For Saturday night, we get a five-game slate to attack, and DraftKings continues to offer huge tournaments for DFS players. Below are some of my favorite targets at each position.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers vs. Washington Wizards, $10,600
Lillard has been incredible, scoring 66 DKFP per game over his past three, and there’s zero chance the Wizards slow him down tonight. With Russell Westbrook at the helm, Washington is the fastest offense in the league this season and the Wizards also rank 25th in defensive efficiency.
Lillard’s usage has been at an elite 39% in his past three with C.J. McCollum (foot) and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) still sidelined, and this contest’s total is the highest on the schedule at 242 points on DraftKings Sportsbook. Lillard has produced 57.4 DKFP per game in totals of 240 points or higher over the past two years and he should continue to feast on Saturday night.
Other Options: Stephen Curry ($10,100), Russell Westbrook ($10,000), LaMelo Ball ($8,800)
Alex Caruso, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat, $3,900
With Dennis Schroder (health protocols) away from the team Thursday night, Caruso recorded 17.75 DKFP in 26 minutes off the bench vs. the Nets. The fantasy total wasn’t the greatest, but the encouraging sign was the 26 minutes of work, including 15.4 first half minutes. Caruso would have logged right near 30 minutes if the Lakers didn’t call it early with the Nets abusing them late in the fourth quarter and the guard should reach that mark tonight against the Heat.
This is going to be a tight contest throughout with the Lakers only favored by three points on DraftKings Sportsbook, and Caruso has seen a 2.9% usage rate with Schroder and Anthony Davis (Achilles) off the floor this season. His upside isn’t the greatest, but Caruso is a viable punt play that should get the job done with an expanded role.
Other Options: Cory Joseph ($4,200, if Harrison Barnes is out), Anfernee Simons ($3,900)
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings, $9,200
The Bulls’ 12-16 record says otherwise, but LaVine has been making a strong case that he deserves to be named an All-Star this season. Following his 48.75 DKFP effort against the Sixers on Friday, the shooting guard is generating 52.3 DKFP per game across his past seven. Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) and Otto Porter Jr. (back) have missed all of these contests, and with them absent, the Bulls’ offense runs through LaVine.
He has posted an insane 37.2% usage rate during this seven-game stretch, and to put this into perspective, this would be the highest usage in the NBA this season. Now, for Saturday night, the Bulls will host the Kings and their league-worst defense. LaVine’s ceiling is huge in this spot and he is arguably my favorite play of the night at $9,200.
Other Options: Bradley Beal ($9,900), Terry Rozier ($7,900)
Garrett Temple, Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings, $4,300
Temple is also an appealing play from the Bulls tonight. The veteran has completely taken over as the team’s primary small forward with Porter out, averaging 23.9 DKFP in 34.4 minutes per game across his past five.
Temple has started in four straight and this Sacramento club is dealing with multiple key injuries right now. For the year, they are allowing the seventh-most DKFP per game to opposing small forwards, and Temple should be able to outproduce his current salary against this horrible defense.
Other Options: Tyrese Haliburton ($5,800), Malik Monk ($5,000)
Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers, $8,900
Quite honestly, how do you fade Butler right now? The man has been brilliant, notching three straight triple-doubles, which has translated to 56.2 DKFP per game. For a larger sample, since he returned to the Heat 11 games ago, Butler has supplied 50.4 DKFP per game.
Facing the Lakers (first in defensive efficiency this season) is never easy, but they are a more vulnerable unit with Davis out of the equation. Either way, Butler is putting his team on his back right now and his current price point doesn’t reflect how well he has been playing.
Other Options: LeBron James ($10,200)
Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trailblazers, $5,600
It took a bit, but we are finally seeing Bertans play up to his potential. In the Wizards’ past two games, which were both wins, the long-range specialist has generated 40.6 DKFP per game. He has shot a ridiculous 82% from beyond the arc and logged at least 30 minutes in each victory.
His price has quickly adjusted, but Bertans still remains affordable and we need to keep riding his hot hand tonight against this Blazers defense that is second-to-last in defensive efficiency.
Other Options: Mikal Bridges ($5,900), Grayson Allen ($5,200), Talen Horton-Tucker ($3,600)
Kelly Oubre Jr., Golden State Warriors vs. Charlotte Hornets, $6,800
Oubre cooked the Magic for a season-high 45.25 DKFP last night, and this was his second straight outing of over 40 DKFP. With both James Wiseman (wrist) and Kevon Looney (ankle) injured, Oubre has benefited from more small-ball lineups, collecting 38 DKFP across his past five.
The two centers will remain sidelined Saturday when Golden State pays the Hornets a visit. Oubre starts at shooting guard for the Warriors and this Charlotte defense has allowed the seventh-most DKFP per game to opposing shooting guards so far this season. His $6,800 salary is certainly elevated right now, but as we just saw last night, Oubre can easily beat this price point, and if anything, the higher cost should just result in lower ownership levels.
Other Options: Draymond Green ($6,600)
Neman Bjelica, Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls, $4,700
The status of Harrison Barnes ($6,100; foot) is the most important news to watch for tonight. He missed Thursday’s contest with the sprained foot and there is a strong chance he is absent again Saturday. Bjelica earned the starting nod in his place Thursday and recorded 43.5 DKFP across 35 minutes vs. the Heat.
The veteran is instant offense and with the starting role, Bjelica commanded a 29.1% usage rate. Bjelica has received 26 minutes or more in three of these past four with at least one Kings starter out in each tilt, helping him score 32.1 DKFP per game. The Bulls are a susceptible defense to power forwards (seventh-most DKFP to PFs this season) and Bjelica would be a must-have value if Barnes continues to be inactive.
Other Options: Derrick Jones Jr. ($4,400)
Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns, $7,200
In the 109-95 win over the Pistons last night, Valanciunas contributed 37.25 DKFP. In these first seven since he rejoined the team from his quarantine, the center has amassed 39.8 DKFP.
His matchup tonight is against a Suns defense that ranks seventh in efficiency this season, but recently, they have been weak in the paint, yielding the fourth-most DKFP per game to opposing centers over their past five. Valanciunas is currently underpriced at $7,200 and I highly doubt he will be a popular option.
Other Options: Bam Adebayo ($8,600)
Robert Covington, Portland Trailblazers vs. Washington Wizards, $6,200
Covington has received a huge boost in playing time over his past three, logging 38 minutes per game. They have been using him more at center, which has helped his rebounding and defensive numbers, and overall, Covington is providing 35 DKFP per game in these past three.
The Blazers have won all three of these games, so there’s no reason to scale back his minutes tonight, and I fully expect Covington to return over five-times value in this enormous game total vs. Washington.
Other Options: Kelly Olynyk ($5,000), Hassan Whiteside ($4,800, if Richaun Holmes is out), Alex Len ($3,900, if he starts)
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