Justin’s Pick: Elfrid Payton
Are people still not playing Elfrid Payton? He owns a new role in the New Orleans’ offense with Jrue Holiday injured, but his price tag doesn’t represent that. In his last two games, he’s averaging 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.0 steal (54.1 DK points) in 32.5 minutes per game. He was able to triple-double and score 50+ fantasy points in each of those games, as well. Payton gets a solid matchup against the Portland Blazers, who rank 21st in the NBA in DK points allowed to opposing point guards. He makes a great option for as long as Holiday is out, and he can safely be used in all leagues for his current price tag.
Jason’s Reaction: Payton is indeed an elite option at the guard position tonight.
Jason’s Pick: De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox is an elite option tonight at the guard position, as he has been thrashing opposing defenses for the last week. With over 40 fantasy points in three consecutive games now, fantasy owners are starting to catch on, but Fox still sports a moderate price tag with insane upside. He is averaging around two fantasy points more per game away from Sacramento in one less minute of court time, which bodes well for this upcoming road game. In his only game against the Philadelphia 76ers this season, Fox posted just under 40 fantasy points in 35 minutes. The mid-priced options are the way to go tonight, and Fox is a great mid-priced option.
Justin’s Reaction: I have to agree here. I love taking Kings, and Fox may be the best one on the board tonight.
Justin’s Pick: Justise Winslow
Consistency is a trait that seems to be going overlooked at this point. Justise Winslow has scored 28+ DK points in nine of his last 10 games, while flashing 40+ DK point upside. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.6 steals (30.8 DK points) in 30.0 minutes per game. He gets a plus matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, who he is averaging 31.4 DK points in 28.1 minutes per game against this season. Winslow is a versatile player, who can be used at point guard and small forward, along with guard, forward, and utility. He’s a player that can be considered in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Reaction: Winslow is a decent option tonight, but not much more than that. There are higher upside forwards for tournament play and better, more consistent forwards for cash play tonight.
Jason’s Pick: Bobby Portis
Fantasy owners continuously overlook Bobby Portis, and perhaps that is due to his extreme lack of consistency, but his upside is still elite. In his last game, he disappeared, scoring 14.5 fantasy points in 23 minutes of court time. Prior to that, he posted over 40 fantasy points in three consecutive games. In two games this season against the Charlotte Hornets, he is averaging 39.1 fantasy points per game in only 29.2 minutes of court time. He is expected to see somewhere between 28-33 minutes tonight for the Washington Wizards, and he is just starting to hit his stride. Portis is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game in the last 10 days, and there is no reason to avoid him in tournaments. His price tag is just too juicy to pass on him tonight.
Justin’s Reaction: I considered using Portis in my slot tonight, so I obviously really like this pick. He’s a fantastic option.
Justin’s Pick: Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid under $10K? Yes, please. He recently returned from an injury, averaging 25.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 steals (54.9 DK points) in 31.1 minutes per game. Overall, Embiid has scored 50+ DK points in nine of his last 10 games, including four games with 60+ DK points. He gets an elite matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who love pushing the pace in games and feature one of the worst defenses in the NBA against centers. In their only matchup, Embiid scored 62.75 DK points in 39 minutes. While he may not get quite that many minutes tonight, he still makes a consistent option, who also comes with elite upside. There’s simply no reason to avoid him tonight, specifically in cash games.
Jason’s Reaction: Agreed on all accounts here.
Jason’s Pick: Jusuf Nurkic
The New Orleans Pelicans are the sixth worst team in the league at defending opposing centers from a DraftKings’ fantasy points perspective. In two games against them this season, Nurkic is averaging 37.9 fantasy points in 27.1 minutes of court time. He is expected to see around 30 minutes tonight, and he should be able to produce close to 40 fantasy points. He has been fairly consistent of recent, posting around 35 fantasy points per game on average, but showing elite upside five games ago with a 60-point performance. Nurkic can, like Joel Embiid, be rostered in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.
Justin’s Reaction: I’m not entirely sure I’d roster Nurkic in cash games, but he’ll make an outstanding tournament option tonight.
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