We have five games tipping off at 6pm on Selection Sunday. This article will focus on the full ten team player pool. Six of the teams are on back-to-back games having played on Saturday, including Miami, New York and Philadelphia with three teams adding in a third game in four nights (Cleveland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland), so we may want to consider the fresher legs of the players for Brooklyn, Houston, Indiana and Lakers).
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D’Angelo Russell – LAL vs PHI – $7,400 – Right off the bat we have Russell in a great spot at home against the ‘Sixers. Over his last five games he is averaging 33.1mpg, 21.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.4apg and 2.8 combined blocks/steals for 38.7 DraftKings points.
Other Options – Damian Lillard ($9,000), James Harden ($11,800)
Derrick Rose – NYK at BKN – $6,300 – With Derrick Rose averaging ten drives to the hoop this season and only Brook Lopez waiting for him, we have to give him strong consideration in tournaments for this “Battle of New York” which should feature plenty of fantasy goodness.
Jeremy Lin – BKN vs NYK – $5,200 – Lin is back and working his way back into game shape. He should be good for 25-28 minutes, and he has topped 30+ DraftKings points in three of his last four games (at Dallas, at Atlanta and at Portland) with the game in Memphis still an acceptable 18 points, four rebounds and just one assist. Part of the production cap was due to his five personal fouls as well as the tough matchup.
Other Options – Patrick Beverley ($5,400), T.J. McConnell ($5,800)
James Harden – HOU vs CLE – $11,800 – The last meeting between these two squads was back at the beginning of the season when The Beard was just starting to unleash his magic powers. He announced his presence with authority in that game with 77.8 DraftKings points with 41 points, seven rebounds, 15 assists and five made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus under DraftKings’ scoring system. While this is a lofty price point, it also could act to keep the masses at bay in the large field tournaments.
Other Options – Eric Bledsoe ($8,600)
Jordan Clarkson – LAL vs PHI – $5,400 – With Lou Williams out of the mix, Clarkson has been getting a secure 27-30 rotation minutes, and the best part is that he is often on the floor against the opposition’s second unit which enables him to have more of an impact from a fantasy standpoint.
Courtney Lee – NYK at BKN – $4,700 – Lee continues to produce, and he has been getting solid minutes in the Knickerbockers’ rotation as one of their most consistent shooter/scorers which helps open things up in the paint for Kristaps Porzingis and Guillermo Hernangomez. While he is not an exciting option, he is a threat to reach the mid-20s for DraftKings points which is a solid return when considering his palatable price point.
Other Options – Lou Williams ($5,100), Sean Kilpatrick ($5,300)
LeBron James – CLE at HOU – $11,300 – With the Cavaliers trying to stay ahead of the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics who are 2.5 and three games back respectively, for the best record in the Eastern Conference, one would think this will be an “all hands on deck” game for Cleveland. LeBron has topped 60+ DraftKings points in six of his last seven appearances and is averaging a tick above 63 DKPTs during that stretch. In order to work James into our lineups, we are going to have to sacrifice at other positions; however, so will our opponents. With his price tag sitting nearly $4k higher than the next small forward option, we could see LBJ underowned in large field tournaments.
Robert Covington – PHI at LAL – $7,400 – This is one of the highest price tags we have seen for RoCo in a long time. However, this game against the Lakers should have plenty of fantasy goodness, and there will be ample opportunities for steals and threes which are the key to having Bobby C unlock his upside, which is a robust 50 DraftKings points (he has surpassed this milestone in two of his last nine games which makes him a fine tournament option in my opinion.
T.J. Warren – PHO vs POR – $6,100 – Warren slots in nicely at either forward position, and with P.J. Tucker now with Toronto, he has been getting more consistent run and the field goal attempts that come with filling Tucker’s void.
Larry Nance Jr – LAL vs PHI – $3,500 – Any result is seemingly in play with Nance from a single digit fantasy point outing to 30+ DraftKings points. He has been dealing with numerous nagging injuries over the last two seasons, but at this price point he is going to allow us more freedom with our roster construction strategies.
Other Options – Trevor Ariza ($4,500), Maurice Harkless ($5,600)
Dario Saric – PHI at LAL – $7,900 – This is a new pricing level for Saric who has really elevated his game in the absence of Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. He is the highest priced power forward on the Sunday “main” slate, so there is a good chance a lot of gamers are going to use this position to try and save a little salary or “settle” for options such as Carmelo Anthony – NYK at BKN – $7,600 or Julius Randle – LAL vs PHI – $7,300. I think the relatively unknown Croatian is a fine choice.
Other Options – Julius Randle ($7,300)
Trevor Booker – BKN vs NYK – $5,000 – As the “secondary” rebounder next to Brook Lopez, this is a nice matchup, and we should see Booker flirt with a double double which is worth a bonus 1.5 DraftKings points. At his current salary level, it is an impactful milestone he can achieve with his season averages of 10.2ppg and 8.5ppg.
Marquese Chriss – PHO vs POR – $5,000 – Tournaments only for me for the rookie from the University of Washington, but with his across the board ability rebounding, scoring and shooting 3s, he could put everything together and surpass 35+ DraftKings points in this matchup against the Trailblazers.
Other Options – Lance Thomas ($3,900), Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,700)
Hassan Whiteside – MIA at IND – $7,800 – This is a back-to-back for Miami who hosted the Raptors on Saturday night, but at least it is not a three games in four days scenario. In his last three meetings with Myles Turner and the Pacers (two this season and one last year), Whiteside has topped 47.2 DraftKings points, with two being trips to the mid-50s. Enjoy the discounted price point for that potential tournament winning upside!
Kristaps Porzingis – NYK at BKN – $6,900 – The Zinger is a solid option at the pivot position or as a power forward Sunday against Brook Lopez who is still suffering from his violent anti-rebounding allergies. In the two prior tilts this season against the Nets, Porzingis has produced 20.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals for 41.0 DraftKings points.
Other Options – Alan Williams ($6,700), Jusuf Nurkic ($6,800)
Guillermo Hernangomez – NYK at BKN – $5,400 – I think this is a good time to employ the services of Hernangomez who has been stellar in his two previous games against the Nets with 36.5 DraftKings points in just 19.6 minutes of action.
Myles Turner – IND vs MIA – $5,300 – Hat tip to whomever came up with the nickname of The Odometer for Myles Turner! As a game log watcher, we have to be impressed with his 35.0 DraftKings point average in the two meetings so far this season with the Heat, both of which were games where Hassan Whiteside was also in action.
Other Options – Ivica Zubac ($3,800), Tarik Black ($3,100)
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