With the news that Marc Gasol is out for the year, it’s likely to be Mike Conley ($6,900) that is asked to shoulder the offensive workload for the Grizzlies. Conley is easily one of the most underrated players in the league and will have plenty of opportunity to display his skills as the focal point in the offense. In the last three games that Gasol has missed this season, Conley has fired 44 shot attempts while crashing the boards and dishing out a handful of assists a night. He’s posted 35.5, 44 and 19.75 DraftKings points in those three games. That last game of 19.75 was bad, but he fought through a tough shooting night (2-12) to still collected five rebounds and four assists. That’s an outlier as Conley is rarely going to shoot 16% from the field. Tonight he gets the dream matchup with the Lakers who refuse to play anything resembling defense.
Danny Green ($4,800) is a volatile option at Shooting Guard but he’s certainly trending upwards. Since the injury to Manu Ginobili, Green is averaging over 30 minutes per game, or four more minutes than usual per night. Not only are his minutes on the rise, but his usage is as well. He’s taking 25% more field goal attempts in that span and has provided his fantasy owners with some high upside games. He’s cracked the 30 point mark in three of those eight contests and will face the fledgling Sacramento Kings tonight who have been dismal on defense all season long.
Kevin Love ($7,400) has been a bit matchup dependent this season, but luckily he has a good matchup tonight against the Charlotte Hornets. Love is averaging 39.8 DraftKings points per game in two contests against the Hornets this season. Love can fill it up in a bunch of categories which has results in five games of 40+ DraftKings points in his last ten outings. Despite his recent run of success, his price has stabilized or even sunk to it’s current mark. Here’s a rare opportuntity to buy a player with the ability to score, rebound and shoot threes.
Bobby Portis ($4,700) is forcing us to take notice and acknowledge him right now. Thanks to a thin Bulls front-court, Portis is back to earning nearly 25 minutes a night and he’s rewarding his fantasy owners in the process. A solid 27.3 DraftKings points per game in his last four would be right on 5.7x salary again tonight. Portis is a high-energy player who can score and rebound. He has been excellent with opportunity this season, scoring at least 28 DraftKings points in seven of the eleven games that he’s played at least 22 minutes.
This is like a broken record, as I implore you to roster a center against the Sixers. Tonight it’s Andre Drummond ($8,000) who is already averaging 46.6 DraftKings points per game in his last four. He’s going to draw the best matchup a big man can ask for against the Sixers. Drummond has taken full advantage this season, averaging 52.5 DraftKings PPG in his two meetings with the Sixers this season. Drummond is one of the few players in the league who can actually threaten a 20-20 line and has excellent home/road splits. Drummond is averaging nearly six full DraftKings points higher at home than on the road this season.
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Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.