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With Russell Westbrook in a tough matchup, I am looking at Kyle Lowry ($8,800) as the top PG on the slate. Lowry has everything going for him today. He’s been excellent for the Raptors, averaging 43,5 DraftKings points per game this season and scoring at least 37.75 in nine of ten. He’s filling up the stat-sheet in every category and gets the sublime matchup with the Sixers today. The only real concern is that the Raptors blow this game wide open and Lowry doesn’t play the fourth quarter, but on a slate of only four games, I am willing to take that risk.
For GPPs, there’s no better PG today than Brandon Knight ($7,500). Knight is capable of going off at any moment and has posted three 40+ DK point games in the last ten, including a massive 60 point performance during that run. Knight should be heavily involved in the offense as usual, taking 16-22 shots for the Suns. This game has the highest total on the board, so heavy exposure is certainly advised.
It’s almost required to start Kevin Martin ($4,200) at this point. He’s played 40 and 41 minutes in the last two games, while jacking an incredible 47 shots in that span. He’s returned his owners 47.25 and 32.5 DraftKings points, which have been massive values. I don’t know what’s clicked for Martin, but he’s always been a streaky player. I intend to ride this out until he cools off or his price skyrockets.
Terrence Ross ($3,800) continues to play big minutes in the absence of DeMarre Carroll. Ross had an excellent game in his first start, but he hasn’t seen that same success since. He’s still priced to move at $3,800, needing only 20 DraftKings points for full value. You cannot ask for a better matchup with the Sixers who can make anyone look like an all-star.
It’s plug and play for Mirza Teletovic ($4,600) today. He’s earned himself a consistent role in this Suns offense that includes 25+ minutes and double digit shot attempts on a nightly basis. He’s scored double digit (real) points in eight of nine and is averaging 24.1 DraftKings points in his L6 games. Mirza provides a three-point threat and a willingness to rebound, two attributes that rarely come together in fantasy.
I am probably punting away the PF position today and will have decent exposure to Patrick Patterson ($3,800). We’ve talked about the great matchup vs. the Sixers, but I am more intrigued at Patterson’s minutes lately. He’s earned at least 29 minutes in each of the last four games and has sneaky double-double upside. He needs only 22.8 DraftKings points to reach full value today, a feat that he’s accomplished in three of four.
The price on Hassan Whiteside ($6,700) keeps coming down, so I am buying him up today. He’s seen a decrease in minutes as of late as he has battled an ankle injury, illness and foul trouble. It’s been a rough stretch for Whiteside, but he gets an excellent matchup with the Grizzlies interior who have been porous this season and no one has as much upside as this guy. If I knew he was going to get 30+ minutes today, I would have 100% exposure to him. Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee, so he’s a better GPP play than cash game play.
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