Given the endless array of options, daily gamers need not spend top dollar for the first-class superstars. Instead, the best bets consist largely of four star talents. Although not the prototypical stud, they'll produce like them against favorable opposition.
PG: Mike Conley ($6,400) at Sacramento; Goran Dragic ($6,300) at Orlando
Scoring 10 points in two games before All-Star Weekend decayed Mike Conley's stock, but he has since rebounded over the past pair of showdowns.
|Mike Conley's Last Two Games|
Averaging 31.6 DraftKings points per game this season, the Memphis Grizzlies point guard costs a fair $6,400.
To sweeten the pot, the Sacramento Kings rank No. 27 with a 106.1 defensive rating as of Tuesday night. They yield the second-most DraftKings points to the position behind the Los Angeles Lakers, as their fast pace causes adversaries to uptick their tempo against a poor defense.
SG: Eric Bledsoe ($7,900) at Denver; Kyle Korver ($4,900) vs. Dallas
Since the All-Star break, Eric Bledsoe has filled the box score with averages of seven rebounds and eight assists. After subpar scoring outings, he submitted 21 on Monday against the Boston Celtics.
Both Bledsoe and Brandon Knight plotted 20 points sharing the court for the second time. Forcing Knight to replace Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas leads to heavy playing time for both guards, with Bledsoe shining as the head honcho.
The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets each operate at a top-five pace, and Denver relinquishes the third-most DraftKings points to shooting guards. But for anyone who prefers a mid-level play, Kyle Korver faces a Dallas Mavericks defense that allows 8.7 three-pointers per contest. Word is he's pretty good at shooting from behind the arc.
SF: Trevor Ariza ($5,800) vs. LA Clippers; Danilo Gallinari ($5,000) vs. Phoenix
Anyone worried about the Houston Rockets easing up on Trevor Ariza need not worry. The 29-year-old small forward has logged 36 minutes per game in February, making him a great option when the right matchup surfaces.
It doesn't get any better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the worst defense against small forwards. According to 82games.com, everyone at the slot combines to score 20.6 points per game against them.
When the Rockets and Clippers met on Feb. 11, Ariza chimed in for 29.75 fantasy points through 37 minutes. That amounts to a reasonable rate of $195.96 per point using his current $5,800 price.
Averaging 26.3 DraftKings points in three starts since the Arron Afflalo trade, Danilo Gallinari also warrants consideration against the Suns.
PF: Derrick Favors ($7,200) vs. LA Lakers; Markieff Morris ($6,400) at Denver
Trading Enes Kanter has already paid off for the Utah Jazz, who defeated the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs since his departure. On the surface, both low-scoring wins don't help Derrick Favors much, as Locked on Jazz's David Locke notes Favors' defensive prowess alongside Rudy Gobert.
Yet the power forward has attempted 15 shots in each game, receiving more freedom outside the paint to expand his offensive arsenal.
|Derrick Favors' Last Two Games|
Portland and San Antonio sport stout defenses. The Lakers do not, placing No. 29 in defensive rating and No. 27 in rebounds allowed. On Jan. 16, Favors exploited them for 18 points, 10 boards and two blocks. Sound good?
Following a slow start, Al Jefferson is looking more and more like the usual Al Jefferson. The center has amassed 17.8 points and 12.2 rebounds through the last five tilts, and he gets a sneakily great matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
Despite their reputation as a defensive juggernaut, they have allowed the third-most DraftKings points to centers. If Jefferson keeps rolling, he'll justify every dollar.
Marc Gasol finds himself in a similar position as Conley, costing less than usual despite two solid outings after the All-Star Game he started. If he meets his 38.3-point season average, his owners will relish in purchasing him for $7,300.
SG J.J. Redick ($4,600) at Houston
Even after shooting 3-of-12 against Memphis on Monday, J.J. Redick has issued 26.6 DraftKings points through the latest five installments. Receiving prominent playing time (34.2 minutes) over that stretch, the 30-year-old generated 20 points against the Rockets two weeks ago.
SF Hollis Thompson ($4,000) at Milwaukee
The Philadelphia 76ers' latest wave of trades has helped Hollis Thompson etch a regular rotation spot. He has caught fire, shooting 12-of-19 with eight-three pointers. Although unsustainable for the long haul, he's worth another roll of the dice.
C Alex Len ($4,900) at Denver
He's ice cold one week and scorching hot the next, so now's the time to jump on Alex Len's bandwagon for a modest rate. Through his last three games, the 21-year-old has played 33.7 minutes with Miles Plumlee gone, tallying 9.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.
Advanced stats courtesy of NBA.com unless otherwise noted.