What’s up everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 21st, 2017. Tonight we get a full slate with nine 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 on Twitter Hunta512.
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SG/SF: Caris LeVert: (3,400) The rookie out Michigan has been a bright spot for The Nets, averaging 32.25 DK points in his last two games. He was awesome in last night’s blow out win over The Pelicans, scoring 17 points on 6/6 from the field, with six assists, five rebounds, a block, and a steal in 25 minutes. (36.25 DK points) At 6’6” he is exciting prospect who is going to be hard to keep off the court going forward in this lost season for The Nets. He has a chance to draw the start tonight vs The Hornets with starting SG Joe Harris ruled out with a sprained ankle.
Even if he doesn’t start he should still see around 25 minutes off the bench in this average matchup, with The Hornets ranking right in the middle at 15th vs SGs this year. He should score over 20 DK points with upside, depending on how many minutes he gets after his performance last night. He is way too cheap at $3,400, and this most likely will be the last time we see him under $4,000 this season. He is one of my favorite values of the night and would become a core play if he drew the start.
I wouldn’t expect him to play 34 minutes again with the always reliable PG Patty Mills behind him off the bench, but if Murray stays aggressive, he could approach 30 minutes tonight. He is definitely a risky play because we never know what Coach Poppovich’s plan is, but I think he is worth a look in GPPs, with a low expected ownership of 2-4%. (VIA Fantasy Labs)
SG/SF: Joe Johnson: (3,400) With starting SG Rodney Hood out (knee), the veteran Johnson has stepped up scoring 23 DK points and 24.75 DK points over the last two games. His minutes have been up, logging 24 and 31 minutes, which are solid increases, after he didn’t play over 20 minutes in the four prior games. Tonight, he should see roughly 25 minutes off the bench vs The Pacers, who give up the 9th most DK points to SGs this season.
There isn’t much upside in a limited role, but I think he should be able to return five times value at this cheap price tag. Joe Ingles was the play the last two games with Hood out and is still a decent play, but his price has jumped to $4,400. Even though Johnson won’t play as many minutes as Ingles he has a solid chance of scoring a very similar DK score at a cheaper price. At $3,400 he is a solid punt play that I am comfortable with in all formats on Saturday night.
Also Consider: Jahill Okafor, Sam Dekker, David Lee (one of the best values of the slate), Dwayne Dedmon, Vince Carter, Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, James Johnson, Tyson Chandler, Brandon Bass (19 and 22 DK points last two games, only $3,000), Eric Gordon, Tyler Johnson, Kenneth Faried, Garrett Temple, and Kyle O’Quinn (only if Noah is out).