What’s going on everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 17th, 2016. Tonight we get a decent slate with six 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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PG: Patrick Beverly: (5,200) Beverly was impressive last night posting a near triple double of 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists vs The Pelicans. (41.75 DK points) He has been a huge part of The Rockets winning nine in a row averaging 30.8 DK points during their streak. Tonight he takes on The Wolves, who allow the third most DK points to opposing PGs this season. This Rockets Wolves tilt looks like the best game to target tonight with a tight spread of 3.5 points and a high O/U game total of 219.5 points.
The two other highest totals of the night come with serious blow out risk, with The Warriors and Cavs both favored by double digit points. Beverly is still slightly underpriced at $5,200 and he has now returned at least five times value in six straight games. With no clear cheap values tonight I think attacking the mid-tier is a smart move for roster construction. Beverly at his price is a safe play that has decent upside that gives you exposure to this Rockets Wolves game tonight.
PF: Jon Leuer: (4,200) Leuer can’t be stopped right now scoring 31.75 DK points vs The Mavs on Wednesday and 35.25 DK points vs The Wizards last night. He is cutting into starting center Andre Drummonds playing time, playing 31 minutes in back to back games. In these two games he has posted a 18.5% usage rate, 15.6% assist percentage, and 12.6% rebound percentage which are all slight bumps from his normal numbers this year.
In this span, he is averaging 1.08 DK points per minute and if he sees 30+ minutes again tonight he will easily crush value at his $4,200 price. This is a great matchup for him to keep up his excellent play vs The Pacers who are 27th vs PFs this season with a high opponent +/- of 3.81. Its clear Head Coach Stan Van Gundy wants Leuer on the floor more and I see no reason why he shouldn’t see high minute’s again tonight after his two last performances. Update: Out of nowhere Leuer has been ruled out for tonight’s game with back spasms. Make sure he is out of your lineups. Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris both receive slight bumps with Leuer sidelined. Stanley Johnson also may see some more playing time with all these minutes opening up. He is a risky GPP flier at $3,800.
SG: Gary Harris: (4,700) Harris showed no limitations in his first game in over a month scoring 39.5 DK points in 32 minutes Thursday night vs The Blazers. The 32 minutes was a pleasant surprise for him coming off a foot injury and he showed no rust shooting 63% from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc. Tonight he will look to keep the hot shooting going vs The Knicks who are an above average team defending SGs ranking 9th vs the position this season.
But regardless of the matchup he should still return value if he sees 30+ minutes again. This season he is averaging 0.98 DK points per minute and, if he plays around 30 minutes, Harris should have no problem topping 25 DK points. He is a nice value at $4,700 that has a great upside provided the hot shooting continues.
Also Consider: Mason Plumlee, Brandon Jennings (if Rose is out), Brandon Ingram (starting at point), Joakim Noah (boost if rose out), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lou Williams, Marco Belinelli (better if Jeremy Lamb is out), Marvin Williams, Luol Deng, C.J. Miles, Julius Randle, and Nick Young.