Is there a price you wouldn’t pay for Russell Westbrook? He’s nearly a lock to be the highest scoring player on the slate and I am not kidding about that. Here are his Game Logs from this season:
The “Rk” on the left hand column is how Russ finished in terms of DraftKings points versus all the rest of the players on that date. A “1” indicates he was the top scorer. That is not a typo, in 19 games, Westbrook has been the highest scorer on the date in 8 of them. He’s only finished worse than 6th in one game. I don’t need to tell you how good Russ is, but this is a nice visual to show that he’s absolutely on another planet right now. His average rank is 3.53, obviously the best in the league. Only James Harden comes close at 4.18 and he doesn’t play tonight. No other player in the league has an average rank under 8.
I write about Bradley Beal every night, so I’ll avoid it today. Just reference previous articles, because I love him again tonight. Let’s look at Jordan Clarkson as an option tonight. Since D’Angelo Russell went down with an injury, Clarkson has stepped up and scored 18 PPG, up from 14.6 PPG with Russell in the lineup. He won’t contribute a whole ton in other categories, but he does have a knack for swiping the ball from his opponents. He’s averaging three steals per game in this stretch which is a very valuable category on both major sites.
I think this is an opportunity to buy Jae Crowder before his price goes up. After missing eight games with an injury, Crowder was eased back into action. His minutes restriction has been lifted and he’s played 28 and 32 minutes in the last two games. That’s resulted in 32.75 and 31.5 DraftKings points. When Crowder plays 27+ minutes this season, he’s been stellar. Along with those two games mentioned above, he’s scored 38.25, 36.75 and 27 DraftKings points when playing a full workload.
Who cares about minutes restrictions when you’re Joel Embiid? It sounds like Embiid will continue to be on a 24 minute limit but that hasn’t stopped him from putting up monster games. In his last four, Embiid is averaging 36.4 DraftKings points and hasn’t provided his owners less than 5.6x value in the process. Embiid has been a consistent value this season, scoring less than 5x value only twice this season. On the flip side, he’s cashed in for 6x value or better in six of his last ten games. Tonight is the matchup of the season against Sacramento who allows the most points to opposing centers.
That’s all folks! Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more player analysis as news and injuries break closer to tip-off! Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.