The Suns are trying to figure out their rotation, which moved Brandon Knight ($7,300) to the bench on Monday night. Knight was still able to log 35 minutes (most on the team) and finished with 26 real points. A move to the bench could actually be beneficial for Knight’s fantasy value. It certainly looks like he’s not going to lose any minutes, but he will now see extended run with the second team. The entire offense will run through Knight and he won’t battle Bledsoe for shot attempts nearly as much. The explosive Knight could be in-line for a nice night against the Nuggets, a game with a total of 207.5.
Keep a very close eye on the Blazers injury report for tonight. Damian Lillard is already ruled out and CJ McCollum is currently questionable. If CJ can’t go, expect another big usage night from Tim Frazier ($3,600) who was forced to play ALL FORTY EIGHT minutes on Monday night. Frazier is nothing special, but give any NBA player a full 48 minutes and watch the fantasy points roll in. Frazier posted a solid 12-7-7 line for 34.75 DraftKings points. This is an even better matchup for Frazier as the Pellies have surrendered the third most DraftKings points to opposing PGs.
Rod Hood ($4,600) is earning plenty of minutes for the Jazz and carving out a nice role for himself. He’s played at least 30 minutes in four of six while piling up 29.5 and 27 DraftKings points in his last two. No team is getting a bigger boost from Vegas than the Jazz today. Tonight’s 208 line is 15 (!!) points higher than their average line, which should provide plenty of opportunity for the Jazz to outplay their averages.
It’s really difficult for me to explain how much I love Paul George ($8,900) tonight. This is a slate with plenty of studs, but almost all of them have an issue with blowouts or matchups. Paul George is coming off a brutal game, shooting just 1-14 from the field. In his defense, it was Kahwi Leonard who shut him down. Leonard is an elite defender who shuts everyone down. There’s no reason to think that George can’t bounce back in a beautiful matchup with the Kings. Another big boost from Vegas and this line is 14 points higher than normal for the Pacers and George’s price has dipped below the $9K mark for the first time in quite a while. I am likely to have 100% exposure to PG13.
It’s been a roller coaster season for Evan Fournier ($4,700). He began the season as a breakout star for the Magic, then hit a really bad streak of games, failing to hit value in almost every game for a month. It looks like he’s starting to get right, hitting 5x value in three of four including 31.25 and 32 DraftKings points in his last two. That rough patch has driven his price down to a management range in an excellent matchup. A healthy 206.5 line, with a tiny 1.5 spread should indicate a close, high scoring game tonight against Houston. The Rockets have struggled to defend wing player all season long, so Fournier should have an opportunity to keep the good times rolling tonight.
I write about Thad Young ($6,800) nearly every day and for good reason. He continues to post massive games and his price doesn’t move. Coming off a 41.25 DraftKings point night, Thad gets a $200 discount back below $7K. He’s a double-double machine, accomplishing the feat in seven of ten and narrowly missing it in the other three. His consistency makes him a valuable cash game asset, with just enough upside to sprinkle him in for GPP exposure.
Jordan Hill ($5,100) is playing like a man possessed over his L5 games. Hill is scoring at nearly 1.2 DraftKings points per minute in that span, which would be one of the highest rates int he league. It’s no surprise that he’s earning more and more minutes for the Pacers with that type of production off the bench. He’s tallied 27, 32 and 30 DraftKings points in his last three games, all which would be plenty of value at tonight’s price. We already talked about my love for the Pacers and the boost they get from Sacramento tonight and that certainly applied to Hill.
I wonder how popular Enes Kanter ($4,200) will be tonight. He hasn’t played many minutes for the Thunder this season, but he’s produced 1.1 DKPPM this season when he has played. Remember that the Thunder played these Lakers just four days ago and this game could have a very similar outcome. On Saturday night, the Thunder destroyed the Lakers leaving the fourth quarter for Kanter to rack up the points. He finished with 19-14 line for 42.5 DraftKings points. He’s a bit risky since his minutes are in no way guaranteed, but we could see a carbon copy of their last meeting.
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