Mike Conley is really ballin’ for the Grizzlies right now. He’s coming off a monster 30-8-5 game for 55.75 DraftKings points on Wednesday night which is the second time in his last six games that he’s scored 50+. That’s plenty of upside for a guy under $7,000. The Grizzlies are not sexy and are perpetually underowned. Conley is overlooked on a daily basis and is currently sporting a questionable designation on DraftKings which will drive his ownership even lower.
If you know anything about me, you know I love James Harden. I play him on basically every slate possible and I am always overweight on him compared to the field. I don’t think that will be happening tonight. Unfortunately this matchup with Utah is just really bad. They have by far the slowest pace in the league, averaging 90.6 possessions per 48 minutes. That’s 1.9 possessions slower than the next slowest team. That’s the same difference that separates the next five closest teams. In four games against Utah last season, Harden averaged 55.1 DraftKings points per game. At his salary tonight, that would be worth 4.7x value. I certainly expect Harden to have a nice game, but his ceiling is capped.
People, open your eyes to Nicolas Batum! Why is he so low owned every night? The guy has scored 41+ DraftKings point in four straight including a stellar 21-6-5-2 line last night for 48.5 points. His price isn’t moving and he continues to pour it in. Batum is a well-rounded player who can contribute in all fives categories. He’s an outside threat at a triple-double and should get a nice boost playing against New Orleans today. Both of these teams rank into the top 11 in pace, so expect plenty of possessions on both sides of the ball.
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Tyson Chandler is dealing with a death in the family which has kept him off the court this week for the Suns. That has opened up a lot of opportunity for both Alex Len and Jared Dudley. In the four games that Chandler has missed this week, Dudley scored 33.75, 29, 28.25 and 31.75 DraftKings points. This guy costs $3,700 today! He plays on the fastest team in the league and gets the ideal matchup with the Sixers tonight. The Suns and 76ers allow the most and 5th most points to opponents this season, so expect plenty of fantasy points coming out of this one.
This one’s pretty risky, but John Henson could be a cheap flier for the Bucks. HC Jason Kidd benched Greg Monroe on Thursday allowing Henson to step in and play 28 minutes. Kidd is one of the most unpredictable coaches in the league, so it’s impossible to tell how long this run of extended minutes will last for Henson. Either way, his minutes have increased in each of the last four games, culminating in a 15-5-3 (blks) game for 25.75 DraftKings points in his last time out. Maybe we will get some clarity before gametime, so keep an eye on reports out of Milwaukee.
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