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DFS - Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/19/19
Disappointing night for us last night as our DraftKings lineups were destroyed by the late scratches of both Lou Williams & DeMar DeRozan. It was just one of those nights.
Let’s take a look at who we have going for tonight’s 8-game NBA slate that starts at 7:00pm.
Jeremy Lin missed last game due to a llliness, however, he looks like he is going to be able to give it a go tonight and could have some the best value on the slate as both Trae Young & John Collins are currently questionable with what we can presume is that same illness. Lin has been playing solid in backup role as of late and had a solid 36.5 DraftKings point performance recently in a spot start agianst Toronto. Lin had his best game of the season versus Boston earlier this season as he posted a 48.25 DraftKings point performance (19 pts, 5 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl) and as he could see 30+ min tonight, he is going to be a popular play if Young can’t go.
I promise….I’m sticking with James Harden tonight at his high price tag tonight in his match-up against the Lakers. Harden has been putting up video game numbers as of late and that continues this week after putting up performances of 57 & 58 points against the Grizzlies & Nets. This should be a fast paced game against the Lakers and Harden could easily go off for 80+ DraftKings points tonight.
I’m going back to Atlanta for our SF spot and going to roster Kevin Huerter of the Hawks. Hueter might not be the flashiest NBA player but he has been productive as of late as over his past 5 games the rookie out of Maryland is averaging 17.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, & 3.3 apg. Hueter has seen 37+ minutes in each of his last 4 games and with him still being reasonably priced, I think he has great value at just $5,500.
We’re going to pay up for Blake Griffin currently as we wait to hear the status up Andre Drummond who had to leave last night’s game after taking a blow to the face. With Drummond out, Griffin dominated as he went off for a 61.75 DraftKings point performance (32 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast, 1 stl) against the Heat last night. Griffin and Detroit have a solid match-up agianst a fast paced Kings team tonight and if Drummond is ruled out, I’m expecting another huge night from Griffin.
At center position, we’re hoping to find some value with James Johnson who although didn’t put up a huge stat line last night (7 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl), it was encouraging for him to see a solid 31 minutes of action. This is a risky pick, however, Johnson does have some nice upside at his current price of just $3,700 if he is going to see another 25-30 minutes tonight.
I’m going to need some more value, so I’m attacking that LAL/HOU match-up and going with Gerald Green of the Rockets. Green has been quite productive in the two games since Clint Capela went down as in those games, he is averaging 14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, & 1.5 bpg in 35.5 mpg. Green has taken an average of 14 shots per game in those last two games and I expect another strong performance in a favorable match-up against the Lakers.
Bobby Portis saw an impressive 28 minutes in the first game in which the Bulls were without Wendell Carter, and he showed us that he could be a very valuable DFS player as he had a double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, & 4 assits in his match-up against the Nuggets on Thursday. Portis has been able to produce when given the minutes and as it looks like he’ll be seeing 25-30 minutes going forward, I’m going to get Portis in my lineup while his price is still just $5,700.
Rounding out the team with by Tyler Johnson who entered the starting lineup last night with Jason Richardson out due to an illness and put up a solid 30.25 DraftKings point performance (16 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk) last night agianst the Pistons. Miami has been hesitant playing Dwayne Wade major minutes on the 2nd half of back-to-backs and if Richardson is out agianst tonight, I expect Johnson to once again see 30-35 minutes and should easily hit value at his $3,900 price.
Check back later for updates.