Greetings Gamers! We have an intriguing seven game set for our DFS puzzle building pleasure tipping off tonight at 7pm ET. This article will focus on the full 14-team player pool.
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Eric Bledsoe – PHO vs DEN – $8,900 – This is a rematch of Thursday’s tilt that took place in Denver, and it is also the fourth and final time these two teams will squared off this season. While Bledsoe has a solid average of 34.0mpg, 23.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 2.4 combined blocks/steals for 41.3 DraftKings points per game, he has performed better at home (60.0 DKPTs) than in the thin Denver air this season (22.2 and 41.5 DKPTs). This is of course no guarantee for tonight’s performance, but it does show that Bledsoe has a clear path to 45+ fantasy point upside against a Nuggets team that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing points guards, both over their last dozen games and on the season. Furthermore, they will likely be without their best backcourt defender, Emmanuel Mudiay.
Kemba Walker – CHA vs SAC – $7,800 – Walker is coming off a double nickel (55 DKPTs) last night in Madison Square Garden and narrowly missed leading the Hornets to a road victory. Like many players, the former Kentucky star is much more productive at home and while he continues to narrow the gap, he is about 10% better in the Spectrum Center from a fantasy perspective. Both teams are coming off a back-to-back, though Charlotte had an “island game” in New York City, while this is the sixth game of Sacramento’s road trip and they still have to play in Philadelphia on Monday and Houston on Tuesday. Advantage Kemba!
Other Options – Goran Dragic ($7,500)
Ricky Rubio – MIN vs BKN – $7,000 – Tournaments only for me, but this is a tremendous matchup for Rubio with the Timberwolves needing a win in front of their home crowd. Over their last fourteen games, the Nets have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing point guards, and they have been the worst in the league against the position on the season. Rubio is always a threat to flirt with a triple double, and things are lining up nicely for him to achieve that milestone for the fifth time in his career.
Other Options – George Hill ($6,100), Jameer Nelson ($5,300), Brandon Knight ($3,700)
Nicolas Batum – CHA vs SAC – $7,300 – I think Batum is a nice option today, and we can roster him at either at SG or SF. As the game evolves more and more towards “position-less” basketball utilizing defense versus position statistics can be somewhat misleading outside of the point guard and center positions. One thing to keep in mind is that the Sacramento Kings have been the worst team against shooting guards over the last two plus seasons, and they have been in the bottom third of the league against small forwards, and they are now without Rudy Gay. Regardless of whomever is tasked with guarding Batum, he is in a good spot to out produce his price tag.
Klay Thompson – GSW vs LAC – $6,500 – There is a chance that Stephen Curry gets a night off at home in this matchup, which would mean Curry’s 17.6 field goal attempts per game would be available. Thompson, along with Kevin Durant, would be among the main beneficiaries. If Curry does play, Thompson becomes a secondary daily fantasy target.
Other Options – Will Barton ($5,400)
Marco Belinelli – CHA vs SAC – $3,900 – Teammate Jeremy Lamb missed seven games with a sore foot; however, he was not called upon on Friday night even though he was healthy and active. This bodes well for Belinelli who has carved out a nice role in Lamb’s absence and gets a good matchup against the second unit of one of his former teams tonight.
Other Options – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,500), Brandon Knight ($3,700)
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL vs BOS – $10,300 – It is nice to see one of the most versatile players in the NBA today finally qualify for more than one position on DraftKings. While Kevin Durant – GSW vs LAC – $9,500 is also on this game slate as a top SF option, Antetokounmpo’s higher price tag should make him a nice differentiation option. Or if you want to use KD and utilize Giannis in the point guard slot, I think that also works well.
Other Options – Kevin Durant, (9,500)
Danilo Gallinari – DEN at PHO – $6,000 – Gallinari has been working his way back from an ankle injury, but he looked good in this same matchup at home in the Pepsi Center on Thursday when he popped for 37.8 DraftKings points. As a result, his price tag has crested back up to near its second highest level since Thanksgiving. There is a good chance that Gallinari will be underrepresented in the large field tournaments tonight.
T.J. Warren – PHO vs DEN – $4,600 – Remember back in early-November when Warren was approaching $7,000 on the pricing list? Yeah, he missed most of December with an injury and has been working his way back, but we have seen recent signs that he is back to full strength, and the minutes are certainly there. I think he is a fine discount play in tournaments with his forty fantasy point upside in this matchup.
Other Options – Wayne Ellington ($4,300), P.J. Tucker ($4,400)
Karl Anthony-Towns – MIN vs BKN – $10,600 – 58+ DraftKings points in three of his last four games, and he will be facing Brook Lopez who is once again dealing with his violent allergies towards rebounding. I believe K-A-T spells good things ahead!
Draymond Green – GSW vs LAC – $7,700 – I think this is just too good of a deal for a player who is averaging nearly 40 DraftKings points per game. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin likely won’t contain him, and if Stephen Curry is out, Green will see additional facilitating opportunities running the offense from the wing.
Other Options – Jabari Parker ($7,100)
Tobias Harris – DET at MIA – $5,900 – With the Heat missing most of their best defenders, and James Johnson looking worn down, I think this is a nice time to employ Harris who qualifies at both forward positions.
Other Options – Marvin Williams ($4,800), Marreese Speights ($3,800)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at CHA – $11,000 – He will cost a King’s Ransom, but Cousins has been amazing over his last half dozen games (including the last five which have all been on the road), with 27.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 5.8apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals with five double doubles and a triple double which are worth 1.5 and 3.0 bonus points, respectively, on DraftKings. Because this is the longest road trip this season for Sacramento, I am leaning towards only utilizing Boogie in tournaments since there is some downside to all the wear and tear over the last ten days of travel.
Andre Drummond – DET at MIA – $7,400 – Hassan Whiteside is dealing with an ankle injury and sat out Miami’s last game. Don’t worry about his status, because in their last five meetings, Drummond is averaging 31.2mpg, 13.6ppg, 15.6rpg and 4.0 combined blocks/steals which is good for nearly 44 DraftKings points when factoring in the double double bonuses. Enjoy!
Other Options – Rudy Gobert ($7,000)
Brook Lopez – BKN at MIN – $6,300 – Brook Lopez was given the night off on Friday as the Nets continue to try and keep him healthy this season. He should be fresh and ready to go in this matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns, and he has averaged 23.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals in their previous two meetings.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,300), Greg Monroe ($5,400), Jusuf Nurkic ($4,300), Spencer Hawes ($4,300)
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