April 11, 2017, 8:17 pm
We have reached the final day of the regular season. I am expecting chaos in terms of players being ruled out throughout the day, so I have written an abbreviated post below. You are going to need to be on your toes today and monitor updates so that you have time to adjust to news. Here are five players to watch for headed into tonight’s slate.
Goran Dragic ($7,200)
The Heat have a must win game tonight against Washington who they played just two games ago. In that game, Goran Dragic had 36 DraftKings points on 6/16 shooting. He has taken 14 or more shots in 14 straight games, a reflection of his large role in the Heat’s offense. Dragic is a high floor player in what could be a tough night to find many secure options. He is viable in both cash games and tournaments.
Jamal Murray ($5,500)
The Nuggets are going to be extremely short-handed at the guard position tonight as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what should be a very fast-paced game. Mudiay has been ruled out in addition to Jameer Nelson, so the Nuggets will need Murray to play the majority of the game at the point guard position. Additionally, this game means nothing to the Nuggets, so tonight is a perfect opportunity to give Murray a chance to run.
Jamal had 46 DraftKings points against the Pelicans two games ago, and although 46 points tonight is a stretch, I expect him to be very productive in a heavy workload. Murray is a great option for both tournaments and cash games.
Jimmy Butler ($10,200)
As crazy as it feels to play Jimmy Butler above $10,000, that’s exactly what I plan on doing. The Bulls have a must win tonight against Brooklyn, a game that would be devastating to lose. Hoiberg will need Butler on the floor for close to 40 minutes, and Butler could be lethal against the Nets in that amount of playing time. In his last six games, Jimmy has three games above 50 DraftKings points. He is a high floor play and there should be so much value at other positions today that you will need a high floor, high salary option like Jimmy. I would not overload on Butler in tournaments, but he is a great cash game option.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($5,500)
As mentioned above, the Nets play the Bulls tonight. This game is a must win for Chicago and obviously not a must win for Brooklyn. The Nets have ruled out Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, and Trevor Booker tonight, so RHJ should have his third huge game in a row. In his last two games, Hollis-Jefferson has scored 44.5 and 47.75 DraftKings points, registering a double-double in each game. With Lin, Lopez, and Booker out, RHJ will have a full minutes load and a high usage rate. I will deploy him heavily in cash games and tournaments.
Mason Plumlee ($4,400)
Last night against Dallas, Plumlee had 29.25 DraftKings points in 34 minutes. Dallas is not an ideal matchup from a pace perspective, but the Mavs are a poor rebounding team. Against the Thunder tonight, I expect a similar game from Plumlee with upside to have a monster. The game is meaningless for Denver, and the team is pretty thin from injuries. Plumlee is an efficient DFS option who can rack up points, assists, and rebounds quickly. Therefore, I view Mason has a high floor, high upside play in such a fast matchup against OKC. Over his last five games, he’s been scoring right about a DraftKings point per minute of game time, and I expect him to play 24+ minutes. He is a strong cash game play with enough upside to warrant tournament exposure.