Happy new year everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 2nd, 2017. Tonight we get a nice slate with eight 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/SG: Austin Rivers: (4,900) Rivers struggled in his last start for Chris Paul (hamstring) only scoring 18.75 DK points vs The Thunder on Saturday, but before this disappointing performance, he was averaging 31 DK points in his two prior starts for The All Star PG. With Paul listed as doubtful for tonight, Rivers will likely start again at PG and is in a good spot to bounce back vs The Suns, who give up the 8th most DK points to PGs and play at the second fastest pace in the league. The Clippers have dropped four games in a row now and blowouts have really hurt most of their players fantasy outputs in the last two games.
But tonight with this game at home and a tight spread of 5.5 points, I think Rivers minutes are rather safe, and he should see around the 36 minutes a night he has seen in his last three starts. With Paul and Blake Griffin off the court this season, Rivers sees the biggest jump in usage of all The Clippers, with a 3.6% increase to a solid 23.1%. Tonight I am expecting him to score at least 25 DK points in this plus matchup vs The Suns. He also should come with a low ownership after his lackluster game on Saturday night. With an expected low ownership (5-8% VIA FantasyLabs) and at a price of $4,900, he is one of my favorite GPP plays of the night.
PF: Frank Kaminsky: (3,600) Kaminsky should see some extra run tonight with starting center Cody Zeller ruled out with a concussion. Tonight will be the fourth game this season Zeller has missed and in the previous three games without the center, Kaminsky is averaging 28.6 minutes, with a solid 1.0 DK point per minute. Tonight he should similar playing time against The Bulls who allow the 8th most DK points to PFs with an opponent +/- of 1.85 points.
The Hornets will also be without reserve SG Marco Bellinelli who is out with a sprained ankle. There isn’t much data for Kaminksy with both Zeller and Bellinelli off the floor this year, but the guard being out definitely opens up a few shots for this second unit. Kaminsky should top 20 DK points tonight and is one of the best values of Monday night $3,600.
SG/SF: Tyreke Evans: (4,100) Evans minutes have been limited since just returning a few weeks ago (knee), but he is slowly regaining form, and is coming off back to back impressive games. Last Wednesday he scored 26.25 DK points in 16 minutes vs The Clippers and 28.75 DK points in 18 minutes vs The Knicks this past Friday. He will remain limited for the foreseeable future, but his minutes are trending upwards and tonight I think we see him play just under 20 minutes tonight vs The Cavs after two days of rest and with no game tomorrow.
Now that doesn’t sound like much at all, but Evans has been great in these last two games producing 1.6 DK points per minute with a high 31.2% usage rate and a 52.9% assist percentage playing off the bench. This is solid matchup for him against this Cavs defense that allows the 9th most DK points to SGs this year. He is obviously lacks huge upside, but I think he is a solid bet to score 20+ DK points after the way he has looked in these past two games. He should come with a low ownership and is a decent GPP flier for this eight-game slate.
Also Consider: Malcom Brogdon (price has adjusted to $5,100, still remains a solid value), Ryan Anderson (has great upside if this game stays close), Montrezl Harrell (started last game, 30 and 33 minutes last two games), Joe Ingles, Sean Kilpatrick, Jordan McRae (should start again with Kyrie out), Jamal Crawford, Jeremy Lamb, Derick Favors, Spencer Hawes, Michael Carter-Williams (Rondo was a DNP CD Saturday night), Enes Kanter, Joakim Noah, Doug McDermott (nice boost starting with D Wade out), Kyle O’Quinn (if active), Guillermo Hernangomez (if O’Quinn is out), Justin Holiday (great value if Courtney Lee is out), and Marresse Speights.