Welcome to the NBA Rundown for DraftKings contests on Friday, January 8, 2020.
We have a ten-game slate on tap for us this evening. In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Please note that players on DraftKings have multi-position eligibility. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses as NBA news changes the slate frequently.
Kyle Lowry ($7,900) – Kyle Lowry remains one of the most consistent fantasy options on any given slate, with a pretty predictable floor and always the chance for a ceiling game. Lowry has not fallen below 35 fantasy points on the year and has scored between 35-45 in all of his games. The lowest minutes played for Lowry has been 33, though he is averaging 37. Tonight’s matchup is against the Kings and a Kings team that could be without De’Aaron Fox. The Kings are allowing 117 points to their opponents and allowing them to shoot 49% from the field. Lowry is near a cash game lock for me at this price and matchup, but this also feels like a ceiling matchup if he gets to face Cory Joseph or rookie Haliburton.
Coby White ($7,300) – White has been playing huge minutes for the Bulls over the last two games and with Tomas Satoransky still out the minutes should go relatively unchanged. Over White’s last seven games, he has fallen below 33 fantasy points just once and has a consistent usage rate of 25%. White has turned into a volume shooter over his last two games, which makes sense since he has seen 40 and 39 minutes – attempting 23 and 19 shots from the field. The Bulls face the Lakers tonight, but given all Lakers stars played last night and it being a back-to-back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of their superstars sit this one out against the Bulls.
Cole Anthony ($5,000) – Anthony has been a plug and play a few times this year when Michael Carter Williams and Evan Fournier have been injured. Now, Markelle Fultz has torn his ACL and Anthony is expected to start and be the new Magic point guard. This is big news for the rookie who has started his career strong, averaging 8.6/4.9/3.4 in a reserve role. This game should also speed the Magic up a bit as they will be playing the Rockets who are allowing 115 points per game. Anthony’s shot has been shakey to start the year, shooting just 30%, but you can’t improve that if you stop shooting – so while this is a knockout value, be ready for some shooting frustration. Anthony also holds shooting guard eligibility on DraftKings, which is where I will primarily be using him.
Dennis Schroeder ($6,200) – This writeup comes at the sake of a hunch, but with a matchup against the Bulls and the second leg of a back-to-back, I have a feeling that the Lakers rest one, or both of James and Davis tonight. With Lebron and Davis off the court, Schroeder has averaged 1.15 fantasy points per minute. For the sake of not cluttering this article with hunches, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, and Talen Horton-Tucker would all be in play if James and Davis miss. If just LeBron misses, I lean Schroeder and if just Davis misses, Kuzma and Harrell. But again, this is at the mercy of watching for news.
Ty Haliburton ($5,400) – This play comes down to the status of De’Aaron Fox for me, as if Fox is out Haliburton becomes a great value on the slate. If Fox is active, this is a deeper GPP play that may be a little over-priced, though the Kings have been giving him plenty of minutes. Haliburton played 34 minutes in the Kings’ last game with Fox going down early and had a huge outing with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, a block, and three steals. Haliburton had 46.4 fantasy points in that game and for the season is averaging 1.11 fantasy points per minute when not sharing the court with Fox. The match-up with the Raptors is also one that I don’t mind as they rank middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to point guards which is the position that Haliburton will get the majority of his minutes at tonight.
Caris LeVert ($7,400) – LeVert is going to be one the chalkiest players on this slate just as he was last night and I don’t see how you are underweight compared to the field on LeVert at this salary. LeVert has just been that good this season with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out. This season with both players off the court, LeVert has a usage rate of 38.2% and is averaging 1.51 fantasy points per minute. If we look at just the two games that both players missed all together we will see that LeVert is averaging 25 points, 5.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists, and 3.5 steals with at least 50 fantasy points in each of those games. One of those two games that both Durant and Irving missed also came against Memphis who the Nets also face tonight.
Joe Harris ($5,500) – Harris is another Nets player that I am on tonight due to all of the injuries they are dealing with. As mentioned before the Nets will be without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving tonight as well as Spencer Dinwiddie who tore his ACL about a week ago. With all three of those players out that opens things up for Harris. Harris is averaging a fantasy point per minute when not sharing the court with all three players and has at least 30 fantasy points in both of the games that Durant and Irving missed.
Power Forward / Center
Jayson Tatum ($9,200) – After Robert Williams tested positive for Covid-19, the Celtics big men are going to be at a big disadvantage come today. In all, Robert Williams, Grant Williams, and Tristian Thompson will all miss this game. Now, Tatum has already been carrying the offensive weight here, playing 37 or more minutes in three of his last four games, but this is an affirmation that it should happen again. Tatum has two fantasy nights over 56 points over his last three games and tonight faces a Washington team that is allowing 122 points per game to their opponents and allowing them to shoot 49% from the field and 40% from three.
Zion Williamson ($7,900) – Zion is coming off of two of his better fantasy performances of the year, with 17 and 19 attempted field goals and 43 and 43.5 fantasy points. Tonight the Pelicans face Charolette, a team that ranks second to last in defensive efficiency against power forwards. The worry with a Pelicans player is always how many usage monsters there are in New Orleans, but when it comes to size and not shooters, Zion sits in a class of his own.
DeMarcus Cousins ($5,100) – This play weighs on the status of Christian Wood, but if Wood misses again then Cousins is once again a smash value. Cousins played just 23 minutes against the Pacers, but scored 40 fantasy points, or 1.4 fantasy points per minute. He also shot just 2-of-9 from the field, as he did most of his work defensively. The minutes are volatile here, but the raw skill is undeniable with Cousins.
Tacko Fall ($3,000) – If you want a GPP dart to throw tonight at rock bottom price, Tacko Fall should see some minutes with Williams and Thompson both out. Daniel Theis should also see an uptick in minutes, but the backup center minutes should go to Fall. Fall has only been active for one contest on the year, but the matchup with Washington is good should he be thrust into any meaningful minutes.