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Saturday’s DFS NBA 1/18

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Saturday NBA is new to me. Usually, I just stick to weekdays because of all the great football this year. Well, that’s over and it’s time to get on this thing called a “grind.” Tonight, there are 8 games to choose from and tons of 8-9k players to choose from. I’ll be throwing the ones in here that I love the best and I also have some value for you guys. With how on-point Draftkings has been with their salaries lately, it’s a little tough tonight, but we’ll make do.

Point Guard

If there was a “True Life: I have a serious man crush on Trey Burke” on MTV then I’d be on it. I’m not afraid to admit it either. The former Michigan man is red hot right now scoring 17 real points in four straight games while dishing out 37 assists in those games. Burke has been great with Gordon Hayward out and even if he comes back tonight I’ll like Burke at his 6k price. He’ll take less shots if he’s back, but his assist numbers should help him reach five straight games of 33+ fantasy points. The Timberwolves are bad at defending the point and play a nice up-tempo game.

Mario Chalmers has a nice 4k price on Draftkings tonight, but won’t be the value option that he was last night. Chalmers faces off against a Bobcats team that he went for 30 fantasy points against the last time they played. He only played 28 minutes last night, so he should be fresh enough to play well against Kemba Walker. Keep an eye on his status for any possible minutes restrictions, but if there are none he should be a real solid pick with Dwyane Wade likely out.

Shooting Guard

It would be absolutely criminal not to include Stephen Curry on this list tonight. He averaged 50 fantasy points against the Thunder this season and then went on to go for 64 last night on 11 of 18 shooting. Tonight against the Pelicans, Curry faces another team that he has played well against. He’s averaging 22/6/10 against the Pelicans in two games and is shooting well right now. I don’t expect the game to be as fast as it was last night, but it should be fast enough for Curry to hit 50 fantasy points.

Brian Roberts has a good matchup against the Warriors tonight mainly because he should be guarded by Curry all night. I wish Roberts was a little cheaper than $4,600, but you have to make do with what you have. Roberts has taken 10+ shots in each of his last four games and has reached 26 fantasy points or more in two of those games. I would rank Chalmers over Roberts tonight, but he does have upside due to his matchup.

Small Forward

Terrence Jones is going to be a regular in this column if he keeps producing like he has in his last four games. He’s averaging 39 fantasy points in his last six games and has been a force on the boards. In his last four games, Jones has been cleaning the glass like it’s his job (which I guess it kind of is), pulling down 50 boards. His other stats are also mind blowing to me. Jones is averaging 3 blocks a game! Tonight against the Bucks, he should have an easy time against the bigs that they’ll be throwing at him.

Marvin Williams makes for a very interesting cheap option tonight. He’s at $3,600 and put up a nice stat line of 17/7/1 last night in only 21 minutes. He had been sick lately and because of that wasn’t much of a factor. Well, last night he took more shots (11) than he has in his last eight games. If he’s aggressive like that tonight then hell make his owners very happy. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game, so I can’t tell if his low minutes were because of the blowout or not. Feel free to hit me up on twitter if you have more information regarding this situation.

Power Forward

Josh McRoberts has himself a matchup that I can really get into tonight. He’s going up against the Heat, a team he’s averaging just 21.5 fantasy points against in two games this season. Why do I like him with subpar stats against them so far this season? Well, it’s hard to not be on a guy when Miami has gotten thin enough to play Greg Oden! It  also helps to see Dewayne Dedmon put up 7 and 7 against them last night in just 21 minutes. If Chris Anderson is out tonight and the Heat have to play small then boost this value play up the board towards the top.

LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 51 fantasy points over his last five contests, which is a mighty impressive number. He’s averaging 28 real points during that time and 20+ shots a game. Against a team like the Mavericks, Aldridge should have a field day. With Portland on the road, they’re only 1-2 point favorites with a spread of 214. Taking the best player in the game with the biggest total seems like the smart move right? If you have the cap space then feel safe with this pick.

Center

Al Jefferson is possibly playing some of the best basketball of his career right now. To quote Billy Madison, Al Jefferson is “Doin’ the Bull Dance. Feelin’ the flow. Workin’ it. Workin’ it.” If you took my advice and played him last then you saw a monster 62-point game from him. Jefferson has put up games of 62, 45, and 51 fantasy points in his last three and tonight’s matchup is just as sexy as the last three. The Heat won’t be able to stop him down low especially if they don’t have the Bird Man. He’ll probably be in all of my lineups tonight.

Oh Joakim you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind… Woops, pardon my singing. Joakim Noah has 34+ fantasy points in his last nine games and has officially changed his twitter name from @TheUnderperformingNoah to @TheBeastModeNoah. He looked flat last night against the Wizards only attempting 5 shots, but at least he had 12 rebounds and 6 assists. It’s hard not to like a guy who is averaging 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists in his last six games. Philadelphia ranks extremely low against big men and if you have the $8,000 to spend at Draftkings at the center position then you can’t go wrong with Noah tonight.

 

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