Ricky Rubio ($6,900) is the sneakiest triple-double in the league. He’s rarely going to score 15+ real points, but he’s able to be elite in at least four categories. He’s a bit volatile, so I prefer him in GPPs, but his upside is unbeatable in this price range. He’s scored 42+ DraftKings points in three of his last nine, and should benefit from an uptempo game against the Thunder.
You know how much I love Isaiah Thomas ($7,800) who has the ability to explode on any night. He’s averaging 39.4 DraftKings PPG over his last five outings, while averaging nearly 23 real points in that run. He’s coming off a massive 35-8 game against Memphis for 53.75 DraftKings points. I expect Thomas’ ownership to be lower than normal since the Knicks are in the top ten defending opposing PGs. That’s a big deceiving and Thomas posted a 21-8-6 line for 39 DK points on them in their one meeting this season.
How about Khris Middleton ($6,800) as his price starts to stabilize. Middleton is in the midst of the best run of his career, and has scored 20+ real points in seven of his last ten games. He’s going to get the opportunity to face an ole foe in the Chicago Bulls who are in a tough spot right now. With the return of Joakim Noah, their rotations are a bit mixed up and it could take them a few games to mesh again. They lost last night and now have to face a well rested Bucks squad tonight. Middleton posted 45 DraftKings points on them in their only meeting this season.
The small forward position is absolutely stacked at the top. You cannot go wrong with any of the top five or six guys. If you made me pick, I am back on the Paul George ($9,100) bandwagon for tonight. He’s gone for 49+ DK points in four of his last six games while filling it up across the board. A staggering seven steals in his last game and while that is not typical or expected it’s certainly nice to see that upside. The Phoenix defense could not be more of a mess right now. They’ve lose ten of eleven while surrendering an average of 108 points per game in that stretch, which would be the worst rate in the league this season.
I am going on a limb here, but I want to point out Stanley Johnson ($4,200). If Marcus Morris doesn’t suit up, Johnson could be in line for another start, which led to 39 minutes against the Nets on Saturday. That’s a monster amount of minutes for any player in the league, especially a guy at this price tag. Three solid games in a row for Johnson who’s scored 23.75, 28 and 20 DraftKings points in those outings. I hate the matchup with the Spurs, but I don’t think that SA will “waste” Kahwi on Stanley Johnson. Even if Stanley draws the tough matchup, he’s a capable rebounder and can contribute in the steals column. I just keep staring at those minutes he played on Saturday and if would be tough to avoid any player who’s going to log 39 minutes at $4,200.
Umm.. Zach Randolph ($6,500)? This guy is back from the dead. Here are his last four games: 55, 23, 39, 51.25 DraftKings points. That’s three monster games for a guy priced this way. Now he’s going to get a prime matchup with a questionable Rockets front-court that has been porous all season long. Only the Lakers are surrendering more points in the paint than the Rockets this season and guess where Z-Bo does his work. This is a really interesting spot for Randolph who’s scored 24+ real points in three of those last four games and I think he’s flying under the radar around the industry.
Amir Johnson ($4,700) is another player in the midst of his best basketball right now. A double figure scorer in his last four and averaging 29.4 DK PPG over his last five games. He’s an adequate rebounder so he can threaten a double-double on a nightly basis, when he earns the minutes. Those minutes are on the rise and he’s carved himself a nice little role for the Celtics.
Insert Greg Monroe praise here, but I’ll spare you the details. How about we turn towards Robin Lopez ($5,000) as a value option? He’s averaging 29.15 DKPPG over his last five outings which would be good for 6x value tonight. He’s been a skilled scorer in the last three games, averaging 14.6 PPG in that span. Another double-double threat in a good matchup.
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