It’s SUNDAY FUNDAY! With the NBA schedule spread out today, we have a unique three game “main” slate tipping off at 9:00pm ET so we will have all day to craft the perfect roster while watching the second act of the NFL Divisional round. The way the pricing is set up should allow for some interesting differentiation and roster construction, even with a six team player pool. As always, pay attention to the news, since that is the currency of the realm when it comes to daily fantasy basketball.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC at SAC – $12,800 – At this lofty price point, once we click on Westbrook to add him to our roster, we will only have $5,314 on average for each of the seven remaining slots. Additionally, for those of you who are fans of the stars and scrubs strategy, it actually is possible to also roster DeMarcus Cousins – $10,200 and squeeze out a roster with $4,500 per remaining position.
On this short slate, it will be tempting to go this route, particularly after watching Westbrook log his league-leading 19th triple double on Friday. Of course a balanced lineup will be the countermeasure to this gambit, which is what makes tonight’s puzzle so much fun to solve!
Reggie Jackson – DET at LAL – $7,000 – The Pistons were crushed by the Jazz on Friday the 13th by 33 points. They should find the going much easier against this young Lakers team that battled their fellow LA denizens on Saturday afternoon, losing a tough one to the Clippers 113-97.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($7,200), D’Angelo Russell ($6,100)
Rajon Rondo – CHI at MEM – $4,500 – As long as he can stay out of the doghouse, Rondo is an intriguing option even off the bench at this deeply discounted price point with Dwayne Wade and Nikola Mirotic both out of action on Sunday.
Ty Lawson – SAC vs OKC – $4,000 – It will be interesting to see if Lawson makes it back to the starting lineup again alongside Darren Collison, however, with the Thunder usually rolling with two BIGs on the court most of the time, it likely will not happen on Sunday. Either way, coach Dave Joerger has said he needs to find more secure minutes for Lawson who has been very productive over his last half dozen outings and he will be a key component if you are trying to work Russell Westbrook into your lineup.
Other Options – Garrett Temple ($3,900)
Jimmy Butler – CHI at MEM – $8,800 – The Bulls battled the Pelicans in Chicago on Saturday night and it has already been announced that Dwyane Wade did not travel with the team to Memphis and Nikola Mirotic is once again listed as out with the illness that has been plaguing The Association this month.
Butler was magnificent in the matchup with on Saturday, with 59 DraftKings points after battling illness for the better part of a week. Chicago doesn’t play again until next Tuesday at home against Dallas and then they are off until Friday when they head to Atlanta to face the Hawks. As long as we do not hear any news saying otherwise from head coach Fred Hoiberg, we can operate under the assumption that “Jimmy Buckets” is a full go.
Victor Oladipo – OKC at SAC – $5,600 – Though the former Orlando Magic guard has disappointed more often than not in his first tour with OKC, a matchup with the Sacramento Kings is usually the cure-all, as they have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards over the last three seasons.
Darren Collison – $4,100 – Collison has been playing some two-guard when he is on the court with Ty Lawson, so this recently added positional eligibility provides us with some flexibility on Sunday. We can also consider teammate Garrett Temple – $3,900 who is also eligible at both guard spots.
Other Options – Lou Williams ($3,800)
Rudy Gay – SAC vs OKC – $6,700 – This is a fair price point for Rudy Gay who has been chugging along between a 5x and 6x production multiplier over his last few games. While his price is the highest it has been in the last month, he does have the ability to flirt with the forty fantasy point plateau in this free-wheelin’ matchup.
Tobias Harris – DET at LAL – $6,500 – After mixing it up with Utah last night, this will be a nice respite for Harris who will not be at a size disadvantage while he is on the court against the Lakers. With Jon Leuer ruled out for a few more games, Harris has a secure 35ish minutes with his name on them.
Anthony Tolliver – SAC vs OKC – $3,900 – The eight year veteran has played with nine different teams in his journeyman career, but as long as he is starting at this discounted price point, he is in play for DFS purposes.
Other Options – Andre Roberson ($4,000)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs OKC – $10,200 – Most gamers that cannot work Westbrook into their lineup will be turning to Cousins, who is a fine consolation prize. If forced to choose between the two, I prefer Boogie as my dancing partner since the extra $2,600 in savings can go a long way towards creating a more balanced lineup.
Julius Randle – LAL vs DET – $7,000 – The third-year man from the University of Kentucky has two of his three career triple doubles since mid-November and this is a matchup that is well suited to his skills. While we cannot expect a career game, he should be in the mix for a double double which his worth 1.5 bonus DraftKings points. There is a clear path to thirty fantasy points as well with some available upside if everything breaks his way.
Enes Kanter – OKC at SAC – $5,900 – Kanter has been singing over his last half dozen games averaging 25.0mpg, 18.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.7apg and 0.8 combined blocks/steals for 35.0 DraftKings points per appearance.
Other Options – Taj Gibson ($5,500)
Andre Drummond – DET at LAL – $7,800 – Drummond collected 19 rebounds Friday night against the tough Utah Jazz frontcourt and he currently ranks third in the league with 13.4 boards per game. There should be plenty of opportunities for him to succeed against Timofey Mozgov and Julius Randle tonight in a game with a 212 projected point total.
Other Options – Marc Gasol ($7,100)
Robin Lopez – CHI at MEM – $4,000 – RoLo should see all the minutes he can handle as the Bulls are going to need him to bang in the paint with Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green and Zach Randolph. Lopez should be able to flirt with a double double and exceed his 22.4 DKPT season average.
Other Options – Steven Adams ($5,300)
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