An incredibly deep point guard position tonight (and most nights), but I am looking at Kyle Lowry. With the awesome start to the season that teammate DeMar DeRozan had, Lowry has flown under the radar for much of the season. He’s actually scored 40+ DraftKings points eight of his last ten while averaging 41.9 DK PPG in the process. Lowry is a three-category player who can fill up real points, rebounds and assists. This matchup with Cleveland should be a heavyweight bout and Lowry is averaging 40.1 DK PPG against the Cavs in their two meetings.
Lou Williams continues to impress for the Lakers who are in desperate need of scorers right now. Williams is coming off a massive 40 point outing which resulted in 49 DraftKings points. That type of output is unlikely to happen again but Williams has had sustained success this season. He’s hit 6x value in 45% of his games this season, which is one of the highest rates in the league. This isn’t a good matchup but Williams is going to launch 12+ shots on a nightly basis and the offense is going to presumably run through him tonight.
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I liked him better at the min-price but Sam Dekker is making an impact on fantasy lineups right now. He’s played 26, 27 and 28 minutes in the last three games, all season highs. That’s resulted in 22, 28 and 26.5 DraftKings points which are, again, three season highs. Dekker is high energy on both ends of the court and is willing to crash the boards. He’s decent at getting in the passing lanes and creating turnovers (four steals in L3) which adds an extra boost. He’s definitely trending upwards on a team that’s going to score a lot of points each night.
Oh man…what are you going to do with Anthony Davis tonight? I have no idea, so let’s discuss the scenario. Davis left Friday’s game with a shoulder injury, but did return to play 32 minutes. It resulted in a sub-par 37.5 DraftKings point game and plenty of jaded owners. He also showed up on the injury report after last night’s games after having x-rays taken. Davis also disappointed in his only meeting with Memphis this season, with a 10-7 line for 28.25 DraftKings points. That should put Davis’ ownership at a dismal rate. The good news is that Davis should be prepared for a full workload of ~40 minutes tonight. He’s averaging 65.6 DraftKings points at home this season, which is nearly 20 points better than his road splits. I’d argue Davis is matchup proof and you get a $700 discount on him tonight. Davis seems like the premier GPP play if you can stomach the risk.
I also like the other side of this matchup with Marc Gasol. He’s tallied 43 DraftKings points in each of the last two. That’s not 40+ DraftKings points in five of his last eight. With the injury to Mike Conley, Gasol is certainly the focal point of the Grizzlies offense moving forward. In their only meeting this season, Gasol dropped 39.75 DraftKings points on the Pellies. Also worth noting that Gasol has made a commitment to taking more threes this season. He’s already launched 70 3PAs this season after taking 66 combined attempts in his first eight seasons in the league.
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