This article will focus on the six game set tipping off at 6:00pm ET, so let’s get to the good stuff! If you have any questions, you can reach out to me on Twitter @EmacDFS.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL at ORL – $9,300 – This is a rematch from Monday when the Bucks bested the Magic by four in Milwaukee. In that game, Antetokounmpo had a triple double on his way to a healthy 67 DraftKings points. He should be all but a lock for reaching his season average of 49 DraftKings points in this matchup, and I think he is a tremendous option in all formats Sunday.
Jordan Clarkson – LAL vs ATL – $5,900 – With D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle sidelined and Nick Young dealing with a sprained toe, Clarkson drew his first start of the season and played 38 minutes. While Young should be back on Sunday, we know that Russell is out for the next two weeks, and there is a very good chance Randle misses this contest as well. Regardless of his starting status, Clarkson should see enough minutes and opportunity to be a solid option in all formats, despite his increased price tag.
Other Options – Damian Lillard ($8,900), Chris Paul ($8,600)
Jose Calderon – LAL vs ATL – $3,400 – Calderon is going to be a little off-the-radar tonight since he is deemed “old” by most fantasy gamers. The only thing we want to worry about is what sort of production he create in the absence of D’Angelo Russell, and the last three games are a good indication that he should be in the mix for 20-25 DraftKings points, which is phenomenal when considering his rock-bottom price. Atlanta has been in the bottom five all season for fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards, and this is just one more factor lining up in Calderon’s favor.
Other Options – Darren Collison ($5,300), Patrick Beverly ($4,400)
James Harden – HOU at POR – $11,500 – He will cost a pretty penny, but in his last five meetings with Portland he has scored no fewer than 52.5 DraftKings points and as many as 84.5, with the other three all above 64.8. There is not much else to say.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,500)
Lou Williams – LAL vs ATL – $5,400 – Williams is no longer the steal he was two weeks ago, but this is still a manageable price point. The eleven year veteran is posting career highs in points, steals and field goal percentage. This is right about the price where we will want to jump off the bandwagon, but if both Julius Randle and Nick Young are out, he should see additional opportunity when he is on the court.
Matthew Dellavedova – MIL at ORL – $4,100 – Dellavedova is the new “Lou Williams” with his discounted price point and while he does not have a lot of upside, he manages to produce in enough categories that he is usually in the 22-25 DraftKings points range.
Other Options – J.J. Redick ($4,900), Sean Kilpatrick ($5,000)
Jabari Parker – MIL at ORL – $6,300 – The volatility in Parker’s production helps keep his price point suppressed. He has fifty fantasy point upside, but also drops sub-20 fantasy point duds too often to be trusted in most formats. However, I think he is a tremendous tournament option, particularly against the Magic who do not match up well with him as we saw on Monday when he had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks against them in Milwaukee.
Other Options – Rudy Gay ($6,800), Harrison Barnes ($5,800)
Glenn Robinson III – IND vs LAC – $5,000 – With Paul George and C.J. Miles already ruled out, Robinson should be in line for another start, and he has produced fantasy points when given the minutes.
Maurice Harkless – POR vs HOU – $5,100 – Harkless matches up well with the Rockets, and in his four meetings with Houston he has topped 27.5 DraftKings points three times with a high watermark of 42.8 last February.
Other Options – Kent Bazemore ($5,000), Thabo Sefolosha ($3,800)
Anthony Davis – NOP at DAL – $11,300 – The Brow has topped 52 DraftKings points in five of his last seven meetings against the Mavericks. He is playing some of the best basketball in his career with 31.3ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.1apg and an amazing 4.5 combined blocks/steals. His price is back up near its apex for the season, but this is such a tasty matchup it will be hard to not have him in a lineup or two.
Serge Ibaka – ORL vs MIL – $6,200 – When Ibaka is looking for his shot he is a forty fantasy point threat, which we saw on Friday against the Wizards and on Monday against these same Bucks where he scored 19 and 21 points respectively on his way to a pair of forty burgers.
Other Options – Blake Griffin, ($8,400), Paul Millsap ($7,300)
Trevor Booker – BKN vs SAC – $5,500 – Booker continues to produce at a high level now that he has a regular starting gig and he has topped 30 DraftKings points in six of his last ten contests. While he is generally the fourth option on offense when he is on the floor, he is a threat to double double every night (which is worth a 1.5 bonus points on DraftKings) filling the lane on the fast break and contributing on the glass.
Other Options – Dirk Nowitzki ($5,100)
Dwight Howard – ATL at LAL – $7,400 – The entire Atlanta squad was horrible on Friday when they lost by 27 points in Salt Lake City to the Jazz when they could muster just 68 points. There are too many veterans on this team for this to continue, and we know that Dwight Howard should be particularly motivated to take on his former team. In the first meeting this season he was terrific with 31 points on 12 of 16 shooting and he even managed to make 7 of 10 free throws. Toss in 11 rebounds and three steals, and that is how he tallied 50.8 DraftKings points. With just Timofey Mozgov to stop him, it is hard not to envision another top notch performance on Sunday.
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at BKN – $10,100 – Okay, close your eyes and imagine who on the Nets is going to stop Boogie from dancing his way through the paint on Sunday. Yeah, I don’t see it either. In his last four meetings with Brooklyn, he is averaging 37.9mpg, 29.0ppg, 12.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0 combined blocks/steals and an amazing 1.5 made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus on DraftKings. This all adds up to 57.1 fantasy points, and his dual position eligibility will be very handy with all of the excellent front court options available on Sunday.
Other Options – Myles Turner ($6,500), Nikola Vucevic ($6,200), Clint Capela ($6,000)
Mason Plumlee – POR vs HOU – $5,600 – Plumlee has been outstanding this season, and over his last seven games he is averaging 10.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3 combined steals and blocks for 31.5 DraftKings points. This should be one of the highest scoring games of the night, and he should thrive in a freewheeling affair.
Kosta Koufos – SAC at BKN – $3,000 – Even though he has been relegated to the second unit, Koufos continues to be productive, and at the absolute minimum salary on DraftKings he is an extreme punt option that can really create a unique roster build with an extra superstar.
Other Options – Andrew Bogut ($4,100), Ed Davis ($3,600)
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