Update (6:23 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some adjustments to the lineup! Image is updated! Good Luck!
DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/17/19
It’s not been the greatest start to our week, however, if you’ve played DFS as long as I have, you know it’s a roller-coaster and you just have to keep on grinding to get out of it.
I’m looking to get back on track tonight as we have a solid 5-game NBA slate that starts at 7:00 pm!
We’re not going to mess around today and we’re going to start our lineup, paying up for both Russell Westbrook & Paul George in their match-up against the Lakers.
Westbrook is once agianst putting up insane numbers as coming into this match-up he is averaging 21.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 10.6 apg & 2.6 spg. Westbrook put up a 60.0 DraftKings point performance agianst the Lakers earlier this month and he could have easily gone for 75+ DraftKings points as he was just 3 for 20 from the field in that game.
Paul George decided to stick with OKC instead of signing with the Lakers last offseason and he had no problem sticking it to his hometown team in their match-up in early January as he finished that game with 37 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, & 4 steals. George struggled from beyond the arc that game, going just 2 for 11 from three-point range, however, you know he had the motivation to stick it to the Lakers as he put up a season high 29 shots in that contest. The Lakers rank 24th vs. opposing SF’s on the season and as I think George will once agianst bring a little extra motivation into this game, I think we’ll see another 50+ DraftKings point outing.
Jeremy Lamb continues to have his best season as a pro and comes into this game averaging 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, & 1.0 spg. Lamb didn’t have his best game recently against the Kings, however, I expect this game to be a lot higher scoring than the 104-97 outcome that we saw last Saturday. Lamb has 40+ DraftKings point upside and as I just think it’s tough not to roster him while his price-tag sits below the $6,000 mark.
Marvin Bagley III has put together three consecutive solid outings and as it looks like he is locked in for about 25 mpg right now, I love the upside he brings to tonight’s slate. Bagley put together a solid 29.25 Draftkings point performance (13 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast) against the Trailblazers on Monday and it could have even been a better game as he fouled out. Bagley has shown us earlier this season he can go off for a 40+ DraftKings point game at any moment and as I think he matches up well agianst the Hornets, I don’t mind paying a mid-range price for him.
As we paid up for Westbrook & George, we had to find some value at the Center position and I’m going with the Hornets Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo seems to be the guy that the Hornets trust the most at the center position while Zeller is out and I like the fact that he saw 25 minutes of action agianst the Kings this past Saturday. Biyombo does have some nice upside to him with his ability to rack up some blocks and as he had a solid 23.5 DraftKings points performance (4 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 3 blk) agianst he Kings last Saturday, I think he has some solid value tonight.
Since getting traded to the Suns, Kelly Oubre Jr. has really started to show the NBA why he was a 1st round draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft as the former Kansas Jayhawk has averaged 20.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg, & 2.0 bpg in 29.5 mpg over his last 4 games. The Suns have a tough match-up tonight in Toronto, however, Toronto is on the 2nd half of a back-to-back after tough loss in Boston last night and as Kawhi Leonard has already been ruled out, I think Oubre Jr. can continue his strong recent form.
Bobby Portis is most likely going to be a very highly owned player tonight as we should expect a bit of a minutes increase with Wendell Carter Jr. out. Portis has been a very productive DFS player this season when he has been able to stay out on the court and although he struggled with his shot against the Lakers this past Tuesday, he put up at least 15 points in his previous three games.
Rounding out the team tonight, we’re going to go with the Hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as looks like he is once agianst becoming a major part of the Hornets rotation as he has seen 25+ minutes in his last two games. Kidd-Gilchrist put up a solid 11 point, 7 rebound, 3 blk performance in 26 minutes of action agianst the Kings on Saturday and I’m hoping he can repeat that success tonight.
Check back later for updates!