3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 11/6/19
While building a daily fantasy basketball lineup, it's important to make sure you find the right studs to anchor your team. As the most expensive players in your lineup, they need big-time production to match their high price tag.
You may find it hard to fit some of these guys in while staying under the salary cap, but you can check out our projections to find value players for your rosters. Let's take a look at the top high-priced DraftKings plays of the day.
Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
DraftKings Price: $10,000
Coming off a two-game suspension, Karl-Anthony Towns will return to the court Wednesday as the Minnesota Timberwolves take to the road against the Memphis Grizzlies. In year's past, grit-and-grind has limited opposing teams and players, particularly down low. But with Marc Gasol elsewhere, the combination of Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Clarke and Bruno Caboclo haven't been top 10 against the position.
Whether they have been or not, KAT isn't your average center. And he is well rested and focused for this return. If you believe in narrative street, this is a position to buy into as Towns looks to prove himself a force on the court. So far this year, that's all he's done, averaging 58.3 DraftKings points with at least 23 and 10 in each of his three full games.
Per FanDuel Sportsbook, this matchup carries a 225.5 over/under, which gives Minnesota a 115.5 implied total as road favorites. This game will be up-and-down with two teams in the top four in pace, according to NBA.com.
In a favorable environment, Towns is projected for 50.9 DK points at a value of 5.09 points per $1,000.
Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
DraftKings Price: $8,100
Malcolm Brogdon seems clearly under-priced after sitting at $8,800 just less than a week ago. He is averaging 47.8 DK points over 33.6 minutes per game, all on a 59.8% true shooting percentage, a 26.7% usage rate and 46.8% assist rate, which checks in second of players averaging 30-plus minutes to this point; LeBron James is first in that category.
The new Indiana Pacers point man is averaging 1.39 DK points per minute, but that gets a boost (to 1.49, per NBA Wowy) in the absence of Myles Turner, who was expected to be out for a couple of weeks but is trending in a positive manner. If he sits, that looks like a plus. But if Domantas Sabonis -- suffering from a calf injury -- is out for a third straight game that might not do much good for Brogdon. In 55 minutes without Sabonis, he is averaging 1.28 DK points despite a 30.6% usage rate.
Up against the Washington Wizards, the Pacers are favored by 5.5, and this figures to be a game we see in the 220 range with the Wiz a top 10 team in pace, averaging nearly four more possessions per game. With that, we have Brogdon projected for 39.0 DK points in 34.4 minutes of work.
Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
DraftKings Price: $7,100
Returning to that Grizz-T'Wolves game in Memphis, we get Ja Morant at a very affordable price tag. We might be stretching the definition of stud because of that price, but the way we treat this piece Morant's another dude with a 50-point upside on a nightly basis.
Morant has a lower floor with the rookie averaging just 28.0 minutes through his first half-dozen NBA contests. But still, he uses 29.2% of his team's possessions while on the floor, turning his opportunity into 19.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game (34.3 DK points). He has posted exactly 39.25 in back-to-back games, and he now has at least that many in three games while maxing out at 50 earlier in the season.
Some matchups haven't been as favorable for the youngster, but Minnesota is second-worst against the position, according to FantasyPros. They are one of two teams allowing at least 30 points and 9 assists per game to floor generals.
Again, this is a pace-up spot that plays into the hands of an open-floor talent like Morant, who is averaging 4.3 points in transition and 9.8 on 15.7 drives per game.
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