What’s up guys. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for February 14th, 2017. Tonight we get a very small and difficult slate with only three games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 8:00 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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SF: DeMarre Carroll: (4,200) Carroll has been playing higher minutes in his past two games, averaging 35.2 minutes in this stretch. The minutes have led to much better fantasy numbers for him, scoring 35.25 DK points vs The Wolves, and 24.5 DK points vs The Pistons this past Sunday. His usage hasn’t changed much, but he has been a better rebounder and playmaker, with a 10.6% assist percentage and a 10.1% rebound percentage which are both decent increases from his season averages.
I know it has only been two games, but in this span, he is scoring 0.85 DK points per minute compared to his usual 0.73 per minute this year. Tonight he has a great chance to keep it up vs a very beat up Bulls team, that gives up the 6th most DK points to opposing SFs this season. With back up SF Terrence Ross traded to The Magic, Carroll’s minutes are rather safe, and he should play 30-35 minutes again tonight. He should score around 25 DK points with upside vs this Bulls defense. Carroll is underpriced at $4,200 and is my favorite SF value of this three game slate.
PG/SG: Jordan Clarkson: (3,700) Clarkson’s minutes have been unpredictable as of late, but he is just too cheap at only $3,700. This is the cheapest he has been in over a month and it really doesn’t make sense when considering that he has returned at least five times value in nine of his last 13 games. Tonight he takes on a Kings team (14th vs PGs) that he has played well against this season, averaging 22.4 DK points in their two meetings this year.
He should play 20-25 minutes off the bench and score 20+ DK points in this matchup. His minutes have been hard to predict, but if he sees over 30 minutes he has terrific upside at his cheap salary. In the past four games that he has played 30 or more minutes, he is averaging 29.4 DK points per game. At only $3,700 he is one of the better punts of this slate and is a very flexible option with PG/SG eligibility on DraftKings.
PF: Bobby Portis: (3,500) Portis had one of his best games of the season Sunday, scoring 24 DK points in 31 minutes vs The Wolves. The 31 minutes was dramatic, with him filling in for Taj Gibson who was in foul trouble most of this game, but he should still approach 20 minutes tonight, with SG Dwayne Wade, SF Paul Zipser, and PF Nikola Mirotic all ruled out. This season when all three of these players are off the court, Portis sees a 2% usage bump, and a team high DK point +/- of 8.5 points.
This year he is averaging 0.8 DK points per minute and, with the slight bump in usage, he should be able to hit value, if the minutes are there for him off the bench. He has 20-25 DK point upside if the minutes are high again in this average matchup vs The Raptors who rank 14th vs PFs this season. By no means is he a safe play, but I think he is worth a flier in GPPs with this Bulls team so shorthanded. This is a very ugly three game slate and at only $3,500, Portis is a decent punt that will help you squeeze in the studs you need.
Also Consider: D’Angelo Russell, Ivica Zubac, Larry Nance Jr., Anthony Tolliver (has scored 20+ DK points in three straight games, obviously a gorgeous matchup vs The Lakers who allow the 4th most DK points to SFs), Matt Barnes, Ben McLemore (only if Lawson is out), Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams (price tag is elevated at $5,200, but there is still upside here with Wade ruled out), Channing Frye, and Kyle Korver.