Sunday the wait is finally over. Super Bowl LIV will see the Chiefs and 49ers battle it out for control of the Lombardi trophy, but first the NFL handed out some individual hardware at the NFL Honors ceremony. Here’s how DK Live recapped the news:
Lamar Jackson became just the second unanimous NFL MVP ever after an outstanding season which saw him emerge as a true superstar.
Lamar Jackson named NFL MVP — As expected, Jackson won in a landslide. He own the award unanimously for only the second time in league history, joining Tom Brady as the only other player to accomplish the feat. The Ravens ended up burning out in the playoffs, which could lead Jackson to face some doubt entering next season. For fantasy purposes, there shouldn’t be any concerns. Jackson scored over 30 DKFP in almost every game this season and set a QB record with 1,206 rushing yards. There will be questions about his throwing accuracy in the offseason, but we have to keep in mind that he threw for 36 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions this season. — Greg Ehrenberg
Meanwhile, Christian McCaffrey earned Fantasy Player of the Year honors to celebrate his dominance.
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Christian McCaffrey named Fantasy Player of the Year — The NFL awarded McCaffrey the Fantasy Player of the Year Award on Saturday night after the Panthers RB led the NFL with 495.2 DKFP in the 2019 season. He had more than 50 DKFP more than any other player and 100 DKFP more than anyone but Lamar Jackson and Michael Thomas. McCaffrey played in all 16 games for the third straight season, totaling 1,387 yards on the ground and 1,005 yards receiving along with 19 total touchdowns. He hauled in a career-high 116 catches, second in the NFL behind Michael Thomas. McCaffrey was the highest priced running back for most of the season, but he delivered most weeks with over 24 DKFP in 12 of his 16 contests. — Zach Thompson
For even more of a breakdown on CMC’s unbelievable year, check out this article by Steve Buchanan.
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NIGHTLY RECAPThe focus for fantasy owners on Saturday was a nine-game NBA slate and a massive NHL slate on DraftKings. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Saturday’s most noteworthy fantasy NBA and NHL performances:
Karl-Anthony Towns’ big double-double not enough to beat Kawhi’s Clippers — The Timberwolves couldn’t knock off the Clippers at Staples Center despite a big performance from Towns, who finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high 56 DKFP. Shabazz Napier also had a double-double with 11 points, 10 assists and 35 DKFP. The Clippers were led to a 118-106 victory by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 points and 46 DKFP and were able to use Paul George for 25 minutes as he continues to work his way back from injury. He had 21 points, seven rebounds and 39.75 DKFP despite limited action. Despite Towns’ big game, the Clippers used their depth and had six players score in double figures on their way to another W. — Zach Thompson
Knicks upset the Pacers as double-digit road underdogs — The Pacers (-11) were the biggest favorites of the night. It seemed like they were going to have an easy time winning at home against the Knicks, who had only won 13 games all season. The game didn’t go as expected. New York got off to an early lead and never folded. Julius Randle ($8,300) led the way and finished with 47 DKFP. He had 16 points and pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds. The Knicks were also shorthanded tonight since Frank Ntlikina is injured and Elfrid Payton was suspended. Dennis Smith Jr. ($3,100) was an uber chalk play and finished with a mediocre 17.75 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Kyrie Irving (knee) leaves early in Nets’ loss to the Wizards — After scoring 52 points and having one of the best games of his career last night, things couldn’t have gone more differently for Irving ($9,100) tonight. Prior to getting hurt, he was struggling and scored just 23.5 DKFP against the Wizards, who have essentially been giving away fantasy points to opponents this season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, he will undergo an MRI on Sunday. If he misses time, Spencer Dinwiddie ($7,400; 41.5 DKFP) would move back into the starting lineup and see a bump in production. Bradley Beal ($9,900) carried Washington in the win. He scored 34 points and had 56.5 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
The shorthanded Mavericks blow out the injured Hawks — We knew the Mavs were going to be at less than full strength today. Luka Doncic is out with an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis got the night off for rest. What we didn’t know was that Seth Curry ($5,000; 28 DKFP) was going to get hurt during the game as well as two of the Hawks’ starters. Curry was ruled out with knee injury, while Trae Young ($10,300; 19.5 DKFP) and Cam Reddish ($4,200; 5.5 DKFP) left with injuries on the other side of the game. With all the injuries, Dorian Finney-Smith ($4,500; 44.75 DKFP), Jalen Brunson ($5,300; 44.5 DKFP) and Maxi Kleber ($3,800; 39 DKFP) all stepped up with big games. — Greg Ehrenberg
Trae Young (ankle) exits early Saturday vs. Mavericks — This is the third time this season that Young ($10,300) has left a game with a sprained ankle. He was able to bounce back pretty quickly from the other two injuries, although he did miss at least one game following each of his ankle sprains. We have seen Cam Reddish step up and play extended minutes when Young is out this season, but he also left tonight’s game after getting hit in the nose. It’s unclear how Atlanta would fill a void left by Young when the roster is so beat up at the moment. The Hawks are tied with the Cavs for the worst record in the East and it doesn’t look like things will get better. — Greg Ehrenberg
Cam Reddish (nose) exits early Saturday vs. Mavericks — Reddish got hit in the face and went to the locker room bleeding from his nose. The Hawks ruled him out shortly after and announced that he’s in concussion protocol, so it seems possible he could miss additional time. Prior to leaving, he scored 5.5 DKFP in seven minutes. This leaves the Hawks pretty thin on the wing since De’Andre Hunter is out with an ankle injury. Reddish has been inconsistent throughout his rookie season and is shooting just 36.1% from the field. — Greg Ehrenberg
T.J. Warren (head) exits early Saturday vs. Knicks — Given Warren’s history, it’s pretty scary whenever he goes down with any sort of head related injury. He’s had a couple of concussions during his career and he missed almost a month in 2016 due to a head injury. Warren got hurt during a collusion with Julius Randle ($8,300) and had to be helped off the court to the locker room. The Pacers quickly ruled him out after the injury, which is an ominous sign. Warren had five points and 10.25 DKFP prior to getting injured. — Greg Ehrenberg
And here’s how DK Live recapped some of Saturday’s most noteworthy fantasy NHL performances and news:
Torey Krug starts February off right — Flipping the calendar looks like it was a good thing for Krug. After not scoring a goalie for all of January, he found the back of the net twice in tonight’s win over the Wild. Not only did he score twice, he also notched a pair of assists and finished with 34.3 DKFP. David Pastrnak also scored a goal, putting him first in the league in goals scored. He added 24.5 DKFP of his own and continues to be one of the best fantasy producers in the NHL. — Greg Ehrenberg
Jack Eichel scores game-winner in overtime — Eichel (10 DKFP) started February the same way he finished January, by finding the back of the net. He has goals in three consecutive games. Before scoring the final goal of the game, Eichel had been completely held off the stat sheet, which rarely happens. In January he recorded a point in all but three games. Eichel now has 31 goals, good for fourth most in the NHL. He’s six goals behind Alex Ovechkin and David Pastrnak who are tied for the league lead. — Greg Ehrenberg
Quinn Hughes has first multi-goal game of his career — Hughes (22.8 DKFP) only had six goals all year coming into today although most of them have come recently. Including today’s game, he now has five goals in his past six games. Only 20-years-old, it looks like Hughes is starting to breakout and is a player to roster going forward. Joining him on the stat sheet, J.T. Miller also had a big game. Miller scored a goal, assisted on another and finished with 193 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Carey Price perfect in win over Panthers — Price stopped all 29 shots he faced and scored 29.6 DKFP in a shutout win over Florida. This continues a hot run for Price, who only allowed one goal in his last start and has collected a win in six of his last seven starts. In those outings, he’s allowed one or less goals five times. He didn’t need much help, but he got in from his offense anyway and the Canadiens scored four goals. Jeff Petry (26 DKFP) was a big initiator of the scoring and assisted on all four goals. — Greg Ehrenberg
A LOOK AHEADSunday has an early (2 p.m. lock) three-game NBA main slate on DraftKings. Set your lineups here: NBA $300K Game Day Special [$100K to 1st].
Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) listed questionable for Sunday vs. Suns — Antetokounmpo ($11,000) missed a game earlier in the week because of a shoulder injury and now it appears he’s dealing with a hamstring issue. The Bucks have been extremely cautious with their young star’s health, so he only likely to play if he’s at 100%. If Giannis is ruled out, Ersan Ilyasova ($5,000) would move into the starting lineup. He’s made five spot starts this year and averages 33.05 DKFP in the role. Eric Bledsoe ($6,700) and Khris Middleton ($7,800) would have to shoulder extra usage if Antetokounmpo is unable to play. — Greg Ehrenberg
Ricky Rubio (ankle) questionable Sunday vs. the Bucks — The Suns visit the Bucks on Sunday afternoon before the Super Bowl, but they might not have Rubio, who has been playing through ankle soreness. The team will likely issue an update after morning shootaround with more a more definitive status, but if Rubio is out, even more of the offensive load will fall on Devin Booker. Rubio has struggled with his shot the past few games while playing through the injury shooting just 5-for-23 (22%) from the field in his past three games. If he is out, Elie Okobo would likely move into the starting lineup but has struggled this season when asked to step into that role. Ty Jerome has been Rubio’s best backup lately, and he could be a good value if he gets the starting nod. — Zach Thompson
Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) listed as out Sunday vs. the Pistons — Porter joins a growing list of Nuggets that won’t be available for Sunday’s afternoon contest in Detroit. Porter, Paul Millsap (knee), Mason Plumlee (foot) and Jamal Murray (ankle) will all be sidelined, although in better news Gary Harris (personal) is not on the injury report after missing Friday’s game. With Porter joining Millsap and Plumlee on the sideline, the Nuggets will have to rely more heavily on Jerami Grant and Torrey Craig to play major minutes. Juancho Hernangómez also appears lined up for more work coming off the bench. — Zach Thompson
Norman Powell (hand) is out indefinitely — The Raptors announced Saturday that Powell fractured the ring finger in his left hand and will be out indefinitely. He sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter Friday night against the Pistons but was able to stay in the game. His loss is a big one for the Raptors, who will need to rely more on Patrick McCaw and Terence Davis off the bench behind Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby. Powell’s return could be a key factor in the Raptors’ playoff run, but it’s unclear what his treatment and recovery timetable will be. So far this season, the 26-year-old is averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.2 minutes per game. — Zach Thompson
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