What’s going on everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 19th, 2016. Monday night’s slate is a smaller slate with only five games to attack. 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 or on Twitter. Hunta512.
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PF: Kenneth Faried: (4,800) With center Nikola Jokic moving to the starting lineup the last two games Faried has been excellent off the bench, scoring 27.25 DK points vs The Blazers, and 41.75 DK points vs The Knicks. Jokic is a heavily used player and in these last two games with him gone from the second unit Faried has seen his usage rate increase 3.2% to a solid 20.5%. His minutes have also been more stable playing 26 and 29 minutes compared to his season average of 22.5 minutes a game. Faried has always been an efficient fantasy player, but he has been even better in these two games averaging an elite 1.25 DK points per minute.
Tonight The Nuggets play The Mavs at home who rank 12th defending PFs this year. But The Mavs will be without arguably their best defender center Andrew Bogut who has missed the last few weeks with a knee injury. Jokic was in this exact same situation just last week vs this Mavs team without Bogut and he dominated this defense scoring 27 points, 11 rebound, four assists, a block, and a steal in only 26 minutes off the bench. (51.75 DK points) I am not expecting over 50 DK points but “The Manimal” should have no problem returning value at his $4,800 salary.
PG: Ricky Rubio: (5,400) After seeing his minutes cut back last week, Rubio has now played 35 and 41 minutes in his past two games. He has taken full advantage of the heavy minutes scoring 35.25 DK points vs The Bulls and 34.5 DK points vs The Rockets this past Saturday. Tonight he should have a good chance to keep things going in this gorgeous match-up with The Suns who allow the second most DK points to PGs and play at the second fastest pace this season.
Vegas is expecting this to be a high scoring affair with a slate high game total of 215.5 points. Rubio thrives when playing in up tempo games and it’s hard to see him not producing with The Suns having an opponent +/- of 4.03 vs starting PGs. His price tag doesn’t reflect the high minutes he has been seeing and he has great upside in this match-up vs The Suns. At only $5,400 he is my favorite PG value of Monday night.
C: Al Jefferson: (3,400) Big Al has been a spark off the bench for The Pacers scoring over 22 DK points in his last two games. After playing low minutes just last week, he has now played a 17 and 18 minutes in these last two games. This may not seem like much, but Jefferson this season averages just over 1.0 DK points per minute. Tonight he takes on The Wizards who give up the 11th most DK points a game to opposing centers this season.
By the numbers this is a good match-up for Jefferson who comes off the bench with The Wizards, posting a high opponent +/- of 4.39. If he sees over 15 minutes again tonight he has a solid chance of topping 20 DK points with The Pacers having an implied team total of 108 points. As of right now, there aren’t many viable plays close to minimum salary. Jefferson looks like one of the better punts of the night and is a necessary play if you are to fit in a stud like Russell Westbrook.
Also Consider: Seth Curry (better play if Barea remains out), C.J. Miles, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jon Leuer (if active, currently questionable), Salah Mejri, Robin Lopez (boost if Taj Gibson is out), Rajon Rondo, Kent Bazemore, Tobias Harris (if Leur is out), Reggie Jackson, and Kelly Oubre Jr. (if active).