28 Jan 4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/28/20)
Welcome back, everyone. Tonight, we have a larger slate than normal for a Tuesday.
Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup for tonight’s main slate.
As always, keep an eye out for news throughout the day, and feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions.
Nikola Jokic (C, $10,200)
Nikola Jokic is one of the better plays on tonight’s slate at $10,200. He went through an up-and-down stretch after Christmas and through the early part of January, but has seemingly found his form lately. In his last three games, Jokic tallied two triple-doubles, averaging 23.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game. He has also scored 50+ DraftKings fantasy points in four of his last six contests.
Tonight, the Denver Nuggets are on the road in Memphis to face the Grizzlies. While the Grizzlies are an exciting team with a fun, young core, they are still a bottom-10 team in defensive rating. Memphis also allows the second-most second chance points in the league, which is ideal for a center like Jokic. One month ago, Jokic logged a 31/10/10 triple-double against the Grizzlies.
Another reason Jokic is a good spend-up option today is that there are minor concerns about several of the options around and above his price point. For example, Luka Doncic is playing on the second-leg of a road back-to-back, and Joel Embiid might play tonight, which could limit Ben Simmons’s upside. Taking all of that into consideration, Jokic in a pace-up matchup against Memphis is a solid target at the center position on tonight’s slate.
Kyle Lowry (PG, $7,200)
Kyle Lowry stands out as an underpriced mid-range option tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. Since his stretch of games with minutes in the 20s, Lowry has played three straight games of 35+ minutes.
Tonight’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks is about as good as it gets for point guards like Lowry. The Toronto Raptors have the second-highest implied team total on the slate at 122.8. That is 10.8 points higher than their season average of 112 points per game. The Raptors also have the second-highest pace increase on the slate, as Atlanta ranks inside the top-five in pace.
If Lowry sees his normal allotment of minutes, he should easily exceed value at his reasonable salary. The only concern for Lowry would be blowout risk, since the Raptors are 12-point home favorites tonight. However, if the Raptors do blowout the Hawks, there is a good chance that Lowry played a major role in getting the Raptors there in the first place. At only $7,200, he is a great addition to a balanced build in both cash games and tournaments.
Jaylen Brown (SG/SF, $6,400)
Jaylen Brown burned fantasy owners in his last game, but it’s time to go right back to the well tonight. Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans was Brown’s first game after a two-game absence due to a sprained ankle. Teammate Jayson Tatum is likely to sit out tonight, while he recovers with a groin injury, leaving Brown underpriced for his expanded role.
The Boston Celtics will play the Heat tonight in Miami to complete their road trip. A matchup against the Heat isn’t necessarily ideal, but it is outweighed by the generous price tag on Brown. In December, Brown scored 24 points against the Heat, totaling 41.5 DraftKings fantasy points.
In his second game since the ankle injury, Brown should be more comfortable and confident after getting his feet back under him on Sunday. If he can contribute his regular amount of ancillary statistics tonight, Brown should pay off his low price tag in a competitive matchup.
Troy Brown Jr. (SF/PF, $4,500)
Extreme value options look scarce on tonight’s slate, which could lead to more balanced lineups across the board. One player that will help to save some salary to fit a player like Nikola Jokic is Troy Brown Jr. Also, Wizards’ guard Jordan McRae is out tonight with an ankle sprain, which should further help Brown’s minutes.
On paper, the matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks looks scary, especially since the Bucks are currently a 16-point favorite. However, this matchup could actually help Brown. In the Wizards’ last three blowout situations, Brown saw extended time and closed the game. In their last game against Atlanta, Brown checked in the third quarter with the Wizards down by 22 points and played the rest of the game.
This matchup also has the highest point total on the slate at a massive 243 points. In fact, the Wizards have the fifth-highest implied team total on the board, despite being 16-point underdogs. Brown is not the sexiest play on the slate, but he is a solid value target in a fast-paced game with an enormous total.
NOTE: Khris Middleton ($7,000) and Ersan Ilyasova ($3,300) are essentially must plays, and Brook Lopez ($4,800) is a great play as well with Giannis Antetokounmpo ruled out.
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