The price on Shelvin Mack ($4,100) has stabilized. While he’s been a volatile fantasy scorer for the Jazz, his minutes have not been. He’s averaging 27 minutes a night for Utah in a starter’s role and can produce enough fantasy points to become a GPP option tonight. He’s coming off a solid 12-8-5 line last night and now earns a date with New Orleans. Few teams in the league are allowing more points per game to opposing PGs than the Pellies. Mack only needs 20 DraftKings points to reach 5x value tonight, which is a feat he has accomplished in five of seven games as a member of the Jazz.
If you can stomach the risk, consider investing in Jimmy Butler ($8,300). After missing the last eleven games, the Bulls star will be returning to the starting lineup today. The reports indicate that Butler will not be under any minutes restrictions, but it’s yet to be seen what his stamina will look like after a month away from NBA action. Butler has been a pure fantasy superstar this season and was averaging 43.1 DraftKings points per game in the 19 games leading up to his injury. He’s got plenty of upside, scoring 50+ DraftKings points in six games during that stretch. Butler can fill up every category and has an ideal matchup with the Houston Rockets today. Only four teams are giving up more PPG than Houston this season.
The pricing on Paul George ($8,100) is, well…wrong. He gets a $500 price decrease which is a big jump in this league that rarely happens. He has been playing well in the past two weeks, scoring 45+ in five of seven games including a monster 35-7-5 (stls) line last night for 67 DraftKings points. If you thought the matchup was the reason for the price decrease, you’d be wrong. George has shredded Washington in two meetings this season for 43.75 and 61.5 DraftKings points. This is a bargain price for a player who is red-hot in a great matchup.
Another player who sees a suspicious price decrease is Derrick Favors ($7,100). Favors has been great for the Jazz, tallying 39.4 DraftKings points per game in the last seven. He’s been churning out double-doubles on a near nightly basis and will now have the opportunity to feast on New Orleans. The Pellies are bad all around defensively, especially in the paint. Favors has taken advantage of this matchup in both meetings this season, averaging 40.6 DraftKings points in those contests.
Robin Lopez ($5,600) needs to be on your radar as a value center option today. He’s been volatile, but it’s hard to deny these numbers of his last six games: 51, 40.75, 19.25, 29.5, 41.5 and 11.5 DraftKings points. A GPP play at best, but his numbers against Detroit this season have been encouraging. Averaging 43.4 DK PPG in two meetings, including a 51.5 DraftKings point game just one month ago. That ranks as his best fantasy game this season.
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Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.