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Basically every elite player in the league is on this slate, so there are plenty of premier options to choose from. I will write about my favorites, but also focus on some guys who might fly under the radar a bit.
We talked last week how the price on Chris Paul ($8,600) was much too low. The price tag has been on a dramatic rise, but I think he is still resonable for today’s game. Paul will need 43 points to reach 5x value today, a feat that he has accomplished in five of six. Here are the totals over those last six games: 59.75, 43.75, 52, 44, 41.25 and 44.5 . That’s a ton of production and a dash of upside. The Clippers get an excellent matchup with the Lakers today, who have been one of the worst teams in general, but especially versus PGs.
If you’re looking for someone to use as a contrarian option, check out Jrue Holiday ($5,600). The Pellies are getting healthy and are starting to find their identity as a team. Holiday hasn’t been unleashed in terms of his minutes restriction, but he’s regularly seeing 25 minutes a game. He’s been extremely productive as of late, only scoring less than 29 DraftKings points once in the last eight games.
If you haven’t noticed what Tyreke Evans ($7,800) has done lately, you must not be paying attention. Evans has flirted with a triple-double in back to back games returning exactly 51 DraftKings points in both. He’s logging massive minutes for the Pelicans and is quickly becoming one of their highest usage players. These 50 point performances are almost becoming second nature for Evans. He also piled on 52 DraftKings points on Portland last week, making that three 51+ point games in his last five.
I really like the narrative behind the LeBron James ($10,000) revenge game. That narrative goes something like this: LeBron has been thinking all summer about how the Warriors dismantled the Cavs in the finals last year. Now LeBron has Kevin Love and Kyrie back and there’s no better time to show the world that you’re still the best player in the world, than to do it on Christmas Day. I love that. But narrative aside, LeBron is perpetually under-owned, since he’s expected to have a massive game every night and a lot of owners simply don’t like him. Let’s get the facts straight, LeBron is averaging 26.4 PP, 7.6 RPG and 6.4 APG. He’s capable of a triple-double every time he steps on the court. He will receive a boost from the pace that the Warriors will provide and this game is notched with a 210 O/U, the highest on the slate.
It’s difficult to find someone who’s reasonably priced and plays as many minutes as Luol Deng ($5,000). Deng has logged no less than 33 minutes in any of the last seven games for the Heat. He’s very volatile, but he’s the type of player who can score in all categories. His length is beneficial for rebounds and steals, while still being able to score the ball every now and then. He’s a very risky GPP play, but the reward would be just as great.
Power Forward might be the deepest position today. There are at least seven PFs that are worth rostering, but Kevin Love ($7,900) is one of my favorites, especially in the GPP realm. He’s always under-owned and he’s a rare type of fantasy scorer. He’s extremely active on the glass, averaging 10.6 RPG, but also boasts 2.19 3PM per game which is 17th in the NBA and the first PF to appear on the list. Being proficient at both of those is very rare and makes him incredibly value on DraftKings with the three point bonus.
Hassan Whiteside ($7,100) is heating up. Whiteside is being asked to take on a larger offensive role for the Heat and he’s retuning big fantasy points along the way. Whiteside has put up 10+ shot attempts in 11 of 27 games this season, but he’s accomplished that feat in four of his last five. Whiteside has always been an elite rebounder and shot blocker, if he adds another dimension of scoring baskets, he’s going to be a fantasy monster. He’s averaging 39.7 DraftKings points over his L5 games and gets an excellent matchup with New Orleans who has been shredded in the paint this season.
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