22 Jan 4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/22/20)
Welcome back, everyone. After a quiet one-game night on Tuesday, we have a monster 12-game slate tonight.
Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup for tonight’s main slate.
There are many players listed as questionable tonight, and the slate could change drastically throughout the day. As always, keep an eye out for news this afternoon, and feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions.
Lou Williams (PG/SG, $7,300)
Lou Williams appears to be one of the top plays on the slate due to his team’s injury situation. Paul George will remain out tonight, and Kawhi Leonard is expected to rest on the second half of a back-to-back. Starting point guard Pat Beverley suffered a groin injury last night, making him questionable to play as well.
With those three players off the floor this season, Lou Williams has shown elite production. In that scenario, he is averaging 1.49 DraftKings fantasy points per minute along with a 34.9% usage rate. That is an increase of 0.35 DraftKings fantasy points per minute compared to his season average. Williams normally sees minutes in the low-30s, but will likely need to play more minutes tonight.
On top of his increase in opportunity, Williams will face off against the league’s fifth-worst defense, the Atlanta Hawks. The Clippers have the third-highest expected pace increase on the slate, as well as a top-five implied team total. ‘Sweet Lou’ will be a popular play tonight, but for good reason. He will be the focal point of the LA offense against a poor defense, making him a great anchor for fantasy owners’ lineups.
Kyle Lowry (PG, $6,600)
Kyle Lowry is priced higher than a typical ‘value’ target, but he is underpriced for tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. He did not exceed value in his last game, but his price decreased by $1,400 for tonight’s game.
Prior to last night’s game, Lowry scored at least 31 DraftKings fantasy points in 18 consecutive appearances. He has always been a player with a tremendous floor, thanks in part to his minutes played. In his last two games, Lowry has not seen his final rotation due to blowout scenarios. The Toronto Raptors are favored by 6.5 points tonight against the Sixers, making a blowout situation unlikely.
$6,600 is Kyle Lowry’s lowest price tag on the season, making him a great buy-low candidate. He makes for a solid point-per-dollar play tonight and should be a reliable piece to round out your lineup in cash games.
Gordon Hayward (SF/PF, $5,800)
Gordon Hayward is one of several underpriced Boston Celtics on tonight’s slate. Despite a poor performance against a tough Milwaukee Bucks’ defense three games ago, Hayward has scored at least 33 DraftKings fantasy points in three of his previous four contests.
Tonight, The Celtics have a pace-up matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. In Memphis’ last 10 games, Milwaukee is the only team in the league playing at a faster pace. Boston’s implied team total is 119.5 points, which is almost 8 points higher than their season average. The Celtics also have the second-highest team total on the entire slate.
At only $5,800, Hayward fits perfectly into a balanced lineup construction. He is likely to see low to mid-30s in terms of minutes and is viable in cash games or GPPs.
Note: Jaylen Brown was recently ruled out, making Hayward an even better play. He sees a 3.28 fantasy point increase per 36 minutes with Brown off the floor this season.
Trae Young (PG, $9,500)
Despite a 73 fantasy point performance from Trae Young in his last game, DraftKings did not change his salary. Tonight, the Los Angeles Clippers will likely be the highest-owned team on the slate. While fantasy owners focus on Clippers, Young could go overlooked on the other side of that matchup.
Normally, Young would be a risky play against elite defenders Patrick Beverley and Kawhi Leonard, but both are expected to sit out tonight, creating a much easier matchup for the second-year guard.
Young is also priced in between two distinct salary ranges at the guard position. Many fantasy owners will look to spend-up on Lebron James ($10,800) in an enticing matchup at MSG or James Harden ($11,200) at home against an injury-riddled Denver squad. If they decide to avoid Harden and James, Lowry, Kemba Walker, and Monte Morris will be popular value options. This could potentially leave Young in a ‘no-man’s-land’ pricing tier, making him an intriguing GPP option on tonight’s slate.
Note: Young was recently listed questionable with a thigh injury. Look out for the 5:30 pm EST injury report for an update.
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