3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 11/27/19
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.
LeBron James, PG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
DraftKings Price: $11,500
Among the five players at or above $10,000 tonight, LeBron James seems like the top option on a point-per-dollar basis. He has the sky-high ceiling for tournaments, but he's in play in cash because of his high floor and a price tag nearly $1,000 below that of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who might be in a great spot but will break the bank to an extent.
Saying that, however, does not diminish the dream matchup for James and his Los Angeles Lakers. On the road against the New Orleans Pelicans, they are 6.5-point favorites, which combined with a 230.5 total has them sporting a 118.5 implied total. They get a good bump from a Pels team that ranks 27th in defensive rating and 4th in pace, according to NBA.com.
By position, New Orleans is also worst and fifth-worst against the point guard and small forward positions, according to Fantasy Pros. And still, if that's not enough, James has the narrative of facing a handful of his former teammates whom he swapped out in favor of Anthony Davis. His 60.4 projected DraftKings points are tops on the slate. Let's ride!
Pascal Siakam, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
DraftKings Price: $8,900
Pascal Siakam has been as consistent as they come this season. In his second breakout year in a row, the 25-year-old is averaging 45.7 DK points per game behind 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists a night. He's more than doubled the amount of threes he is making (2.3) and taking (6.2), hitting them at a high rate and proving himself an offensive focal point for the Toronto Raptors.
Lately, Siakam has had to prove that he's capable of doing that all by his lonesome. With Kyle Lowry sidelined for eight consecutive games now, he has stepped it up with a team-high 27.1% usage rate en route to 23.5 points per game in that span. In that same time, he's been the model of consistency, averaging 39.7 minutes and 20.4 field goal attempts with no fewer than 35 minutes in any one game.
To top it all off, Siakam is averaging more fantasy points at home (47.8) than away (44.1), and that's already beyond his salary-implied total. And did I mention he's at home against the New York Knicks? Those Knicks are dealing with a number of injuries and are 20th in defensive rating.
Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Miami Heat
DraftKings Price: $8,000
Giannis, LeBron, and even Paul George present great plays at the small forward spot. But Jimmy Butler -- eligible at both wing spots -- could have a big night of his own as the Miami Heat take on the Houston Rockets.
For starters, Houston is a big step up in pace for Miami. Their 105.79 possessions per game rank second in the league and are 4.57 more than the Heat average through 16 games. And in the last five games for each, that gap climbs to 6.2 possessions.
Playing in Houston, it's even more likely that James Harden and company look to push the pace and add valuable possessions for Butler. After all, he's been making the most of them this season.
Butler is only averaging 18.9 points per game, but in the midst of a 12-4 start for Miami, he's been doing a lot of everything. In working his way to 41.9 DK points a game, he averages 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and a league-high 2.6 steals. He's had at least three steals six times, and in seven games he's put up 40-plus fantasy points, which is all he needs to pay off his tag this evening.
Butler dropped 50.8 DK points last time out against Houston, and while we don't expect him to do that again, we do like him to tally 40.9 DK points in 37.1 minutes.
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