DraftKings NBA Sleeper Picks – December 21st

What’s up everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 21st, 2016. Tonight we get a nice slate with eight 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: Ryan Anderson: (5,500) Anderson has seen heavy minutes in the last two games with starting center Clint Capela injured with a broken fibula. He has now played 36 and 37 minutes in the last two games compared to his season average of 30 minutes a night. He struggled last night vs The Spurs only scoring 19.5 DK points in 37 minutes, but was great on Saturday vs The Wolves, scoring 46 DK points in 36 minutes. Anderson is a boom or bust type of player who relies heavily on scoring, so it was obvious last night that he struggled because he didn’t shoot much only taking eight shots total.

Tonight he should he see heavy minutes again in a very nice matchup vs The Suns who allow the ninth most DK points to opposing PFs this year. This is really a nice spot for Anderson to excel with The Suns playing at the second fastest pace and their opponents making 38.7% of their three pointers which is the second highest mark in the league. Everyone is focusing on Nene and Montrezl Harrell for DFS plays tonight with Capela out. This is great news for Anderson, who should come with a very low ownership, especially after his low production last night. He is not a recommended cash game play, but is a player that I love attacking in GPPs tonight with the expected minutes in this matchup.

PG: Ricky Rubio: (5,800) The high minutes continued for Rubio on Monday night and he produced again, scoring 32.25 DK points in 37 minutes in a win over Suns. He is now averaging 31.4 DK points in 36 minutes over his last four games. This is a huge difference from his season average of 24.9 DK points in 30 minutes a night. Rubio’s game hasn’t changed much and without any huge shifts in his usage or assist rates these better DK performances are just result of him seeing more time on the court.

Tonight he will likely see 35+ minutes again in a dream matchup vs The Hawks who give up the second most DK points to PGs this season and play the at the fifth fastest pace. This matchup could become even better if starting center Dwight Howard was ruled out. He is currently questionable with a back injury and if he were out it would be much easier for Rubio to work through the paint. His price is slowly increasing, but he is still too cheap when factoring in the playing time he has seen over the last week. He is one of my favorite values of the night especially with Fantasy Labs projecting with a very low 2-4% ownership.

SG: Deandre Liggins: (3,000) Starting SG J.R. Smith is having surgery on his right thumb and is out indefinitely. Liggins is expected to draw the start in place of Smith tonight vs The Bucks. After Smith exited last night, Liggins scored only 12 DK points in 20 minutes off the bench. But tonight he should see closer to 30 minutes in a starting role. Last Tuesday with Kyrie resting, Liggins started at PG and scored 21.25 DK points in 32 minutes vs The Grizzlies.

I am expecting similar minutes tonight vs this Bucks D that is giving up the 11th most DK points to SGs so far this season. Liggins isn’t a great offensive player, but is someone who contributes in all aspects of the game. He could also be in line for some added usage tonight if either LeBron James or Kyrie Irving were rested after playing extended minutes in an overtime win over this same Bucks team last night. Even if all The Cavs star players are playing tonight, Liggins is still a viable punt play at a very weak SG position, outside of the top option, James Harden.

Also Consider: Montrezl Harrell, Joe Ingles, Iman Shumpert (if Lebron or Iriving rested), Channing Frye (if Love remains out), Patrick Beverly, Eric Gordon, Cristianio Felico, Shelvin Mack (nice value with Hood and Dante Exum out), Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Harrison (if Mike Conley rested), Zach Randolph (if Marc Gasol rested), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,  Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer, Steve Adams, Alexis Ajinca, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver (better if Howard is out), Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight, Sam Dekker, and Seth Curry.

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