DraftKings NBA Sleeper Picks – December 9th

What’s going on everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 9th, 2016. Friday night’s slate is a big slate with nine 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: Terry Rozier: (3,800) With starting PG Isaiah Thomas out and Marcus Smart moving to the starting five, Rozier saw an expanded scoring vs The Magic 27.75 DK points in 26 minutes off the bench. With Smart starting, Rozier took full advantage of being this second unit’s quarterback, posting a high 25.8 usage rate which is a huge jump from his normal 17% usage. Thomas has already been ruled out for tonight’s game, which will keep Smart as the starting PG.

Rozier should shoulder a bigger workload again off the bench against this Raptors team that ranks 27th PGs this season. He did see a few extra minutes on Wednesday with this game getting out of hand late, but he should still see close to 25 minutes again tonight. FantasyLabs currently has Rozier projected for an ownership between 0-1 percent, which is shocking to me. He is a nice value regardless of ownership, but the idea of rostering Rozier with single digit ownership at home makes him a very intriguing play.

SF: Wayne Ellington: (4,500) With Dion Waiters, Luke Babbit, Josh Richardson, Justice Winslow, and James Johnson all out on Wednesday night, Ellington scored 27.75 DK points in a team high 41 minutes. With this team so beat up, especially on the wings, Head Coach Erik Spoelstra had no choice but to play him as much as he could. All these players will remain out vs The Cavs (11th vs SGs) and Ellington should approach 40 minutes again tonight. He has been a big part of this offense as late, averaging 14 shots a game in his last three contests.

Ellington doesn’t really do much outside of scoring, but it’s hard to ignore any player that sees this many minutes at this price. I do worry about this game becoming a blowout (Cavs -11) on the road, but Ellington should be on the floor regardless of the score with this Heat team only having three healthy guards and eight players in total. With these heavy minutes, he is a safe bet to score at least 20+ DK points tonight and is a solid value play at $4,500.

C: Tyson Chandler: (4,400) Chandler had his best game in a while Wednesday night vs The Pacers, scoring ten points to go along with ten rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes. (30 DK points) Tonight he takes on The Lakers (19th vs Centers) in an expected high scoring game with a high Vegas total of 220 points. (2nd highest of the slate)

This is a perfect spot to produce with The Lakers having a high 4.67 opponent +/- to opposing centers via FantasyLabs. Chandler is always a risk because his minutes have been all over the place this season. But if he sees 30+ minutes tonight, he will easily produce value in this matchup. He is very cheap at only $4,400 and is a great way to attack to this high total in GPPs on Friday night.

Also Consider: Norman Powell, Julius Randle, Marcelo Huertas, Nikola Vucevic, Tyler Johnson, Josh McRoberts, Kyle Korver, Dwight Powell, Deron Williams, Tobias Harris, Jonas Valanicunas,  Brandon Jennings, Enes Kanter, Jae Crowder, and Jordan Clarkson.

 

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