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DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/23/19
It’s Wednesday and we have a big 10-game NBA Slate tonight that starts at 7:00pm.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for DraftKings!
At our PG spot tonight, I’m putting in T.J. McConnell of the 76ers. Both Ben Simmons (Illness) & Jimmy Butler (Wrist) are currently GTD’s and if both happen to sit tonight, I think we could see McConnell get around 30 minutes. McConnell is averaging about 1.0 DraftKings points/minute over his last 6 games and as the Spurs are ranked just 16th against opposing PG’s on the season, I think McConnell could be in for a huge night if Simmons & Butler can’t give it a go tonight.
We’re paying up at the SG spot tonight and it starts with Houston’s James Harden in what should a solid match-up against the Knicks. In his last 5 games, Harden is averaging an incredible 47.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.4 spg, & 1.0 bpg and he should once against be able to have a field day against a Knicks team that currently ranks just 22nd vs. opposing SG’s. The only thing slowing down Harden right now is if the game becomes a blowout, and although Houston is favored by a decent amount (-7.5), I’m going to get Harden in my initial lineup for now.
I’m going back to the 76ers with the similar logic that if both Ben Simmons & Jimmy Butler are out tonight, Wilson Chandler is going to have some of the best value on the slate at just $4,000. Chandler is seeing plenty of action as he is averaging 29.8 mpg over his last 5 games and is coming off a solid 31.0 DraftKings point performance (9 pts, 14 reb, 3 ast) this past Monday. Chandler is still an option if only Butler is out tonight, however, similar to T.J. McConnell, if both Simmonds & Butler are active tonight, I’ll be making adjustments for both of them later.
We’re paying up for Blake Griffin tonight as it currently looks like the Pistons will once against be without Andre Drummond who as of yesterday, has yet to clear concussion protocol. Griffin comes into this game averaging 26.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, & 5.2 apg on the season and as he is averaging 54.2 DraftKings points since Drummond has been out, I think he is almost a must play in what should be a fast-paced game against the Pelicans.
Embiid & Vucevic have great match-ups for the Center position tonight, however, as I’m paying up for Harden, I’ve decided to go more with a value pick center and roll with the Pelicans Jahlil Okafor. Okafor saw an incredible 35 minutes of action this past Monday against the Grizzlies and put up a monster 40 DraftKings point performance (20 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl). Okafor is a very skilled offensive player and if he is going to see 30+ minutes of action, I think he’ll crush value against at his $5,500 price tag.
I’m going to go with some value and get Jeremy Lin of the Atlanta Hawks in our lineup at the Guard position tonight. Lin has been a solid producer in the back-up role in Atlanta this season and comes into a solid match-up against the Bulls averaging 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, & 3.6 apg. Lin was a battling an illness last week, but it looks like he is fully recovered as the he played an impressive 30 minutes against the Magic on Monday. Lin should have 30+ DraftKings point upside tonight against a Bulls team that is less than average against opposing PG’s and as I think he’ll see plenty up minutes, especially if Kevin Huerter is out again, I think he has some solid value tonight.
I’m going with Bobby Portis tonight as although it was concerning that he saw just 18 minutes of action against Cleveland on Monday, I’m going to say that those minutes were down only due to the fact that the Bulls has this game in hand by early in the 4th quarter. In the three games since Wendell Carter Jr. has been out, Portis is averaging an impressive 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, & 2.3 apg in an average of 23 mpg while averaging an impressive 1.3 DraftKings points/min. Portis has a great match-up against the Hawks tonight who rank just 29th against opposing PF’s, and I think if Portis can see 25-30 minutes of action, he’ll put up 30-40 DraftKings points tonight.
Rounding out the team tonight, we’re going to be going with Kenneth Faired of the Rockets. Faired made his Houston debut this past Monday against the 76ers and although he put up just a 20.0 DraftKings point performance, it was encouraging to see him get 23 minutes of action. Faired has double-double upside if he is going to seeing 20-30 mins a game and as I think his price is still too low on DraftKings, I think he has great value against a Knicks team that has been awful against opposing bigs this season.
Check back later for updates.