3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 11/26/19
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.
Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
DraftKings Price: $9,800
Normally, Luka Doncic would be the top option on this two-game slate, but he draws a matchup with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clippers could throw both on him throughout the game. That makes Nikola Jokic the top stud by default as he and the Denver Nuggets take on the Washington Wizards.
While it's true that Jokic hasn't played all that well to start the season, his fantasy numbers have not taken much of a hit. He's still averaging 42.1 DraftKings points per game and 43.3 over the last 10 days (four games). The do-it-all big man uses 25.1% of his team's possessions, and according to NBA.com, he assists on 30.6% of his team's made field goals while on the floor.
As with most bigs, you're also getting 9.7 boards a night, which balloons to 10.7 in the nine games The Joker has played at Pepsi Center. Overall, he's putting up 46.9 DK points at home compared to 34.8 on the road.
It helps matters that -- per Fantasy Pros -- the Wizards are dead last against centers, allowing 62.9 DK points to the position. Our models have Jokic down for 46.9 points.
Kawhi Leonard, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
DraftKings Price: $8,800
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Clips are two-point favorites, and a 227.5 over/under has them sporting a 114.75 implied total in Dallas. So Leonard is in play even with dropping down in production of late. The star forward has managed just 38.0, 42.0 and 40.5 DK points in his last three, and that's just not enough for value at this price.
However, Leonard was a beast prior to his most recent injury-related absence, and that presents a buy-low spot, particularly if his shot is dropping. Over the last three, he has shot just 41.8%, but he's at 44.1% for the rest of the season. And that's after shooting 49.6% from the floor a year ago.
While his workload shouldn't be what it was with George now back in the mix, his efficiency is bound to pick up. Against a Mavs team allowing the third-most points to small forwards, he is a sneaky-good play in this star-studded showdown.
However, be on the lookout for Leonard to sit on the front end of a road back-to-back. If for some reason he is not in the lineup, you'll want to pivot to George at a $600 discount.
Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
DraftKings Price: $8,200
You might want to take that discount, or put the pair together, either way. After all, all George has done since his debut is average 25.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals a game. That puts his DK output at 43.3 per contest on a 31.7% usage rate.
Like Kawhi, PG hasn't been lighting the hoop up either. Shooting 44.6% in the early going, he has connected on just 18 of 53 shots (34.0%) in his last three games. The opportunity has been there, as he's averaged 17.7 attempts in that span, including 12.3(!) a game from beyond the arc.
George's minutes have been in the low to mid-30's, but it's worth pointing out that he has played limited minutes in a couple of blowouts. He should be closer to 35 or 36 in this one, if this does go as the oddsmakers expect.
Again, George is a solid play by himself, but if Kawhi sits he might be the best point-per-dollar play under the circumstances. At this point, we project him for 50.8 DK points at a value of 6.2 points per $1,000.
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