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DFS NBA: DraftKings Tip Sheet 12/28

Dec. 7, 2015 - Chicago, IL, USA - Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) and Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight (3) go after a loose ball during the first half on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago (Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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DraftKings Games to Target

Sacramento at Golden State (Over/Under 223): This game has a monster total, but the Warriors are favored by a whopping 13.5 points. Still, this is a game that you want to have a piece of just in case it stays close because there will be plenty of scoring if that is the case.

L.A. Clippers at Washington (O/U 205.5): Of the other games, the Clippers at Wizards is one of my favorites to target. With the injuries on both sides, more should be demanded of the studs, making this a good game to get your foundation started.

News and Notes

  • Rodney Stuckey (ankle) is on track to play tonight against the Hawks. He practiced in full on Sunday, so you can use him as a punt option in tournaments if you need to.
  • For those that missed it, Blake Griffin (quad) is out for at least two weeks. Chris Paul sees a big bump in value without Griffin, as does DeAndre Jordan.
  • Kobe Bryant (knee soreness) is expected to play in his final trip to Charlotte. I wouldn’t play him against a good Hornets defense.
  • Spencer Hawes (back) is doubtful against the Lakers. Frank Kaminsky is looking like a prime value play against the terrible Lakers defense.
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) is questionable tonight. If he were to sit, Chris Bosh would get a slight bump for me.
  • John Henson (back) is questionable. There wouldn’t be many fantasy implications if he were to sit, as I am not too interested in Miles Plumlee or Johnny O’Bryant.
  • Deron Williams (hamstring) remains day-to-day and is questionable for tonight’s game. J.J. Barea will continue to be the beneficiary should Williams sit.
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) is out tonight against the Jazz. It looks like the Jazz might sit out Derrick Favors once again, so I don’t mind Nerlens Noel in place of Okafor in this spot, should Favors not be active.
  • Alec Burks (tibia, concussion) is out until February. This means a bump to Trey Burke, as well as possibly Raul Neto. I would wait to see how this shakes out, but Burke is the more interesting guy tonight against the 76ers.
  • Eric Bledsoe (meniscus) is likely out until after the All-Star break. Brandon Knight becomes a near must-play at his price, and Devin Booker is a decent punt option as he is expected to start in Bledsoe’s place.

Point Guard

Stud to Target

Brandon Knight, PHX ($7,600): It’s not an easy matchup with the Cavaliers, but Knight should have all of the offensive responsibility fall on his shoulders until Eric Bledsoe returns. I love him at his mid-tier price tag right now.

Others to consider: Chris Paul, LAC ($9,000) – Kemba Walker, CHA ($7,300)

Value Play

Ish Smith, PHI ($4,800): It looks like the 76ers are going to play Smith a full workload, and that means he is a value until his price rises to a respectable salary. The Jazz don’t scare me all that much if Derrick Favors sits out with a sore back again.

Shooting Guard

Stud to Target

Jimmy Butler, CHI ($7,500): The shooting guard pool isn’t all that great at the top, but if you want to pay up, I like Butler for cash games. He is a fairly dependable DFS option and is not even the most expensive guy at his position despite his dependability.

Others to consider: Tyreke Evans, NO ($7,800)

Value Play

Rodney Hood, UTA ($4,700): Hood let me down in the last game I recommended him, but I expect him to play a bigger role if both Alec Burks and Derrick Favors are sidelined for this contest. Hood is a decent playmaker for his position and role, so the Jazz could use him even more against a dreadful 76ers defense.

Small Forward

Stud to Target

Gordon Hayward, UTA ($7,200): Against the 76ers, Hayward should be able to put up a massive stat line despite his team beginning to fall apart due to injury. His price is comfortably in the mid-tier, so he won’t break the bank either.

Others to consider: LeBron James, CLE ($9,800) – Kawhi Leonard, SA ($8,700)

Value Play

Evan Fournier, ORL ($5,200): Fournier’s price is starting to climb again, but he is still a value for the time being. A starter at shooting guard for the Magic, he will get an opportunity to light up one of the worst defenses in the New Orleans Pelicans.

Power Forward

Stud to Target

Kevin Love, CLE ($7,700): The Cavaliers are trending way down after a humiliating loss to Portland sans Damian Lillard. Love only played 19 minutes against the Trail Blazers, racking up 20 DK points in the process. His style fits in perfectly with the way that Phoenix plays, so he should be matchup-proof in this spot.

Others to consider: Anthony Davis, NO ($10,500) – Paul Millsap, ATL ($7,600)

Value Play

Nerlens Noel, PHI ($5,600): It’s becoming fairly obvious that Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel do not play optimal basketball next to each other, but either can dominate with the other out – at least for fantasy purposes. Noel’s salary is still depressed, and it is time to take advantage with Okafor out again tonight.


Stud to Target

Nikola Vucevic, ORL ($7,400): Vucevic has been lights-out as of late, including a 52 DK-point game against the defensively stout Miami Heat. Now he will take on one of the worst teams against centers this season, and his price is still very affordable.

Others to consider: DeAndre Jordan, LAC ($7,200) – Pau Gasol, CHI ($7,600)

Value Play

Frank Kaminsky, CHA ($4,400): Kaminsky is finally getting a chance to shine, and has hit at least 20 DK points in each of his last three games. He should have little trouble getting there against the Lakers should he be afforded extra run with Spencer Hawes out. This one a bit riskier considering the depth of the position for Charlotte, but he is playing well enough that he should continue to see time, even with Al Jefferson back in the fold.

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