I’m really worried for Philadelphia when Damian Lillard ($9,400) comes to town. I think he’s a nice pivot off Curry who is the most expensive option. Lillard is averaging 51.9 DK PPG over his last five, with another 57.75 DK points last night. He’s flirted with a triple-double multiple times in the last two weeks and now gets the ideal matchup with the Sixers who will play fast, turn the ball over and struggle to defend the guards. Feast on Lillard.
I guess we have to keep talking about Ish Smith ($7,300). His usage rate is through the roof and he’s being asked to do EVERYTHING for the Sixers right now. He’s taken 68 shots over the last three games! SIXTY EIGHT! Not to mention he’s dishing out 8 APG over his last five. His fantasy outputs are insane, cracking 42+ points in six of his last nine games. Keep firing him up until this price gets over $8K.
Shooting guard is pretty ugly. I am not particularly confident in any player going for 6x+ tonight so I am looking to get exposure to Khris Middleton ($6,800) who has been one of the most solid at the position. He’s averaging 35.6 DK PPG over his last six including a stellar 26-4-3-3 line last night. His price hasn’t budged in a week and he’s returning his owners fair value every single night. He will now take on a Charlotte team that he posted 40.8 DK points against in their only meeting this season.
If Carmelo sits out again, Derrick Williams ($4,400) will be a popular play and for good reason. He’s coming off two outstanding games where he earned 29 and 32 minutes. He returned his owners 28 and 42.25 DK points in those games, respectively. He’s providing a huge lift for the Knicks who might be even more short-handed than usual. Melo and Kristaps Porzingis are both questionable for tonight’s game.
Now, now…Robert Covington ($5,000) is creeping back from the dead. His hot shooting, combined with a banged up Sixers front-court has led to RoCo cracking 30 minutes in the last two games. That’s a feat he hadn’t accomplished in the previous 14 games. HC Brett Brown loves to ride the hot hand, so it’s feasible that Covington continues to see some extended run. He’s coming off a massive 25-6 line for 41 DraftKings points, including six three pointers. That’s RoCo’s game and the Sixers will likely need to fire threes to stay in this game against Portland, which will play right into Covington’s game.
Cody Zeller ($5,600) is on one of the best runs of his career right now. That’s not exactly saying a whole lot, but his fantasy owners have been ecstatic with his outputs. He’s averaging 29.5 DK PPG over his last five and coming off a massive 19-10 line for 42 DK points. The exciting part about Zeller is the sheer opportunity. With the injury to Al Jefferson, there’s so many minutes for Zeller to eat every night.
The price on Deandre Jordan ($7,800) is coming down, but his fantasy production is not. DJ is averaging 40.9 DK PPG in the eight games that Blake Griffin has missed. He’s a focal point in the offense and has all the room in the paint he wants to work the glass. He’s going to be under-owned coming off a DNP on Wednesday, but this is a prime matchup with the Kings. Jordan is averaging 44 DK PPG in the two meetings with SAC this season (both were WITH Griffin active). That includes his 56 point performance on Halloween, his second best scoring game this season..
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