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.
With that said, I will only be playing on Draftkings today, so the plays below will reflect that.
PF/C: Demarcus Cousins & Anthony Davis – Pelicans
This slate starts with these two studs on the same team. Play one or the other or play both. They are playing such heavy minutes that their floor and upside is unrivaled. Of course Davis leaves just about every other game with a minor injury, so I probably would save him for tournaments. I think there are ways to get both in your lineup tonight and not completely punt too many positions. If you have both of them, you’re probably fine with one complete punt, but don’t punt more than two spots completely. If you find yourself doing that, go ahead and just play one and go more balanced at the other positions.
PG: Mike James – Suns
I wish I would have had time for a writeup yesterday, because James was one of my favorite plays. I knew everyone would be on Ulis and James would go overlooked, even though he is the starter. He had an outstanding game, posting 44.75 Draftkings points and was just 6% owned in the tourney I played in. He’ll be a little more popular after his performance last night, but I’m okay with that. He’ll fit in nicely next to Boogie and AD.
Memphis Grizzlies – Multiple targets
The Grizzlies may find themselves without both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley tonight. If they do, I will be loading up on Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers. Evans has been a beast without either guy on the floor and he would be the prime scoring option in this offense without them. He’s been returning value lately even with Gasol and Conley, so his ceiling is massive if they’re both out. If Conley sits, Chalmers would be the cheap play on this slate. Sitting at $3,600, he should be able to find his way into value.
C: Jonas Valanciunis – Raptors
Valanciunis has yet to return from injury, but he has been practicing so I think he’ll be back tonight. He is priced very reasonably. I wrote him up the other day when I thought he was going to return, so that analysis still stands true. You can read that here.
SG/SF: Bojan Bogdanovic – Pacers
Bogdanovic has over 26 fantasy points in three of his last four, with two of those going over 30. His price is still sitting at $4,000. He fits in nicely next to the high priced studs up top, while giving you a reasonable chance of a player that can go for 7-8x value.
PF/C: Ryan Anderson – Rockets
Anderson is back on the road, where he will be free from the home shooting curse that has plagued him. It literally makes no sense. At home, Anderson is shooting 23.5% from three and averaging 16.3 DK points per game. On the road, he’s shooting 44% from three and averaging 28.5 DK points per game. This isn’t just coincidence in a small sample size to start the year. Last season, Anderson shot 33.2% from three at home and 46.7% on the road while averaging over five more actual points per game on the road. He’s price reasonably and has 8X upside if he get’s hot.
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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