Outside of the elite options, the point guard position is rather thin. If you need to save money, take a look at Michael Carter- Williams ($6,700). MCW has been on a relatively torrid pace the last two months, racking up 34.9 DraftKings points per game over the last 22 contests. That’s compared to only 24.7 DraftKings points per game in the first 19 games of the season. In this most recent 22 game stretch, he’s scored 40+ DraftKings points on 8 occasions. He’s contributing across the board in every category and will get a date with Elfrid Payton tonight, a sub-par defender.
CJ McCollum ($7,300) anyone? A breakout year for the Portland SG who is handling a massive load on offense for the Blazers. McCollum is averaging 20.4 FGA per game over the last fifteen contests. He’s filling it up for fantasy owners and will get the dream matchup with the Kings. You might remember the last time McCollum faced the Kings in late December. That was the night he went for 35-11-9 for a massive 74.3 DraftKings point game.
Incredible value coming from the Suns right now. they are so thin at ever position that their starters played 35, 36, 39, 41 and 44 minutes on Saturday night. That led to massive games from basically all of them. the two shooting guards that will be in play tonight are Devin Booker ($5,400) and Archie Goodwin ($4,500). Booker is a capable scorer who has been thrust into the role as the number one scoring option. He’s launched 51 shots in the last three games including 26 three point attempts. Goodwin hasn’t been shy shooting the ball himself, taking 31 shots in the last two games, scoring 20 and 24 real points in the process. Both will get the excellent matchup with the Sixers, so use liberally.
There were reports that Otto Porter ($6,500) was going to be on a minutes restriction last night, but he certainly played with no restrictions against the Celtics. He did his usual thing, going for 15-6-2 in 30 minutes. It’s worth keeping an eye on the injury report in case they ease him into back-to-backs after missing four games. Porter is a true five category player who has averaged 30.6 DraftKings points per game against the Raptors this season. Also, Brad Beal left last night’s game after taking a shot to the face. If he can’t suit up tonight, Porter would be asked to shoulder a larger role on offense.
Remember when Robert Covington ($6,100) was the fantasy darling the first month of the season? It was a long-time ago, but it did happen! Covington started the season hot (averaging 30.3 DraftKings points per game in his first 18), then played less than 25 minutes in 12 straight games. Well he’s regained those minutes for the Sixers, averaging 33 MPG over the last six, scoring 30.9 DraftKings points per game in the process. RoCo is a streaky shooter who can get hot from the outside and this matchup with the Suns is just what the doctor ordered.
Speaking of minutes, Jabari Parker ($5,100) has solidified himself in the Bucks rotation, averaging 33.3 MPG over the last 12 games. Parker has proven his value to fantasy owners, averaging 27.2 DraftKings points over his last 8 games. He’s contributing offensively, scoring in double digits in 12 of his last 13 games, while notching a double-double in two of his last five. He provides value as a GPP play only in a above average matchup with Orlando.
Brook Lopez ($7,200) could be the top center on the slate tonight. He’s been playing a massive offensive role for the banged up Nets. If you throw out his game against UTA in which he only played 19 minutes, he scored 53.5, 32.5 and 53 DraftKings points in the last three games. He’s a walking double-double who will earn a date with the Heat who has has averaged 40 DraftKings points against in two meetings this season. He would get an even bigger boost if he doesn’t have to deal with Hassan Whiteside, who is currently questionable.
I have to point out Tyson Chandler ($4,800) who is another big beneficiary of the shorthanded Suns. He’s logged 36 and 44 minutes in the last two while hauling in 47 (!!!!!) rebounds in the last two games. FORTY-SEVEN! What a nice floor that you can earn when you haul in 20 rebounds in a game. He’s not a skilled scorer so anything he does on the offensive end is just gravy. You hope for a sneaky double-double with a massive rebound total when you roster Chandler. The matchup is rather sublime against the Sixers who have been hit or miss in the paint this season.
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