There are only four games on Saturday night’s main slate on DraftKings. The New York Knicks will get back in action without head coach David Fizdale, who was reportedly fired on Friday, per ESPN. They’ll take on the Indiana Pacers and it’s unclear who will lead them at this point. We’re also not sure how that will impact DFS and fantasy basketball. Anyway, let’s take a look at some top options for the slate.
Ben Simmons, PHI vs. CLE, $8,200 — The 76ers are coming off a bad loss to the Wizards and I think they’ll be motivated to make quick work of the Cavaliers. Simmons has at least 44.25 DKFP in each of the past three games, plus the Cavaliers have been dealing with injuries to their front court, which should make rebounding easier. A triple-double is in play and Simmons’ price is affordable.
Other options: Malcolm Brogdon, IND at NYK, $7,200; Ricky Rubio, PHX vs. HOU, $6,800
Donovan Mitchell, UTA vs. MEM, $7,600 — Mitchell has had a bit of a down year in terms of fantasy, but this is a spot he should absolutely smash. The Grizzlies rank 27th in points per game at 116.5 per game and play up in pace, which should elevate some of the Jazz players. He’s coming off 29 points against the Lakers the other night and this is a much easier spot for Spida.
Other options: James Harden, HOU at PHX, $11,700; Collin Sexton, CLE at PHI, $5,700
Kelly Oubre Jr., PHX vs. HOU, $6,500 — There aren’t many options at SF to pay up for, but Oubre is a decent bargain given his box score lately. What really stands out for Oubre is his defense; he’s got at least two steals in each of the past four games. The game should be high-paced and should have plenty of points, so Oubre is a decent player to consider in a game stack.
Other options: Jeremy Lamb, IND at NYK, $5,800
Domantas Sabonis, IND at NYK, $7,500 — The Knicks are a complete mess and for some reason all the Pacers players are priced down. Brogon and Sabonis are both in the $7K range and should absolutely feast on New York at The Garden. Sabonis has six straight double-doubles and really just needs to stay out of foul trouble to have a huge game.
Other options: Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM at UTA, $6,200; Julius Randle, NYK vs. IND, $6,000
Clint Capela, HOU at PHX, $7,800 — Capela has a pair of 50+ fantasy point games in the past three games and I suspect a lot of lineups will take advantage of Joel Embiid (hip) being ruled out Saturday and attack the value on Philly. With that said, Capela gets you a little bit of differentiation and his price is still pretty affordable given his ceiling. The Suns don’t have much answer for him down low.
Other options: Frank Kaminsky, PHX vs. HOU, $5,600