Five-game slate Saturday December 19th makes for an interesting Daily Fantasy Basketball night.
Chris Paul, PG ($7,800)
CP3 at THAT price? It’s a no-brainer, and I don’t care whoever the Los Angeles Clippers is slated to play against. It happens to be the Houston Rockets, who is third worst in the league in stopping opposing point guards.
Carmelo Anthony, SF ($8,300)
‘Melo’s daily fantasy point production is sort of up and down but you have got to like what’s going on here. The New York Knicks are playing the Chicago Bulls on a back-to-back, with Pau Gasol and company just playing a quadruple OT game versus Detroit! Plus defensively, Chicago isn’t doing a good job limiting opposing small forwards. Considering all that, expect Anthony to have his more-than-the-usual stellar game.
The Middle Class
Monta Ellis, SG ($5,600)
Indiana is doing very well currently sitting at No. 2 in the entire Eastern Conference. Paul George is the undisputed leader but somehow his insanely good season translates to a number of poor outings from say, Monta Ellis. Ellis still has the minutes but the production is all over the place, tallying just 14.25 fantasy points the last game, after dropping 51 four games prior. Still, taking a chance on such a streaky contributor like Ellis is what makes a winning team in Daily Fantasy sports.
DeAndre Jordan, C ($6,800)
Again, like his teammate CP3, an explosive rebounder like Jordan is a must-grab at that price. And it’s not like he is playing bad. DJ has four outings of the last 10 with at least 41 fantasy points. The Clips are playing Houston so maybe having Dwight Howard on the opposite end could stir the competitive juice out of him.
Nikola Mirotic, PF ($4,800)
Mirotic has kind of fallen behind Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in the depth chart, playing only 24 minutes in a game which has some 136 minutes available in the two frontcourt positions alone. On the other hand, Gibson played 44 and Noah slightly ahead at 25 minutes. That would make Mirotic one of the few fresher Bulls big men, which should mean more playing time in the perfect world.
J.J. Redick, SG ($4,700)
Redick has been on a mini-tear, averaging almost 27 FP in the past six games. That’s almost six points above his total season average. Again, a shootout rather than a grind is expected if the Clips and Rockets cross paths so by all means, Redick’s services should and will be needed.
Note: All stats and salaries are from Draftkings.com
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