Even though it is NFL Sunday, DraftKings is still fulfilling the needs of the NBA hoop fans with well over $400,000 in guaranteed tournaments, 50/50s, double ups and ticket events. Plus with the later NBA start times, we can focus on football in the early part of the day then leisurely analyze a solid game slate from The Association.
Russell Westbrook – OKC vs DAL – $12,300 – We will need to pay attention to the news Sunday to read the smoke signals coming from the Thunder. There is a chance that Kevin Durant will play and that makes this a tough salary to pay off, even for the amazing Russell Westbrook. On the flip side, we are looking at a player pool consisting of just ten teams for the main NBA game slate on DraftKings so regardless of KD’s status, Westbrook warrants consideration.
Damian Lillard – POR at LAL – $8,700 – If you do not want to chance Durant cutting into Westbrook’s production, then Damian Lillard is a fine pivot option. On the season, the Los Angeles Lakers are allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards and Lillard is no ordinary facilitator. On the season, Damian is averaging 43.1 DraftKings points per game and that seems like a reasonable target once more in this matchup.
D’Angelo Russell – LAL vs POR – $4,300 – Even with Kobe Bryant playing 37 minutes against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Russell still logged 34 himself. Regardless of Kobe’s playing time/status on Sunday, Russell should see around 28-30 minutes against a Portland backcourt that is disinterested in playing defense.
Eric Bledsoe – PHO at NO – $8,400 – It looks like Bledsoe and PG Brandon Knight are finding their rhythm and are getting used to playing effectively while sharing the court. On the season Bledsoe is contributing across the box score with 22.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.1spg. He is a threat with 50 fantasy point upside in this matchup with the patchwork Pelicans on Sunday afternoon.
Avery Bradley – BOS at BKN – $5,000 – This season the Brooklyn Nets are in first place!!! Well, first place for allowing the most fantasy points to opposing two-guards. Bradley has done a good job of picking his spots and he has become a very efficient scorer in addition to his hustle stats. He is a fine play in all formats on Sunday.
Gary Harris – DEN vs GS – $3,600 – From a price per point status, Harris has been out producing his more talented teammate SG Will Barton – $5,600. As long as Harris continues to get the starting nod, he is the better play when considering their current price tags.
Al-Farouq Aminu – POR at LAL – $6,200 – Aminu garners “Stud” status with his performance this season now that he is getting all the run that he can handle with his new team. This is a fantastic matchup where it looks like AFA has a 50/50 shot at reaching the forty fantasy point plateau. He will be a staple in the majority of my lineups on Sunday.
Joe Johnson – BKN vs BOS – $5,200 – On the season, Boston is allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing small forwards, and while Johnson does play a decent amount of shooting guard depending on who he is sharing the court with, he should be able to provide us a nice return with his “old man value” and savvy veteran play.
Andre Iguodala – GS at DEN – $5,000 – Iguodala is no stranger to the thin air of the Mile High City have spent a season in Denver. It looks like most of the gimpy Warriors will be ready to come out and play, however, this looks like a spot where Iggy should see 30ish minutes and be in the mix for 25 DraftKings points.
Anthony Davis – NO vs PHO – $10,700 – To Brow or not to Brow, that is the question. I am leaning towards letting other players take the shot at getting an MVP like performance and I will be looking elsewhere. That said, rolling with Davis comes down to personal risk tolerance, and while there is a good chance avoiding him for the most part will come back to haunt me, I am comfortable with making a stand here.
Ed Davis – POR at LAL – $4,000 – Yikes, it would seem that the power forward position is filled with pitfalls and booby-traps depending on how one regards Anthony Davis. This recommendation is more for tournaments or those with a higher tolerance for risk as Davis’ last half dozen games in descending chronological order are 38.3 fantasy points against the Clippers, 6.8 at HOU, 4.0 at SA and 20.25 at CHA, 24.0 at MEM and 28.0 vs SA. There are quite a few tough matchups in there and I am willing to take a shot on him in all formats for his 7x upside against the woeful Lakers.
Brandon Bass – LAL vs POR – $3,100 – Good Gawd, is that Brandon Bass music?!? He has been putting up about a point per minute for LA and if you are looking for an extreme punt play, it is RIGHT HERE!
Zaza Pachulia – DAL at OKC – $5,500 – Zaza gets stud status because he is one of the best kept secrets in the daily fantasy world. Finally he is receiving unfettered minutes with a team desperately in need of his services. On the season he is averaging a double double which also comes with an extra 1.5 bonus points on DraftKings. It is funny how the little things really add up, particularly on a tight game slate like we are facing on Sunday.
Enes Kanter – OKC vs DAL – $5,100 – Kanter would be on the same tier as Zaza if he were assured of a starting role. However, since he has been coming off the bench in every game so far, he is relegated to value status. That said, take gander at his recent game log…yeah, not too shabby. I am comfortable with having a heavy dose of Kanter across the board in all formats on this five game slate.
Roy Hibbert – LAL vs POR – $4,800 – I never seem to time my selection of Hibbert in opportune moments. Despite not taking more than nine shots in his last five games, he has posted 25 DraftKings points or better in each contest. Shhhhh, this is our little secret.