With just four teams in action on Thursday, and plenty of injuries among those teams, there aren’t plenty of choices for your DraftKings roster. We take a look at some players you might want to consider.
Devin Booker, NO at PHO, $8,500
Booker has had a solid season so far. He’s averaging 25.4 points and 5.9 assists per game, well over his career tally of 21.6 points and 4.3 assists a game. These averages have been built around consistency in a team that has lacked reliable offensive options. He has scored more than 20 points in all 10 games to date, an indicator that the Suns depend on his depth, particularly in the fourth quarter. He is slowly finding his offensive fluency as well: he reached 30 points for just the third time this season in the previous game against the Sacramento Kings.
Brandon Ingram, NO at PHO, $7,000
Yes, Ingram has just returned from injury, but he immediately found his rhythm, adding 21 points for the Pelicans in a comfortable win over Portland. Ingram adds plenty of depth in this New Orleans offense with a mean mid-range jumper and his strong physical presence in the paint. If you’re looking for proof of his efficiency, he has averaged 44 DraftKings points this season. This will be a high-scoring encounter against a sub-par defensive unit, which makes Ingram an even more attractive proposition at this price.
Eric Bledsoe, POR at MIL, $6,800
Bledsoe was a vital cog in the Phoenix Suns wheel for a long period. That utilitarian requirement hasn’t changed for the Bucks despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s pyrotechnics. Bledsoe had an off game against the Chicago Bulls, with just 8 points. However, season stats of 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists is the exact definition of utility, from an NBA perspective. He immediately returned to form with 28 points in 25 minutes against the Hawks. His fantasy average of 33.4 DK points isn’t bad at all either.
Kent Bazemore, POR at MIL, $4,300
With Antetokounmpo ($10,600) available in this slate, you might need a player with a lower salary to complete your roster. Bazemore could easily fill that role. At $4,300, Bazemore returns 20.1 fantasy points per game. Like Bledsoe, he too performs a very specific role, but off the bench. He gets 24 minutes on average per game, providing the Trail Blazers with 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. That isn’t going to set the NBA alight, but with Lillard out, Bazemore will be required more than usual.