You guys, this feels like a LeBron James night. But I’m still on the fence. I think his ego took a hit from that loss to Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, plus the obvious Skip Bayless slander. But really, James should be in beast mode tonight after a loss and I think at $10,200, he’s a GPP consideration.
Other than that, the big decision is Kawhi Leonard vs. Paul George with the Clippers taking on the Trail Blazers. So let’s break down the small forward position for tonight’s seven-game slate on DraftKings.
Kawhi Leonard vs. Paul George: Who should you target?
Can we just stack both? I think that’s actually not a bad strategy. Kawhi is only $8,700 and PG-13 is $8,200, so both are affordable. The Blazers are 24th in points allowed per game at 114.7 and they don’t really have a defensive stopper, let alone two. If the Clips are to score, say, 120 points or so, Kawhi and PG would make up roughly 45-50% of that figure, I think. So if both players reach around 30 points, eight rebounds and a few peripheral stats, the payout in fantasy would be solid. I think Kawhi is the more appealing single-play. He could go overlooked a bit and give us some leverage in GPPs.
Do we go back to the Carmelo Anthony well?
The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, Melo is up to $6,300 in price after starting his career in Portland at $3,900. He’s scored at least 41 DKFP in two of three games and is lifting the Blazers up lately. I think he’s an OK GPP play, but having to deal with Kawhi and PG on defense won’t be easy. You’re probably best fading Anthony in this one and looking elsewhere.
Which value plays stand out at small forward?
Again, there isn’t much value on this slate right now. We need to wait and see on some injuries, but for now, we can target two teams in particular: the Mavericks and Magic. Both are playing poor defensive units and should score upwards of 120 points tonight. Both games could also get out of hand (maybe not the Magic-Wizards game), so if that’s the case, we can capitalize on garbage time. Dorian Finney-Smith ($3,900) and Justin Jackson ($3,000) are cheap options for Dallas. Terrence Ross ($5,100) can fill it up a bit for Orlando as well.