DraftKings contributor Jeff Pratt and Rotowire’s Nick Whalen join The Sweat to give their favorite DraftKings plays at forward for tonight’s NBA slate.
Who’s a forward worth building your lineup around?
Well, Kevin Durant obviously jumps out. He’s $11,000 at Memphis tonight, he’s going to be the one or one A as always when Kyrie Irving is back in the lineup for the Nets tonight, but I mean Durant has been essentially bulletproof whenever he’s in the lineup, so we have to acknowledge that.
I think I’m actually a little higher on Jayson Tatum, who you know, he’s $900 cheaper at $10,100. Totally fine with paying that price, the Celtics have been rolling, as I know you guys know, they are 22-4 straight up in their last 26 games. Over his last 10, Jayson Tatum is averaging 34.4 points, 45.5% from three on 10 attempts per game and really this hot streak extends all the way back to January. He’s been one of the five or six best players in the league during that span and you know, you see the Utah Jazz and you think I’ll have to stay away for DFS and yeah, they’re still a good defense but they’re not an elite defense on the level that they have been the last few years. So I think maybe that matchup will scare some people off and you know, lower the rostership for Jayson Tatum tonight.
Alright, Jeff, what do you think when you’re looking at forwards?
I really like Wendell Carter Jr. at $8,400. The Magic big man has taken a notable step forward this season in Orlando, averaging a career-high 14.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Wendell has played a huge role in Orlando’s offense lately, seeing a usage rate of 22 percent or higher in five straight contests while also scoring a season-high 59 DK fantasy points two games ago against the Thunder. He wasn’t amazing last night against the Warriors but he’s got a much easier matchup tonight against OKC once again, as they rank 23rd in fantasy points allowed to big men. He is currently questionable with left wrist and ankle sprains, so he’s really banged up, but I like his odds of bouncing back if he suits up tonight.
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