What’s up everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 25th, 2017. Tonight we get huge slate with ten 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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SF: Wayne Ellington: (3,900) Ellington has been great the last two games, averaging 25.6 DK points in 34 minutes off the bench. He has been playing more with back up PG Tyler Johnson out with a shoulder injury these last two games. This second unit needs a scorer with Johnson out and Ellington has stepped up taking 12 shots in each of these past two games, which is a solid jump from his normal nine shots a night. Johnson has already been ruled out for tonight and Ellington should continue to see 30+ minutes tonight vs The Nets.
This matchup couldn’t get any better for him, with The Nets allowing the second most DK points to SFs (+/- 2.33), and playing at that the fastest pace in The NBA. This defense is just terrible and is allowing their opponents to hit a high 10.5 three pointers a game this season, which is great news for Ellington, who has shot 70% of shots from beyond the arc in his past two games. At $3,900 he is an immense value that can be played in all formats on Wednesday night.
C: Enes Kanter: (5,400) Kanter disappointed in his last game only scoring 20.25 DK points vs a very tough Jazz defense, and has seen his price drop $900 since. Starting center Steven Adams did return from a concussion, but his return didn’t effect Kanter’s playing time, as he still played 29 minutes. It wasn’t a surprise to see him struggle vs Rudy Gobert and company, and he should bounce back tonight in this in a terrific matchup vs The Pelicans, who give up the 4th most DK points to opposing centers this year.
There is nothing wrong with Kanter health wise, and the price cut he has seen is just ridiculous when looking at how productive he has been. Before Monday’s game vs The Jazz, Kanter was averaging 32.7 DK points a game and returning five times value in 70% of his games in the month of January. He is an elite fantasy producer averaging just around 1.2 DK points a minute and should have no issues hitting value tonight vs this Pelicans defense.
SF: Robert Covington: (5,600) With centers Joel Embiid and Jahill Okafor both out tonight, Nerlens Noel is a core play at his cheap price tag, but I also think Covington is a great play in his own right. Last night with both big men sidelined, Covington put up 37.5 DK points playing a team high 37 minutes vs The Clippers. They rely on him heavily with both bigs out and, in the one other game this season that both players missed, Covington scored 35.7 DK points also in 37 minutes of action. This season with them off the court, he lead this team with a high DK +/- of six points.
Tonight he should play 35+ minutes again vs The Bucks who are the worst team in the league defending SFs, giving up the most DK points to position this year. They have an opponent +/- 4.63 points which is the highest mark of all the SFs playing this evening. He should produce 30+ DK points with upside going against this defense. At $5,600, he is slightly underpriced and is a strong play tonight that is expected to come with a decently low ownership of 5-8%. (VIA Fantasy Labs)
Also Consider: Steven Adams, Ryan Anderson/Clint Capela (both too cheap vs this Celtics defense that is really struggling without Avery Bradley), Norman Powell, Vince Carter, Dario Saric/Ersan Ilyasova, Eric Gordon, Guillermo Hermangomez, Nerlens Noel (core play), Meyers Leonard, Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, Garrett Temple, Terry Rozier, Mathew Dellavedova, and Andre Iguodola.