If the injury reports are any indication, tonight should be a wild 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings. We’ve got the Toronto Raptors missing plenty of key players, while big ticket names like Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) and Devin Booker (forearm) have their status in question. Other than that, though, things should be exciting, with so many games on tap and the variance kicked up a notch. Here we’ll give you a few players at each position to get your DraftKings lineups started.
De’Aaron Fox, SAC vs. MEM, $6,600 — Although Sacramento is being cautious with its stud point guard, Fox returned from his ankle tweak with plenty of flare against the Hornets. He’s only played in one game this month but hasn’t totaled fewer than 37 DKPF since late October. Ja Morant’s defense is still a work in progress so look for Fox to continue shaking off his rust against the rookie.
Other Options: Derrick Rose, DET vs. CHI, $6,300; Tomas Satoransky, CHI vs. DET, $5,200
Khris Middleton, MIL vs. NYK, $6,500 — Middleton hasn’t been posting ridiculous numbers, but he is one of the most consistent bucket getters around. He’s shooting a career high 49.3% from the field this year and tallied 32.3 DKFP in a mere 18 minutes the last time he matched up with New York. Should Giannis Antetokounmpo (back) see limited minutes, expect to see Middleton do a little more than usual. This will one of the safest picks you can make Saturday.
Other Options: Dillon Brooks, MEM vs. SAC, $5,200; Josh Richardson, PHI vs. WAS, $6,000
Carmelo Anthony, POR vs MIN, $6,000 — Melo has continued to to be a solid wing scorer for the Trail Blazers and has shot the ball fewer than 15 times once in the last five games. I don’t see him slowing down with his shot volume anytime soon, and he’s flirted with a double-double for three contests in a row now. Look for Anthony to remain in his comfort zone against the Timberwolves.
Other Options: Kelly Oubre, PHO vs. HOU, $6,500; Davis Bertans, WAS @ PHI, $7,000
Montrezl Harrell, LAC vs. SAS, $6,400 — It’s hard to argue against picking Harrell when he’s shooting 58% from the field while putting up more than 13 attempts per contest. He’s been a double-digit scorer in 15 straight contests, is rebounding well, and almost always chips in on the defensive end with blocks and steals. How can you go wrong here?
Other Options: Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM vs. SAC, $6,500; Lauri Markkanen, CHI vs. DET, $6,400
Jonas Valanciunas, MEM vs. SAC, $6,500 — Valanciunas has hit a nice stride and has eclipsed 40 DKFP in back to back games while averaging nearly 20 points and 10 assists. He posted those numbers against Bam Adebayo and Steven Adams so Richaun Holmes shouldn’t give him too much trouble on the block.
Other Options: Julius Randle, NY vs. MIL, $6,700; LaMarcus Aldridge, SA vs. LAC, $7,400