With only four games on the slate and that is with the bonus makeup game between Boston and Philadelphia, we will want to find that unique combination that will carry us up the leaderboards!
Russell Westbrook – OKC at BKN – $10,600 – Westbrook projects to be the highest scoring player on Sunday in most models. It is always hard to fade him on short slates and with this matchup against the Nets who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season, we have to take notice. Most of those numbers were with Jarrett Jack who is out for the season so Westy will be facing Donald Sloan and Shane Larkin…just play him.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS at PHI – $7,800 – In the makeup game from Saturday, which was postponed with the East Coast blizzard, we want to look at the former University of Washington star who is averaging 33.5mpg, 28.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 2.0spg for a healthy 45.8 DraftKings points in the previous two tilts between these squads.
Ty Lawson – HOU vs DAL – $4,500 – It looks like Patrick Beverley will be back after missing two games from with his ankle injury, but Lawson should keep most of his minutes with veteran Jason Terry taking the biggest hit to his value. Lawson is a decent punt option on Sunday’s short slate and he should be able to approach 20 DraftKings points in the matchup against the Mavericks.
James Harden – HOU vs DAL – $10,100– The Beard is a fine option in all formats as it looks like Dwight Howard may miss another game as he was not able to practice on Saturday. In the first two meetings between these Texas based teams, Harden tallied 53.4 DraftKings points on 25.0mpg, 7.5rpg, 9.5apg, 3.0 combined blocks/steals and a three-pointer, which is of course worth an extra half point in the DK scoring system.
Evan Turner – BOS at PHI – $4,500– Turner has been solid this season averaging 22.1 DraftKings points per game and he has hit that mark in the two previous contests against his former team making him a fine discount option on Sunday.
Dion Waiters – OKC at BKN – $3,900 – Yeah, I don’t like playing him either, however, we need to find some value on this four game slate and over his last seven games, Waiters is averaging 28.3 minutes per game. That has relevance as minutes equals opportunity in the NBA and it would not be a stretch to see DeeDub flirt with 6-7x value in this matchup if things go his way. He is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game.
Kevin Durant – OKC at BKN – $9,500 – KD will likely be more popular than Westbrook with his discount and similar upside potential. The Thunder need to bank wins in the Western Conference, so both should feast against the Nets in their matchup. Over their last eleven games, Brooklyn is allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing small forwards and frankly, they just do not have anyone who matches up well with the former MVP.
Chandler Parsons – DAL at HOU – $5,900 – Parsons looks to be back to full heath coming off back-to-back 40+ fantasy point outings against Oklahoma City and Minnesota. He also has the advantage of being familiar with the shooting background in the Toyota Center having spent the first three seasons of his career in Houston.
Robert Covington – PHI vs BOS – $5,900 – Bobby C has worked his way out of his slump and his price has adjusted accordingly. Regardless of whether or not he starts, he should see close to 30 minutes on Sunday in the makeup game against the Celtics. In his last outing against Boston he made only four buckets, but still managed 45.0 DraftKings points on the strength of six steals, two blocks and two three-pointers. He should be able to approach the thirty fantasy point plateau and we are all giddy about his potential upside.
Thaddeus Young – BKN vs OKC – $6,900 – There are not too many options to spend our salary cap on at the power forward position. Young’s production has been tempered recently, however, he is still the primary offensive option for the Nets along with Brook Lopez. In his last two games against the Thunder he has tallied 37 and 39 fantasy points, so he is in a position for a resurgent performance Sunday.
Nerlens Noel – PHI vs BOS – $6,400 – Noel is a tournament option in this matchup having average 30.4 DraftKings points in his two meetings with the Cs this season. He has 40 fantasy point upside, but it is hard to tell when it is going to appear.
Josh Smith – HOU vs DAL – $3,600 – Jsmoove was reacquired by the Rockets and actually got in the game on Friday after passing a quick physical. Despite going just 1 of 10 from the field, he posted 26.3 DraftKings points in 21 minutes on the strength of 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. While in a different context, he did post 37.5, 21.5 and 44.0 fantasy points against Dallas last season. It will be interesting to see how long the honeymoon lasts this go-round, however, Smith does have fresh legs after mostly riding the pine with the Clippers as the focus of Coach Doc Rivers’ distain. At this price point, he is going to be hard to avoid on the limited slate with just eight teams in the player pool and he is worthy of consideration in all formats.
DeAndre Jordan – LAC at TOR – $7,200 – With Dwight Howard likely out, Jordan is probably the best center option on Sunday. He has performed well with Blake Griffin out of the picture and he is a good bet to approach the forty fantasy point plateau in this matchup.
Jonas Valanciunas – TOR vs LAC – $6,400 – Staying in the same game, it is hard to envision any scenario in which Jo-Val does not post a double double against the soft Clippers frontline.
Brook Lopez – BKN vs OKC – $7,000 – The Thunder really do not have an answer for BroLo who ate them up for 45.5 fantasy points in their last meeting. On Sunday, rolling with two centers will likely give you a unique lineup construction in tournaments.
Enes Kanter – OKC at BKN – $4,500– The OKC front office has to be lamenting the big contract they gave to Kanter to be their “backup” center. He is a nice punt since even coming off the bench he should see 25ish minutes and he produces just over a fantasy point per minute. There’s certainly risk here but he offers strong upside and value on a short slate.