain playoff relevant. There is some concern with Wall’s health as he has been dealing with a sore left wrist, and he has been working on revamping his shooting motion with the little finger on his right hand needing to be taped to the adjacent finder for support. Keep an eye on his status, but he should be good to go in this contest and he is very much in play for tournaments in my opinion.
Jrue Holiday – NOP at CHI – $7,300 – On the season, the Bulls have been a middle-of-the-pack team against opposing point guards from a fantasy perspective; however, they have really slipped over the last month and have been in the bottom five with the whole Rajon Rondo debacle, which is funny because he is not that great of a defender to start with. I think we can play Holiday with confidence in all formats today.
Other Options – Eric Bledsoe ($6,500)
T.J. McConnell – PHI at WAS – $5,600 – Even with teammate Sergio Rodriguez healthy, T.J. McConnell has been the guy that coach Brett Brown has turned to as his main facilitator giving him 31+ minutes per game over the last half dozen contests. This should continue with the ‘Sixers being victorious in five of those games.
Other Options – Rajon Rondo ($4,800), Patty Mills ($3,200)
Dwyane Wade – CHI vs NO – $7,100 – With teammate Jimmy Butler – $9,000 questionable once again with the flu and Nikola Mirotic already ruled out, we should see a heavy dose of minutes for D-Wade as long as he can avoid the sickness himself.
Bradley Beal – WAS vs PHI – $7,000 – If John Wall is having issues with his outside shooting being affected by his minor injuries, Beal would be the obvious beneficiary of a few more shots beyond the arc. He has been steady over his last five games sinking 19 of 44 from downtown and averaging 25.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg, 0.6 combined blocks/steals and 3.8 made three pointers which are worth a half point bonus in the DraftKings scoring system.
Devin Booker – PHO vs SAS – $5,800 – Over the last few weeks, the Spurs have struggled against opposing shooting guards, so do not let their defensive reputation sway you on this short four game slate. Booker is reasonably priced, and he has averaged 26 DKPTs in his first two meetings with San Antonio this season. We know he has upside as evidenced by his 36+ DKPTs in three of his last four games.
Other Options – Rodney Hood ($4,400)
Kawhi Leonard – SAS at PHO – $8,500 – As long as he is not given a night off for rest, Leonard is clearly the top small forward option in my opinion and arguably one of the top options at any position from a potential raw fantasy points perspective.
Otto Porter – WAS vs PHI – $6,600– Though he is eligible at both forward positions, it makes more sense to utilize Porter as a small forward in the event you are not going with Kawhi Leonard or dropping down for a discount dandy at this position. When these two teams last met, Porter had a fantastic all-around game with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, a block and an assist on his way to 45 DraftKings points. Just keep in mind he played 41 minutes in that game with teammate Bradley Beal on the shelf, so he is not as automatic a play tonight as his game logs may indicate, though he is a solid option.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,200), Robert Covington ($6,200)
Dario Saric – PHI at WAS – $4,500 – Once again the Wizards have been “meh” against small forwards and wing shooters. This is a major bonus for Saric since teammate Joel Embiid has already been ruled out for rest which opens up extra minutes for everyone else in the Philly frontcourt.
Other Options – Evan Fournier ($5,300)
Anthony Davis – NOP at CHI – $11,400 – Fortunately, this is the first game of the main slate, so we will know the status for The Brow prior to contest lock. He has been dealing with a sore hip along with a myriad of other injuries that have plagued him all season, so we are all aware of his in-game departure risk. If Davis is out, Terrence Jones – $6,600 becomes worthy of strong consideration with this thin, eight team crop of power forwards.
LaMarcus Aldridge – SAS at PHO – $6,900 – This is a tremendous price tag for someone with LMA’s upside. The hope of course is that Phoenix is able to hang around long enough to keep the Spurs starters on the court and approaching their “normal” thirty rotation minutes.
Derrick Favors – UTA vs ORL – $4,800 – With this game being the second of a back-to-back for the Jazz, there is a chance that Favors sees closer to 20 minutes than 30, but I think he is worth considering in tournaments because he has a chance to flirt with the thirty fantasy point plateau against the Magic who are also on a back-to-back.
Other Options – Taj Gibson ($5,500)
Rudy Gobert – UTA vs ORL – $6,600 – The Stifle Tower is averaging 12.1ppg and 12.3rpg and should be in the mix once against for a double double with a couple blocks against the offensive minded Nikola Vucevic who has once again returned to being the Orlando starting pivot man.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat ($6,400)
Robin Lopez – CHI vs NOR – $4,200 – RoLo is never an exciting option, but with so many Bulls under-the-weather, he should see steady minutes and has a very good opportunity to produce in the 20-25 DraftKings point range since Chicago will need his size against the Pellies front court.
Other Options – Derrick Favors ($4,800)
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