What’s up everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for February 2nd, 2017. Tonight we get a smaller slate with only four 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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C: Ivac Zubac: (3,900) PF Julius Randle may return tonight after missing three games with pneumonia, but will be limited if he plays, according to Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton. In the past three games with Randle out, Zubac has seen an expanded role, averaging 30 DK points in 25 minutes a game off the bench. The seven foot rookie from Croatia is a very active big man who is an efficient player on both ends of the floor. In these past three games he has posted a great 25.5% usage rate and is scoring 1.2 DK points per minute. Even if Randle returns with a limited role, Zubac should still play around 20 minutes tonight vs The Wizards, which is more than enough playing time for him to hit value.
At a first glance this an average matchup for him with The Wizards ranking 13th vs centers this year, but they currently present a solid opponent +/- of 2.4 points to back up centers. He should score 20+ DK points tonight, with upside, if Randle doesn’t play at all. Right now he is only projected to be owned between 2-4% (via Fantasy Labs), but this could obviously change if Randle was officially ruled out. I honestly hope Randle plays to keep Zubac’s ownership level down, but either way, if he plays or not, Zubac is a solid punt at only $3,900.
PF: Ersan Ilyasova: (5,800) Last night with SF Robert Covington and center Joel Embiid out, Ilyasova scored 28.5 DK points in 31 minutes vs The Mavs. Both players are expected to remain out tonight, which is great news for Ilyasova, who is averaging 37.3 DK points in the three games both players have missed this season. (10.2 DK +/-) The main reason he produces in this situation is his rebounding. In the three games they have been out, he has seen a great 5.6% increase in his rebound percentage. He also is averaging 33.6 minutes a game in these three games compared to his season average of 27.2 minutes a night.
Tonight he takes on The Spurs who have been a tough defense ranking 6th vs PFs this season, but will be without their starting PF LaMarcus Aldridge who has already been ruled out with a sore knee. Ilyasova will matchup with David Lee who is a much weaker defender than Aldridge. His $5,800 price tag is fair, but there is clearly upside here with Covington and Embiid out. He by no means is a safe play, but in this situation, he is a great GPP target for this four game slate.
PG: D’Angelo Russell: (5,700) Russell showed no signs of rust, returning from a three game absence with a bone bruise in his knee, scoring 22 points, to go along with a career high ten assists, seven rebounds, a block, and a steal in 34 minutes vs The Nuggets. (51.75 DK points) It was speculated that he might be limited in his return, but the 34 minutes he played was the most he has played in over three weeks. Russell is a tremendous talent but tends to only have productive fantasy scores when he plays over 30 minutes.
When not including his great game on Tuesday, in his previous seven games that he has logged 30 or more minutes, he is averaging a great 36 DK points a game. He is obviously healthy and with no game last night he should play 30+ minutes again tonight vs The Wizards. This is an average matchup, with The Wizards allowing the 14th most DK points to PGs, but regardless of the matchup, he is underpriced at $5,700 if the heavy minutes are there again. He should return five times value with 40 DK point upside, and I am comfortable with him in all formats tonight.
Also Consider: David Lee/Dwayne Dedmon (both great values, no problem with both in the same lineup), Dario Saric, JaVale McGee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Patty Mills, Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams, Ryan Anderson, Gerald Henderson, and Patrick Beverly.