What’s going on everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 18th, 2016. Sunday night’s slate is a smaller slate with only five games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 6:00 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 or on Twitter. Hunta512.
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SG: Rodney Hood: (5,100) The Grizzlies are one of the best defenses in The NBA, but surprisingly have allowed the most DK points a game to opposing SGs this season. This is a nice matchup for Hood who should see some extra offensive responsibilities with PG George Hill (toe) ruled out. This season, when Hill is off the floor, Hood sees his usage increase 1.4% to a high 26.4%.
Hood has been productive in his last two games averaging 27.5 DK points in 31 minutes a game. Tonight he should see 30+ minutes again and should be able to score at least 25 DK points with the slight bump in usage. His price for some reason has dropped $300 to a very reasonable $5,100 since Friday night. SG is a very weak position tonight and right now Hood looks like the best value at his new discounted price.
PG: T.J. McConell: (3,700) After exploding last week vs The Pistons for 44 DK points starting in place of the injured Sergio Rodriguez, McConell has seen more minutes off the bench in the last two games with the starting PG healthy. He has played 20 or more minutes in both games scoring 21.15 DK points vs The Raptors and 25.75 DK points vs The Lakers. In these past two games, McConnell has posted a 16.1% usage rate which is a solid 3% increase from his season average. Tonight he will likely see 20+ minutes again off the bench in an elite matchup vs The Nets who allow the 8th most DK points to PGs and play at the fastest pace in The NBA.
This should be a high scoring tilt with Vegas giving this game a slate high O/U of 215 points and a spread of two points in favor of Philly. I don’t think many people have been paying attention to McConnell since he moved back to the bench and he should come with a very low ownership tonight. In this high scoring fast paced game he has a good chance of scoring 20+ DK points again and he is one of my favorite GPP punts of Sunday night’s slate.
PG: Cory Joseph: (3,900) Joseph is starting to finally look like the great six man from last season averaging 27.9 DK points in his last three games. In these games he is averaging 27.7 minutes which is big increase from his season average of 21.5 minutes a game. He has also been a much improved passer in this stretch with a team high 29.5% assist percentage which is a massive leap from his normal 18.6% assist rate.
Tonight The Raptors take on The Magic who rank 3rd vs PGs this season, but this is a solid game environment in this small slate with the second highest total of the night at 213.5 points. Regardless of the matchup he should still produce 20-25 DK points if these minutes continue. He should also come with a low ownership and I am comfortable with Joesph in all formats tonight. Update: Joseph is out tonight with an illness, make sure he is out of your lineups before the 6:00 PM lock.
Also Consider: Pau Gasol, Tyler Johnson, Sergio Rodriguez, Jonas Valancuinas, Norman Powell (should see more minutes with Joseph out), Patrick Patterson, Nerlens Noel, Jeremy Lin, Jae Crowder, Elfird Payton, Justice Winslow, Jonas Jerebko, Jeff Green, and Buddy Hield.