John Wall is outside his mind right now. His 18-11 game for 43.75 DraftKings points last night was one of his worst games in recent memory. Wall had piled in 51+ in four straight prior to yesterday’s game and a feat he accomplished in seven of his previous ten. Wall is being asked to carry the workload on this Washington offense, taking 19.9 FGA per game over his last nine games. In that stretch, he’s averaging 25.8 PPG and 10.7 APG. The Wizards will have to play again tonight but should see a nice boost playing Indy who is one of the fastest teams in the league.
Dorian Finney-Smith has been useful for the Mavs since he joined the starting lineup. He’s finding a groove, scoring at least 22 DraftKings points in four of his last six including a career-high 17 points last night in a Mavericks win. Finney-Smith has been tasked with filling in for Dirk Nowitzki who doesn’t have a clear timetable for return. While Dirk is out, DFS should continue to see around 30 minutes a night and provide scoring in at least three categories. We know the B2B with the second game in Denver can be the toughest thing in the NBA, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Mavs are shorthanded and need someone to step up on a nightly basis. Finney-Smith is a great punt option for only $3,600.
On the other side of this matchup, don’t sleep on Kenneth Faried. The Nuggets are finally healthy which means Faried can settle into his usual high-energy role off the bench for HC Mike Malone. Faried supplied 25 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes on Saturday, for 41.75 DraftKings points. That total was his third best fantasy game of the season. Faried is volatile, but with the Nuggets at home for the third straight game and the Mavs coming to town for a brutal B2B, Denver is an early 9.5 point favorite. That’s getting dangerously close to “blowout potential”, which would only benefit the second units and Kenneth Faried!
Woah, hey Dwight Howard! The Atlanta center has been awesome lately. Here’s his last five fantasy totals: 43.25, 48.25, 42.5, 26.75 and 57.25. He’s racked up an astonishing 54 (!!!) rebounds in his last three games. Now, he is reliant on two categories (points and rebounds) for the vast majority of his fantasy scoring, but he has massive upside in both of those stats. To demonstrate this upside, I ran how many 16-16 games have been tallied this season and the answer is 53. Dwight has four of those games which is tied by DeMarcus Cousins and only surpassed by Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis and Hassan Whiteside. That is elite big-man company and Dwight is more than reasonable at his price tag.
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