If you’re looking for a volatile, value option consider Ish Smith. With Reggie Jackson‘s impending return, Smith’s minutes and usage are about to plummet. In the meantime, he’s playing all the minutes at the PG position and taking over ten shots per game. He’s risky, but has returned 31+ DraftKings points in three of seven including two of his last three. Smith is unlikely to score a ton of real points, but can pile up the assists. He’s also tacked on seven steals in his last three games which are incredibly valuable in DFS. Smith will battle the Spurs tonight who are allowing the third most DraftKings points to opposing PGs.
If Bradley Beal doesn’t suit up tonight, expect a big bump in minutes for Macus Thornton. His minutes jumped to 34 on Wednesday when Beal left the game early. Thornton is a professional scorer who piled in 16 real points along with four boards, four assists and three swipes. In the 12 games that Thornton played at least 25 minutes last season, he averaged 30.9 DraftKings points.
- Gordon Hayward hasn’t taken less than 17 shots in any of his three games this season.
- Marcin Gortat has logged four double-doubles this season, the third most in the league.
- Kyle Lowry leads the league in minutes per game (38.9).
Robert Covington is starting to heat up for the Sixers. After a tough shooting start to the season, RoCo has caught fire from behind the arc, hitting 8 of his last 13 three pointers. Even through his shooting slump, Covington has always contributed on the glass (22 boards in L3) and is averaging 2.0 steals per game (7th most). The Sixers will battle the Pacers tonight, after just playing them on Wednesday. That matchup resulted in 38.5 DraftKings points for Covington, his best game of the season.
Are people noticing how good the Clippers are? Even more, Blake Griffin has been ridiculous. The Clippers haven’t needed their studs much lately since they are blowing out everyone in their path. Griffin hasn’t played more than 29 minutes in any of his last three games. In that span, he’s averaging 1.61 DraftKings points per minute. For comparison, only Russell Westbrook (1.74) and James Harden (1.65) have better season scoring rates. Vegas has this game with OKC as only a five point spread, so expect a full workload from Blake and Co.
The center position is pretty fairly priced but Steven Adams jumps out a bit. Adams is a double-double threat every time he steps on the court and he’s always contributing in the big money categories.He’s combined for 16 blocks/steals over the last four games. His range of outcomes is volatile, so only consider him for GPPs, but upside is tremendous.
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