Update (6:16 PM) - Hi Everyone! Decided to make some adjustments and get all the action I can with the Nuggets tonight as Jokic is out. We're also stacking the Nets in their good match-up agianst the Knicks and with the money we saved with some the value plays, we're able to fit in Antetokounmpo. Image is updated! Good Luck!
DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/25/19
It’s Friday and we have a big 10-game NBA Slate tonight that starts at 7:00 pm.
Let’s see who we have going for our initial DraftKings lineup today.
We’re kicking off our lineup with some value in the Nets Shabazz Napier tonight. Shabazz Napier has had a productive season in mostly a back-up role, however, he has produced when he has seen in minutes and as it looks like Spencer Dinwiddie will be sidelined due to a thumb injury, I think Napier could be some great value at just $3,600 tonight. In a 7-game stretch between December & January, Napier was putting up an impressive stat line of 15.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, & 4.6 apg when he was seeing 27 mpg. Brooklyn has a nice match-up against the Knicks tonight who rank just 18th vs. opposing PG’s this season and as I think he sees about 20-25 minutes, tonight, I think he can get us 25-30 DraftKings points.
I’m not paying up for Harden as of right now, and instead going to stick with the Nets and go with D’Angelo Russell at the SG position. Russell is averaging 19.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.5 apg & 1.1 spg on the season and has been on fire as of late, as over his last five games, he is averaging 28.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.8 apg, & 1.2 spg. Russell has posted 50+ DraftKings points in 4 of his last 5 games and as he could have even higher usage with Dinwiddie out, I think he can continue putting up big numbers tonight against the Knicks.
Will Barton is finally healthy and I’m getting him in my roster while his price is still at just $5,100. Barton is a scorer and looked like his old self against Utah on Wednesday as in 29 minutes of action, he went off for a 45.25 DraftKings point performance (22 pts, 9 reb, 5 ast, 1 bk, 1 stl). Barton has a great match-up against the Phoenix Suns tonight and if he sees another 30 minutes of action, I think we’ll see another 40+ DraftKings performance tonight.
Kenneth Faired has new live with the Houston Rockets and crushed value on Wednesday after going off for a 33.5 DraftKings point performance (11 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 3 blk, 3 stl) against the Knicks. Faired saw his price really jump over on FanDuel, however, I think he is still very reasonable priced on DraftKings at $5,300 and as he should see another 25-30 minutes tonight, I don’t mind going with the Manimal tonight.
Nikola Vucevic is clearly establishing himself as one of the better Centers in the NBA as he comes into this game averaging 20.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 bpg, & 1.0 spg on the season. Vucevic has dominated in his last two match-ups against Atlanta & Brooklyn, putting up 55.5 & 58.0 DraftKings point performances and find himself in another great match-up tonight against a Wizards team that ranks just 20th vs. opposing centers.
Patrick Beverley continues to see major minutes as over his last three games, he is averaging 12.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, & 2.0 spg in 37 minutes per game. Beverley has a decent match-up against a Chicago Bulls team that can give up a bunch of points and if he going to once against see 35+ minutes, he should hit value with his price being just $4,800.
The Clippers will continue to be without Danilo Gallinari which means it’s going to be a solid play to get Tobias Harris in your lineups. Harris is averaging 45.6 DraftKings points in the four games that Gallinari has missed and comes into this game averaging an impressive 21.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, & 2.5 apg on the season. Outside of his recent game against Dallas, Harris is putting up about 19 shots per game lately and as this should be a high-scoring game against the Bulls, I like Harris tonight especially as he is shooting 51.9% from the field on the road this season.
The Minnesota backcourt injury report is currently looking how the Jazz looked recently as Teague, Rose, and Jones are all questionable. Based on the news coming out of Minnesota, I think it’s more likely that Teague & Jones are doubtful and I’d be shocked to see Rose back in the lineup after not coming out for the 2nd half last night. If all three can’t go tonight, I think we see Jerryd Bayless will get all the minutes he can handle and the 10-year veteran has shown in his last two games that he still can be productive as he has posted back-to-back games of 33.5 & 35.5 DraftKings points.
Check back later for updates.