Let’s get into the targets for a 9-game set of NBA contests on Saturday night!
Stephen Curry – GS at SAC – $10,400 – Yes, there is of course the risk of a blowout against the Kings who will be without DeMarcus Cousins again, however, Curry has been in the zone and producing just over 1.8 DraftKings points per minute and he is averaging 32.5mpg and almost 60 fantasy points per game. Heck, on the season he is AVERAGING six made three-pointers per game and he is sinking them at a 51.4% clip. Enjoy the ride!
John Wall – WAS at ATL – $9,000 – If you can’t quite reach up for Curry, or if you think he may have an off game, then rolling with John Wall at a 15% discount is not a bad option at all. Atlanta has been solid against opposing point guards from a fantasy perspective this season, however, Wall is the clear cut top option on offense for the Wizards and he will be in the mix for 40 fantasy points in most games and he has 55 fantasy point upside.
Darren Collison – SAC vs GSW – $4,800 – While there have been rumblings from Sac-Town that Collison might enter the starting lineup alongside PG Rajon Rondo – $5,800 the Kings seem content to let him run the second unit and be the primary scorer off the bench. We saw his upside on Friday when he dropped 22 points to go along with nine assists on his way to 39.5 DraftKings points. This will be a very up-tempo matchup against the Warriors tonight and I expect Collison to come out and play!
Victor Oladipo – ORL at PHI – $7,700 – Oladipo has been outstanding this season and he looks like he has stepped his game up to the next level. He has tallied a robust stat line with 16.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.8spg on his way to 40 fantasy points per contest. The best part is he has been below 35 DraftKings points just once through the first six games. The 76ers have been solid against two-guards this season, however, I have no issues with utilizing Oladipo across all formats tonight.
James Harden – HOU at LAC – $10,000 – Welcome back Mr. Harden! After starting off “slowly” Harden has posted 74.0, 40.3 and 58.8 fantasy points in his last three games and he is averaging 48.9 DraftKings points per game on the season. It will be interesting to see how the Clippers handle him this season, as they were able to slow him down a bit last year. In four meetings The Bearded One averaged 20ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.3apg and 1.3spg. He is best utilized as a tournament option in this matchup.
Nik Stauskas – PHI vs ORL – $4,200 – The man affectionately known as “Sauce Castillo” has really stepped up for the 76ers in the absence of Robert Covington as the long distance offense and he has taken 29 three point attempts in the last three games, making 15 of them. With the extra bonus for triples on DraftKings and his ability to chip in with a few peripheral stats, Stauskas should continue to produce 25ish fantasy points in this matchup with the Magic.
Marcus Thornton – HOU at LAC – $4,800 – As long as Terrence Jones (lacerated eyelid) and Patrick Beverly (concussion) are out, Thornton will continue to see 30+ minutes per game and his shot attempts should be somewhere in the mid-teens. This matchup is project for 218 points, the second highest total of the night. Make sure to have some exposure to players in this game.
Kawhi Leonard – SAS vs CHA – $7,900 – The Spurs are officially Kawhi’s team and he has been outstanding this season averaging 41.3 DraftKings points per game. The Spurs do not play again until Monday, so if you want to spend on secure production at the small forward position, this is the play for you.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL vs BKN – $7,300 – The Alphabet has been phenomenal so far this season producing at least 30+ fantasy points in every game. There is always the risk the Coach Jason Kidd gets cute with the minutes, however, this matchup should remain close enough that Antetokounmpo will likely be in line for another solid outing.
Harrison Barnes – GS at SAC – $5,000 – This is just too cheap of a price tag for a player of Barnes caliber. On the season he is averaging 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 0.5spg for a steady 25.8 DraftKings points. He has put up 31+ fantasy points in his last two game and his worst outing for the season resulted in 19.3 fantasy points in a tough matchup against Memphis. He gets my vote of confidence as one of the best point per dollar plays tonight.
Anthony Davis – NO at DAL – $10,600 – Call off the search party, The Brow is BACK!!! With an outstanding 75.5 DraftKings points against the Atlanta Hawks last night and 55.3 last Saturday against Golden State, we can be confident that Davis is once again back in the conversation as the top play any day in which he has a game. This price is a good $800 lower than it should be and AD will be among the best choices tonight in this matchup against the toothless Dallas Mavericks.
Nerlens Noel – PHI vs ORL – $7,000 – This should be a nice matchup for Noel as the already soft Magic frontcourt will likely be without center Nikola Vucevic who is dealing with a deep knee bruise. Noel will be looking to build on the fantastic 50 fantasy point game he posted in Cleveland on Thursday.
Trevor Booker – UTA vs MEM – $3,000 – While we can’t expect another 30 fantasy point outing, he should be in the mix for decent minutes backing up Derrick Favors who is still recovering from the flu. At the DraftKings minimum price, we just need him to put up 15ish fantasy points. This is an extreme punt play, but could pay off handsomely if Booker manages to get 20+ fantasy points. The Jazz will certainly need his presence in the paint as they take on the Grizzlies tonight.
Kris Humphries – WAS at ATL – $3,500 – Humphries has been getting steady minutes for the Wizards as he looks to have supplanted teammate Nene Hilario – $3,100 as the starting power forward. Both will be needed Saturday against the Hawks frontcourt and while they are likely safer than Trevor Booker, however, they do not have the same upside potential.
Brook Lopez – BKN at MIL – $6,900 – With DeMarcus Cousins and Nikola Vucevic likely out another game, most gamers will be paying up for DeAndre Jordan – LAC vs HOU – $7,800 or dropping down to a much cheaper option. That will leave a few players over looked in the middle. One of those will likely be Brook Lopez, who has been performing well this season and has a decent matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Last year, Lopez posted 20.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.8bpg in for contests with the Bucks. That is an excellent baseline target for us to project and it is a steal at this price point.
Zaza Pachulia – DAL vs NO – $5,400 – Dallas is going to need to rely on Zaza to do battle with the Pellies BIGs in the paint tonight. While he is not the most sexy selection, he has posted 34+ DraftKings points in three of his five outings so far this season. This is more of a tournament play, but he is definitely in the conversation tonight at center.
Tiago Splitter – ATL vs WAS – $3,500 – Splitter has been seeing a steady 20 rotation minutes and is producing a solid 15.4 fantasy points per game. While he has only been above 20 DraftKings points once, he has been below 12 fantasy points just once also, meaning he won’t bust our lineups if we use him tonight.
Dewayne Dedmon – ORL at PHI – $3,800 – Dedmon will be the popular punt option tonight and he is a fine play. The main issue with him is his high fouling rate, as evidenced by him fouling out of the last two games. In tournaments, I am going to let other gamers assume that risk as I am projecting Dedmon for 15 DraftKings points against the 76ers active frontcourt.