DraftKings NBA Sleeper Picks – December 14th

What’s up everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 13th, 2016. Tonight we get a full slate with ten games on tap. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 7:00 PM EST lock tonight, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know on Twitter Hunta512.

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PF: Channing Frye: (3,500) Tonight The Cavs will be resting their big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love vs The Grizzlies. Their starting five will consist of DeAndre Liggins, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, James Jones, and Tristan Thompson. With the three stars out, I think six of the Cavs are in play at their cheap salaries. Smith and Liggins stand out as the best plays and will be very popular tonight. But I think Frye is as a good of a value play and should be lower owned because he is not starting.  Fantasy Labs currently has him projected with an ownership between 2-4 percent which makes him a very intriguing option.

It’s odd to me that he wouldn’t start at PF against this Grizzlies team that usually has two big men on the floor at all times. But he should still play a lot off the bench and he most likely will play more minutes than James Jones to matchup with The Grizzlies bigger lineups. There is basically no statistics available for when all three players are off the floor this season, but I am expecting Smith to lead this team in usage, with Frye and Shumpert not far behind. Frye and Smith are really the only scoring threats that The Cavs have left and I think Frye sees at least a 20% usage rate when he is on the floor tonight. He averages just over 1.0 DK points per minute this season and, if he plays the 30+ minutes I am expecting, he should have no problem scoring 25-30 DK points with upside if he gets hot from outside. I will be attacking multiple Cavs tonight, but with his expected low ownership, I think Frye might be my favorite play of them all.

C: Kosta Koufos: (3,200) Starting center Demarcus Cousins will be rested for tonight’s game vs The Rockets. The Kings will now be without three of their starters; Cousins, Rudy Gay (hip), and Ben Mclemore (quad). Koufos should start in place of Cousins and should be line for more minutes and usage with this team shorthanded. Monday night after Gay and McLemore left the game, Koufos scored 26.75 DK points in 32 minutes. He hasn’t played this many minutes this season, but I would expect him to play similar minutes tonight vs The Rockets with all three of these players already ruled out.

Just like the Cavs situation, there isn’t enough info to see what kind of increases Koufos will see, but he should see big bumps in usage and rebounding with these three players not playing. If he plays over 30 minutes again, it’s hard to see him not easily scoring over 20 DK points tonight. Predicting his ownership tonight is difficult with all the value available, but he looks like one of the strongest value plays on the board at his almost minimum $3,200 price tag.

PF: Julius Randle: (5,900) Randle ruined some outstanding lineups for me on Monday night by only scoring 13 DK points, but I am expecting a nice bounce back game tonight vs The Nets who rank 21st vs PFs this year. Before Monday’s disappointment vs The Kings, Randle was playing great, scoring over 30 DK points in four straight games. It was a bad individual matchup for him on Monday playing against the physically over powering Demarcus Cousins, but he should have a much easier time tonight against Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez.

He can really succeed when he sees a lot of transition baskets and he should have plenty of those opportunities tonight with this Nets team playing at the fastest pace in the NBA. His price has dropped to 5,900, which puts his value expectation just under 30 DK points. He has showed he can easily top 30 DK points, and he is a great way to attack the highest O/U of the night of 228 points.

Also Consider: Omri Casspi, Ty Lawson (21% usage last game with McLemore and Gay out), Luol Deng, J.R. Smith (must play), Deandre Liggins, Iman Shumpert, Elfird Payton (boost with Vucevic out), David Lee (Aldridge is out), Jeremy Lin, Garrett Temple, Darren Collison (should have the highest usage of all The Kings), Nick Young, DeMarre Carroll, Matt Barnes, and Myles Turner.

Alex Hunter / Author

Alex is an experienced and successful daily fantasy sports player that has been competing since DFS began. He specializes in picks for NBA, NFL and PGA. He has been writing for TheSportsGeek.com since 2016. During this time, his picks have won many of his readers big prizes and have helped him become a trusted name in the DFS industry. Not only does he give in depth picks on The SportsGeek.com, but Alex is also an active and reliable Twitter source who gives out updates about his picks and is always there for questions or advice. @Hunta512