James Harden has been ridiculous and his current salary reflect that. He’s averaging 64.5 DK points over the last six games but you have to be a little concerned over this matchup. Harden is averaging just 47 DraftKings PPG against the Grizzlies this season in two meetings. That includes a 43 DK point game just a week ago. Harden has finished outside the top 10 in scoring for the slate on just eight occasions this season, with two of them coming again Memphis. Listen, don’t get me wrong, guys like Harden are usually matchup proof but I am exercising extreme caution here.
The explosive Will Barton has seen an influx of minutes with teammate Gary Harris injured. Barton logged 35 and 36 minutes in his last two, a feat that he hadn’t accomplished since December 8th. Barton parlayed those minutes into 45 and 35.25 DraftKings points, while taking a combined 28 shots. He’s volatile, but can heat up in a hurry. Expect a nice outing against a decimated Clippers team that will have to travel to the Mile High City.
Few teams will ever get a benefit of pace, quite like the Jazz will get tonight. Utah is dead last in possessions per game (94) but will face Indy who is a top ten team, averaging nearly 102 possessions per game. That boost should benefit Gordon Hayward who is averaging 38.8 DK PPG over his last four contests which includes a subpar 29.5 point game in his last time out. He gets a $700 discount from that game and is a true four category scorer. His ownership will likely check in at single digits.
I don’t love the PF position, but hard to dismiss the discount on Wilson Chandler. He turned in a 30 DK points game on Tuesday with a $6,700 price tag, then missed Thursday’s game for personal reasons. He comes in today at $5,800, which is very reasonable for a guy who’s averaged 34.3 DK points in his last four games. Another game like that would be worth 6x value at this price. Chandler is five fantasy points better at home this season and could be in line for big minutes with the Nuggets thin up front.
Oh man, keep an eye on the Sixers reports. Joel Embiid is expected to sit for rest on the second half of a back-to-back. The last time he sat, last Saturday, Jahlil Okafor started and played 35 minutes. He turned that into a 26-9 night for 39.75 DraftKings points. His minutes have been (very) few and far between but he’s extremely motivated when he steps on the court to prove he deserves more PT. He’s cracked 28 minutes on five different occasions this season, averaging 30.8 DK PPG in those contests.