3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 3/6/20
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.
Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks
DraftKings Price: $9,900
In Washington, the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards go toe to toe in what should be the highest-scoring game of the night, and by a wide margin. Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, the 245.5 over/under is 10 points clear of the next-closest game. And a minor three-point line (in Washington's favor) creates intrigue on both sides of this matchup. But we have to be heavy on Trae Young.
According to Fantasy Pros, the Wiz are the league's fifth-worst team at defending point guards, allowing 24.7 points and 49.6 DK points per game. Young has done his part to push that close to 50, having gone for 56.5 DK points through two head-to-heads. That includes a monster 45-point, 77.5-fantasy-point performance back on January 26, a game in which the young floor general used 34.7% of his team's available possessions.
Also in Young's favor is potentially lower ownership, as Monday's 5-for-17 stinker could cause casual players to look elsewhere for their 50-to-70 point option. Let them go ahead and do that, though. With such a favorable opponent, we project Young for 49.8 DK points in 35.5 minutes.
Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
DraftKings Price: $9,800
This is shaping up to be the type of night where saving to drop down to the second tier of top studs could prove very profitable. And that's where Anthony Davis resides, checking in $1,400 lower than Giannis Antetokounmpo and $1,100 short of teammate LeBron James in the same star-studded game. Out at Staples, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves one-point favorites with a 114.25 implied total versus the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are the league's top defense by rating (two spots ahead of the Lakers), yet they lead the league in pace by nearly 1.5 possessions per game. That, among other things, has helped to keep opposing big men viable in fantasy formats, giving up a healthy 11.8 boards, 3.9 assists, and 3.0 threes a night to the position. So, not so surprisingly, Davis is one of their biggest matchup nightmares.
Last time he faced off with Giannis and company, the Brow took 25 shots en route to a double-double, five assists and a total of 65.0 DK points. He posted a 34.4% usage rate and scored 8 of his 36 points in his 25.4 possessions when matched up against the Greek Freak.
Our numbers suggest that Davis will repeat his big outing, carrying a projection of 26.1 points and 51.7 DK points for Friday's home tilt.
Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat
DraftKings Price: $8,200
Like Davis, Bam Adebayo is another player who could benefit from playing in the same high-profile game as a few other fantasy factors. Jimmy Butler, Zion Williamson, and Brandon Ingram could all take some ownership away from the Miami Heat big man, in part due to salaries at or below $8,000. We can't sleep on this first-time All-Star though.
For the season, Adebayo averages 41.4 DK points, however, he has increased that per-game clip to 46.0 in his eight games since the break. While his usage rate has climbed to 25.3% in that time, he's also bettered his assist rate, rebound rate, and block percentage. And much to the chagrin of New Orleans Pelicans fans, he's ninth in the league in points as a roll man, averaging 1.15 points per possession with a 61.2% field goal percentage. Meanwhile, Zion has had his early struggles defending dynamic pick-and-rolls.
Adebayo should benefit from facing the Pels' smaller lineups, especially in a pace-up game with a 235.5 total. Our numbers expect him to turn out 43.0 DK points at a value of 5.24 points per $1,000.
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