Ish Smith ($6,800) continues to be a high usage player for the Sixers and it’s paying off for his fantasy investors. Smith is averaging 37.1 DraftKings PPG in the last six, but I want to look deeper at his last four games. Those are the games that rookie Jahlil Okafor has sat out due to injury. As expected, Smith has taken over an even large role in the offense, averaging 21 real PPG and pushing his DraftKings production to 39.3 per game. Okafor is already ruled out for this game tonight and Smith will earn a date with the pathetic Rockets defense.
On the opposite side of the ball, you have James Harden ($10,700) who is going to be a chalky play across the board…and for good reason. Harden has scored 71+ in two of his last three games. He’s now averaging 62.2 DK PPG in his last four and has scored 59+ DraftKings points in 11 of 20. He’s a legit threat to take 30 shots tonight in a matchup with the Sixers. Harden roasted Philly in their only meeting, dropping a 50-9-8 line for 71.75 DK points.
I hate the SF position again tonight, but I am keeping an eye on Derrick Williams ($3,300). Williams has proven himself to be valuable in spurts this season for the Knicks and this might be another good situations to fire him up. He can be a 1.1 DK PPM player and is extremely active on both ends of the court. He posted a well rounded 15-4-3 line in only 21 minutes of action last night. The Knicks front-court is already a little thin with Porzingis just returning to action and Lance Thomas sitting out last night. Combine his near-min price with an opportunity to steal some minutes from Carmelo in the second half of a back-to-back and Williams becomes interesting very quickly.
Jabari Parker ($6,300) is easily playing the best basketball of his season right now. He’s posted 37.1 DraftKings PPG over his last 11 while scoring over 21 real PPG in the process. He’s turning into a high usage player for the Bucks, taking over 17 shots per game in that span and will only benefit from the injury to Michael Carter-Williams with a few more shots up for grabs. He continues to post well-rounded scoring lines, with a double-double threat on a nightly basis. This matchup is not ideal with the Heat, but Parker only need 30 DK points to reach 5x value. That’s a feat he has accomplished in eight of ten.
If you want to pivot off Len at the center position, consider his teammate Tyson Chandler ($4,400). It’s worth noting that these two are playing alongside one another for a substantial number of minutes recently. That’s allowing Chandler to see 25-30 minutes a night. He’s used those minutes to post consecutive double-doubles and 29 DraftKings points in each. He’s always been an excellent rebounder, but his results will be volatile. However, his upside could produce 7-8x value tonight.
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