We are finally back! While it is only a two-game slate, it feels good to be giving out some DFS picks again. After a few months off for these players and the next few games just being for seeding, things are certainly going to get weird. Rotations and starting lineups are going to be a bit hectic over the next few games. The big question is, will that continue into the true playoff games? That is why we are here to dive into that so you can get the up to date news.
- Anthony Davis – GTD
- Patrick Beverley – GTD
- Zion Williamson – GTD
- Avery Bradley – Out (Opt-Out)
- Montrezl Harrell – Out
- Lou Williams – Out
- Rajon Rondo – Out
- Bajan Boganovic – Out
($10,700 DK/$11,400 FD)
You probably still don’t need me to tell you that LeBron James is good at basketball. He is pricey, but there is more than enough value on this slate to fit him and other pieces in. James looked excellent in the scrimmage games and his dedication to the game doesn’t leave me guessing how he will respond after this long delay. The Lakers do have a cushy lead in the conference and I wouldn’t expect them to drain these Lakers starters, but James floor in even limited minutes is tough to pass up. He ha averaged 23-9-9 in three games against the Clippers this season.
($7,100 DK/$8,200 FD)
While Rudy Gobert isn’t the most popular player in the NBA right now, or even in the Jazz locker room, he is a great play against the Pelicans. New Orleans ranks 16th in defensive efficiency against opposing centers this season. This is also a position that is rather weak without Montrezl Harrell being on the slate. You are looking at a lot of lower minutes guys who have a questionable floor. Gobert’s price isn’t too bad either, especially on DK. He has averaged 40 fantasy points in his two games against the Pelicans this season.
($7,200 DK/$7,400 FD)
This is a decent bargain for Paul George. Both sides have his price in the lower $7,000s. George hasn’t quite been his usual fantasy self, despite averaging 21-5-3 this season. George has shot poorly against the Lakers this season, but the volume and ability to produce defensive stats make up for it. He has averaged over 40 fantasy points against them this season. They also rank 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards.
Reggie Jackson – PG – Los Angeles Clippers
($4,600 DK/$3,800 FD)
Reggie Jackson will be a popular value play given the fact he will be guaranteed minutes in two different ways. Patrick Beverley is questionable but is likely going to be in the starting lineup. Now if Beverley does sit out, Jackson jumps right into the starting lineup. With Lou Williams out though, Jackson is going to get a bump coming off the bench as a bigger scoring threat. They are also without Harrell, so the second unit is going to turn to some new names. Jackson is dirt cheap on both sites. Los Angeles also ranks just 23rd in defensive efficiency against point guards.
($4,200 DK/$4,300 FD)
Jordan Clarkson is yet another cheap value guard and we will likely see a lot of similar builds for lineups. It is also a two-game slate… Clarkson has been excellent off the bench for Utah this season. He has had a 24.7% usage rate and has averaged 24.2 minutes per game. I would also expect Clarkson to gain a few extra minutes with Bogdan Bogdanovic out. This should also be a game that picks up in pace a little bit. Clarkson has shot well against the Pelicans this season, going over 50% from the field and from three.
($4,900 DK/$4,900 FD)
With the Bogdan Bogdanovic injury, Royce O’Neal is a jack of all trades and can fill in just about anywhere. O’Neal is a little expensive on DK but still worth your interest. He helps free up some salary and averaged 20 fantasy points in three games against New Orleans this season. As mentioned above this will be a paced up game for the Jazz.
($4,700 DK/$4,200 FD)
Marcus Morris is an interesting name to throw into some tournaments tonight. If his minutes linger more into the second unit, it will bode well for his usage rate not being alongside George and Leonard. Morris looked great in the scrimmage where he shot 60% from the field and a couple of threes. While his volume has gone down, he is still averaging 9-4-1 with the Clippers this season.
($8,600 DK/$8,300 FD)
The shooting guard position has a few pay up options with Donovan Mitchell and Paul George right there. Holiday is the more expensive of the three and it is not very close. I would expect ownership to move more towards George and Mitchell, especially with value guards in play as well. It has been a while since Holiday played meaningful games, but he was cruising before the break. He also has a 50 burger against the Jazz already this season. Tough matchup, but Holiday has a 27% usage rate this season and has averaged 1.16 FPPM.
($3,900 DK/$4,400 FD)
Josh Hart is another one where Jordan Clarkson should take most of the ownership away. Hart gets minutes and seemingly will get his 28-30 against the Jazz. He has averaged 24 fantasy points per game this season but in a very sporadic way. Hart is the type of player who can drop 40 fantasy points one night and eight the next. He is a cheap dart throw in tournaments tonight.