If you remember at the start of the year, I told you one of my goals this season was to win the $40 single entry tournament on DraftKings before the season was over. There are usually around 1000 players in it and first place is typically $5,000. I’ve finished as high as fourth place back in December.
Wednesday night, it was half time of the night’s last game, and I was sitting in fifth place with two guys still playing and no one with a live lineup ahead of me. I needed just 17 points to take over first place, and seeing as my two guys (Gary Harris and Will Barton) had over 40 combined points at half, it seemed like I had a great chance of pulling it off. I immediately started scanning all of the lineups behind me trying to figure out if there was anyone who could catch me. Things were looking good. There were a few teams that had the same two players as me, along with Montrezl Harrell. They were roughly 22-25 points behind, so I really liked my chances.
Fast forward to the end of the second half and Harrell has a second half explosion. Those three lineups all passed by me in the final couple minutes as I felt my excitement turn to disappointment. Another fourth place finish. I still ended up earning $750 in that tourney and a bit more in smaller tourney’s, but it’s still not $5,000.
Anyways, I’ll keep grinding and hopefully take it down before the season is over. We’ve got a smaller than usual slate for Friday, but it’s almost the perfect amount of games at seven. Let’s jump into the plays. This is looking like a team stack type slate for me. As things stand now, there are four teams I’m targeting almost all of my plays from. Therefore, I’m going to do things a bit different here and discuss those teams.
Los Angeles Lakers
Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart should both be in for heavy minutes tonight against the Pacers, who are on the second end of a back to back. Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have both already been ruled out. Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are questionable. In all reality, this entire Lakers team could become playable once we see how the injury news shakes out. Jordan Clarkson is in play as well. I will most likely have Julius Randle in my lineup regardless of who is out. He’s had a few down games, but this is an excellent bounce back spot against the interior of the Indiana Pacers. I predicted a few weeks back, when he was a sub-$5k player, that he would be a $7,000 plus player soon. He’s $6,600 now and after his 50 point explosion tonight, he should cross that threshold. (Just trying to be positive)
Without Jamal Murray Wednesday night, Will Barton was the facilitator and play maker for most of the game. Against this Phoenix team, he could have a massive game. If Murray is out again, I’ll go right back to him, even at his elevated price. Mason Plumlee is still just $4,400 and just posted 42 DK points in their last game. The funny thing is Plumlee was part of the reason they lost the game. I watched the entire game and Trey Lyles should have been on the court more, as Plumlee is most of the reason that Harrell had such a big second half and cost me $4,250. You can play Plumlee, but I have a hunch that Lyles may have the better game. His price has dropped back down into the low $5,000’s, so he’s definitely in play in tournaments. One other play I’m interested in is Wilson Chandler. While he’s really safe, he doesn’t flash a ton of upside. But against the Suns, there’s a chance he could flirt with it. Earlier this season, he had 36.75 fantasy points.
I’m fine with the game stack here. It should be a high scoring game and if Phoenix stays in the game, guys like Devin Booker and T.J. Warren should have big nights. Booker can go for 50+ any given night when his shot is falling. Warren is coming back after sitting out a couple of games, so I think people may be hesitant to roster him. He’s one of the safest plays on any slate in the low $6,000’s (as I’ve preached all year, only when Booker is playing). This game stack makes a lot of sense.
If Marc Gasol sits out again, fire up Tyreke Evans. This is a revenge game for Evans, and while he’s returned there quite a few times, he never fails to perform. In his last three games against the Kings, in which he played 25+ minutes, he has scored 45.75, 51, and 46.75 Draftkings points. Without Gasol, he’s almost a lock for 45, with upside for 60. Throw in the fact that Andrew Harrison is questionable also, and it makes him an even better play. With Gasol out, we can also look the a trio of bigs for Memphis: Jamychel Green, Jarell Martin, and Deyonta Davis. Green saw a decent price bump after a nearly 45 point DK outing last game. He’s still playable though. However, he may be the one I ended up leaving out of the three. He still only played mid-20’s in minutes. Martin on the other hand topped 30 minutes and scored 30.5 DK points. At just $4,200, he’s an excellent value on this slate. Lastly, Davis was one of the highest owned players on Wednesday’s slate, but he was below average at best. He scored just 13.5 DraftKings points at minimum price. I think you can go back to him here at a depressed ownership. He’s nearly a point per minute player this season and has a lot of upside. This is a good matchup for him against the Kings, who he scored 22.75 DK points against earlier this season.
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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