Happy Leap Day! February 29 comes around only once every four years, so DraftKings is celebrating with a massive contest. The $400K Mini Leap Million features a $50,000 top prize, plus another $350,000 in guaranteed payouts to a total of 25,000 winners. Entry fee is $4 per team.
Just pick an eight-man lineup without exceeding a $50K salary cap, then cheer on your players. Like so many great games, DFS is easy to learn yet difficult to master. It takes a combination of skill and luck to win.
Last night was like a Rising Stars game for the 76ers, who scored 116 points yet were never really in it because they allowed 130. Meanwhile, the Wizards used 14 players in an easy win over Cleveland, who chose to rest their best player. John Wall $9600, Marcin Gortat $6900 and Otto Porter $4900 are the key starters, with Bradley Beal $6100 and Markieff Morris $5200 dangerous off the bench.
$400,000 Contest Free To New Users
The $400K Mini Leap Million is only a $4 buy-in, where the top 25,000 finishers (from up to 115,000 teams) win cash. First place earns $50,000. The deadline is 7:00 EST; enter early and make lineup changes until each player’s game begins.
While the sky’s the limit for points by Russell Westbrook $11100 and Kevin Durant $10400 against the Kings, they are priced accordingly. KD missed the last meeting when DeMarcus Cousins $10700 took over, but this time Rajon Rondo $8500 (thumb) is questionable. Darren Collison $5400 and Rudy Gay $6600 gain value if he can’t go. So does Westbrook, of course.
LeBron James $9500 (rest) will be fresh tonight against the Pacers, who could not solve Damian Lillard yesterday. The Cavaliers are simply not going to punt two in a row. Kyrie Irving $7700 was a one-man show, as Kevin Love $7400 mailed one in.
The Clippers deserve to be double-digit favorites against what’s left of the Nets. Thaddeus Young $6800 and Brook Lopez $7400 led a stunning upset in Utah, with Wayne Ellington $4000 more prominent now that Joe Johnson is in Miami. Chris Paul $9900 is averaging 24.4 points in February and Jeff Green $5100 was excellent in his first start since the trade.
The loss of Danilo Gallinari (knee) means Will Barton $5600, Gary Harris $4800 and Kenneth Faried $5900 will take more shots but the Nuggets are in flux at PG, where D.J. Augustin $3500 is gaining on Emmanuel Mudiay $5200. Center is a revolving door, with Darrell Arthur $3700 outplaying Nikola Jokic $5400 and Joffrey Lauvergne $3400 last game while Jusuf Nurkic $3700 apparently still needs to improve his conditioning. Memphis lost in Phoenix on Saturday, so Mike Conley $7200, Zach Randolph $6900 and Matt Barnes $5600 may take this one more seriously.
James Harden $10300 and Dwight Howard $7300 are 2-5 in their last seven despite some fine individual numbers. The Rockets are only a half-game up on Utah for eighth spot in the West, so every game matters. Milwaukee is developing the kids, who have nothing else to play for. Giannis Antetoukounmpo $7800, Khris Middleton $7300 and Jabari Parker $6400 are all reasonably priced.
The Jazz defense will try to contain the Celtics. Rudy Gobert $6700 came back to life on Saturday (12 PTS, 19 REB, 6 BLK) in a losing cause but Jared Sullinger $5900 can still be effective. Derrick Favors $7500 and Gordon Hayward $7100 are also playable, though Boston has Isaiah Thomas $7200, Jae Crowder $6100 and a productive second unit led by Evan Turner $5300.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $11100||Chris Paul $9900||D.J. Augustin $3500|
|SG||James Harden $10300||Will Barton $5600||Gary Harris $4800|
|SF||LeBron James $9500||Rudy Gay $6600||Otto Porter $4900|
|PF||DeMarcus Cousins $10700||Kenneth Faried $5900||Darrell Arthur $3700|
|C||Dwight Howard $7300||Jared Sullinger $5900||Steven Adams $4300|
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