3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 2/12/20

As he returns from injury, Luka Doncic could fly under the radar Wednesday against the Kings. Which other elite options are worth a look?

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.

Luka Doncic, PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks

DraftKings Price: $10,900

After missing the last half-dozen games, Luka Doncic is considered questionable for the Dallas Mavericks' home matchup against the Sacramento Kings. However, on Monday, the young star said he will play, so he's looking to be more probable than questionable. And that means we're getting him at a marginal discount at this price.

The one pause DFS players will have is a potential minutes limit, but for what it's worth, Doncic logged 32 minutes in his last return from absence. In that game, he produced 51.0 DraftKings points against the San Antonio Spurs. These Kings have been a little better than the Spurs defensively, yet they are 17th on the road in defensive rating and are allowing 112 points per game for the month of February.

Doncic is no stranger to the Kings' struggles, either. Through two head-to-heads, he's averaging a triple-double and 58.5 DK points per game, and while we expect him to come up short of a triple-double, we project him for a cool 55.2 DK points for a return of 5.06 points per $1,000.

Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers

DraftKings Price: $9,400

It didn't take long for Andre Drummond to prove that he's still an elite fantasy option in his new home. In the big man's first game in Cleveland, he managed 19 points, 14 boards, and 47.5 DK points despite playing a mere 29 minutes. He was limited to fewer than 30 minutes because of a 41-point blowout at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.

It's encouraging that Drummond picked up where he left off in Detroit, though. After all, tonight's game environment is much more favorable against the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs are only two-point home underdogs versus Atlanta over at FanDuel Sportsbook, giving them a 115.5 implied total in a game with a 233 over/under. In the 12 games the Pistons had tallied at least 115 points with Drummond in the lineup, the 26-year-old averaged 53.7 DK points a game.

At this salary, Drummond requires only 47 DK points for five-times value, and we have him at 47.8 here in his second ever game as a Cavalier.

Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks

DraftKings Price: $7,700

No Giannis Antetokounmpo, no problem. At least that was the story on Monday night when Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe went off with their star away from the team for the birth of his child. He'll sit again on Wednesday, and we can expect the same two to take over on the offensive end. But Middleton is close to $9,000, while Bledsoe presents a bargain at his price given the circumstances.

According to NBA Wowy, in the sample of 300-plus minutes without the Greek Freak, Bledsoe has averaged 1.56 DK points per minute to Middleton's 1.53. He's done so on a 31.5% usage rate accompanied by a team-high 35.8% assist rate. On a per-game basis, he's averaging a hair over 53 DK points per game, which would be enough for 6.9 points per dollar at his current cost.

With Malcolm Brogdon and the Indiana Pacers on tap, Middleton might be the more favorable cash option. However, Bledsoe is the guy for tournaments. Sans Giannis, he possesses that heavy workload and the 60-plus upside that comes with it.

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