These recommendations will focus on the four games beginning at 6:00pm ET on Sunday night. If you have any questions, you can reach out to me on Twitter @EmacDFS. Let’s get to it!
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL at DAL – $9,700 – This is a back-to-back for the Milwaukee Bucks and their third game in four days after they hosted the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night with a 125-107 win and the Sacramento Kings on Saturday with a 117-91 victory. The Mavericks have been a bottom five team against point guards and shooting guards this season, and they really don’t have anyone equipped to deal with Antetokounmpo. He may be a little tired (though he did only play 25 minutes last night), but at just 21 years old, he is still one of the youngest players in the league and he is a nightly threat for a triple double.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs DEN – $7,500 – The Celtics have had three days off, and even though they have Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart healthy, they are now without Jae Crowder for the next week which should keep minutes open for everyone. I think Thomas is a fine option in all formats, and he has produced at least 35.7 DraftKings points in every outing this season while averaging just shy of 35 minutes per game.
Other Options – Eric Bledsoe ($7,000), D’Angelo Russell ($6,500)
J.J. Barea – DAL vs MIL – $5,500 – With Dirk Nowitzki being shut down for the next week, there will be plenty of opportunity for Barea as the Mavericks will need to lean on him for scoring, and they will also likely run out their “small ball” lineups while the face of their franchise is on the shelf.
Other Options – Ty Lawson ($5,000), Jordan Clarkson ($4,900)
DeMar DeRozan – TOR vs SAC – $8,300 – DeRozan has been phenomenal this season, shooting an astounding 55.1% from the field with just one made three pointer while leading the League in scoring with 35.8 points per game. At some point, this torrid pace is going to evaporate, but in a good matchup against a Sacramento team dealing with banged up players and playing their third game in four nights, he is a fine option in my opinion.
Other Options – Avery Bradley ($6,000)
Lou Williams – LAL vs PHO – $4,500 – Lou Williams continues to provide scoring off the bench for the Lakers who have already knocked off Houston, Atlanta and Golden State. This is a great matchup in a game that should see plenty of scoring with a projected game total of 217.0 points.
Other Options – Matthew Dellavedova ($4,900), Malcolm Brogdon ($3,500), Wesley Matthews ($5,100)
T.J. Warren – PHO at LAL – $6,700 – Warren continues to reward his backers handsomely with his outstanding production; however, his price has jumped $1,700 over the last week. This is a great matchup, and there is only an eight team player pool for the main set of contests, so I’ll continue to ride the train with him averaging nearly 14 field goal attempts per game. The opportunity is certainly there.
Devin Booker – PHO at LAL – $6,100 – Booker finally had the game people were predicting, and he nailed 13 of 22 shots on his way to 46.0 fantasy points in New Orleans on Friday night. This is another great matchup, though he I believe will be quite popular. He is available as a small forward or shooting guard which will likely boost the number of lineups he’s in.
Other Options – Jabari Parker ($5,900)
Harrison Barnes – DAL vs MIL – $5,900 – With Dirk Nowitzki out of the picture, Barnes should see at least 15 shot attempts and be on the floor for upwards of 35 minutes in this matchup with the Bucks. He has been all over the place with his production; however, he does have the ability to flirt with the forty point fantasy plateau while stepping into the offensive vacuum left by Nowitzki.
Other Options – Wilson Chandler ($4,700)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at TOR – $10,100 – Cousins had 15 points in the first half, but he was scoreless in the second half and sat out the entire fourth quarter along with the rest of the Sacramento starting five. If we get a motivated Boogie, this is a great matchup against Toronto as he is more nimble than any of their post players. However, if we get a sullen Boogie, his high price tag will definitely sink our hopes tonight. I think tournaments only for this dance.
Julius Randle – LAL vs PHO – $6,200 – Randle was fantastic on Friday against the Pelicans with 20 points and 14 rebounds on his way to a 43.5 DraftKings point night. This is another fast paced game that should be right in his wheelhouse, and while we may not see him get 18 shots again, I think he’ll definitely will be flirting with a double-double in this matchup.
Other Options – Nikola Jokic ($6,000)
Larry Nance Jr – LAL vs PHO – $4,200 – Nance has been outstanding over his last three games averaging just shy of 29 minutes per game and almost 30 DraftKings points per contest. This is another game that I want to get as many players from as possible, and with Nance being eligible at either forward position, it is pretty easy to work his discounted salary into any type of lineup build.
Other Options – Omri Casspi ($3,900), Amir Johnson ($4,400)
Jusuf Nurkic – DEN at DET – $6,500 – Nurkic is averaging 15.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg and 2.0 bpg and with the Celtics missing Al Horford (concussion), Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) and Jae Crowder (ankle) it will be interesting to see how they handle their thinned out frontcourt because Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson are no match for someone like Nurkic.
Other Options – Jonas Valancuinas ($6,600)
Tyson Chandler – PHO at LAL – $4,600 – Chandler has turned back the clock and he is averaging a strong 25.6 DraftKings points per game while posting the third highest rebounding total in the league with 13.5 per game. It looks like Alex Len is the odd man out unless the Suns are facing a true center, and unless we know Timofey Mozgov is going to start for the Lakers, Chandler is a terrific option. If Mozgov is starting, I think he is still in play as a discount dandy.
Other Options – Tyler Zeller ($4,300), Kostas Koufos ($3,200)
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