Draftkings Five Core Plays – Valentines Day Edition

Happy Valentines Day! Don’t forget to get your significant other something (hint: get something even if you agreed “not to get each other anything this year.” Trust me.)

This will be my first attempt to write this article from my phone, so bear with me. I’m traveling at the moment and forgot my laptop charger. So while the synopsis may be short today, I’ve spent the last few hours diving into this slate. It’s going to be really fun, despite having 12 games. We’ll just pick our spots and ignore a bunch of games. This is our last good slate before the All-star break, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my extra time over the weekend. I’ll probably try my hand at NASCAR for the first time ever. Anyways, let’s jump right in to today’s Five Core Plays for Draftkings.

PG: Damian Lilard – Portland Trailblazers

I’ve been playing Lilard a lot lately because of his consistency and upside. He’s been killing it and his price continues to stay south of $9,000. Sign me up for all the Lilard against the Warriors. He loves playing these big games against top opponents and I expect him to have a very big game. He should go over 40 no problem here and return you 5X value, but don’t be surprised when he closes in on 60 DK points when it’s all said and done.

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Los Angeles Lakers

With Brandon Ingram playing point guard, Caldwell-Pope has seen his minutes trend up. This is my favorite game to stack and I think KCP will see around 35 minutes in a great matchup. He’s a prime 6X+ target and will be underowned.

SF: Royce O’Neale – Utah Jazz

O’Neale burned a lot of people Monday night, including me. He still played 38 minutes though, so I’m going to go back to the well on him at just $4,300. He’s got the best matchup we can ask for against the Phoenix Suns. To win a GPP, you have to be willing to play the guy who just let everyone down that no one else wants to play. I will note, this play hinges on Ricky Rubio’s health. If he is back, I will be off O’Neale. I’m hoping the Jazz just keep him out through the All-star break.

SF/PF: Ersan Ilyasova – Atlanta Hawks

Ilyasova is definitely my favorite value play on this slate. He’s seeing minutes in the high 20’s and is a good bet to approach 30 DK points. In fact, he just score 30.25 DraftKings points against this Pistons team just two games ago. Lock him in your lineups with confidence.

PF/C: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

I’m going to do my best to fit in both Lilard and Davis. There are a ton of points to be had between them. We’ll see how the value shakes out as we get closer to lock. Again, I love this game and Davis should find his way to 60+ DraftKings points more times than not in this matchup. Davis has played six games that were not blowouts since Demarcus Cousins went down and has topped 56 DK points in all of them and 60 in five of the six.

The “B-Team”

Just wanted to list a few extra plays I really like and will have on my short list on this slate.

Donovan Mitchell – on a tear w/our Rubio and has an excellent matchup.

Khem Birch – Really cheap for the 25 minutes that he is now playing.

Brandon Ingram – He’s been exceptional running the point for LA. Another play I love in this game.

Ed Davis – looks like Nurkic could be out, and if so, Davis may be called uppn for a bigger role. Watch the news here.

Julius Randle – No surprise another Laker. Opposing front courts have had their way with the Pelicans lately and Randle has massive upside every night.


I encourage you to reach out to me on twitter as we get closer to tip-off. Here’s my handle: @mrclutchdfs

Even though the trade deadline is over, this is still the time of year when we get a lot of weird news, etc. I’m happy to give you my final thoughts as we count down to lock. Best of luck!

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Eric has played fantasy football for nearly 20 years now and is primarily a GPP player in DFS. He estimates he enters lineups in football, basketball, baseball, golf, MMA, and Nascar contests roughly 350 days a year. As primarily a DFS tournament player, Eric is currently ranked inside the top 2% in Rotogrinders Tournament Player of the Year rankings. His favorite teams include the Detroit Lions, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the Atlanta Braves.