November 24, 2017, 12:13 pm
Welcome to another Friday slate loaded with options and value. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and stuffed their faces, but it is time to get back on the DFS grind. On today’s slate the Nets and Trail Blazers face off at 12 p.m. EST and unfortunately I will not be mentioning that game because the article generally drops just after the game starts.
Dennis Schroder $6,600– Let me start by saying point guard is an ugly position today. I do not want to pay up for any of the studs, and as of this morning, there is very little value at the position. Schroder comes in at a great price and in a game that should stay fairly close. He is still sporting a robust 33.1 percent usage rate and draws the spirit of Jarrett Jack as a matchup. It is plain and simple — when the Hawks keep games intact, Schroder has a lot to do with it.
Jeff Teague $6,400– The Heat are not generally a team I look to target with point guards, but Goran Dragic’s defense seems to be coming back down to earth a little. These teams faced off earlier this year on October 30 and Teague has one of his best games of the year posting 23 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. I wouldn’t expect 6 steals again, but on a slate with not a lot of great point guard options, Teague can slip through the cracks and hit value.
Kemba Walker $8,200– If Batum sits it is going to be hard to ignore Walker even at $8,200. Point guards have been mashing the Cavs all year and Walker posted 20-7-5 scoring 37.75 DK points. That would not reach value on this price, but against a Cavs team prone to turnovers, I wouldn’t expect Kemba to go without a steal again in this matchup. The total for this game has yet to be released because of Batum’s injury, but I would expect it to be one of the higher ones on the board tonight and should stay close.
Marco Belinelli $3,800- Belinelli continues to be a favorite value play among the sharks in DFS. He often goes overlooked, but he has only has one game with less than 20 DK point in the last eight games and a ceiling of 30 DK points. His minutes seem to safe an secure right around 25-28 and could be viable in a tournament or cash.
Jeremy Lamb $5,100– Just when we all thought we had heard the last of Lamb, Batum’s elbow gets tingly once again. We saw what Lamb’s upside looked like with Batum out all season and now we get him at a cheap salary once again. He will likely be pretty chalky in the lineups fading Kemba, but it will be hard to not get a lot of exposure to Lamb.
Tyreke Evans $6,900– Evans was questionable heading into the last game with shoulder soreness, but ultimately played through it and had a great game (43.8 DK points). He is a triple-double threat on any given night, and with a site like DraftKings that gives bonuses, we have to recognize the talents who offer that upside. I do not expect us to see Evans’ price this low for very long.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $4,000- MKG is not a high usage guy whatsoever, but again, with Batum out a few more shots will be available to him. He will be on the court as often as possible with the assignment of guarding LeBron James. LeBron James has been turning the ball over often since playing point and MKG figures to be the one pestering him into those turnovers. In their last meeting MKG posted 37.5 DK points in 31 minutes on 10-of-14 shooting. Do not expect those percentages, but the 14 shots is encouraging for a guy who makes his value off of rebounds and his defensive capabilities.
Will Barton $6,000- Barton has been inserted into the starting lineup with Paul Millsap going down. With the opportunity he has cashed in, scoring over 40 DK points the past two games. He has been the Nuggets’ utility player as he can play 1-3 and even some four in smaller lineups.
Jimmy Butler $6,800– Jimmy Buckets is finally being more aggressive on offense averaging 17 shot attempts in the past four games. Butler has averaged 40 DK points of the past five games and this price tag is just to low. While I like Teague and Butler tonight, Butler is preferred option of the two.
John Collins $4,800– Last game we finally saw Collins inserted into the starting lineup where he played 37 minutes and scored 39.5 DK points. Collins has shown he is a great point per minute producer and has double-double upside. The price makes Collins a fantastic play, but be cautious, he could find himself in foul trouble in a matchup against Porzingis.
Greg Monroe $4,700- Tyson Chandler returned from his absence last game, but it Alex Len who picked up the DNP-CD, not Monroe. It could have been because of the revenge narrative, but either way he produces when playing big minutes. Tonight the Suns face the Pelicans and it seems like they will have to run their big guys for big minutes. It remains a guessing game of which Suns center will see the bulk of the minutes, but my money is on the guy they are showcasing and has seen consistent minutes since arriving.
Kevin Love $7,700- This is a fantastic matchup for Love. Last time these teams faced we saw Love stretch Howard out, forcing the Hornets to limit his minutes to only 27. I expect much of the same today, but perhaps this time the Hornets leave Dwight out there a little more. If that happens it will be Love who is feasting from the 3 point line.
Before diving into some of my favorite center plays, just know DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are firmly at the top of my list in a fantastic matchup versus the Suns. They are not cheap and are pretty obvious plays so I figured I would spend this section on some players a little less obvious.
Tyson Chandler $4,400– Like I said with Monroe, the bigs will have to play minutes. Chandler is the best defender amongst them and barring a DNP-CD should hit value with ease. Monitor the news and situation, but if you need someone cheap he is a solid option.
Nikola Vucevic– $6,600– Whenever Vuc is in a good rebounding spot we have to take notice. The teams faced off a few weeks ago and big Vuc dropped 40 DK point night while only grabbing 10 boards. He has a solid floor for cash games and the 50-point upside for tournaments.
Hassan Whiteside $8,500– Karl-Anthony Towns is not a good defender. This price tag is fair for the big man, but in a game where the Heat will look to attack the paint Whiteside seems like a valuable option. He always has the potential to post a 20 rebound or 5 block game. I prefer to spend up on Boogie or AD, but if you are avoiding those guys and have to extra money this is where I would go with it.