John Wall ($9,900) is the chalkiest PG, but that doesn’t make it wrong. He’s likely to be the highest scoring PG and potentially by a large margin. Wall has carried the Wizards since Brad Beal went down and has now posted 50+ DraftKings point games in five of seven. The other two in that stretch weren’t too shabby either, earning 45.75 and 48.75 DraftKings points. His upside is capped a bit in this matchup, but should have a solid floor as he threatens 20 shots and is one of the best passers in the league.
To me, the SG position starts with CJ McCollum ($8,100) and ends with Will Barton ($7,300). I am willing to pay up for probably both players on this tiny little slate. Both have played outstanding and are asked to shoulder the offense for their respective teams. McCollum is taking a ridiculous number of shots, averaging 22.4 field goal attempts over his last five games. Barton continues to pour in real points, which has translated to three 40+ DraftKings points games in his last six. This is going to be a fast paced, high scoring contest in Denver.
If you’re looking for value, Lou Williams ($5,400) is certainly an option. He’s scored 28.5, 31 and 37.5 DraftKings points in his last three games. He’s a little riskier than his peers, but he can get hot and fill it up. This game is pinned with a healthy 209 O/U and a tiny little 1.5 spread. Assuming this stays close all night, Williams is in line for big minutes and an opportunity for big production.
Another pair as the SF options in PJ Tucker ($4,800) and TJ Warren ($5,100). Both have received an increase in usage since Eric Bledsoe went down for the year and it’s providing significant fantasy contributions to their owners. These two combined for 92 DraftKings points in their last game, both playing over 40 minutes! On a small slate, with a thin SF position, I would recommend liberally rostering both of these guys.
It’s all ugly at Power Forward. I’m looking at saving dollars and going with Larry Nance Jr ($4,100). He’s threatened a double-double in three of his last four, returning 10x, 6x, 5x and 6x value in those games. Another good matchup with Phoenix, so there’s no reason to think he won’t keep it going tonight. You’d be thrilled to lock up about 22 DraftKings points from him right now and just move on.
The options at center are obvious at the top, so let’s talk about a few value plays. Meyers Leonard ($4,100) outplaying his season average night after night, averaging 26.5 DraftKings points per game over his last 5. That’s plenty of value at this price range. He’s scored in double figures in all five of those games, while working hard on the glass. The Trail Blazers haven’t played since the 31st, so they should be well-rested and ready to roll for this outing in Denver.
The other option is Tyson Chandler ($4,100). He’s been eased back into action since returning from injury but has seen his minutes increase in five straight games, leading to 31 minutes on Thursday night and earning the start last night. Unfortunately, Chandler argued a call and got ejected after only 12 minutes of action. In the two games prior to last night, Chandler racked up two double-doubles earning 30 and 32 DraftKings points. I assume he’s going to be back in the starting lineup again tonight and playing with a chip on his shoulder. If he sees upwards of 30 minutes, he will have tremendous upside at his price point.
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