A plethora of riches at the Point Guard position today. I basically love everyone at the top of the position. If I had one lineup, I would roster Russell Westbrook ($10,400). His price is finally back down into a manageable range and despite two subpar showings in the last three games, there are few players with the upside of Westbrook. He’s playing in the highest total game on the slate at a massive 221.
If you’re looking for value, check out Darren Collison ($4,600). The Kings backup point guard usually plays between 22-28 minutes a night and has been scoring enough to hit value, earning his owners 26.3 DraftKings points per game over his L4. That would be 5.7x value on his price tag today. I like the added benefit of Collison being “blowout proof”. We’ve talked about this concept before, but if the Thunder run away with this game, it will be Collison and the second unit that get those valuable fourth quarter minutes.
Can Ben McLemore ($3,500) keep his hot stroke from last night? If so, he’s in for a big day. McLemore scored 19 points last night, while tacking on nine rebounds for 42 DraftKings points. That’s certainly an outlier for his projected production, but he’s shooting well, is in a game with a massive total and should see plenty of minutes. That’s a nice combination for a player who is nearly min-priced.
Joe Johnson ($5,100) must enjoy home-cookin’. He is averaging 28 DraftKings points per game at home this season while only 21 on the road. The Nets are going to get a nice boost from the pace that the Warriors will run at today, so we can expect a few extra possessions for the Nets. Johnson has been very inconsistent this season, but he plays a ton of minutes and is still heavily involved in this offense.
I am not worried about Demarcus Cousin ($10,800) who has had two poor games in a row. He’s gotten into foul trouble early in both games and only played 25 and 27 minutes. I am hoping that drives his ownership down because Boogie still has tremendous upside. He’s scored 50+ in four of his last eight games while cracking 60 on three of those occasions.
Flying under the radar is Thad Young ($6,900). He’s been tremendous for the Nets as of late, scoring 30+ DraftKings points in nine of ten. In fact, he’s averaging 35.5 DKPPG in that span and if you throw out his worst game, it bumps the average to to 37.8 in the other nine. He certainly has a shot at full 6x value today against the fast paced Warriors.
Few players go through the price fluctuation that Andre Drummond ($9,300) does. He’s continuing his monster season, and is literally notching a double-double every night. He’s coming off four massive games in a row, averaging 52 DraftKings points which would be nearly 6x value again today. He gets the ideal matchup with the Lakers who have little chance of stopping Drummond in the paint and have allowed the second most DraftKings points to opposing centers this season.
Don’t forget about Festus Ezeli ($4,300) today. Assuming Andrew Bogut sits out like he did yesterday, Ezeli becomes one of the best dollar-for-dollar options on the slate. An oustanding offensive rating of 120 this season and his ability to wipe the glass makes him a double-double threat every single night. He gets an excellent matchup with the Nets who are porous underneath the hoop, so if he’s starting, don’t be afraid to fire up a ton of Ezeli.
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