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Elfrid Payton (vs. Portland)
The price tag rose recently for Elfrid Payton, but it was necessary, or else he would be 100 percent owned tonight. He has prospered since Jrue Holiday was shut down. as in the three games without the leading Pelicans backcourt member, Elf has averaged 14/10/9/1.7. Yep, Elf on a shelf has darn near averaged a triple-double in the three games without Jrue. This isn’t a fluke. He has flashed this triple-double upside throughout his career with Orlando when given an opportunity. He is an especially interesting play on Draftkings, where the price sits at only $6,600 and you get the bonus points for triple-doubles.
Others to Consider: Kemba Walker, De’Aaron Fox
Lou Williams (vs. Chicago)
Lou Williams is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA when he gets hot. Just a few games ago he dropped a 40 real-life-point game on OKC. He followed it up with a 34 piece against Boston. The upside is incredible when his stroke is going. Tonight, that upside has a chance to shine in a matchup against the defense-deprived Chicago Bulls. In fact, Williams put up 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 dimes against this team just two months ago in the only meeting between them this season. Sweet Lou is the finisher for this team, as evidenced by his 34.7 usage rate this season. This is a Clippers team hanging on to the 8th seed in the Western Conference and will continue to try and win games to close the season. Winning games usually means good performances out of Lou Williams and I expect another solid game tonight.
Harrison Barnes (vs. Philadelphia)
Harrison Barnes matches up with the 76ers tonight in a game the Kings desperately need to win if they have any hope of sneaking into the playoffs, which is what they are trying to do. Barnes was traded to Sacramento in early February and has 13 games under his belt with his new team. The bottom line on Barnes is that he has been a better fantasy performer with his new team. This is even though his usage is down a significant amount from his Dallas days (24 with Dallas this season, 15 with the Kings). The biggest reason behind the ascent is that his minutes rose from 32 with Dallas to 36 with Sacramento. This caused his peripheral stats to increase. He averaged five rebounds and assists with Dallas, and now that number is up to nine rebounds and assists on average with his new team. The biggest reason to consider Barnes is the position scarcity, since you need two small forwards on Fanduel. LeBron is in danger of sitting out a back to back game and Giannis is somewhat limited right now and has a massive price tag. After that, it is a vacuum at the SF position and Barnes has a solid price tag with good production under his belt.
Bobby Portis (vs. Charlotte)
The thing about Bobby Portis is that he has always been a solid fantasy performer per minute, he has just rarely been given a real opportunity to play for long stretches because he is not good for the team. But in DFS, we don’t care about the team- only the stats. Portis averaged 1.13 fantasy points per minute last season and is on that same track this year with 1.1. He was traded around the deadline and since stepping on the court for his new team has seen his minutes jump up to over 27 per game. He has 14 games with the Wizards and he has reached double digit rebounds in half those games. Portis has great upside at this price. He is always prone to a dud of a game, but that comes with the territory for guys like this. You take the 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds he has given you with Washington, sprinkle in some big upside at a reasonable price tag, mix it with a solid matchup vs Charlotte and maybe you strike gold tonight.
Clint Capela (vs. Phoenix)
Clint Capela had a few lackluster games returning from a long injury layoff, and we just sat back wondering when he would get back to his old self and how his role might change with the addition of Kenneth Faried. We have settled back in now and Capela has returned to being a fantasy monster. Over the last eight games, Capela has averaged 35 minutes per game, which is always good for a true Center. He has contributed his nightly double-double, averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds. He is also a heavy contributor in the stocks department (extra helpful on Fanduel), where he has kicked in a steal and a block on average over the last eight games. With a great matchup on tap against the defenseless Deandre Ayton, Capela is primed for another big outing Friday night.