We have a salacious six-game set tonight courtesy of The Association, and it is parsed out nicely into three extra “bonus” game slates. This article will focus on the full twelve team player pool.
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Chris Paul – LAC vs CLE – $8,200 – Even with Kevin Love back for the Cavs, we have to like CP3 in this matchup against Cleveland. For whatever reason, head coach Doc Rivers gave both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan the night off Thursday in Denver against the Nuggets and the Clippers lost by 15. They should be back and refreshed in what should be a spirited game with both teams looking to better their playoff seeding. As long as Paul plays (at this time of the year there are often surprising rest days given to stars, even on contending teams), he is an outstanding point-per-dollar option against the “defense” of Kyrie Irving who is dealing with a sore left knee.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($9,500), Kemba Walker ($8,000)
George Hill – UTA at CHI – $5,900 – This is the second lowest price point we have seen for George Hill since early November and he gets a fine matchup against the Chicago Bulls who are being decimated by opposing point guards and allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing facilitators over their last dozen games. Game log watchers will likely be wary of Hill who has tallied less than 25 DraftKings points in three of his last four appearances.
Jameer Nelson – DEN vs HOU – $4,300 – The 13-year veteran is a solid option at his current price point in what should be a freewheelin’ affair. Rookie Jamal Murray – $4,900 is also in play, though he is more valuable at shooting guard, a position he is also eligible at.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($7,100), Jamal Murray ($4,900), Austin Rivers ($4,100)
Klay Thompson – GSW vs MIL – $7,200 – Thompson is running his usual hot and cold self as evidenced by his 21 points in the first quarter on Thursday against Orlando in Oracle Arena. He gets another home matchup against Milwaukee, who tend to force opposing point guards to pass to the wing for relief. This plays right into Klay’s strength, and he has surpassed 39+ DraftKings points in five of his last seven games which have him squarely in line as a tournament option if you are not going to punt at the two-guard position.
Will Barton – DEN vs HOU – $6,900 – The $1,600 price bump be dammed, with both Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari already ruled out of Saturday’s tilt, we can only hope that most will shy away from Barton who was incredibly popular on Thursday when he dropped a fifty-burger on the Clippers in a similar situation. He slots in nicely at both the two-guard and small forward position on Saturday. Additionally, a fine pivot would be to teammate Gary Harris – $5,900 who does not have the same upside as Barton but is a player that has consistently provided a more reliable floor over the last two seasons.
Other Options – James Harden ($12,400)
Jamal Murray – DEN vs HOU – $4,900 – Rolling with another Denver recommendation here, the Nuggets should be at an advantage against the Rockets in their individual matchups since the Rockets lost a tough last night in New Orleans 128-112, and all of their key contributors logged 30+ minutes. In his last half-dozen outings, Murray is averaging 22.2 DraftKings points which is solid production at his current price tag, and he possesses 30 DKPT upside in this matchup.
Other Options – Joe Ingles ($4,400), J.J. Redick ($4,500)
LeBron James – CLE at LAC – $11,000 – If and only if Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love are ruled out for Saturday’s affair, will I look to King James in the “main” slate. On the three-game “turbo” slate tipping off at 8:30pm ET, LBJ is most definitely in play as arguably the best player in the pool.
Kawhi Leonard – SAS at MEM – $10,000 – Yes, going against Memphis on the road is not the most favorable matchup; however, over their last eleven games, the Grizz are allowing the eleventh most fantasy points to opposing small forwards. This is another tournament recommendation, but Leonard does have a path the glory and the 50 fantasy point plateau.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,700)
Joe Ingles – UTA at CHI – $4,400 – Yes, he is not a sexy name, but look at those game logs. With 21+ DraftKings points in six of his last eight games and just shy of 30 rotation minutes during that stretch, we can be confident that “Jingles” will be on the court long enough to accumulate enough production. Derrick Favors and Shelvin Mack have already been ruled out and the injury-plagued Rodney Hood is questionable with his balky knee, which means we can utilize Ingles as a discounted building block in all formats Saturday night at both the small forward and shooting guard positions.
Other Options – Matt Barnes ($4,100), Denzel Valentine ($4,200)
Blake Griffin – LAC vs CLE – $8,000 – After getting a surprise day of rest on Thursday in Denver, Griffin should be recharged and ready to go in a marquee matchup against the defending World Champion Cavaliers in Saturday night’s ABC game of the week. This game tips off at 8:30 pm ET so we should have confirmed starting line-ups prior to the 7 pm ET contest lock.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($8,000)
Frank Kaminsky – CHA vs WAS – $5,500 – Tournaments only for me since Frank the Tank went from being “out for the season” to playing through a sprained left shoulder as the Charlotte Hornets still have a long shot dream of making the playoffs as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have been hemorrhaging points to opposing power forwards this month, and even coming off the bench, Kaminsky still has 35+ DraftKings point potential.
Juancho Hernangomez – DEN vs HOU – $4,400 – There is a good chance that Hernangomez draws another start for the Nuggets with Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari already ruled out. This is a game with a projected point total of nearly 240, and the rookie from Spain is a nice way to gain discounted access to the fantasy festivities which should be in abundance tonight at the Pepsi Center.
Other Options – Nikola Mirotic ($4,400), Channing Frye ($3,700)
Nikola Jokic – DEN vs HOU – $10,700 – After three triple doubles in his last seven games, it is hard to understand why head coach Mike Malone had Jokic relegated to coming off the bench for fourteen games in November and December (my deepest condolences and sympathies to the Nuggets loyal fans). On the bright side, another triple double is firmly in play with the Nuggets finally coming to their senses about who their best player is.
Rudy Gobert – UTA at CHI – $7,200 – The Stifle Tower continues to be overlooked in the daily fantasy world despite averaging 13.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and leading the league with 2.5 blocks per game. The Chicago Bulls are a tire fire inside of a dumpster fire right now and we can continue to use that to our advantage by relentlessly targeting against them.
Other Options – Blake Griffin ($8,000), Draymond Green ($8,000)
Pau Gasol – SAS vs MEM – $5,000 – In the last five meetings against his younger brother, Boom Boom Pau has averaged just shy of 12 points and 12 rebounds. At just 1.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, we have to think that head coach Gregg Popovich is going to want to see if his squad can close that gap. On the flip side, he may also consider this a “schedule loss” and rest some of his players. Looking ahead, however, the Spurs host the lackluster Sacramento Kings tomorrow and that would seem to be a prime “veteran maintenance day” spot. Keep an eye on news coming from San Antonio sources leading up to lock time.
Cody Zeller – CHA vs WAS – $4,900 – Zeller has already become an afterthought, but he does have 30 DraftKings point upside and should fare well in the paint against Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi tonight.
Zaza Pachulia – GSW vs MIL – $4,000 – Pachulia is a fine discount option on the main or late game set, and he is a terrific differentiation play in all formats with the ability to produce 7-8x his price tag if things go his way.
Other Options – Dewayne Dedmon ($3,400), John Henson ($3,100)
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