I was out of town for a few days so I wasn’t able to publish my DFS picks but I’m back and ready to go.
Jan. 20 recap:
- My dream team of Ja Morant and Rudy Gobert delivered, but not to the point I was expecting. I thought Ja will excel against Pelicans’s high-octane offense but nah. He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, nine assists, and a steal but nothing special. Gobert had 20 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and a block, his fourth 20-point double-double in four of the past five up until that point. However, it was a 20-point beatdown so the Stifle Tower played a couple of minutes less than he could have had it not been a blowout.
- My other suggestion was Bam Adebayo and if you happen to pick him up, he was superb. He stuffed the stat sheet and then some, finishing with 21 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
- Lonzo Ball was solid (eight points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals) as he adjusted a little bit to the return of Jrue Holiday. (He exploded in the loss to San Antonio, though, so it appears he’s adjusting rather well.)
- My bargain picks were the most on-point this time with Larry Nance playing 27 minutes and contributing nicely (12 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal) and Donte DiVincenzo was his usual stat-stuffing self (four points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal).
Here are my additional picks for Jan. 24:
If I’m going to pick someone from the stud pool, I always look at someone who is in the 8,000 to the low 9,000 range at DraftKings and around $35 to $42 at Yahoo. That means, most of the time I’ll pass up on Luka or James Harden or LeBron. (Of course, that changes from time to time depending on the game slate.) And that should be the theme here for Jan. 24.
D’Angelo Russell ($7,800 at DK, $35 at Yahoo) certainly fits the bill here as I am going to choose him over Ja this time around. Morant was limited in Boston the last time out, but a matchup with Detroit could be the jolt of energy he needed. The Pistons are 11th worst in the NBA in defensive rating as well as in opponents’ assists while being the third-worst in giving up steals. Those areas are where Morant excel, but still, I feel D’Lo is a better choice overall since he has had at least 50 FP in four of the last seven nights at DraftKings. Still, if you can accommodate both guards, I won’t have a problem with that.
I have consistently went with DeMar Derozan in the past and aside from the average outing against the Pelicans, he was really superb with averages of 22.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.8 steals over the past five games. However, I’ll go with John Collins for now and see if he can replicate that volcanic performance vs LAC since Trae Young is still questionable going into the OKC game.
Some Awesome Value
At DK ($6,400), I’d go for Zion in a heartbeat. You see what he did in his debut, right? 22 points in 18 minutes and you know he’s going to give you more in other departments. That’s what you call value.
At Yahoo, Zion is already at near 30 bucks so I may want to look at other options. Options such as Nemanja Bjelica, who is averaging 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 steals over the past five games. Marvin Bagley has re-aggravated his foot injury so Bjelica’s minutes will be safe in the foreseeable future.
Monte Morris ($12 at Yahoo, $5,000 at DK) will continue to start with Jamal Murray and although it was mixed results so far, Morris has now strung up two solid games in a row.
And how about Myles Turner going under $5,000 at DK? He is still good for 23 FP over the past six and a matchup with Golden State could re-energize him. Another center option is Nerlens Noel, who may start in place of Steven Adams, who was out last Wednesday with a left ankle issue.
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