It’s becoming very difficult to overlook Goran Dragic ($6,400) today. With Chris Bosh out of the lineup, Dragic is being asked to shoulder a much larger offensive role. In those five games, Dragic is averaging 39.4 DraftKings PPG. Compare that to his season average of only 27.1 DK PPG. He’s scoring nearly 20 real points per game in that span thanks to an increase of over six shots per game. He’s a three category player who should see plenty of usage and opportunity tonight.
It’s been a poor stretch of basketball for Nic Batum ($6,700), playing really sub-par basketball in three of his last four. That’s uncharacteristic of Batum, who has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season. He’s scored at least 30 DraftKings points in 30 of 48 games. I’m willing to consider him as a GPP play because he is a true five category player. Those type of players don’t have too many bad stretches, because they can score in so many ways. You have to love the discounted price on Batum who has spent most of the season over $7K.
Another member of the Heat making an appearance here, in Luol Deng ($6,400). The absence of Chris Bosh is creating plenty of opportunity on this team and Deng is another guy who is taking full advantage. He’s averaging 41.8 DraftKings points per game in the five games without Bosh. He’s averaging a double-double in that span, with 19.4 points and 12 rebounds. This five game stretch has produced four of Deng’s top five fantasy games this season. The All-Star Break was perfect timing to get the 30 year old plenty of rest before being asked to take on an expanded role.
Friday night was explosive for Marvin Williams ($5,600), posted 26-13 for 53.25 DraftKings points. While that game was an outlier, Williams has posted some really nice fantasy games as of late. Williams needs 33.6 DraftKings points to reach 6x value today. That’s a feat he has accomplished in seven of 15 games. His nice price tag comes with volatility, but he is an excellent rebounder who has started to find his scoring touch in the recent weeks. Atlanta has been lackluster around the hoop this season and Williams is averaging 30.5 DraftKings PPG in their three meetings this season.
How about Robin Lopez ($5,600) as an interesting center option today? Lopez is averaging 31.8 DraftKings points per game over his L10, which includes four games of 40+ and two games of 50+. That stretch of games has produced four of his best six fantasy games this season. He’s averaging a double-double in the process and is really impressive on both ends of the court. He is averaging 5.0 ORB and 5.3 DRB per game. That stat shows a player who is willing to expend effort on both ends of the court. The Heat are razor thin in the front-court was Lopez should be in a position to continue to solid fantasy outputs today.
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