The offense in Brooklyn is running through Jeremy Lin and his fantasy owners are thankful. Lin is averaging 37.6 DraftKings points per game this season, a respectable total. Even with that number, I think there’s plenty of room for improvement. Lin hasn’t shot the ball particularly well, including a 4-16 in his last game. Also, he’s only hit five of his 16 three point attempts. The good news is that he’s not going to stop shooting (42 shots in three games) and he gets to the charity stripe enough to sustain a healthy floor. His statline against Indy on the 28th (21-9-9) is an indication of all that is right with Jeremy Lin. He is probably the sneakiest triple-double threat on this slate.
Through two games, DeMar DeRozan looks like he’s on another planet. He’s scored 32 and 40 real points in those two games. For comparison, he only scored 32+ in seven games all last season and NEVER scored 40. He’s launching the ball nearly every time he touches it, recording 27 and 28 shot attempts. Again, those are two totals he NEVER his last season. I don’t know how sustainable this is for the long run, but I’ll ride the hot hand. DeRozan has a good matchup with Denver tonight.
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A really thin SF position tonight. If you’re willing to take on the risk, Matt Barnes looks like a nice option. He’s playing consisten minutes (27, 27, 28), but will return extremely volatile results. He’s scored 27.75, 6.0 and 36.25 DraftKings points in his three games this season. Needless to say, you could never trust him in cash games. Barnes is capable in two categories (rebounds and assists) and is a threat to score double-digit real points. Again, I don’t trust him too much, but he has legit 9-10x upside.
We’ve talked about Blake Griffin before, so I’ll keep it short. He’s one of the most talented PFs in the league, super athletic and he’s handling the ball more than ever for the Clippers. They are really relying on him to shoulder the offensive workload. A stellar 27-13-3-2-1 line in his first game of the season and he now gets a Suns team who will play fast and is lacing them up for the second half of a back-to-back.
The center position is probably the deepest. With multiple position eligibility you can roster so many excellent Fives tonight. Let’s look at Jonas Valanciunas who is simply underpriced. The Toronto big man no longer has to contend with Bismack Biyombo for minutes and he’s turned in two really impressive games to start the season. A 32-11 line was followed by a 10-17 line which shows that JV is an elite rebounder who has taken 15 shots in both contests. Expect him to continue to be heavily involved moving forward for Toronto.
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