3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 11/13/19
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.
Kawhi Leonard, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
DraftKings Price: $9,700
With all the discussion around Kawhi Leonard and his rest, load management or whatever you want to call it, we seem to have forgotten just how much this dude has been doing. Over 31.4 minutes a game, the three-time All-Star leads the Los Angeles Clippers in points (26.9), rebounds (8.5) and assists (5.9) per game while adding 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks. All in all, he's averaging 51.6 DraftKings points and more than 1.6 DK points per minute.
In his last game out, Kawhi struggled to 2-of-11 shooting but still managed 42.25 DK points on a near triple-double effort. But in what should be an uptempo game against the Houston Rockets he's priced up $300, which reflects his floor more than his massive ceiling.
At this time, FanDuel Sportsbook has this as a one-point game in the Rockets' favor, so we can expect Leonard to log his 35 or so minutes. At his current pace, he would return close to 56 DK points at value well clear of 5.0 points per $1,000. Plus, there's the added bonus of Houston giving up the second-most steals and fifth-most rebounds to small forwards, according to data at FantasyPros.
Our models project Leonard for 48.4 DK points over 37.4 minutes.
Pascal Siakam, SF/PF, Toronto Raptors
DraftKings Price: $8,700
In the wake of Leonard's departure, Pascal Siakam was all but asked to step into his shoes as the top dog for the Toronto Raptors -- and, well, he hasn't disappointed. Early on, Siakam looks like an All-Star, averaging 26.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. On the offensive end, his usage rate is up to 30.2%, yet he is a 48.5% shooter from the floor.
When you factor in his 36.2 minutes a game, Siakam's workload is up there with the elite. However, that should only rise in the absence of the injured Kyle Lowry. In his first two games without his point man, Siakam has contributed 52.25 and 41.0 DK points with 25 and 17 shots, respectively. His usage rate is 25.9% in the two, but what's more encouraging is his 40-plus minutes in each.
This year, Siakam is now averaging 1.27 DK points on a 28.7% usage rate without Lowry, and according to NBA Wowy, those stand at 1.17 and a 26.8% usage rate without either of Lowry or Leonard. We have him down for 33.6 DK points in a game (in 33.3 minutes) with a healthy 220.5 over/under.
Montrezl Harrell, PF/C, Los Angeles Clippers
DraftKings Price: $7,700
Not often do you want to load up on one team for a slate of this size (seven games), but the potential reward is worth the risk with this pair of Clippers. After all, Montrezl Harrell is in the smash spots of smash spots on Wednesday night.
We know this will in all likelihood be a close game, but Harrell and company should benefit from the Rockets' league-leading pace (107.8 possessions per game). They average nearly five more possessions a game, and according to NBA.com, slot in 20th with a 109.7 defensive rating.
Thanks to a below-average rebounding rate, Houston is also the worst team at limiting opposing power forwards. In surrendering 60.0 DK points per game to the position, they allow 29.4 points and give a boost in assists (4.7) and rebounds (13.4). Harrell should eat.
Did I mention he also finds himself smack dab in the middle of narrative street as he faces his former team? Now that he's getting consistent run, this a prime spot for Trez to show what Houston gave up way back when in that Chris Paul trade.
Narrative or not, we have Harrell logging 26.5 minutes and posting 31.0 DK points.
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