The point guard position is pretty straight forward. I think everyone is pretty fairly priced with the exception of Jeremy Lin ($5,600). Lin is providing serious value to his team which is locking him into 30+ minutes a night. He’s a consistent scorer who can explode for a big night at times, like he did with his 26-4-4 line from yesterday. Assuming Nic Batum sits again, you have to like Lin in an uptempo game with the Nuggets.
We don’t write about him much since he’s a pretty standard play, but I do think James Harden ($9,900) is interesting when he’s sub-$10K. He’s a perennial 50 DK point scorer who can fill it up in a hurry. The matchup with the Pacers is intriguing. After a hot start, they’ve been a bit porous on defense. Harden has scored 30+ real points in three of four, so he’s built himself a solid floor with plenty of upside at this price.
He’s volatile, but worth a look. I am talking about Iman Shumpert ($4,100). Shump has logged 29+ minutes in four of five and has posted games of 27.75 (priced at $3.8K) and 37.75 (priced at $3,800) in that same stretch. He’s capable of heating up and every Cav could be in for a monster day against the Sixers.
Carmelo Anthony ($8,200) gets very little respect around the industry. He’s priced reasonably and has posted games of 53.25, 40.75 and 46 DK points in his last three. In fact, he’s scored 40+ in seven of his last ten outings and has been much more consistent than the first six weeks of the season. An excellent matchup with MIL should put Carmelo in line for another nice night.
Every PF is pretty cheap tonight, so I want to go back to the well with Nerlens Noel ($6,600). We talked about his resurgence with the return of Ish Smith to the lineup yesterday. Even in a game yesterday where he only had four real points, he posted eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks to salvage his day. That’s an exciting player to buy into. Now he gets a matchup with Cleveland who he has absolutely shredded this season. Averaging 15.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG, good for 39.8 DKPPG in their three meetings.
If he can find a way to suit up, I am interested in Brandon Bass ($3,900). He played 36 minutes, posting 37.5 DK points against Sacramento on Thursday, then had 20.75 DK points in 25 minutes before being poked in the eye and leaving the game on Friday night. He’s seeing extended minutes for the Lakers and taking full advantage. This is really a matter of minutes at this point. If he suits up, I expect 25+ minutes for him to do damage with serious upside. Keep him on your radar.
Big Greg Monroe ($6,400) has been a roller coaster this season, but his price finally reflects that. He’s fairly valued in the mid-6K range and still continues to be a walking double-double. He’s either achieved or barely missed that accomplishment in four straight games. A prime matchup with the Knicks has me licking my chops. This is a team that Monroe is averaging 38.9 DK points against this season in three meetings. A similar game would provide 6x value.
Holy Ian Mahinmi ($4,800)! He’s doing serious work in the paint as of late, posting 25.25, 29.5 and 40 DraftKings points in his last three games. The common thread in those games are plus matchups and he has another tonight with the Rockets. It’s worth noting that Dwight Howard’s status is up in the air for tonight which could leave the Rockets front court even more shorthanded. Mahinmi is always an aggressive rebounder but has added the scoring touch this week. A nice opportunity to buy a hot player.
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