Goran Dragic

NBA Targets: March 19th

The Dragon has been breathing fire with 40+ DraftKings points in three of his last four outings and he gets a great matchup against the Portland Trailblazers’ porous backcourt.
BY: ERIC MACPHERSON | DRAFTKINGS PLAYBOOK

We have another Sunday Fun Day ahead of us with six games tipping off at 6pm ET which should be right around the time the NASCAR race is winding down. Let’s get to it!

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POINT GUARDS

Studs

Goran Dragic – MIA vs POR – $7,600 – The Dragon has been breathing fire with 40+ DraftKings points in three of his last four outings and he gets a great matchup against the Portland Trailblazers’ porous backcourt who are finishing up a five-game road trip after riding a big 40 points first quarter to victory last night in Atlanta. I think Dragic is a fine play in all formats on Sunday.

Other Options – Damian Lillard ($8,700)

Values

Jordan Clarkson – LAL vs CLE – $5,900 – With the Cavaliers resting their “big three” last night against the Clippers, they are going to need to back that up with a win against the Lakers since both Boston and Washington are breathing down their neck for the top record in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers are likely to lose, but we should see solid minutes out of their key players since Cleveland is a far better team and they will likely not need to “take it easy” when dishing out minutes. D’Angelo Russell – $5,500* is also in play regardless of whichever member of this dynamic LA duo is starting.

Tyler Johnson – MIA vs POR – $5,500 – The former Fresno State University star is a solid pivot away from the Lakers’ guards in tournaments as he too possesses 30+ DraftKings points upside. As an added bonus, Dion Waiters (ankle) has already been listed as out for Sunday.

Other Options – Jeff Teague ($6,200), Cory Joseph ($4,800)


SHOOTING GUARDS

Studs

C.J. McCollum – POR at MIA – $7,200 – Tournaments only for me, but we can consider the Blazers’ second best offensive threat as an option if we want to spend at the two-guard position.

Values

Jordan Crawford – NOP vs MIN – $4,400 – The Timberwolves have been mediocre against opposing shooting guards with Zach LaVine on the shelf and though he is heavily scoring dependent for his production, Crawford is a serviceable discount dandy in this matchup with Minnesota.

Other Options – Jordan Clarkson ($5,900), Shabazz Muhammad ($4,000), E’Twaun Moore ($3,900)


SMALL FORWARDS

Studs

LeBron James – CLE at LAL – $11,400 – It is hard to believe that LeBron will sit two games in a row, particularly when the Cavs need to bank wins. While he is at a lofty price point, the Lakers have no answer for him on defense and he should be in the mix for a triple double if coach Luke Walton allows his team to put up any sort of resistance.

Paul George – IND at TOR – $8,800 – Unfortunately, PG13 is a player that I cannot seem to ever roster on the appropriate days. Normally, I just move on and let other gamers “assume the risk” but he has topped 46 DraftKings points in five of his last seven games and is averaging just over 47 DKPTs during that span. If we can get that production at this price point on Sunday we will be smiling, so I will actually be clicking on his name in a few lineups on Sunday.

Other Options – Andrew Wiggins ($6,700)

Values

Brandon Ingram – LAL vs CLE – $4,900 – While it is not the best matchup for the second pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, we know that that Lakers are giving Ingram extended run. As long as he continues to see 35+ minutes, which he has in nine of the last eleven games, then I think we can roster him with confidence as a salary relief option at the small forward position with his 30+ fantasy point upside.

Solomon Hill – NOP vs MIN – $4,000 – If you had Hill on Friday when he tallied 54 DraftKings points, you are likely still smiling. He is once again in play on Sunday against Minnesota but just know over the last three seasons he has topped 31 DraftKings points just 10 times so we need to be realistic. Of course, being realistic, at his price point if he puts up 20ish DKPTs it will be a great move to have him on tournament rosters. Both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis should be fully operational, so the upside is likely capped.

Other Options – Shabazz Muhammad ($4,000), E’Twaun Moore ($3,900)


POWER FORWARDS

Studs

Anthony Davis – NOP vs MIN – $10,800 – We have not seen a pairing of two impressive bigs like The Brow and Boogie (*Demarcus Cousins – $9,800) since the Twin Towers in Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, were patrolling the paint for the Houston Rockets in the mid-to-late 1980s. The game has dramatically changed in the last 30 years and it would seem to be in the Pellies best interest to only play Davis and Cousins together for about 15 minutes per game and let them each roam free of the other for 15-17 minutes. While this seems to be abundantly clear to those in the DFS world, who knows what coach Alvin Gentry has in mind. Both of these amazing players are relegated to tournament play only for me as long as they are both healthy, but this duo has had their way when playing solo against the Timberwolves this season.

Other Options – Julius Randle ($7,000), Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,300)

Values

Willie Cauley-Stein – SAC at SAS – $5,900 – Assuming the Kings want to keep giving WCS 27-30 minutes to continue his development, he is a steal at this price point in tournament action. It will not be a surprise if the Spurs rest a few players since the Kings are best served to continue their losing ways to improve their draft odds. We just need to be sure that Willie is starting for Sacramento, and if he is, we will want him to start for us as well.

David Lee – SAS vs SAC – $5,200 – With the current Sacramento “strategy” there is a good chance that a few of the Spurs’ regulars get a day of rest on Sunday. This should boost the production for Lee as long as he is not one of the rested players.

Other Options – James Johnson ($5,800), Serge Ibaka ($5,700)


CENTERS

Studs

Hassan Whiteside – MIA vs POR – $8,500 – With the Heat hanging on to the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, we should see “GOATside” receive his full complement of minutes against the foul-prone Jusuf Nurkic.

Jusuf Nurkic – POR at MIA – $6,700 – Since leaving Denver, Nurkic has been a daily fantasy force! His Kryptonite is of course only having six personal fouls. As long as he is on the court he should be productive against Hassan Whiteside, but he is strictly a tournament option only for me with his wide range of boom or bust outcomes.

Other Options – Anthony Davis ($10,800), DeMarcus Cousins ($9,800), Julius Randle ($7,000)

Values

Ivica Zubac – LAL vs CLE – $5,600 – Over his last five games, Zubac has been unleashed by the Lakers and he is averaging 1.2 DraftKings points per minute. This will not be an easy matchup against Tristan Thompson, but as long as he approaches 30 minutes we should get the results we are looking for Sunday.

Other Options – James Johnson ($5,800), Myles Turner ($5,800)

 


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