DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/10/19
Update (6:29 PM) - Hi Everyone! Decided that I'm doing a 4-man stack of the Pistons now that Blake Griffin is out and they have a solid match-up against the fast-paced Kings. We are planning on "punting" Avery Bradley and I think we can get a bunch of production from our George/Aldridge/Drummond trio. Image is updated! Good Luck!
We got back on track last night as our “Wednesday GPP Special” put up a solid 300.0-point performance last night and easily cashed in the GPP’s & 50/50’s.
We’re going to try and keep that momentum going tonight as we look at tonight’s NBA 4-game slate that starts at 7:00pm.
I’m paying up for Russell Westbrook tonight as I think he is the high-price option that has the most upside on tonight’s short slate. Westbrook is averaging 24.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 11.4 apg, 1.0 bpg, & 1.6 spg over his last 5 games and there is no one in the San Antonio backcourt that will be able to match-up with Westbrook tonight. Westbrook has started to shot the ball better as of late and if he can put up 25-30 points tonight, I think we’re looking at a 65-70 DraftKings point performance.
I’m going with value at the SG position today and it starts with Jaylen Brown of the Celtics. Brown is coming off a solid game last night in which he put up 22 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk, and a steal and I’m not afraid of getting him back in the lineup as his value is just too good to pass up on. Brown how a low floor, however, the Celtics have looked good over the past week and as Brown has averaged 17.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg & 1.0 spg over his last 5 games, I think he solid play tonight.
I’m going all-in on the Thunder tonight as I’m going to pair Paul George with Russell Westbrook. Paul George is putting up MVP numbers this season as he is averaging 26.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, & 2.2 spg. San Antonio ranks just 20th against opposing SF’s on the season and although George has struggled with his shot recently, I think he bounces back here with a big performance.
Trying to figure out who is going to get more time between Kelly Olynyk & James Johnson for the Heat can be difficult at times, however, between the fact that Olynyk saw 30 minutes of action on Tuesday and will be going against his former team the Celtics tonight, I think Olynyk could be a great value play tonight at just $3,900. Olynyk is averaging 9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, & 1.9 apg on the season however, has some upside as we’ve seen him go over 30 DraftKings points on numerous occasions this season. Olynyk averaged 17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 bpg, & 1.0 spg last season in 3 games agianst the Celtics and we’ll be in great shape if he can repeat those type of numbers tonight.
I’m paying up for Andre Drummond tonight at the Center position as it’s hard not like his match-up against the Sacramento Kings tonight. Drummond is a double-double machine as he comes in averaging 16.8 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.8 bpg, & 1.6 spg. Drummond struggled from the field last night agianst the Lakers, but still came through with a respectable 37.75 DraftKings point performance. The Pistons are on a back-to-back, however, I’m not that concerned with Drummond as he played 37 minutes and put up a 54.25 DraftKings point performance that last time the Pistons were on the 2nd half of a back-to-back.
Malik Beasley has come back to earth a bit after a solid 5-game stretch that saw him averaging 30.5 DraftKings points a game, however, if Garry Harris is out once again with his hamstring injury, I think it’s hard to pass up on Beasley at his $3,900 price tag. Beasley didn’t do much against the Heat in their recent game (12.25 DraftKings points), however, he did see 36 minutes of action and I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw that many minutes tonight if Harris out. Beasley went off for a 27.5 DraftKings point night recently against the Clippers and I’m hoping for those same results tonight.
I’m staying with Denver and going with more value in Torrey Craig (as long as Gary Harris is out). Craig saw an incredible 39 minutes agianst the Heat on Tuesday and had one of his best games of the season as he finished with 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists. The match-up is a solid one agianst the Clippers and similar to Beasley, there is too much value to pass up on here if he is going to see 35-40 minutes of action tonight.
Didn’t have much salary left for the Utility spot, however, I don’t mind taking a roll of the dice with San Antonio’s Patty Mills. Mills has seen 24+ minutes in each of his last three games and is averaging 13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, & 1.3 spg. Mills doesn’t have the biggest upside, however, at this price-point I’m looking for someone that will at worst see minutes and I think Mills sees another 35-30 minutes tonight.
Check back later for updates.