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Three subpar outings in a row for Damian Lillard ($9,200), but it would be logical for him to bounceback tonight against the Lakers. This game is at home where Lillard averages 7 more DK PPG than on the road and the Lakers have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing PGs. That’s a killer combination alone, and we even get a small discount on Dame with his recent poor play. In the four games prior to this bad stetch, Lillard was averaging 57.3 DraftKings points per game, clearly an elite number. I expect him to be chalky, but maybe there are a few owners who will leave him alone due to recent performance.
With Eric Gordon sidelined for four to six weeks, it appears that Norris Cole ($4,600) is going to get the first crack at his minutes. Cole moved into the starting lineup on Thursday, played 31 minutes and posted a solid 12-8-7 line for 32 DraftKings points. Despite his inconsistent minutes, Cole has been effective for the Pelicans this month. Now that he should see more stability in his role, his production and price should continue to rise. He needs only 23 DraftKings points to reach 5x value tonight.
A razor thin SG position has me looking to Devin Booker ($5,000). Books is coming off games of 40 and 44 minutes played, the two highest totals of his young career. While I don’t expect him to see that much run every night, he appears to be a fixture in the Suns rotation. A sweet stroke has allowed him to fire 16 shots in both of these contests while racking up 36 and 33.25 DraftKings points. He’s a bit dependent on scoring real points right now, but he makes for a solid value at the position and should see plenty of minutes.
Omri Casspi ($6,000) has been a solid performer for the Kings this season and should see increased minutes and usage if Rudy Gay sits this one out (currently questionable). In Gay’s stead on Thursday night, Casspi logged 38 minutes against the Hawks, contributing across all categories and returning his owners 33.25 DraftKings points. Casspi is not afraid to shoot the three ball, taking 22 over the course of the last three contests. Now he faces a Indy team that has struggled to run anyone off the arc lately, allowed 30.4% of opponent’s points to come from long distance, the 6th worst mark in the league. He’s a bit streaky, but Casspi should be handed plenty of opportunity today.
He’s been close, but Anthony Davis ($10,000) has not reached 5x value in any of his last six games. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been solid, but not a massive fantasy producer during this stretch of games. There is still plenty to like about Davis who has scored 35 and 32 real points in his last two games. He’s taking 20+ shots a night and you know he can fill up every single category. It’s a new roster, but late last season AD shredded the Bucks in two games, averaging 31.5 points 11 rebounds and 5 assists in those contests. The Bucks continue to struggle in the paint and give up the 3rd most DraftKings points to opposing PFs. This price is probably the lowest Davis will ever be, so if there was ever a time to buy, it would be tonight.
Julius Randle ($5,600) continues to produce for the Lakers and is a legit double-double threat every night. His minutes and production have both increased and he’s been back in the starting lineup for the past two contests. Randle has found success in his two meetings with the Trail Blazers this season, averaging 14.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG and 34.6 DKPPG.
Frank Kaminsky ($5,000) has been a value monster the last two weeks. Here are his value outputs for the last six games: 7.0x, 6.0x, 4.8x, 6.2x, 5.8x and 6.3x. He scored 25+ DraftKings points in five of those games and took exactly twelve shots in each of the last three. He’s played extremely well for the Hornets while Al Jefferson continues to miss time with knee injury. Kaminsky has played at least 25 minutes in six straight including 30+ in two of the last three. A reasonable matchup with the Knicks should put Kaminsky in line for another nice night.
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