Thursday had a surprising four games to play with, but it was a night I was glad to stay away from. Tonight I’m back with seven games and some interesting questions to ponder. Will Anthony Davis be good enough to play tonight? Who will replace Davis if he doesn’t play? How is Goran Dragic’s ankle? How does soap never get dirty? Can Al Jefferson bounce back from a rough game his last time our six days ago? Let’s take at my DraftKings plays.
$8,000 – Max Salary
Al Jefferson (PF/C – $8,800) hasn’t played in six days due to a weird schedule, but he’s back tonight against the Spurs. On the eighth, Jefferson went for 26/9/3/4/3 against these same Spurs. Jefferson’s price went down due to a 17-point game against the Grizzlies, but it’s important to remember they are solid defensively. Tonight I expect Jefferson to have another big game and take 20+ shots. He has done that in three of the last four games and seven of his last ten.
Kemba Walker (PG – $8,300) is another Bobcats’ player that I like tonight. I usually avoid him, but lately he’s been great. In his last three games, Walker has put up 50, 30, and 61-fantasy points. The Spurs and Tony Parker aren’t the greatest of defensive teams, so I don’t see why Walker can’t stay hot against them tonight. In the one game between each other, his night ended with 36-fantasy points and a line of 18/4/8/1.
Kyrie Irving (PG/SG – $8,800) is a guard that I usually stay away from because I can never get a good feel for when to take him. Those aren’t convincing words, but here are some. His last two games have been great and he’s averaging 53 points per game during them. 53 points is two points shy of his season average against the Jazz, 55. In that game he did a bit of everything and ended with 25/6/8/5. Predicting another five steals is tough, but even if he has just two or three he’ll still end with high 40s in fantasy points.
$6,000 – $7,900
Goran Dragic (PG/SG – $7,400) at this price seems to be a must play as long as he’s good to go. He has been a big time player for the Suns lately and is averaging 35 points in his last five games in 34 minutes of time. The matchup against New Orleans doesn’t do anything for me, but a healthy Dragic is one of the most underrated players in the league. If he can’t go, expect Ish Smith to be a solid value play.
Spencer Hawes (PF/C – $6,900) is adjusting nicely to his new team and although he’s not putting up monster numbers with them, he’s continuing to see 32 minutes. He has played 32 minutes in three straight games and has put up solid numbers because of it. He’s averaging 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in those games. He faces off against the Jazz tonight in a prime time matchup for big men. He put up 39 points against them earlier in the season in a game in which he had a double double (16/11/3).
$4,500 – $5,900
Wesley Johnson (SG/SF – $4,700) will see plenty of action again with Nick Young back on the bench due to injury. His last game showed how good he could be with big minutes as he put u p18/5/2/0/4 against the Grizzlies. Tonight against the Kings, he is in a good matchup in what should be a very high scoring game. In two games against them this season, he’s averaging just one-fantasy point per minute.
Al-Farouq Aminu (SF – $4,200) is my wild card tonight against the Suns. His minutes lately have been rough, but they will likely be forced to play him more tonight. In the last game that Davis sat, Aminu ended with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ignore the game log and consider him a big GPP play, but that’s it. He can’t be relied upon as a cash game option unless news comes out that he’ll play 30+ minutes.
Kent Bazemore (SG/SF – $3,800) has been surprisingly great with the Lakers since the trade. I’m surprised by his cheap price because he’s averaging 27-fantasy points in his last four games including 17 real points. In those games he’s taken 10+ shots and 2+ steals in three of them. No need to over analyze here. Bazemore is a great play tonight.
Jeff Withey (C – $3,000) and Luke Babbit (SF – $3,000) are somehow the two candidates to start for Anthony Davis if he can’t go tonight. Whoever gets the start is whom I’d roll with against the Suns. They aren’t a great team down low, but because they have big men that don’t play like it the Pelicans might go with a smaller lineup. Babbitt played 26 minutes last game against the Mavs and ended with 15-fantasy points. Withey is only averaging eight minutes in his last four games.