We have a healthy nine game slate courtesy of The Association and DraftKings is keeping up their end of the deal with nearly $1 Million in guaranteed cash and prizes. There are several teams that have been gutted by injuries, so there will be plenty of value plays with reserves stepping into big roles. This in turn will free up salary cap space for us to spend on premium options which really opens up the strategies for Saturday night’s contests.
Russell Westbrook – OKC at SAS – $10,800 – This is the first time these two teams have met since their season opener way back at the end of October. A lot of gamers are going to shy away from this matchup as the Spurs are an excellent defensive team and have actually allowed the fewest fantasy point to opposing point guards this season. The key here is that Russell Westbrook is no ordinary point guard. In his last four games against San Antonio, he has averaged 31.0mpg, 25.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.5agp and 3.8spg for a solid 47 DraftKings points. This is a viable differentiation strategy for tournaments.
Jrue Holiday – NOP at MIL – $8,300 – The Pelicans backcourt has been decimated by injuries as the team is now without Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Norris Cole has missed the last two games with back issues. As a result, Holiday has been carrying the load and he has three straight games with 50+ DraftKings points. He will be “guarded” by Jerryd Bayless and Tyler Ennis tonight. Advantage Holiday!
Dennis Schroder – ATL vs MEM – $4,200 – With the Memphis Grizzlies down to eight healthy players and coming off a surprising overtime upset of in New Orleans last night, it stands to reason that the Atlanta Hawks should be able to control this game. If this plays out, Schroder should see extended minutes and he is a sneaky off-the-radar play.
James Harden – HOU at CHA – $10,600 – The Rockets are finishing up a five game road trip tonight and despite looking disinterested at times, they are 3-1 and coming off a tough win in Boston Last night. The Beard checks in as one of the top three projected fantasy options for the night and of all the superstars, he is in the best matchup scenario with Westbrook and Kevin Durant in San Antonio and Stephen Curry likely having his minutes curbed with Golden State heavily favored at home against Phoenix tonight. It is worth trying to work Harden in your lineups.
Nicolas Batum – CHA vs HOU – $7,000 – Keep in mind that this is the third game in four nights and the fourth in six for the Hornets. On the positive side, they have been at home for all of them and have actually been playing great basketball winning fourteen of their last seventeen games. Over his last half dozen games, Batum is averaging 37.0mpg, 16.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals for a cool 37.3 DraftKings points. Houston is mailing it in on defense and this matchup sets up nicely for Batum.
Hollis Thompson – PHI vs DET – $4,000 – Jahlil Okafor is done for the season and both Jerami Grant and Robert Covington were injured Friday night and are unlikely to play today. This opens up a ton of opportunity for Thompson who has shown flashes of upside and should be a near lock for 25+ fantasy points tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL vs NOP – $8,700 – A lot of gamers are going to blanch at this price which makes Antetokounmpo an outstanding differentiation play. He has been facilitating the Bucks offense and he is a triple double threat anytime he takes the court.
Lance Stephenson – MEM at ATL – $4,800 – Wow, the already depleted Grizzlies who were left to start a point guard brought up from the NBA Development League lost Vince Carter last night. With Zach Randolph, Chris Anderson, Brandan Wright and Mike Conley all doubtful or out tonight, it is going to be another heavy workload tonight for Stephenson. Fortunately Lance can dance after barely playing this season in his time with the Los Angeles Clippers. He is going to be incredibly popular, but with good reason coming off a career high 33 points last night against New Orleans.
Matt Barnes – MEM at ATL – $5,300 – Piggybacking on the Stephenson play, we need to consider the 36 year-old veteran Matt Barnes who got the first triple double of his twelve year career last night. He should see as many minutes as he can handle today and all of the ambulatory Grizzlies will be in play.
LaMarcus Aldridge – SAS vs OKC – $7,400 – The Oklahoma City Thunder have been getting crushed by opposing power forwards and over their last eight games they are allowing 10% more fantasy points than the second worst team. Aldridge has been great over his last six games averaging 33.8mpg, 25.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.7apg and 2.2 combined blocks/steals for 46.0 DraftKings points. Enjoy!
Nerlens Noel – PHI vs DET – $6,200 – While Noel has not been great against the Pistons this year in three meetings averaging 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg and 3.3 combined blocks/steals. He should see more offensive opportunities with most of the 76ers frontcourt out of commission tonight.
JaMychal Green – MEM at ATL – $6,000 – Green should once again see 35+ minutes and be a threat to surpass the forty fantasy point plateau. As with all the Memphis players, he should get a boost in production with all of the available minutes that need to be filled tonight.
Andre Drummond – DET at PHI – $7,900 – Lock him in across the board. In his three games so far against Philadelphia, AD is averaged 18.3ppg, 17.3rpg and 3.3 combined blocks and steals for 47.3 DraftKings points. This has all the makings of a 20/20 game and you do not want to be on the outside looking in.
Al Horford – ATL vs MEM – $6,700 – Horford should be able to operate at will in the paint tonight against the decimated Memphis Grizzlies. The only risk at this price point is that he may be given the night off, so you will want to monitor the news until tip off. Otherwise, he is just too cheap for his safe production, even in three quarters of action.
Greg Monroe – MIL vs NO – $6,200 – This is a nice matchup for Monroe who should be unopposed by the limited Pelicans pivotmen. As long as he sees 30ish minutes, he will be in the mix for 40 fantasy points. Tonight looks like a good night to roll with two centers to take advantage of the pricing vagaries.