March 9th DraftKings NBA Is All About Upside

It looks like a high-scoring slate of NBA games Friday night, with three different games at over 227 points projected by Vegas. There are a glut of good fantasy options, and this is not the night to play it safe and take the sure points. Tonight’s lineup is all about upside, so we gotta take guys at every position that could blow up and really outperform expectations. Let’s risk it for the biscuit!

SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.5K vs Los Angeles Clippers

That guy again. LeBron went nuclear in Denver for us Wednesday night with 39/8/10 and a flurry of a finish, and now the West road trip continues. For all their new additions, the Cavs are actually underdogs against the Clippers, and LeBron has a history with Tobias Harris, so he could take this one into his own hands. Fifty points are basically a lock at this point, and there’s another 60 or 70 point upside sitting there as LeBron’s increased assists make him a triple double threat every night.

PG/SG Bradley Beal WAS $9.1K vs New Orleans

Beal continues to be Mr. Everything for the Wizards, and that shouldn’t slow down in a matchup with the Pelicans. They’ve been worst in the league against shooting guards, and Beal is over 40 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. With Wall out and Porter questionable, this one’s all on him. Expect a ton of shot opportunities and his recent added bonus of around seven assists a game with the ball in his hands more often.

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SG/SF Will Barton DEN $6.9K vs Los Angeles Lakers

Back to the well on Barton, who was a huge bust for us Wednesday night but averaged 40 fantasy points over the previous five games. The Cavs gave Barton a ton of attention on defense, but the Lakers don’t have the players to match that effort, so Barton should be back to filling up the box score again. He continues to be underpriced and functions as a sort of poor man’s LeBron in your lineup at this point as much as he does, with a 20/7/7 type line most nights.

SF/PF Kyle Kuzma LAL $6.4K vs Denver

Kuzma hit the rookie wall midseason but has bounced back of late, and he’s a value with a huge minutes boost while Brandon Ingram is sidelined. Kuzma has averaged 40 minutes the past two games and responded with 31 points and 18 boards, and he’s averaging 37 fantasy points in those two. He should be a go-to scoring option again in a high-flying game with a lot of offense, so he’s our Lakers pick tonight amidst a handful of good L.A. options.

PF/C Skal Labissiere SAC $5.5K vs Orlando

Injuries and tanking have led to a much bigger role for Skal. He’s averaging over 30 minutes in March and has put up a 13/7/3 line in that stretch with two blocks a game thrown in. He’s actually been pretty consistent and should get plenty of minutes and shots in a huge tanking battle.

PG Frank Mason SAC $3.8K vs Orlando

De’Aaron Fox is questionable for the Kings, and you have to think he sits this one out or plays limited minutes in a game Sacramento really needs to lose. That should mean starter minutes for Mason, who has produced well when given the opportunity. He’s coming off a 16/6 game with Fox playing limited minutes, and he could be a huge bargain play against Orlando’s terrible defense if he gets a big minute load.

PF/C Luc Mbah a Moute HOU $3.5K vs Toronto

Houston just keeps on winning, but you’d never know it from the injury report. The Rockets will be missing Anderson, Nene, and Wright, and Capela is expected to be back but limited. That should mean a bigger minute load for Mbah a Moute and more of them at center against a team that’s given up a ton of fantasy points to opposing centers. He doesn’t have as high a ceiling as the rest of our lineup, but he’s a cheap source of what should be about 20 fantasy points.

SF/PF Jonathan Isaac ORL $3.3K vs Sacramento

One last huge swing in tonight’s lineup for one of our favorite rookies, Jonathan Isaac. The Magic look like they’ll be missing Gordon, Fournier, Ross, and probably Augustin, so there’s going to be a lot of playing time for everyone else in a tankathon game. Isaac is averaging 12 fantasy points over his last four games despite scoring five real life points that entire stretch. He’s getting his fantasy points on defense and rebounding, so if we luck into some scoring against a bad Kings D too, he could pay off. If you prefer a safer option with a lower ceiling, try Atlanta’s Miles Plumlee.

NBA DraftKings Best Plays March 8th

Thursday in the NBA features a 5 game slate full of playoff bound teams fighting for positioning. This slate features a few studs along with plenty of viable options in the mid-tier. Here I break down the best plays at each position that you can use for cash games and in GPP’s.

PG Russell Westbrook (OKC vs PHO, $11,800)

On this short slate, Russ is the only player priced above $10,000 and rightfully so. Tonight, Westbrook matches up across from Elfrid Payton, who he has taken advantage of time after time. Russ dropped 76.5 DK points in the last outing and we can see that continuing tonight. He is the perfect way to start a cash lineup.

SG Klay Thompson (GS vs SA, $6,100)

In a battle out west, Klay draws a favorable matchup against the San Antonio Spurs who have been bottom 10 defensively against SG’s in the last 5 games. Look for him to continue to produce steady DK points, especially at this price point. Strong cash play with GPP upside if he gets hot from 3.

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SG/SF Josh Richardson (MIA vs PHI, $5,300)

I will be paying down at small forward tonight due to stars being priced too high and in difficult matchups. This leads us right to Josh Richardson who draws a beautiful matchup against the 76ers who have been bottom 3 against the small forward position in the past 10 games. Richardson offers safe minutes and 6-7x upside. Lock him into cash and GPP lineups with confidence.

PF/C Draymond Green (GS vs SA, $7,300)

Power forward is extremely thin tonight. I will be looking at Draymond Green who is priced down and in a great spot. Not many will look at this play either because of the matchup against the Spurs. However, in the last 5 games, the Spurs have been bottom 2 against the power forward position. The last time these two teams squared off, Draymond notched 48 DK points which was good enough for over 6x value. Consider him a strong GPP play given his price point.

PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge (SA @ GS, $7,700)

With Pau Gasol out, LaMarcus Aldridge presumably enters the center spot for the Spurs. When Gasol is off the court, Aldridge takes on a majority of the scoring at the position. The last time Gasol missed back on January 23rd, Aldridge dropped 30 real life points which translated to 49.5 total DK points. Very strong cash play and if he is able to accrue additional stats, he has GPP upside.

SF/PF Justise Winslow (MIA vs PHI, $4,500)

If you’re looking for a value option on the slate, take a look at Justise Winslow. Winslow has been red hot over the past 4 games averaging 32 dk points in that span. At $4,500, he offers 7-8x value for GPP’s in a dream matchup against the 76ers (see Josh Richardson above).

Cavs and Nuggets Star in March 7th DraftKings NBA Best Plays

Tonight is a reminder to use Vegas to your advantage. Vegas has the over/under at a whopping 230.5 when the Cavs head to Denver on ESPN, expecting a 117-114 shootout. That’s a far cry from their 101-100 expectation in the Jazz-Pacers game, and it’s a reminder that all those extra points matter. Let’s play some stars in the Cavs-Nuggets shootout and make sure we get a key player in the other two late games without much defense, Pelicans-Kings and Magic-Lakers.

SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.4K vs Denver

If we’re building our strategy around getting guys into the Cavs-Nuggets game, then LeBron has to be the headliner. He’s over 53 fantasy points in each of his past ten, averaging a triple-double in that stretch with 28 points, 10 boards, and 11 assists a game. Denver is a sieve defensively and Paul Millsap has never been able to stay with LeBron, so he’s a strong triple-double threat with a high floor and a huge ceiling. 50 would be disappointing, 60 seems likely, and he could lead the night.

PF/C Anthony Davis NOP $11.3K vs Sacramento

Davis continues to make a late run at the MVP, and the Pelicans are on fire. They’re on a nine-game winning streak, and the Brow is averaging 38 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks during that stretch with five 40+ point scoring games and a 71-point fantasy average during that stretch. The only thing that could slow him down against a bad Kings defense is if the Pelicans run away with things and Davis rests after a rib contusion Tuesday night, but he should keep the good times rolling.

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SG/SF Will Barton DEN $7.0K vs Cleveland

Barton has become a lineup staple because DraftKings still hasn’t caught up to his value. He’s averaging 40+ fantasy points over his last five outings and continues to fill up the box score. He’s had six to eight rebounds in each of those games and frequently gets that many assists along with around 20 points. He’s the Nugget you have to have in your lineup in the Denver-Cleveland shootout.

PG Isaiah Thomas LAL $6.0K vs Orlando

The Lakers are a bit banged up right now with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and others sidelined, and that should mean more minutes and more shots for Isaiah Thomas. He’s suddenly playing 30 minutes a game over the past three Lakers games, and he’s averaging 23 points, 7 assists, and 35 fantasy points during that stretch. Orlando is one of the worst in the league against point guards, and Thomas is playing for that Brinks truck for a team with no reason to tank. He should have another big game.

SG/SF Garrett Temple SAC $3.7K vs New Orleans

Temple is nursing a bit of a back issue but looks good to go and should be in line for his usual minutes, even with Sacramento beginning to play its younger players more. Even when he doesn’t score many points, Temple adds assists and steals and typically hits the 20-point fantasy mark when he’s out there, and the Pelicans are one of the worst in the league against wings.

PG/SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes MEM $3.7K vs Chicago

WHO?! The 23-year-old from Florida State got the G-League call-up and played his first game Monday night against the Spurs, and he responded with 8 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 20.5 fantasy points. Memphis is paper thin at guard right now with Conley, Evans, Chalmers, and Harrison all out, so XRM should split point guard duties with Kobi Simmons and could be a sneaky play against a Bulls defense that has bled point guard fantasy points all season.

SF/PF P.J. Tucker HOU $3.5K vs Milwaukee

Houston is still all sorts of banged up, though you’d never know it by their never-ending winning streak. Ryan Anderson, Joe Johnson, and Brendan Wright are all questionable Wednesday night, and all three of those guys normally play minutes that may go to Tucker instead. He typically gets double-digit points and around 20 fantasy points when he sees a minutes uptick, and there’s always upside for any Rocket in your lineup.

PF Travis Wear LAL $3.3K vs Orlando

Wear is our second recent G-League call-up. These guys are playing for their NBA lives and only have a 10-day contract to prove themselves, so the upside is there and the playing time should be too for Wear with Ingram sidelined. Wear is a fine rebounder and a good shooter – think poor man’s Ryan Anderson. That sort of player has fared well against the Magic this season, so Wear is a long shot with real upside.

 

NBA Tankathon Highlights March 2nd DraftKings NBA Best Plays

The NBA tankathon is here, and motives change everything this time of the year. No fewer than nine teams are outright tanking, and seven of them play Friday night. That leaves advantages to be played in the margins, both by using players from good teams against squads that want to lose and by utilizing low-cost budget players with an unusual minutes boost thanks to a tanking effort. All that budget lets us grab a few stars at the top.

PG Russell Westbrook OKC $11.8K vs Phoenix

The reigning MVP and triple-double machine against the worst defense in the league? Please and thank you. Westbrook averages 35 points, 12 boards, and 12 dimes in his last five times out against the Suns. That includes two games with 48+ points, one with 22 assists, and three triple-doubles. The Thunder have faded over the past few weeks, and Friday feels like a good time for Westbrook to go out and win one all on his own. Fifty fantasy points would be a disappointment.

C Andre Drummond DET $9.9K vs Orlando

Drummond has at least 14 rebounds in each of his last 13 games, and he’s averaging a silly 17/8/2/2/2 line during that stretch. He’s flourished next to Blake Griffin and should have his way with Orlando’s mess at center. He’s become a consistent fantasy stud and continues to be overpriced because of his lack of scoring, but his rebounds and defensive points will do the job just fine.

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SG/SF Will Barton DEN $7.2K vs Memphis

Barton is one of two Nuggets in our lineup tonight in a game they have to have against a team that’s missing half their lineup and gone into the tank. Only one team will be trying here, and Will Barton is all about effort. He’s had at least 38 fantasy points in five of his last six outings, and he’s paired up at least five assists with at least five rebounds in each of those big games. Barton fills up the box score, and he should be all over the place against a Grizzlies squad that wants to be elsewhere.

PG Ricky Rubio UTA $5.2K vs Minnesota

Minnesota is in a tough spot after a tough loss late Thursday night and a quick turnaround on the road in the tough Utah elevation. And you can bet Ricky Rubio would love to take advantage of it. Rubio has slowed down since a fiery start to February, but he’ll be on the attack against his former team. He had 19 points, 5 boards, and 10 assists against the Wolves in their first matchup, and he could match those numbers against Jeff Teague.

PF/C Paul Millsap DEN $5.2K vs Memphis

Is Paul Millsap really back? We only have one game of data, but we’re going to take a shot. Millsap played 23 minutes in his first game in three months and did what Millsap does, posting a tidy 9/7/2/2/1 line that filled up the box score. Memphis has struggled against opposing fours all year, and they’re missing so many guys we’ll have to hope Millsap racks up some points before this one gets out of hand.

PG Dwight Buycks DET $3.6K vs Orlando

Reggie Jackson isn’t quite ready to go yet, and Buycks has suddenly found himself getting quality playing time and making it worthwhile. He’s averaging 21 minutes the last two games and has 12 points and 4 assists in each of those for over 25 fantasy points each time out. Orlando has been one of the worst in the league against opposing point guards, so Buycks looks like a great bargain play at under $4K.

SF/PF Troy Williams NYK $3.2K vs Los Angeles Clippers

The Knicks are in the tank, so it’s probably not coincidental that newly-signed Troy Williams is playing minutes. Williams has played 27 minutes the last two games and has scored 35.75 fantasy points in that time. He’s displayed quick hands and a good rebounding rate, and playing time is everything. Playing a tired Clippers team doesn’t hurt either.

PF Nerlens Noel DAL $3.0K vs Chicago

Noel played for the first time in over three months on Wednesday and actually got 16 minutes of run, posting a 4/3/1/1/1 line. That’s not much. But neither is the Bulls collection of centers, and this is a tank-off game where both teams badly need a loss. This is a shot in the dark play at a minimum-price player who should see 15-20 minutes against a bad defense and a guy playing for a contract and maybe for his career. Could Noel grab you 20 fantasy points for the minimum?

Brow and Beard Lead February 28th DraftKings NBA Best Plays

Some DFS players like to build a lineup around a superstar, while others prefer to find two or three B+ stars or go with a more well-rounded lineup. Wednesday’s nine games afford us a rare chance to build a team around two superstars playing better than anyone else right now, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Either of them can win an entire DFS matchup on their own, and Wednesday offers enough bargains to start the facial-hair duo. Let’s build a winner.

PF/C Anthony Davis NOP $11.7K vs San Antonio

No one in the NBA is hotter than Anthony Davis right now, which means your DFS lineup starts with a decision on whether you’re playing or fading the Brow. Many users will fade Davis against the Spurs, seeing that little #1 next to opponent rank, but that’s counting Davis as a PF and he’s been playing many of his minutes at center with Boogie hurt, plus the Spurs are missing Pau Gasol. Davis is averaging 42 points and 15 boards over his last six outings while adding 5.5 steals a game in that stretch. He’s scoring a tidy 76.8 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He’s just too hot to fade, and the matchup is better than it looks.

PG/SG James Harden HOU $11.2K vs Los Angeles Clippers

Yes, we’re using two of the three most expensive plays today. The Clippers are coming off a late road game in Denver last night in which they fought all the way back from 19 down, and now they run into a Houston buzz saw on a 13 game win streak. James Harden has scored at least 49 fantasy points in nine straight games, and he’s always a threat to win a game on his own, especially when only Austin Rivers, Milos Teodosic, and Lou Williams stand in his way on defense. Look out.

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PG/SG Andrew Harrison MEM $5.7K vs Phoenix

The Grizzlies present excellent value Wednesday night. Memphis will be missing Tyreke Evans, Chandler Parsons, Wayne Selden, and Deyonta Davis, so that leaves a lot of extra minutes and shots for everyone else against a Suns team that’s been the worst defense in the league all season. Andrew Harrison has stepped up of late in Tyreke’s absence, with four 30-point fantasy games in his last six outings. He should be a threat for 20 points and 5 or more assists in a wide open game.

SF/PF JaMychal Green MEM $5.4K vs Phoenix

See everything about Andrew Harrison above, and repeat it again here. The obvious Grizzlies play is Marc Gasol, but don’t forget this is a tanking game when both teams prefer to lose, so Gasol could see his minutes shorted. Harrison and Green will be out there, and Green is coming off one of his biggest games of the season at 21 points and 11 boards. He has three straight double-doubles and should make it four, and there’s some scoring upside there too.

SF/PF Jabari Parker MIL $4.6K vs Detroit

This is just an average matchup, but Parker is coming off his best two games of the season and hasn’t seen a market correction yet. He’s playing close to starter minutes now and has had at least 18 points and 5 boards in each of his last two games, giving Milwaukee a huge scoring punch off the bench. He should do well against the Pistons poor bench.

SF/PF Marvin Williams CHA $3.9K vs Boston

The Hornets may be missing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller, both listed as questionable, so this is a play on a minutes and role increase for Williams. He typically scores around 20 fantasy points a game and matches up well against Boston’s one defensive weakness at the four, so he’s a bargain at this price.

PG/SG Delon Wright TOR $3.9K vs Orlando

It’s tough to know which Raptor to go for in what should be a blowout against the Magic, but we’ll take a shot on Wright. Orlando struggles against guards in particular, and Wright has at least 18 fantasy points in eight of his last nine games, providing consistent value with a high floor for such a low price.

SF/PF P.J. Tucker HOU $3.5K vs Los Angeles Clippers

Any number of end-of-the-bench Rockets look like good options with Ryan Anderson and Brendan Wright out and Clint Capela questionable, so feel free to talk yourself into Nene, Tarik Black, or Luc Mbah a Moute. We’ll go with Tucker as the most consistent of the group, a good threat for double digit points and 20 fantasy points if he can hit a few threes.

 

Victor Oladipo Highlights February 23rd DraftKings NBA Best Plays

The NBA is back, and boy did we miss it over the All-Star Break. Just about everyone is rested and healthy, and a full slate of 11 Friday night games means we’ll have to be very choosy with our bargain plays and go against the grain on some of the usual picks. Let’s grab a couple superstars at the top and then bargain shop for guys who might be able to take on a bigger minutes load later.

SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.2K vs Memphis

There really aren’t many star matchups that leap off the page tonight, so sometimes you just need to go with the obvious. LeBron averaged 64 fantasy points in his last five games, with at least 54 fantasy points in every game of that stretch. The big recent addition has been an even higher assist rate, with James averaging 12 assists a game this stretch as he takes on an even bigger playmaker role with more complimentary pieces around him. The Cavs didn’t show up on national TV Thursday night, and LeBron will surely look to take over and get things back on track against a team that has no one with a snowball’s chance of stopping him. As an added bonus, this is one of the lowest LeBron prices you’ll see all season.

PG/SG Victor Oladipo IND $9.6K vs Atlanta

Oladipo was on a tear heading into the break with a 50-point game and two 60-point games in his last five efforts. His rebounding is up of late and he continues to reap the benefit of taking on a bigger playmaking role with Darren Collison sidelined, so that gives him a bigger assist upside and has helped him score 30+ points in those three big games. One other overlooked thing is the steals, as 19 steals in the last five games mean an extra 7.6 points a game on defense. He should have his way with Atlanta’s outmatched guards.

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SF/PF Tobias Harris LAC $6.9K vs Phoenix

Harris is quietly flourishing in his new role with the Clippers. He’s had 34+ fantasy points in five of his last seven for the team, so he’s outproducing his season average as he picks up the slack a bit more on the boards and dropping dimes. Phoenix is the worst defense in the league, and Harris looks like he could be the biggest beneficiary Friday night.

C Alex Len PHX $4.8K vs Los Angeles Clippers

It looks like Tyson Chandler won’t suit up for this one, so that means extra minutes for Len who has been pretty good this season per minute. He played 38 minutes in the Suns’ last game before the break and responded with 14 points, seven boards, five blocks, and three steals for a huge 39-point fantasy effort. He’ll have his hands full against DeAndre Jordan but should be in line for big minutes.

SG/SF Kelly Oubre WAS $4.5K vs Charlotte

Oubre is coming off the bench but playing starter minutes, and he’s spiked with three 28+ point fantasy games in his last six as he’s getting a little more of the spotlight with John Wall sidelined. Oubre’s assists are up during that stretch, and he’s taking the most shots of his career right now. The Hornets bench is pretty bad, so Oubre should be a dangerous weapon.

PG/SG Dwyane Wade $4.4K vs New Orleans

If there’s anyone who ought to benefit from a week away from basketball, it’s old man Wade. He’s only playing around 22 minutes a game off the bench for Miami, but he’s making them count and recently had 10/11/6 against Toronto in just 26 minutes. This is an upside play for a guy with a week of rest playing against a bad bench.

PG/SG Andrew Harrison MEM $4.3K vs Cleveland

Harrison is starting in the back court with Tyreke Evans now, and he’s been lighting it up recently with two 38-point fantasy games in his last three heading into the break. With Memphis lacking offense, Harrison has been given the green light to shoot, and that should be the case again with Wayne Selden still out. He has big bargain potential and is our token guy against the Cavs tonight.

PF/C Greg Monroe BOS $4.1K vs Detroit

We’re hunting for big upside at the bottom of our roster, and Monroe’s upside is a potential minutes boost. Now that he’s had a week to get integrated into Boston’s schemes better, perhaps Monroe will see a boost from the 11 minutes a game he played in three home games into the break, especially as he visits an old home in Detroit. Monroe always produces points and rebounds when playing and could get 25 or 30 fantasy points if he doubles his minute load.

New York Heads February 22nd DraftKings NBA Best Plays

Everyone is rested and ready after a week away – everyone except the All Stars, of course. Thursday is a time to stay away from the All Stars who might be a little tired after a week of festivities. Instead we’ll turn to a few All Star snubs who may wish they’d been in on the fun and a quartet of New York players taking advantage of extra minutes and shots with their teammates banged up and missing.

PG/SF Ben Simmons PHI $9.0K vs Chicago

Ben Simmons was left out of most of the All-Star festivities despite having six triple-doubles already in his first 54 games as an NBA rookie. Two of those have come in his two games against the Bulls, the league’s worst defending the point guard. Simmons put up 19 points, 11 boards, and 10 assists in his first visit to Chicago, then 19/17/14 for his best line as a pro in the second matchup. He’s a serious threat for a third Bulls triple-double and is a must start Thursday night.

PF/C Enes Kanter NYK $7.6K vs Orlando

Kanter had a hot start to the season before slowing down a bit, but he’s heated up again as more of a central role with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined. He’s scored at least 30 fantasy points in each of his last ten games, with seven of those games at 39 or higher. Kanter is putting up monster rebounding numbers and playing a career high in minutes of late. The Magic appear likely to miss Nik Vucevic and are not good against centers anyway, so Kanter could give you a 20/15 game.

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PG/SG Lou Williams LAC $6.9K vs Golden State

This is the top over/under Thursday night by a wide margin. You never know who will get the job done for the Warriors, and their players are all priced pretty high, but Lou is the guy for Los Angeles, and you can bet he’s stinging after watching the rest of the NBA come to Los Angeles and play an All-Star Game without him. Avery Bradley is still out, so that means plenty of minutes and shots for Lou Will, who’s always a threat for a huge scoring game. He’ll need plenty of shots to keep up with the Ws.

SG/SF Tim Hardaway NYK $6.3K vs Orlando

The Magic are worst in the league against shooting guards, and Hardaway is coming off a huge 37-point scoring game heading into the break. He takes plenty of shots every game and that gives him a pretty nice floor, and like Lou Williams, he is always liable to go off for a monster scoring game. Tonight we’ll play both of them and hope to hit lightning twice.

SF/PF DeMarre Carroll BKN $6.1K vs Charlotte

Brooklyn is one of the few teams that isn’t quite healthy coming out of the break, with both Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson still expected to be sidelined Thursday night. That means continued big minutes for our next two plays, both bargains with their recent minute load. Carroll has been a beast of late with a heavy minute load, scoring over 30 fantasy points in five straight. He’s threatening double-digit rebounds each night out and has at least four assists in three of those games. He’ll fill up the box score at a moderate price.

SG/SF Allen Crabbe BKN $5.3K vs Charlotte

Crabbe is our second bargain bin Net, another beneficiary of Brooklyn missing LeVert and Hollis-Jefferson for extended time. Crabbe has scored 32 fantasy points in four straight games, and he’s attempted an incredible 49 three pointers during those four games, making 21 of them. That’s helped him score more than 25 points a game in that stretch as he plays huge minutes and bombs from deep. Let’s hope he keeps shooting.

PG/SG D.J. Augustin ORL $5.0K vs New York

The Magic traded Elfrid Payton at the deadline and inserted veteran D.J. Augustin into the starting role. Augustin and Shelvin Mack have split results pretty evenly so far, but Augustin is playing more consistent minutes and he gets a great matchup against New York’s terrible point guards. He should score in the teens and add four or five assists, and this is the sort of matchup that could see him break out for more.

C Cody Zeller CHA $3.8K vs Brooklyn

Zeller is, quite simply, an upside play. He’s continued to play well this season but isn’t getting many minutes, still producing a strong fantasy point per minute ratio. Brooklyn is worst in the league against opposing fantasy centers, so Zeller should produce when he’s out there. If he only plays his usual 16 minutes, that’ll still be worth the price. If Dwight Howard gets into some foul trouble and Zeller is out there longer, he’ll turn into a steal.

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PG Damian Lillard POR $9000

Lillard has a reputation for rising to the occasion and having big games on the big stage and he delivered once again against the Warriors on national television. After being mentioned in yesterday’s article, he went out and dropped 44 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and two steals on his way to 61.6 Fanduel points in the 123-117 victory over Golden State.

PG Tyler Dorsey ATL $3700

Dorsey was a fairly obvious value play with Atlanta missing three of its higher usage players. The Hawks’ other point guard Malcolm Delaney also came through, but Dorsey came in at a much lower ownership percentage in tournaments (around 20 percent). Dorsey had nine points, six assists, five rebounds, and a steal and his way to 26 Fanduel points in the Hawks 104-98 loss in Detroit.

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SG Tim Hardaway Jr. NYK $5500

Hardaway busted out of his shooting slump in a big way Wednesday night. He was awesome in the first half as the Knicks got their lead up to 27 points (before blowing it) and Hardaway had over 40 Fanduel points in the first half. He finished the game with 47.5 Fanduel points, but at his price and small ownership percentage he was a great leverage play.

SG Bradley Beal WAS $8700

Beal didn’t get off to a great start as the Wizards fell behind early, but as has been the case with John Wall out it was only a matter of time for Beal to get his numbers. Eventually, the Knicks had no answer for Beal as he dropped 36 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks on his way to 64.5 Fanduel points. He’s been higher-owned lately and came in around 20 percent ownership here.

SF Brandon Ingram LAL $6500

Ingram mostly went overlooked on this big 12-game slate, but he’s been handling the ball more since the Lakers made the trade with Cleveland at the deadline. An up-and-down game with the Pelicans turned out to be a decent spot to use him as he had 21 points, five assists, two rebounds, and a steal on his way to 28.9 Fanduel points.

SF Royce O’Neale UTA $4300

O’Neale was an obvious chalk play, but on a big slate you shouldn’t let ownership percentage scare you off. He was hard to fade and for good reason as he scored 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block on his way to 36 Fanduel points.

PF John Collins ATL $5100

Collins was another obvious chalk play, but with Atlanta missing key players he figured to get a little extra run against the Pistons. He didn’t have a monster game by any means, but he still put up 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a steal on his way to 31 fantasy points.

PF Serge Ibaka TOR $5400

Ibaka went under the radar as he was owned at just one percent in this tournament. Toronto blew out Chicago and Ibaka was a big part of that dropping 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks on his way to 36.4 Fanduel points.

C Anthony Davis NO $11800

Finally, Davis, who was mentioned in yesterday’s article, continued his hot stretch of play in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. On Wednesday, he dropped 42 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks on his way to a whopping 78.5 Fanduel points.

Jokic and Towns Lead February 15th DraftKings NBA Best Plays

As we head into the NBA All-Star break, there are just two games on the Thursday night slate, but they should be fun and high-scoring. The Nuggets visit Milwaukee in the early game, and the Lakers head to Minnesota for the TNT night cap. With just four teams playing, only a near perfect lineup will do so we’ll have to maximize every decision. Let’s build a winner.

C Nikola Jokic DEN $9.8K vs Milwaukee

The Bucks have been bad against centers all year, and with John Henson out, Thon Maker is going to be absolutely helpless against Jokic. He just has no shot to defend a player this dynamic. Jokic has scored 40+ fantasy points in eight of his last ten, but he has huge high-end variance with occasional monster games, like the triple-double he had against the Spurs his last time out. Jokic’s points come and go, but he should put up big rebounding numbers and threaten double-digit assists, so a 50 fantasy-point night should be in store with room for even more.

C Karl-Anthony Towns MIN $9.3K vs Los Angeles Lakers

Towns has been shredding teams over the last week, with three 53+ fantasy-point games in his last four outings with 27 points, 10 boards, 4 dimes, 2 blocks, and a steal per game. He’s been the hottest Minnesota player lately and should have his way with the poor Lakers centers. Minnesota is projected to have the highest scoring night in the NBA, so we need their best and hottest player in our lineup. Right now that’s KAT.

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SG/SF Will Barton DEN $6.8K vs Milwaukee

While you weren’t looking, Barton turned into a consistent fantasy star. He’s had 37+ fantasy points in half of his last eight games with both his scoring and assists up, suddenly averaging almost five assists per game in that stretch. He does a bit of everything for this Nuggets lineup and should fill up the box score and hit at least 35 fantasy points yet again.

PG/SF Brandon Ingram LAL $6.3K vs Minnesota

One of the consequences of Lonzo Ball being out so long is that it’s forced Luke Walton to be creative with his lineups, and the Lakers have been using Ingram as a point forward with good statistical results lately. He’s had at least five assists in seven of nine games, and his scoring has been a little less forced and more consistent. He’ll be a mismatch anytime Butler isn’t on him and has very high potential if he can cross-match against the Timberwolves’ terrible guard defense.

PG Isaiah Thomas LAL $5.8K vs Minnesota

Alright, let’s try this again. We played Thomas yesterday and he busted, getting ejected early in the game. But his per-minute production was good and showed again that Thomas is going to be a high-usage option off the bench for the Lakers. In his one full game with them, he had 22 points and six assists in 31 bench minutes, and Minnesota’s guards play poor defense. Maybe tonight he’ll have his own All-Star moment heading into the break.

PG/SG Josh Hart LAL $4.6K vs Minnesota

Lakers players continue to present good value because they are underpriced and come about their points in unconventional ways. For Ingram, it’s assists. For IT, it’s off the bench. With Josh Hart, it’s rebounding. Hart is averaging almost nine rebounds over his last six games, a remarkable feat for a guard, and he’s scoring double-digit points and adding a few assists. He’ll provide good bang for our bucks.

SF/PF Trey Lyles DEN $4.4K vs Milwaukee

Lyles has slowed down in recent games as his minutes have fallen a bit with Wilson Chandler back, but he still presents nice value and upside. He’s scored 30+ fantasy points in half of his last ten games and is a nightly threat for a 20-point game if his shooting gets hot.

PG/SG Jason Terry MIL $3.0K vs Denver

Look, if we want to play two studs and a bunch of solid mid-tier stars, we have to cut money somewhere. Terry isn’t going to do anything too special, but he’ll play 15 or so minutes for the minimum price and maybe he’ll show up against his old teammate Devin Harris. He’s scored at least 10 fantasy points in six straight with this minutes load, and that’ll do for a minimum player.

Will Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard Be Your DraftKings DFS Valentine?

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the NBA is showing us a lot of love with a whopping 12 Wednesday night games. Almost every team is in action as we near the All-Star Break, so you need to be picky and play only the very best matchups and give yourself tons of upside. Some teams are already on break mentally, and other games should be high-scoring affairs. Let’s build a DFS Valentine.

PF/C Anthony Davis NOP $11.6K vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Brow has been absolutely dealing lately. He’s scored 56+ fantasy points in seven of his last nine games, averaging a ridiculous 57.3 fppg during that stretch with four games of 38+ points scored. Now he gets a high-paced game against the Lakers, a team he has usually dominated against. Davis averages 34 points, 12 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in his last five games against the Lakers. He should have his way with them again and is a must-start heading into the break.

PG Damian Lillard POR $8.8K vs Golden State

Lillard always loves to show up on the game’s biggest stages, and there aren’t many bigger regular season stages than a visit to his hometown Oakland on ESPN. Lillard averages 32 points a game in his last three trips home, and the Warriors have leaked some big games to point guards this season. With C.J. McCollum struggling of late, Dame could be in for another monster game.

SG/SF Joe Ingles UTA $6.1K vs Phoenix

The Jazz are on fire, winning ten in a row, and that’s not likely to slow down at home against the Suns. Ingles has taken on a much bigger role since Utah traded away Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson, and he’s scored 39 fantasy points in three straight games, averaging a LeBron Lite 23/5/5 with 13 threes. He’ll be a popular play in DFS games, and he should be.

PG/SG Isaiah Thomas LAL $5.8K vs New Orleans

The Lakers-Pelicans game has a huge 228 over/under and should be a run-and-gun shootout. Isaiah Thomas had one of his best games of the season in his debut for the Lakers with 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 threes, and he seems to be finding his shot and his confidence again. IT will come off the bench again Wednesday but played 31 minutes in that role even with five fouls, so that shouldn’t be a problem. The revenge tour continues, and he may want his All-Star moment.

PF/C Derrick Favors UTA $5.7K vs Phoenix

Favors is one of a handful of Utah players that’s been especially hot during their win streak. He has twin 35.75 fantasy-point games his last two and now faces a Phoenix team that’s terrible against bigs. He is a double-double threat and should get some steals and blocks too.

SG/SF Allen Crabbe BKN $5.1K vs Indiana

This should be a high-paced game, and both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert are questionable. That could mean a continued big role for Crabbe, who’s been hot with 39 fppg over his last three. He’s averaging 26 points a game in that stretch with an absurd 16 threes, so there’s huge upside here.

SG/SF Justin Jackson SAC $3.6K vs Houston

Jackson is finally getting more playing time of late with George Hill out of the rotation, and he’s starting to produce too. He’s averaging a 10/5 the last four games with at least 17 fantasy points in each, so he’ll fill a cheap bench role well enough here.

PF/C Cheick Diallo NOP $3.2K vs Los Angeles Lakers

Diallo is not much, but he’s playing about 15 minutes a game lately and has always been a stud rebounder with pretty good per-minute numbers. He’s averaged 18 fppg over the last six games and should contribute some decent cheap points.