3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 12/27/19
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.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
DraftKings Price: $11,300
It wasn't a very jolly Christmas day for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Philadelphia 76ers torched them by a count of 121-109 with Giannis being held to just 18 points on 8-of-27 shooting from the field. Philly's length gave the Greek Freak fits, but that won't likely happen again on Friday when Milwaukee takes to the road in Atlanta to face the Hawks.
The young Hawks are 28th in defensive rating and 8th in pace, according to NBA.com, allowing a healthy 118.6 points per game. That combination has translated to top-six production to both small and power forwards, per Fantasy Pros' defense-versus-position data.
Through two games, Giannis is putting up 55.6 DraftKings points a game versus these Hawks. He has shot just 18.2% from three but 81.8% on his 22 shots inside eight feet. He's dominated them inside, and we should expect more of the same this evening. Our models do, projecting him for 58.4 DK points at more than five-times value.
Bam Adebayo, PC, Miami Heat
DraftKings Price: $8,900
The center position is a pretty interesting beast for this Friday slate. Joel Embiid tops the list at $9,700, but Bam Adebayo carries the same 50-point upside at nearly $1,000 cheaper versus Domantas Sabonis and the visiting Indiana Pacers.
Per FanDuel Sportsbook, Adebayo and the Miami Heat are five-point home favorites in a game that figures to have just a moderate over/under. The two teams are 20th and 22nd in pace, however, but we can't discount a game like this on a five-game slate. After all, Bam is under-priced for his level of fantasy goodness of late.
Averaging 34.1 minutes and 41.1 DK points on the year, the Heat big man has upped those to 36.2 and 46.8, respectively, in the last 10 days (4 games). In that time, his usage has increased from 20.1% to 23.7%, which has aided him in 4.8 assists along with his easy double-double ability.
Projected for 35 minutes and 43.5 DK points, Adebayo has upside for much more point-per-dollar value at this salary.
Devin Booker, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns
DraftKings Price: $6,900
You don't usually consider a player a stud at this price, but Devin Booker has to be an exception here. He was priced all the way up at $8,800 just a little more than a fortnight ago, and we all have come to know his ridiculous scoring upside. In 2019, he's already managed games of 44 and 40 real-world points along with five games of 50 or more DK points.
Over the last four games, though, it has been rough sledding for the talented combo guard. He's averaging 32.4 DK points in that span, coming on 38.5% shooting and 0.3 three-point makes. His usage has fallen to 25.9%.
If ever there was a get-right spot, this is it. The Phoenix Suns are favored by 2.5 on the road versus the Golden State Warriors, who could suffer a letdown following a surprise Christmas win over the Houston Rockets. Furthermore, the Suns will be without Deandre Ayton, who leaves behind 16.5 shots a game and a 23.2% usage rate. In fact, when Ayton is off the floor, Booker's usage is 28.1%, compared to 26.5% with Ayton on, according to NBA Wowy.
We project Booker for 39.3 DK points at a return of nearly 5.7 points per $1,000.
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