Greetings Gamers! Hopefully those of you out on the East Coast are surviving the epic snow storm. In between bouts of shoveling and hot cocoa, you will want to make a few tournament lineups as DraftKings has nearly $1 Million in guaranteed prize pools tonight for The Association. Even with two games being postponed, there are still eight on the schedule, so let’s get on to the analysis!
1) Jazz @ Wizards has been POSTPONED tonight. Do not draft players in this game.
2) Celtics @ 76ers has been POSTPONED tonight. Do not draft players in this game.
Damian Lillard – POR vs LAL – $9,200 – With the Lakers heading up to Portland after hosting the San Antonio Spurs last night and the Blazers having had two days off, it is going to be hard to pass on Damian Lillard in this cherry matchup. The Lakers have struggled against opposing point guards and in the previous two tilts this season, Lillard is averaging 36.1mpg, 29.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 10.0apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals. Portland is just a game and a half out of the final playoff berth, so I am not too worried about the blowout factor in this one.
Rajon Rondo – SAC vs IND – $8,400 – George Hill should be back with the Pacers with his much needed defense for this matchup after missing three games for the birth of his child. Regardless, this is a fine spot to employ the services of Rondo who has settled into a grove and is regularly hitting the forty fantasy point plateau (fourteen of his last nineteen games).
D’Angelo Russell – LAL at POR – $4,900 – Russell is finally seeing a bump in playing time and he has averaged just over 28mpg in his last four outings. He is a fine option against the Trail Blazers as evidenced by his performances in the first two meetings 36.4mpg, 14.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 5.5apg for a very respectable 30.6 DraftKings points. He should see a floor of 5x value and there is upside to 6x+ at today’s price point.
Tyreke Evans – NOR vs MIL – $7,700 – Evans is a bit of a risk as he has been dealing with knee tendonitis, however, one look at his game logs will make you want to roll with him in a couple lineups. Eric Gordon is out with a broken finger, so the Pelicans will need Evans to help fill the offensive void. Over their last ten games, Milwaukee has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards further enhancing Tyreke’s appeal.
Joe Young – IND at SAC – $3,600 – Young will likely see a drop in minutes if George Hill does return to action tonight, however, the matchup against Sacramento is the best one yet again for opposing two-guards as they have allowed the most fantasy points to the opposition over the last three seasons. If Hill is in, Young is a contrarian tournament option, if Hill is out, then Young becomes a core play across the board.
Devin Booker – PHO vs ATL – $5,000 – The 19 year-old rookie continues to see heavy rotation minutes for the injury plagued Phoenix ball club. He has topped 33+ DraftKings points in his last two games with 33.3 against the Spurs and 36.0 against the Pacers in 44 and 40 minutes respectively. With that sort of unfettered court time, it will be hard to pass on him Saturday and he is an interesting discount option in all formats.
Omri Casspi – SAC vs IND – $6,000 – Casspi gets the nod as a stud as long as Rudy Gay (heel injury) is out of action on Saturday. He should see 35-40 minutes in this matchup and with his ability to contribute across the box score, he has a very solid fantasy floor. I prefer him in the H2H format for this reason as he has not had many games over 40 fantasy points, making him a bit of a tournament liability.
Kent Bazemore – ATL at PHO – $5,400 – What an outstanding price point for Basemore in this matchup against the depleted Suns who have allowed the second most fantasy points in the league to opposing small forwards over their last eleven games. There is a chance that Atlanta may rest a starter or two, so pay attention to the news as it may improve Bazemore’s potential… well as long as he isn’t the one getting a night off.
Derrick Williams – NYK at CHA – $4,500 – Carmelo Anthony has been complaining about knee soreness so he may get a night off after Friday’s tough loss to the Clippers. There is a chance that Lance Thomas is out too, which would put Williams in line for major minutes against a Hornets squad which has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing small forwards over their last eleven games. Enjoy!
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs IND – $10,700 – He is not cheap, but he is the best play on the board and should be in the mix for sixty fantasy points. #Analysis
Kristaps Porzingis – NYK at CHA – $7,300 – As mentioned in the Derrick Williams recommendation, the Knicks may be a little thin on the frontline tonight. The Latvian rookie has fared well in two prior meetings this season with Charlotte averaging a nibble shy of a forty burger. The Hornets had to rely on Spencer Hawes and Tyler Hansbrough last night with Cody Zeller out with a shoulder injury. This bodes well for Porzingis to have a monster game.
Mike Scott – ATL at PHO – $3,400 – Mike Scott is another player who would benefit if any of the Hawks get a night off. Atlanta is an eleven point favorite on the road in this matchup and there should be garbage time for Scott to launch three-pointers. He is an excellent tournament discount option who could see 7x+ value if things break his way.
Andre Drummond – DET at DEN – $8,900 – The Denver Nuggets allow the most blocked shots and struggle to keep opposing BIGs off the glass. This game could see Drummond notch his sixth 20/20 game of the season and his league leading 38th double double is a forgone conclusion.
Myles Turner – IND at SAC – $4,100 – The eleventh pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has been on a tear over his last three games, including two with 40+ fantasy points. Regardless of Ian Mahinmi’s status, it will be hard for the Pacers coaching staff to relegate Turner to the bench.
Spencer Hawes – CHA vs NYK – $3,600 – It is not chasing points if you have reasonable expectations. The former University of Washington star has 17.5+ DraftKings points in three of his last four games and most telling was that he was on the floor during crunch time to close out the game. While he does not rebound much, he is capable of it when needed and he is an interesting option in all formats Satuday.