Congratulations to everyone who keyed on Jimmy Butler $8700 and DeMarcus Cousins last night to win big at DraftKings. Also common to many of the highest-scoring eight-man lineups were Ish Smith and Robert Covington, but “hawks3312” won $15,000 for $3 with the best production from his other four players (Tony Parker, Joakim Noah $5400, Trey Lyles and Julius Randle.)
Tonight’s nine NBA games are a whole new DFS season. Butler, despite a tender ankle, scored 53 points and played 49 minutes as the Bulls needed overtime in Philadelphia. Pau Gasol $8400 (rest) is expected to play tonight; fatigue will be an issue for everyone else as they host the Mavericks.
If you paid top dollar for Russell Westbrook $10700 on Wednesday, his ejection was costly. He had a 22-point, 11-assist, 7-rebound line against the Wolves on Tuesday and is motivated at home tonight. Today’s sample lineup suggests one possible supporting cast if you think a triple-double is likely.
Anthony Davis $10300 showed no ill effects from his back injury (24 PTS, 10 REB in 37 MIN) and has a great matchup. He also dominates his position in total upside and deserves the high price tag, though you can find bang for the buck in other salary ranges.
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The $300K Sharpshooter (All Day) is only a $3 buy-in (FREE with your initial deposit at DK) where the top 23,535 finishers (from up to 115,000 teams) win cash. First place is worth $20,000. Deadline is 7:00 EST; enter before it fills and you can make lineup changes until each player’s game begins.
The two highest-scoring players could be point guards. Damian Lillard $9400 can carve up the Nets, but if you don’t want to spend for him and/or Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas $7900 should earn his salary or more. Norris Cole $4200 is a possible bargain if Tyreke Evans $8000 (knee) can’t go. Beno Udrih $3300, overmatched by Chris Paul, will fare better vs. Jameer Nelson $4700 this evening.
While James Harden $9700 is always the #1 fantasy SG, other Rockets have been more involved during a five-game win streak, so he isn’t scoring quite as much. It’s not a bad spot to save; Eric Gordon $5300, Avery Bradley $5200 and Tyler Johnson $4200 are among several potential bargains to consider.
LeBron James $9900 and the Cavaliers face a brutal back-to-back after falling just short in San Antonio. Kevin Durant $9800 gets the nod as our premium SF, with Danilo Gallinari $7200 or Jae Crowder $6400 affordable options. Chandler Parsons $5400 had a season-high 25 points in 41 minutes and has enjoyed two full days of rest.
If you can’t afford Davis, Thaddeus Young $7100 and Dirk Nowitzki $6300 are solid midrange PF, Amir Johnson $5400 is on quite a roll and Nene Hilario $4200 is starting while Marcin Gortat (knee) recovers.
Dwight Howard $7400 was healthy enough to play three games in four nights, has seven straight double-doubles and is on national TV. The Nets showed some pride on Wednesday with Brook Lopez $7600 winning a battle of brothers. It’s a three-way tossup between them and Gasol, unless you punt C with a Frank Kaminsky $4400 or Gorgui Dieng $4200.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $10700||Isaiah Thomas $7900||Norris Cole $4200|
|SG||James Harden $9700||Jimmy Butler $8800||Eric Gordon $5300|
|SF||Kevin Durant $9800||Danilo Gallinari $7200||Chandler Parsons $5400|
|PF||Anthony Davis $10300||Thaddeus Young $7100||Amir Johnson $5400|
|C||Pau Gasol $8400||Dwight Howard $7400||Frank Kaminsky $4400|
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