There are 10 games on Sunday, but the Mavericks vs. Clippers tips off at 3:30 p.m. ET, so the main slate on DraftKings will consist of nine games. Three games will start at 7 p.m. ET, two games at 7:30 p.m. ET, two games at 8 p.m. ET, one game at 9 p.m. ET and the late-night hammer being the Mavericks vs. the Lakers at 10 p.m. ET.
Let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your lineups.
Kyrie Irving, BKN @ CHA, $9,100 – Through two games, Irving is third in the NBA with 100 total DKFP, good for a ridonkulous 1.79 DKFP per minute! He’s shooting over 60% from both the field and 3-point line, so regression should be expected. Unfortunately for the regression gods, the Hornets are the Santa Claus of defense so Irving should continue to cook.
Other Options – Steph Curry ($9,300), Ben Simmons ($9,200)
Eric Bledsoe, NO vs. SA, $5,800 – Bledsoe hasn’t been great to start the season, as he’s only averaged 25 DKFP per contest. He’s only shot 36% from the field, though, while being a career 45% shooter.
The encouraging thing is that he’s averaging 34 minutes per contest, after getting 27 mpg last season, and hoisting up 11 shots per game. So far, the Spurs are middle of the pack in defensive efficiency, sixth in offensive pace and boost fantasy points per minute to the point guard position by 2.61%.
Bledsoe is averaging .73 DKFP per minute, but over his career, he’s been a 1 DKFP per minute player.
Other Options – Markelle Fultz ($6,000), Lonzo Ball ($6,200)
Now, there’s a chance that Russell Westbrook sits today, as the original plan was to rest him on back-to-backs. Scott Brooks did come out and say that “he’s not sure,” but regardless, we saw what Beal can do with Westbrook on the floor.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Westbrook (rest) has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Magic.
Other Options – Devin Booker ($9,500), Zach LaVine ($7,900)
Alec Burks, NYK vs MIL, $5,400 – In two games, Burks is averaging 31 minutes and 37.13 DKFP per game. He’s not starting, but being the main guy off the bench and feasting on opposing second units has been a boon for his production.
The Bucks are a good defensive team, but they do allow the 3-point shot and play at one of the fastest paces in the league.
Other Options – Terrence Ross ($4,700), Andrew Wiggins ($6,300)
Jayson Tatum, BOS @ IND, $8,800 – Tatum is THE guy for the Celtics, garnering a usage rate of 32.7. So far in two games, he’s averaged 25 field goal attempts, with 9.5 coming from beyond the arc. He’s also chipped in 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and a block. This has been good for 43.13 DKFP per game. And he has yet to attempt a free throw! Bold prediction: Tatum will not only attempt a free throw in this game but convert some freebies as well.
Other Options – Brandon Ingram ($8,000), Ben Simmons ($9,200)
DeMar DeRozan, SA @ NO, $7,300 – He’s averaging 53 DKFP per contest over the first two games of the season. What more needs to be said? Fine, the field goal attempts are in line with career averages. The efficiency is a tick better at 54%, but he shot 53% from the field last season. The numbers that jump off the page are the dramatic increase in 3-point makes and attempts (1.5 makes on 2 attempts per game) and the 7.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists.
DeRozan is going to regress back to the 5-6 range in both rebounds and assists. It could be this game or the next. Nobody knows. The 3-point shooting is an interesting development. He did average 1.1 makes on 3.6 attempts over 80 games back in 2017, so it’s feasible that it continues. Regardless, at $7,300 you’re paying for floor while he’s accessed ceiling to start the season.
Other Options – Terrence Ross ($4,700), Gordon Hayward ($7,100)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL @ NYK, $10,500 – From a raw points perspective, Giannis has the highest projection in the player pool, which is often the case. It doesn’t hurt that the Knicks are boosting fantasy points per minute to the power forward position by 7.75%.
There’s a risk, though, as the Bucks are the heaviest favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook at 12.5 points, and Giannis and his squad are coming off a 138-99 drubbing of the Warriors in which he contributed 37.75 DKFP in 26 minutes of action.
Outside of resting for the playoffs, guess how many times Giannis scored fewer than 40 DKFP in a game last season? Uno.
Other Options – Zion Williamson ($8,200), Domantas Sabonis ($8,400)
Deni Avdija, WAS vs ORL, $4,000 – Avdija has a laughable 6% usage rate on the season and only played 14 minutes last night, but foul trouble limited his time on the court. In the opener against the 76ers, he played 28 minutes. Avdija can knock down the open shot while grabbing some rebounds and dishing out an assist here and there. He’s had two shot attempts in each game. Is he going to average only two every game? If Westbrook does indeed sit this game, Avdija may see a slight uptick in usage.
Other Options – Lauri Markkanen ($6,500), Tobias Harris ($6,600)
Joel Embiid, PHI @ CLE, $9,800 – Embiid is averaging 50.25 DKFP per game to start the season. He now gets to go up against his good buddy Andre Drummond. In seven prior matchups, Embiid has averaged 27.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 blocks. There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and Embiid feasting on Drummond.
Other Options – Nikola Vucevic ($8,300), Andre Drummond ($8,600)
Bismack Biyombo, CHA vs BKN, $3,800 – In his first start after Cody Zeller (hand) was ruled out for a month, Biyombo received the start at center and played 30 minutes. While he only scored five points, he did Biyombo things by grabbing nine rebounds and blocking two shots. He ended up scoring 25.75 DKFP.
Biyombo now gets to face off against the Nets, who play at a face pace and provide the biggest rebound percentage boost for opposing centers at 23.28%.
Other Options – Wendell Carter ($5,000), Richaun Holmes ($4,500)
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