This will likely be the last regular article of the NBA DFS season. Baseball is here, so I’ll slowly transition my play into MLB. I can’t say I’m ready for MLB, but NBA is to that point where nothing can be trusted, so that definitely helps nudge me in the direction ofbaseball. With that said, there are still some solid plays and edges to be had on this NBA slate to go along with some really nice contests on Draftkings. I’ll jump right into my top five plays.
PG/SG: Shabazz Napier – Portland Trailblazers
Damian Lilard is finally headed back to Portland for the birth of his child, which opens up a lot of minutes and usage in this backcourt. In seven games that Lilard missed earlier this season, Napier averaged 36 DK points. He had no fewer than 28 DK points in those seven games, which is more than enough for his $3,800 salary. He’ll be chalky, but he’s a no brainer lock and load. For what it’s worth, CJ McCollum also has a ton of upside here without Lilard. He was a bit up and down in those earlier games. He had four games over 40, two of which were over 50, but three games with less than 33, which would not be enough for his $7,500 salary.
SG/SF: Josh Jackson – Phoenix Suns
Minutes are one of the most important things to target this time of the year. Jackson is playing around 40 without TJ Warren and Devin Booker, who are both doubtful for this game. Without either, I like Jackson to have a big game here. He’s been hovering in the mid-30’s in fantasy production, but this just seems like a 40+ spot, which would give us 6X or better value.
PG/SG: D’Angelo Russell – Brooklyn Nets
Russell is too cheap at this price. I played him two games ago simply because $6,400 seemed too cheap. He posted 56.75 DK points in that game. After a rough outing his last time out, his price is now back down to $6,300. That’s not enough for a guy with this much upside. Russell has scored 33 or more in six of his last eight games, and also has a 48.25 game to go with the aforementioned 50+ point game. I haven’t even mentioned the matchup yet, which is one of the best in the league. The Orlando Magic bleed fantasy points to opposing point guards. Fire up Russell with confidence.
PF/C: Julius Randle – Los Angeles Lakers
I’m not sure there’s a player in the league who has been as consistent as Randle over the past month and a half. He has a double-double in seven of his last eight games and has not scored less than 30 Draftkings points in his last 19 games. That’s an incredible stat. Besides the $11k+ superstars, I can’t think of anyone else who has had that kind of consistency. I’d almost bet money that no $8,000 player has matched the production over that span. I have played Randle every time he has played the Mavs this season and I’m not stopping now. In three matchups, he’s scored no fewer than 42.75 DK points and his high game was 52.25. With 35+ minutes likely in this one, he’s high on my priority list.
C: Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic
Vuc has a track record of smashing the Nets, as a lot of centers do. There’s not much to overthink here. You just play him against this atrocious front court defense. He took 26 shots last game in a similar matchup against the Suns. While he may not get that many up again, he’s still a candidate to take 20+ and post a monster double double. He is another sub-$8k player that has a realistic chance to post 50+ DK points.
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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