The title says it all, but the goal here is to give you the core plays who I will be building around. Most days, these plays will not be site specific, but if there is a specific play on one of the main sites (DraftKings and FanDuel), then I will make sure to note that.
PG/SG: Stephon Curry – Golden State Warriors
Curry is a better play on DraftKings with the lower price and three-point bonus, but I’m fine with him on FanDuel too. Curry has reverted back to his MVP form after somewhat of a down year by his own standards last season with Kevin Durant coming to town. So far on the year he is averaging 1.44 DK points per minute. This game has the highest total of the night and Curry should play 35+ minutes in a must see TV game against the Wizards. Curry will be a staple in my lineups.
PG: Spencer Dinwiddie – Brooklyn Nets
Dinwiddie didn’t disappoint in his first start with De’Angelo Russell out. He put up 40.25 Draftkings points in 32 minutes. He is averaging 1.07 fantasy points per minute without Russell, who is doubtful tonight, on the floor. Dinwiddie will run the show again, against the Knicks, who have given up the fifth most fantasy points per game to the point guard position. They are allowing 1.16 DK FP/min to PG’s, which sets up well for Dinwiddie, who should 32-35 minutes if everything goes as expected.
UPDATE: Russell has been upgraded to questionable, so pay attention to his status. If he plays, Dinwiddie becomes unplayable at the inflated price tag.
C: Dwight Howard – Charlotte Hornets
What does Howard have to do to get a price bump. He’s still below $8,000 on both sites, but only $7,100 on DraftKings, making him a must play there. The guy is AVERAGING 40.1 DK points, which is 5.64X value. That’s just crazy! Now he gets a revenge game against the Rockets?! Sign me up. I’d be slightly surprised if he doesn’t go over 40 FPs in this game, which is an excellent return on your money. And his upside is much higher.
C: Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic
This play is DRAFTKINGS ONLY. Vucevic semi-burned us in his last game, only scoring 30.25 DK points. I’ll take it though as a floor; it didn’t totally kill your lineup. Now, his price has came down with a matchup against the Spurs looming. Vuc under $7,000 puts him in must play territory despite the opponent. Over the last three years, he has played the Spurs seven times. In those seven games, he’s went over 42 DK points five times and never been under 30. His DK fantasy points per minute during those seven games was 1.3. Vegas expects this to be a close game, which means he should get his full complements of minutes. It’s hard to find a floor as high as Vucevic’s at this price, and even harder to find a ceiling this high under $7,000.
SG/SF: Kent Bazemore – Atlanta Hawks
Bazemore has been exceptional in the absence of Dennis Schroeder, who is questionable tonight. This play for me hinges on the status of Schroeder, so be sure to pay attention to that. If he’s out, sign me up for Bazemore. He has surpassed 30 FPs in each of the last two games with over a 30% usage rate. His price hasn’t really moved much, so we have to take advantage of that value while we can. Let’s cross our fingers and hope Schroeder sits one more time, as this would be close to a must play.
PF/C: Enes Kanter – New York Knicks
We were on Kanter on Wednesday night and he went off for over 40 DK points. I knew it was only a matter of time, as his scoring and rebounding ability is outstanding. In 29 minutes last time out, he scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Against this Brooklyn team, he could very well post similar or better numbers. Until he gets priced over the $6,000 hump, I think you can roll him out almost any given night, which I most likely will, especially tonight.
That’s it for today. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @mrclutchdfs so you can stay up to date on any changes to my plays based on late information.
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