What’s going on everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 6th, 2017. Tonight we get a full 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 or on Twitter. Hunta512.
If you want help with NBA research for FanDuel and DraftKings check out the best fantasy tools out there at FantasyLabs.com
Want to win more money at DraftKings? Click here our FREE lineup generator tool….
PG: Elfrid Payton: (6,000) Payton returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night after being The Magic’s six man for the last few weeks. He responded scoring 36 DK points in 35 minutes vs The Hawks. He still played a lot when he came off the bench averaging 29 minutes a game, but the 35 minutes he saw as a starter was a sign that he should play even more going forward. The extra handful of minutes is a nice boost to his fantasy value, as he is averaging just under 1.0 DK points per minute this season. His rates didn’t change much playing with the starters posting a 21.6% usage rate which is a slight bump from his usual 20.9%.
Tonight he should remain in the starting lineup vs The Rockets who aren’t the best matchup for him, ranking 11th vs PGs, but play at the fourth fastest pace in the league. But regardless of the tough ranking he should be very active playing up in pace in the best game to target of the night, with a tight spread of 5.5 points and a slate high O/U of 223.5 points. His price has only increased $100 and he is still underpriced at $6,000. He should top 30 DK points in this elite game environment and is my favorite PG value of this eight game slate.
PG: Spencer Dwindle: (3,000) Out of nowhere Dwindle played a season 32 minutes in last night’s Net loss to The Pacers. He took full advantage of extra playing time scoring 13 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. (27.25 DK points) Even though he is listed as questionable The Nets should be without starting PG Jeremy Lin (hamstring) again tonight. The Nets have mostly been using Sean Kilpatrick and Isiah Whitehead at PG without Lin, but they may let Dwindle play more tonight after his impressive game last night.
This is really a shot in the dark, but if The Nets rotation is similar tonight vs The Cavs (20th vs PGs), Dwindle should return at least five times value at his bare minimum price tag if he approach’s 30 minutes again. Being a bench player he would also benefit if this game becomes a blowout, with The Cavs favored by 13.5 points at home. He is a very risky play, but is a decent GPP flier tonight at his minimum $3,000 salary.
PF: James Johnson: (5,700) Not too long after I recommended Johnson Tuesday he was randomly listed as doubtful with an illness and missed the game vs The Suns. But he returned the next night and showed no signs of being sick scoring 36 DK points vs The Kings. The Heat need him desperately right now with center Hassan Whiteside, SF Justice Winslow, and PF Josh McRoberts all out. He is by far their best remaining big man and will be needed to play heavy minutes tonight vs The Lakers.
This is a dream matchup for him with The Lakers allowing the 3rd most DK points to PFs and playing at the sixth fastest pace in The NBA. He has already dominated this defense once this season scoring 40 DK points in only 25 minutes just a few weeks ago. Tonight he will likely play 30+ minutes and should produce at least 25 DK points, as he is averaging 1.0 DK points per minute this year. With this Heat team so beat up he has too much upside to be ignored in this matchup with The Lakers and is a strong value at $5,700 on Friday night.
Also Consider: Sean Kilpatrick, Vince Carter, Jarell Matrin/Zach Randolph (Green is out), Marcus Smart, Greg Monroe, Rudy Gay, Ryan Anderson (disappointed last night, will be very low owned), TJ McConnell (only if Rodriguez is out), Ty Lawson, Thomas Robinson, Marressse Speights, Willie Reed, and Kelly Olynyk (better if Zeller is out).