I was pretty surprised to see Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,400) earn 39 minutes on the court in his first game back after missing 14 games with an ankle injury. It’s clear that the Nuggets are willing to unleash the rookie. He’s a capable fantasy producer who I thought was ready to turn the corner before his injury. He can fill up every category which should give him plenty of upside against the Warriors tonight. Keep an eye on him moving forward as well. He should be easily forgotten and could be in store for some big games.
Andrew Wiggins ($6,500) is ballin’ out right now. Back to Back big games for Wiggy earning 46 adn 37.25 DraftKings points. He fired 19 shots in each of those contests which is exactly what you want to see headed into this big time matchup with HOU. He’s a bit dependent on scoring right now which makes him a risky option, but Vegas has posted a healthy 206.5 line on this game which should indicate plenty of scoring.
Nic Batum ($7,400) is one of my favorite stat-fillers in the league. Few guys hit ever category like Batum does. He was a little rusty in his first game back from injury, other posting nine real points (he averages 16).. Despite the poor scoring output, he still logged seven assists and six rebounds in a class Batum game. It’s rare that he’s ever going to lay an egg and I expect him to shake the rust in his second game back tonight. Batum has been trouble for the Hawks this season, averaging 38.8 DKPPG against ATL in their two meetings. Also, Batum has one of the most drastic home/road splits in the league. He’s averaging 39.6 DKPPG in 18 games at home and only 29.3 DKPPG in 14 road games. The Hornets are at the friendly confines of the Time Warner Cable Arena tonight, so fire up Batum!
I want you to think about how good Draymond Green has been lately. He’s been cranking out triple-doubles like they’re nothing and posting insane scoring nights on a daily basis. Even with all that, there’s still one player in the league whose scored more DK PPG over the last ten days. That man is Demarcus Cousin ($10,500). That’s right. All the points and none of the ownership for Boogie who is averaging 61.87 DK PPG over his last four. Don’t be fooled by this matchup with the Pellies. While they defend PF well, they have still struggled to stop big men, and Boogie is more of a center in which the Pellies rank 28th in the league.
We are going to see the return of Kenneth Faried ($6,000) to the Nuggets lineup after missing the last two games because of the birth of his daughter. Expect a well-rested, amped up version of Faried who is already a double-double machine. He’s a volatile option but he’s earned 30.9 DKPPG in his two meetings with the Warriors this season. He’s an athletic big who should benefit from the the pace at which this game will be played.
Here’s a great stat for Zaza Pachulia ($6,300). He’s earned 19 double-doubles in 37 games this season and has scored between 32.75 and 38.75 for eight straight games. That’s an incredibly narrow range of outcomes making Zaza one of the safer plays on the slate. We hope to see the upper end of that range tonight against OKC who surrendered 40.5 DK points to Zaza in their only meeting this season.
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