Isaiah Thomas ($7,500) has cooled off a bit recently, averaging only 32.6 DraftKings points per game in the last six games. That’s five points below his season average, but in his defense, has been tasked with a few tough match-ups in that span. He is still the clear cut #1 scoring option for the Celtics, hoisting 16.6 FGA per game over the last 24 contests. He walks into the dream matchup today with Sacramento who is pitiful in most defensive categories, but especially against point guards. Only one team is giving up more points per game to opposing PGs and Sacramento is surrendering 108.5 points per game, the worst mark in the league. Thomas shredded Sacramento in their Dec 3 meeting, scoring 51 DraftKings points.
If you’re looking for value, check out Jose Calderon ($4,400). He missed four games in a row and was eased back into action recently. Friday night’s game against Memphis was the first time he’s seen a full workload since January 23rd. he turned his 35 minutes into 37 DraftKings points while posting a nice 18-8-5 line. Calderon was benefitted by the absence of Carmelo Anthony who is questionable for tonight’s game as well. Calderon is not one of the top scoring options on this Knicks team, but he can score across all categories. He offers nice upside in a solid matchup with Denver.
Going back to the “chalk” board with Evan Turner ($5,400) who has been so good for the Celtics. He’s posted 30+ DraftKings points in six of seven, which would put him right around 6x value again tonight. He’s coming off a massive 19-12-6 game that netted his owners 46 DraftKings points. We already talked about the matchup and he will be heavily owned, but this is a thin position and Turner provides plenty of built-in value at this price.
A pure scorer in Danilo Gallinari ($6,900) is on my radar right now. He’s extremely reliant on his real points, but he can fill it up to the tune of 19.8 PPG this season. He’s scored 23+ in six of eight which has returned his fantasy owners 40+ DraftKings points in three of those eight games. What’s really exciting is that he’s getting the free throw line at a ridiculous rate. He’s taken 32 free throw attempts in the last two games. This is a fair price on a guy who is quietly having a career season.
It’s no surprise that Kristaps Porzingis ($7,000) exploded on Friday night with Carmelo out of the lineup. He posted a 17-10-6 line for 43 DraftKings points against the Grizzlies. Zinger is averaging 39.6 DK PPG this season in the seven games that Carmelo has missed this season. That’s ten points higher than his average when Carmelo plays. Porzingis has been 4 DraftKings points better at home this season and gets a plus matchup in Denver. Assuming Carmelo sits, fire up Porzingis in all formats.
DeAndre Jordan ($7,800) is playing like a man-possessed and still continues to stay priced under $8K. He’s hauling in 18 RPG over the course of the last six while notching a double-double in four of those games. The last three has been even better, posting 15.7 PPG and 17.7 RPG for 50.3 DraftKings points per game. Those are massive numbers for a guy who has carved out such a large role in the Clippers offense. He draws a tough test with Hassan Whiteside tonight, but Whiteside is certainly capable of being lax on defense and DeAndre is priced in a spot where he can still find value.
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