Rajon Rondo ($9,300) looks like the perfect GPP play for tonight. Yes, his price has skyrocketed, but his results have been incredible. He’s averaging 48.7 DraftKings points per game over his L5 and has scored 60+ in three of nine. I thought for sure his usage and minutes would decrease with the return of Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to the lineup, but that’s not the case. Rondo has logged 40+ minutes in each of the last three. The matchup on paper is the worst you can ask for, which will drive the masses to other PGs. However, Demarcus Cousins is doubtful for this game tonight, meaning Rondo should be asked to shoulder a much more prevalent offensive role.
Isaiah Thomas ($7,700) sports one of the highest usage rates in the league at a staggering 30.4%. For reference, that’s more than Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Eric Bledsoe just to name a few. If you throw out his dud yesterday, he’s basically been a lock to score 35 DraftKings points in the last two weeks, with tremendous upside. He gets an excellent matchup with the Sixers who have been shredded by nearly every position, point guard included.
Be aware of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4,000) who is starting for the Nets and playing the best basketball of his season right now. Back to back games of exactly 35.25 DraftKings points and earning 31 minutes in both. He’s filling up the stat-sheet for the Nets who will travel to OKC tonight to engage in a fast paced game with the second highest total on the slate. This O/U is 211.5, which is a massive increase for the Nets who average a 199.8 line this season. That should provide a nice boost to all Brooklyn players.
Nic Batum ($7,300) is doing it all for the Hornets right now. Coming off an 18-10 game, good for 48 DraftKings points, now gives him four games of at least 42 points in his last six outings. That would be plenty of value tonight for Batum, who is still reasonably priced. I expect his ownership to be fairly low on a large slate as he is currently sporting the Questionable tag on DraftKings. All reports indicated that Batum should be ready to go tonight after a stomach bug.
Do you remember what Anthony Davis ($10,800) did to Phoenix his last time out? You should, considering it was just three days ago. Davis shredded them for 32-19, earning 69.75 DraftKings points. Davis has another date with the Suns tonight, in the highest O/U on the board. This is almost a no-brainer. If you watched the game, the Suns simply do not have an option in the paint to contend with Davis. Expect more of the same tonight, as AD might be the top scoring option on the slate.
It’s worth noting that Channing Frye ($3,300) will start for the Magic tonight. Orlando has already released their starters for tonight and it shows Victor Oladipo will be coming off the bench. I have no idea what type of minutes Frye will see, but this is a shakeup that HC Scott Skiles has alluded to. If Frye plays starter minutes, he should be well worth the investment.
Andre Drummond ($9,400) is very interesting tonight. He only played 24 minutes on Monday thanks to a blowout, but still tacked up 15 points and 15 rebounds in limited action. His price dropped $300 and sits at a feasible $9,400. The matchup with MIA is intriguing since they boast Hassan Whiteside who is one of the best rebounders in the league. However, Whiteside is questionable tonight. If he doesn’t play, or is limited, Drummond should have full run of the paint on both ends of the court. Keep an eye on the injury report, because if Whiteside sites, Drummond’s ceiling is non-existent.
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