We’ve only got three games to choose from on Saturday’s main slate on DraftKings, so this makes game stacking a very viable strategy. Usually on larger slates there is too much variance to capitalize on a specific game stack, because crafting the winning lineup can’t normally be done in one game. So on a short slate, we can look to pick a game and play around 5-6 players from that game. Let’s take a look at my top game to stack for tonight.
Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Game Stack: Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets
Core Players to target: James Harden ($12,000), Russell Westbrook ($9,300), Trae Young ($8,900), Jabari Parker ($6,700)
So because you’re against the salary cap you’ll have to decide if you want 2 of 3 between Harden, Russ and Trae — or go with Russ, Trae and Parker. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to stack Harden and Westbrook in this spot, but after that your remaining salary is $28,700, so not many options after that. If you roll with Russ, Trae and Parker, you’re looking at $25,100 remaining, which is easier to work with. I don’t think you can fade Harden in a ATL-HOU game stack though. There’s enough value to help you fit in three of the above options. My picks would be: Harden, Young and Parker.
Value Players to target: P.J. Tucker ($5,100), DeAndre Hunter ($4,700), DeAndre’ Bembry ($4,000), Tyson Chandler ($3,500)
So if Clint Capela and Danuel House are ruled out, Tucker and Chandler are locks to be in this game stack. Tucker I’d rather have cheaper but he’s going to at least play the majority of this game. Hunter is underpriced considering he’s averaging 34.2 minutes per game entering Friday and has flashed a high ceiling. Bembry isn’t getting the type of playing time we’d like, but again, his ceiling is high, so if you’re looking at this strategy in GPPs, that’s perfect. The only other value I’d consider would be Ben McLemore ($3,500), who would start in place of House if he’s out.
Note: You can’t fill your entire lineup with players from ATL-HOU.