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Top DFS players to consider for NBA DraftKings on Nov. 17

Taking advantage of the Wizards’ poor defense and a potential shootout in New Orleans highlights Sunday’s main slate. We look at some options on DraftKings.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is defended by Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With several plausible high-scoring games, focusing your DraftKings salary on guards might be a prudent option. Let’s take a look at some high-priced and value options for Sunday’s main slate.

Jrue Holiday, GSW at NOP, $8,400

Holiday has been rather consistent for the Pelicans right through this season. However, their scenario has changed since the start of the season with a long list of injured players. Holiday currently averages 16.7 points per game in 35 minutes this season.

The most impressive facet of his game has been his three-point shooting, with an accuracy rate of 35%. With Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart potentially still expected to spend some time on the sidelines, Holiday will bear the majority of the scoring duties for the Pelicans. He had a big game against the Clippers, going for 36 points. They will need another against the struggling Warriors.

Nikola Vucevic, WAS at ORL, $8,200

Vucevic has put up a double-double in each of his previous six games. He may have started the season sluggishly, but has since found his fluency. He has consistently played more than 30 minutes in almost every game this season, which has had a direct influence in him averaging 17.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He even posted a season-high 25 points against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week. The Magic face the high-scoring Washington Wizards on Sunday. Expect Vucevic to take his double-double tally to seven straight games.

Aaron Gordon, WAS at ORL, ($6,600)

Gordon is not picked here as a high-priced option, but a value pick. At best, he has been middling this season, and his stats are a testament to that fact: 14 points and 6.0 rebounds in over 30 minutes per contest. However, there is a real opportunity here considering how fragile the Wizards defense has proved to be this season. He will get another 30 minutes of playing time at least, and should be a factor in the paint offensively and also on the defensive glass. This price might be a tad high for the rest of the NBA, but not for a home game against the Wizards.

Draymond Green, GSW at NOP, ($6,200)

The Warriors will make a solid comeback at some point in this season. They currently own a woeful 2-11 season record, mostly because of their depleted roster. And so, it might be time for some inspiration from a feisty source. Draymond Green usually lifts the Warriors with defensive stops, but he’ll be required in a leadership capacity here as well. He is slowly starting to find some shooting momentum after returning from injury. Against the Boston Celtics in the previous game, Green was given 34 minutes. Firstly, that was an indicator he’s now completely fit. Secondly, those 34 minutes returned his first double-double of the season: 11 points and 11 rebounds.