Happy Monday, everybody! We’ve got the perfect cure for your early-week blues: a fantastic six-game slate in the NBA and plenty of value all around. You know by now that DraftKings has released a new fantasy format for DFS players to attack — Snake Drafts — so let’s get into how to best approach your picks.
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Favorable Early Round Targets:
Luka Doncic, G, Dallas Mavericks
Snake Classic Rank: 1st
I realize this isn’t the most helpful pick, but if you’re at or near the top, you can’t pass up on the chance to take Doncic. He’ll be participating in the game with the highest total of the night on the DraftKings Sportsbook, a whopping 232 points, and it’s with good reason. Dallas ranks seventh in pace over the last six games. Furthermore, Memphis ranks in the bottom three in 3-point defense in that span and has one of the worst defenses in the league this season. It’s all coming up Doncic.
Bam Adebayo, F/C, Miami Heat
Snake Classic Rank: 9th
If you pick early in the first, or miss out on your favorite target with a late-round pick, Adebayo could be your saving grace. The Thunder have allowed the second-most DKFP to opposing centers and have allowed the fourth-most points in the paint this season (49.5 per game). Adebayo has been in good form, has been playing a ton of minutes lately (around 36 per game over the last five) and has a soft matchup. I fancy his chances of finishing top-five on the slate.
Early Round Player to Avoid:
Russell Westbrook, G, Washington Wizards
Snake Classic Rank: 4th
The Lakers may have lost Anthony Davis, hampering their ability to lock up the paint, but their perimeter defense remains strong. L.A. ranks seventh in DKFP against the point guard position and should come out pretty fired up on this end of the floor after some disappointing results of late. Westbrook shouldn’t have much success finding assists against a good 3-point defense and shouldn’t have a fun time trying to score the ball either. That should be a recipe for a flop.
Late Round Fliers:
Deandre Ayton, F/C, Phoenix Suns
Snake Classic Rank: 26th
Portland has ranked 19th in rebounding rate this season and 17th in points in the paint allowed. A weakened frontcourt with just Enes Kanter and some stretch bigs, the Trail Blazers should get worked down low by Ayton, who has been hit or miss lately, But, when he’s on, Ayton has been one of the top fantasy centers. If the rebounds are there for him — which they should be — Ayton is a high-floor option.
Kyle Anderson, F/C, Memphis Grizzlies
Snake Classic Rank: 29th
Yep, I want more of this Grizzlies–Mavericks game with such a high total. Anderson has drilled multiple threes in each of his last four games and only one team has been worse against the three over the past 10 games in February; Dallas has allowed a ridiculous 42.6% of shots to fall. Anderson has pushed towards 30 minutes plenty this season and has flashed 50-DKFP upside with his ability to fill the stat sheet. I love his prospects in such a high-scoring game against an awful perimeter defense, and it represents probably the highest-ceiling of any of the late-round options you can grab from this game.
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