26 Dec 4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (12/26/19)
Welcome back, everyone.
Tonight, we have a six-game slate.
Below are four players to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup.
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Andre Drummond (C, $10,000)
Andre Drummond is priced correctly, but he is also the safest high-end target of the night with health concerns surrounding both Luka Doncic (ankle) and Karl-Anthony Towns (knee). The Detroit Pistons are at home this evening, taking on the defensively inept Washington Wizards.
The Wizards rank dead last in defensive efficiency this season. Furthermore, the Wizards are fifth in pace and give up the seventh-most rebounds and third-most points in the paint per game. Currently, this Washington club is down their top four front-court players: Davis Bertans (quad), Thomas Bryant (foot), Rui Hachimura (groin), and Mortiz Wagner (ankle).
Washington is surrendering the fourth-most DraftKings fantasy points per game to opposing centers this season, and Drummond should dominate tonight at home. Over the last three seasons, he is averaging 2.8 more DraftKings fantasy points per game in Detroit. Drummond scored 58.5 DraftKings fantasy points in the Pistons’s first matchup with the Wizards this year, and tonight presents the same type of ceiling.
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG/SG, $6,700)
Tonight, the Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. In his last three games, which were all at home, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is scoring a robust 44 DraftKings fantasy points per contest. Overall, the second-year guard out of Kentucky has been a completely different player on his home court in 2019, producing 6.9 more DraftKings fantasy points per game compared to when he is on the road.
OKC is without starting small forward Danilo Gallinari (ankle). When he is absent this season, SGA receives a 4% usage rate increase. In the pair of full games Gallinari missed, the Kentucky product is producing 40.9 DraftKings fantasy points per contest.
On top of the home-court advantage and additional usage rate increase, this matchup against Memphis is excellent for Gilgeous-Alexander. The Grizzlies rank 25th in defensive efficiency and ninth in pace. As a result, they allow the tenth-most DraftKings fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. In his first meeting with them this season, SGA recorded 40.3 DraftKings fantasy points. Fantasy owners should see a similar result Thursday night.
Shabazz Napier (PG/SG, $3,300)
Shabazz Napier missed Monday’s game due to an illness and is listed as questionable ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, but analysts are tentatively expecting him to suit up after a few days off. In the contest prior to Monday’s, Napier got the start at point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves and had his most productive outing of the season with 35.5 DraftKings fantasy points against the Portland Trail Blazers. This was his second start in a row, but even if Napier wasn’t in the starting five Thursday, the point guard should easily outproduce his $3,300 price tag.
He is averaging 25.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game in his past three contests and 0.96 DraftKings fantasy points per minute on the year. His opponent tonight, the Sacramento Kings, rank 18th in defensive efficiency, and this game holds a healthy total of 221.5 points. Be sure to watch his status all day, and if he is available, Napier is a very strong punt play that could end up being low owned.
De’Aaron Fox (PG, $7,000)
In his first four games since returning from an ankle injury that cost him 17 games, Fox is producing 36.7 DraftKings fantasy points per contest. He has been healthy enough to start in the Sacramento Kings’s last two games, and since he returned to the starting lineup, Fox is producing 44.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He recorded a season-high 53.25 DraftKings fantasy points on Monday against the Houston Rockets in 35.6 minutes. He should see a similar amount of work Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This Minnesota defense has been a friendly spot for opposing point guards all season, allowing the ninth-most DraftKings fantasy points to the position. The Kings are at home as well. The sample size is small, but in five home contests this season, Fox is contributing 43.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game. His price will be closer to $8,000 soon, but until then, Fox is a value that needs to be utilized.
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