We have a bit of a split slate on Saturday with two early games tipping off at 5:00pm and 6:30pm ET respectively and then a fun five game main slate beginning at the usual 7:00pm ET start time. There are 20, 50 and 100 man single entry leagues available at all price point for the early games and just shy of $1 Million in cash and tickets guaranteed in the main slate tournaments. So let’s get crackin’!
John Wall – WAS at HOU – $9,400 – Until this season, Wall, like many other players had pretty significant home/road splits. He has taken his game up a notch and has actually averaged half a fantasy point more away from the Verizon Center this season. Anyone who played him last Monday is probably left smarting a bit, so his popularity in tournaments will be down. In his last outing against the Rockets he had 62 DraftKings points on 12 of 24 shooting. Now he has been closer to 15 shots per game, but reaching the fifty fantasy points plateau is a very realistic target for him Saturday in this matchup that projects 218.5 total points scored.
Kyle Lowry – TOR vs DET – $8,700 – EARLY Lowry has been dealing with a bit of a wrist injury, so be sure to monitor the news and have a late-swap plan in place. Fortunately this is one of the early games, so we will have options available. Detroit has been a middle-of-the-pack team against opposing point guards this season and Lowry makes for a fine contrarian play in all formats.
Leandro Barbosa – GS at PHI – $3,100 – EARLY Barbosa is in one of his healthy stretches and he can still get it done in short bursts. He should see 20ish minutes against the 76ers in this matchup Saturday and if you are willing to assume a little risk, he could very well be a 7x value play. Worst case is he puts up 10-12 fantasy points, which necessarily doesn’t end our night early.
James Harden – HOU vs WAS – $10,100 – Washington struggles against wing players and The Beard is one of the best in the business. In his last outing against the Wizards, he tallied 70.8 DraftKings points going 13 of 23 from the field, 11 of 12 from the line with 5 three-pointers, racking up 42 points, 9 reboungs, 7 assists and 4 combined blocks/steals. This is the third game in four nights for Houston, however, they are at home and should be just fine.
Terrence Ross – TOR vs DET – $4,100 – EARLY The former University of Washington star has been solid over his last five games averaging a steady 23.1 DraftKings points per contest and getting nearly nine shot attempts per game. Volume is the key for Ross to do well as he is such a streaky shooter, however, I am going to roll with him Saturday in the all-day contests as most gamers will look for more exciting discount plays, further enhancing Ross’ appeal in all formats as a differentiation play.
Wayne Ellington – BKN at NOR – $3,300 – Ellington has now started ten straight games for the Nets and he has been a decent option when we factor in his near minimum price point. He has accumulated 17.3+ fantasy points in each of his last three games and has a very good chance of reaching 7x value against the depleted Pelicans in New Orleans tonight.
Paul George – IND vs DEN – $8,900 – With PG13’s price back under $9,000 he pops back into consideration. He has been hit or miss since his torrid first month of the season, however, he has been over 40 DraftKings points in six of his last ten, with two of those being 50+ performances. Denver is a mess right now and George will likely be underrepresented in tournaments tonight with most gamers looking to take a discount option at this position.
Danilo Gallinari – DEN at IND – $7,200 – From a fantasy perspective, the Pacers have actually been a top five team against opposing small forwards this season, however, Gallinari is pretty much the Denver offense at this point and he is seeing 15+ shot attempts per game making this a neutral recipe that daily fantasy gamers will individually salt-to-taste.
Harrison Barnes – GS at PHI – $4,800 – EARLY Barnes should see enough action to have a solid 22-25 fantasy point floor and he has been closing out the games recently in mop up duty which means he could be a sneaky option to flirt with 30 DraftKings points if things go his way against Philadelphia.
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at MEM – $11,400 – Okay, now he is appropriately priced, so it is time for some fun facts. Did you know that Boogie has had just two outings below 41.3 DraftKings points in his last TWO DOZEN starts? The debacle in Golden State where he racked up early fouls and got tossed just after Christmas and Tuesday’s game in Portland which was the fifth game in seven days for Sacramento. After 48 hours off, he rallied back with 51.8 fantasy points on Thursday in New Orleans. He is in the zone right now and proving he is worth every penny of his fantasy salary.
Ryan Anderson – NO vs BKN – $6,900 – Anderson is right on the cusp of being priced out of the value section, however, if he gets another start for Anthony Davis who is currently questionable with a concussion, he is going to be a steal at this price. While we can’t count on another 55 fantasy point performance like he had on Thursday against Sacramento, he should definitely be in the mix for a forty burger with a side of 10 extra potential DraftKings points.
Josh Smith – HOU vs WAS – $4,300 – The Wizards struggle against wing players and though he is listed as a power forward, J-Smoove does see time at the three. His price is creeping up with his production, but he is still an intriguing tournament play on Saturday in this projected high scoring affair.
Brook Lopez – BKN at NO – $7,100 – #YoloWithBrolo with 53+ DraftKings points in two of his last three games, Lopez will be a very popular option against the Pelicans who will likely be missing Anthony Davis. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride!
Myles Turner – IND vs DEN – $5,300 – Coach Frank Vogel has said he needs to make sure that rookie Myles Turner continues to get more minutes and he was a surprise starter against Atlanta on Thursday. Over his last six games he is averaging 33.6 DraftKings points on 27.3 minutes per game. Teammate Ian Mahinmi – $5,000 has been decent in his first two games back from his ankle injury. Both of these guys could potential start against the weak Denver frontcourt and there will be enough fantasy goodness to go around making both viable options.
Omer Asik – NO vs BKN – $3,400 – This play is by no means for the faint-of-heart, however, this is a matchup against Brook Lopez who is not the most aggressive rebounder and post defender and if The Brow is out again with his concussion, there are worse tournament options. Over his last ten games, Asik has exceeded 22 DraftKings points five times including 31.3 against Sacramento on Thursday.
Marreese Speights – GS at PHI – $3,300 – EARLY Speights is another risk/reward option for a nominal price and he is always a risk of sitting via a DNP-CD, but he has a top five fantasy points per minute ratio with an insane usage rate in mop up duty and he did spend the first three seasons of his career in Philly if you are into narratives. Over the last two seasons in his most recent three games against the 76ers he compiled 10.8, 42.0 and 48.5 DraftKings points. Just saying, he is worth a low dollar gambit in the early games.