Isaiah Thomas is just another guard who’s stuffing the stat-sheet early in the season. IT is a pure scorer who has buried at least 23 real points in each game this season while averaging over seven assists per contest. He’s launching plenty of three point attempts (6 or 7 in every game) and is handling a lot of the offensive load for the Celtics. With games of 41.25 and 50.5 DraftKings points in his last two, Thomas is just a bit under-priced for this matchup with Denver. The Nuggets are banged up and will be shorthanded on the second night of a B2B.
Terrence Ross is playing with a lot of confidence right now and it’s being reflected in his minutes. Ross has played more in each of his last four games (14, 15, 18, 21) which of course has led to more shots, real points and DraftKings points in each of those games. The gem was Friday night with 20 real points on 15 shots, finishing with 28.5 DraftKings points. If you get Ross in some lineups, he will create a ton of flexibility. He’s only $3,600 on DraftKings and can play either SG or SF which are the two thin positions tonight.
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Keep a close eye on the Maverick injury report. Dirk Nowitzki has already been ruled out “for a while” and Deron Williams is currently “very questionable”. We will have to see who cracks the starting lineup but a few value options could be J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell. Barea is already averaging 30.3 DraftKings PPG this season as he can contribute in at least three categories. Powell is a little more risky, but has tremendous upside. This is a guy with a crazy skill set and flashed that at times last season. He played 25+ minutes in 10 games last season, averaging 26.6 DraftKings PPG in those contests.
I’ll be looking for a lot of exposure to the LAL/PHO game. Both those teams rank in the top five of fastest pace in the league. They both average over 103 possessions per 48 minutes which should allow for plenty of fantasy goodness!
There’s a lot of options on both ends of the ball (Warren, Randle, Booker) but let’s look at Tyson Chandler. The concern with the Suns big men is how they will be used. Chandler is playing more than I expected (at least 28 minutes in four of five) and, as usual, he is a rebounding monster. He has hauled in exactly 18 rebounds in three of the last four games, scoring 31+DraftKings points in the process. He’s not going to offer a ton of upside in scoring real points, but with the consistency of rebounds, he should be fairly safe.
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