Well, it only took three quarters for Russell Westbrook ($11,000) to notch a triple-double on Monday night against the Wizards. He continues to produce eye-popping fantasy numbers, averaging 57.9 DraftKings points per game in his last five. He has now scored 53+ DraftKings points in eight of his last nine and gets the Magic tonight. These teams haven’t played since the end of October, but Westbrook did drop a massive 48-11-8 game for 76.8 DraftKings points, his highest total of the season. He’s capable of notching a triple-double on a near nightly basis and should have his way with Orlando again tonight.
Kyrie Irving ($6,800) is hot right now, scoring 24.7 PPG in his last three, which has translated to 36.9 DK PPG in that stretch. The Cavs were cautious with Kyrie in his return from a fractured kneecap, but it appears he is finally earning his normal workload. The last three games are the three most minutes he’s played since returning from injury (not counting an OT game in mid January). As good as Kyrie has been, there’s actually plenty of room for improvement. The usually sharp three pointer shooter has only hit two of his last eighteen three point attempts. He provides even more upside if he can get back to knocking them down at the 41.5% he did last season.
A few converging trends for Victor Oladipo ($6,500). He’s logging heavy minutes for the Magic again, while coming off one of his best performances of the season (19-7-3, 41.75 DK points) against the stingy Spurs defense. He’s now cleared the 40 DraftKings point milestone in four of his last nine games. Back to the only game between the Magic and Thunder this year, it was Oladipo who dropped a ridiculous 63.8 DraftKings points with a 21-13-10 triple double. It took 50 minutes and two OTs but should certainly be noted.
It’s Evan Turner ($4,800) who is providing solid value at the shooting guard position. Turner only needs 28.8 DraftKings points to reach 6x value but he has posted 30+ DraftKings points in four of his last five games. That includes a 14-10 double-double last night against the Knicks. Turner is a solid sixth man who is going to threaten 30 minutes a night. He’s the main scoring option on the Celtics second unit and has turned in excellent fantasy performances this week. He is volatile, so limit him to GPP exposure.
Plenty of top-tier Small Forward options, so let’s focus in the middle of the pack. Kent Bazemore ($5,200) is playing well over some of his averages right now, specifically in rebounds. Bazemore has only notched 4.8 RPG this season, but has hauled in 9, 9 and 10 in his last three games. Rebounds are slightly random, so this may be a blip on the radar, but it’s worth noting since those are the three highest totals this season, coming in three straight games. That might indicate a new found commitment to crashing the board. Whatever it is, it’s providing Bazemore a solid floor. The streaky shooter as only broken double-digit real points in two of his last five but gets a date with Philly tonight who he has averaged 34.4 DraftKings PPG in two meeting this season.
Kevin Love ($7,600) looks poised to thrive under new head coach Tyronn Lue. Lue has been the head coach of the Cavs for six games, but it’s the last four that really stand out. Love has scored at least 19 points in all four, while averaging 44.7 DraftKings points in the process. He’s launching a healthy 6.5 3PA per game and threatening double-digit rebounds on a nightly basis. It’s never fun to roster a team’s third scoring option at this price, but Love is an excellent rebounder and can dish out the assists. That means that on nights he only has ten shots, he’s capable of filling up other categories.
His price is flying up, but Myles Turner ($6,300) is an explosive young center with massive upside. He’s averaging 33.9 DraftKings points per game over the last eight contests while cracking 38 points on three occasions. He just notched his first career double-double (14-10) and has blocked eight shots in the last two games. Tonight he gets a date with the porous Brooklyn defense and Brook Lopez, so it’s reasonable to think Turner should be solid again tonight.
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