NBA VALUE RECAP
Next Saturday we will be enjoying the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, so let’s enjoy our pre-hiatus DFS action tonight! We have a nice seven game set tipping off at 7pm. This article will focus on the full fourteen team player pool.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC vs GSW – $12,600 – To Westbrook or not to Westbrook, that is the question. Tonight I think we will want to do whatever we can to get him in our lineups. On Friday the Warriors were in Memphis locked in a spirited battle with the Grizzlies and their four key starters (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson) averaged 36 minutes each, with only Kevin Durant (32) playing less than 35 minutes.
Speaking of Durant, this is the first time he will return to Oklahoma City since spurning the Thunder in free agency, AND when these two teams squared off in Oracle Arena back in min-January, Westbrook rolled up 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 combined blocks/steals on his way to 73.2 DraftKings points. Enjoy!
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($9,200), Kyrie Irving ($8,400)
Patrick Beverly – HOU vs PHX – $5,600 – Even with his recent return to form and excellent past history against the Suns this season, averaging 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals for 37.0 DKPTs in 29.4 minutes per game in the first two meetings, Beverley is still likely to be overlooked. This is the one discount dandy I am planning to utilize on the majority of my lineups tonight.
Tyler Johnson – MIA at PHI – $5,500 – Whether the former Fresno State Bulldog is starting or coming off the bench, he has a solid 28-32 rotation minutes backing up both guard positions. This is an important game for the Heat who are a game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite their 24-30 record. They have won their last thirteen games, and despite this being on the road, a back-to-back and the third game in four nights, expect Coach Erik Spoelstra to pull out all the stops to secure another victory.
Yogi Ferrell – DAL vs ORL – $5,400 – The scorching shooting salvos were not going to last forever, but as long as Deron Williams remains out, we can look to Ferrell at this reasonable price tag, particularly for the later contests.
Other Options – Jameer Nelson ($4,400), Jamal Murray ($3,800)
James Harden – HOU vs PHX – $12,900 – The Suns are on a back-to-back after dismantling the Bulls 115-97 in Phoenix last night, but they are pretty banged up and this is only the second game in four days for Houston. With all eyes on Russell Westbrook and the Warriors doing battle, I think this is the perfect counter move in tournaments and an opportunity to roll with The Beard as an honest to goodness sneaky play. How often can we say that about the guy leading the league in assists and averaging 60+ DraftKings points per game?
Other Options – Victor Oladipo ($6,300), Will Barton ($6,300)
Seth Curry – DAL vs ORL – $5,000 – Just one game after attempting a single solitary shot and playing only 27 minutes, Curry returned to form going 6-12 from the field and tallying a team high 43 minutes of action against the Utah Jazz on Thursday. He is a fine discount option in this matchup against the Magic, and while his upside seems to be around 30ish DraftKings points, he should be in the mix for 5x his salary tonight making him a solid foundation option that fills the two-guard roster slot.
Wayne Ellington – MIA at PHI – $4,200 – As long as Dion Waiters is sidelined, I think Ellington is a fine play while his salary is in the low-$4,000s.
Brandon Knight – PHO at HOU – $3,500 – For those of you who are feeling daring, Brandon Knight is a tremendous boom/bust option at a near minimum price point. While a single fantasy point performance dud is definitely in his range of outcomes tonight, he has averaged 30.8 DraftKings points in the previous two tilts between these teams.
Other Options – Joe Ingles ($4,100), C.J. Watson ($3,700), Jamal Murray ($3,800)
Kevin Durant – GSW at OKC – $9,700 – This is going to be must see action tonight with Durant coming back to Oklahoma City. If you pair him and his former running mate Russell Westbrook, you will have $4,616 for the remaining six roster slots. I think there are already enough value options available to make this a viable strategy.
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs BOS – $7,800 – Hayward’s price is at a season high after posting 47+ DraftKings points in four of his last five games, but on tap tonight is a bit of a fun narrative as he will be going against his old college coach Brad Stevens. Also, it is no secret that Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge is very intrigued about reuniting the two in Boston.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,500)
Derrick Williams – CLE vs DEN – $3,000 – Cleveland is favored by 12 and should be able to dispatch the Nuggets with ease tonight. Additionally, we know that Coach Tyronn Lue is looking to rest the Big Three at some point prior to the All-Star Break. Enter Derrick Williams who was signed to a 10-day contract this week and is in tryout-mode for the Cavaliers who are looking for another shooter who can space the floor when Kyle Korver is on the bench. This is a tournament option only in my opinion, but at the absolute minimum salary on DraftKings, Williams facilitates some very interesting lineup builds.
Other Options – Evan Turner ($5,000)
Draymond Green – GSW at OKC – $7,500 – Green had a wild triple double last night with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals, scoring just four points. While it is very likely that the ‘Dubs will be deferring to Kevin Durant in his inaugural homecoming game, at this price point I think we can comfortably roll with Draymond in all formats.
Kevin Love – CLE vs DEN – $8,200 – Love is in play if either LeBron James or Kyrie Irving get a night off, though it is quite likely that Love is the Cav that gets to relax on Saturday. Keep an eye on news closer to game start.
Other Options – Serge Ibaka ($6,600)
Kelly Olynyk – BOS at UTA – $3,800 – Coach Brad Stevens likes to utilize Olynyk against opposing rim protectors to draw them away from the basket and open up the paint for Isaiah Thomas drives. While he will likely only see 18-21 minutes, KO is a point per minute guy who could flirt with mid-20s fantasy points if his shot is dropping tonight.
Joffrey Lauvergne – OKC vs GSW – $3,200 – Gamers are still not taking notice that King Joffrey has seen an increased role with Enes Kanter out for the remainder of the season. He is a nice way to get some “cheap exposure” to the freewheelin’ affair that is taking place in “The Big Friendly” tonight.
Other Options – P.J. Tucker ($4,400), T.J. Warren ($4,900), Dario Saric ($4,600)
Nikola Jokic – DEN at CLE – $9,000 – He’s a tournaments only option for me as this is the third road game in four nights, but the Nuggets should be riding high after dismantling the Knicks 131-123 in Madison Square Garden last night behind The Joker’s career high 40 points.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA at PHI – $8,500 – Whiteside disappointed a lot of his backers last night, me included, with his 28.7 DraftKings point “dud” against Brook Lopez and the Nets in Brooklyn. With Joel Embiid already ruled out and the big man duo of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor unlikely to draw Whiteside too far from the paint, we should see him bounce back with a nice performance tonight. Heck, just six days ago, GOATside rolled up a 30/20 game in only 27 minutes against the ‘Sixers in Miami. Giddy up!
Other Options – Draymond Green ($7,500)
Steven Adams – OKC vs GSW – $6,000 – Of all the players in this matchup tonight that have legitimate 40 DraftKings point upside, I think Adams will be the least popular. While he has topped 30 DraftKings points in this matchup just once in his career, there is no Enes Kanter, and in order for the Thunder to upset Golden State tonight, they are going to need post scoring from someone.
Other Options – Alex Len ($3,000), Joffrey Lauvergne ($3,200)
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