3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 1/7/19

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James Harden, PG/SG, Houston Rockets

DraftKings Price: $12,000

When a player scores 57.75 DraftKings points and you walk away feeling disappointed, that dude has obviously been playing at an otherworldly level. Such was the case with Houston Rockets do-everything guard James Harden on Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

After scoring at least 40 real-world points for five games in a row, Harden fell back down to earth with only 38 in the 110-101 loss. Hey, everybody has a down night, right?

With Chris Paul out of the lineup, Harden has been fantasy basketball's most consistent player on a nightly basis. Harden's season-long 38.0% usage rate leads the NBA. Without Paul in the lineup, his usage rate has jumped to 43.3%. The next closest is Joel Embiid at 31.5%.

Harden is scoring an average of 69.6 DraftKings points with Paul out of the lineup. He's scored at least 64.0 DraftKings points four out of the past seven times he's faced the Denver Nuggets, tonight's opponent. We have him projected for 56.2 DraftKings points tonight with lineup-changing upside.