In two of the four weeks in December, Reggie Jackson ($6,500) was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Jackson was scorching, carrying the Pistons offense and providing his fantasy owners with plenty of value. Since then, it’s been a roller-coaster season and his price has plummeted. On the plus side, Jackson is starting to turn the corner again. In his last nine games, he’s posted 40+ DraftKings points in five, including a solid 20-10 line last night. The matchup here is drool-worthy with the Sixers who have been brutal against PGs this season. here’s a chance to buy low on a player in a great matchup who is trending in the right direction.
I imagine a massive ownership on Devin Booker ($6,100) tonight, but for good reason. Booker has found his role for the Suns it’s paying off in a big way for his owners. He’s averaging 28.4 PPG in the last five games, which is translating to 41.1 DraftKings PPG. He’s taken an elite number of shots per game (20.2) and providing well rounded stat lines every night. A fast-paced contest with Golden State is just what the doctor ordered. I am not particularly worried about a blowout, since Booker is “blowout-proof”. He played 44 minutes in an 18 point loss on Thursday night and 39 minutes in a 31 point loss on Wednesday night. It looks like he will get all the minutes he can handle, despite the score.
The 76ers are very-thin tonight. Already without Jahlil Okafor, both Robert Covington and Jerami Grant left last night’s game with relatively severe looking injuries. It’s unlikely that either play today, but keep an eye on the injury report. The biggest beneficiary is likely to be Hollis Thompson ($4,000). Thompson’s minutes have been trending up already, playing 34+ over the last four games. That’s returned over 25 DK PPG, which would be over 6x value again tonight. Thompson posted a solid 11-7-5 line last night. Thompson should be in-line for all the minutes he can handle and will be asked to provide a much larger role offensively than usual.
I think Paul Millsap ($7,700) could make for a nice GPP play tonight. The Hawks are one of the only teams on this slate that didn’t play last night so they should gain an edge on the Grizzlies who needed OT to dispatch of the Pelicans last night. Millsap has all the upside in the world. He’s scored 47+ DraftKings points in four of nine. He’s a highly efficient scorer who can load up on the boards. He’s faced Memphis just once this season, but scorched them for 46.5 DraftKings points.
Another quiet run of excellence for Nikola Jokic ($6,400). One of the streakiest players in the league, he is in the midst of another great run right now. He’s scored no less than 38.5 DraftKings points in any of his last four, while averaging over 41 in that stretch. His last game was his best, posting 48.5 DK points against the Suns on Thursday night. The only real concern is him taking himself out of the game by getting into foul trouble. Assuming he can stay on the court, he should see plenty of minutes in an exploitable matchup. Jokic dropped 37.5 on Washington in their only meeting this season.
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