What’s up everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 8th, 2017. Tonight’s slate is a very small slate with only four games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 8;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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PG: Ty Lawson: (4,200) Lawson started at PG last game, alongside Darren Collison, and was impressive scoring 32 DK points in 37 minutes vs The Clippers. His usage and assist rates weren’t affected playing with Collison, as Lawson remained the primary ball handler, even with another PG on the floor. The heavier minutes was a great sign going forward that both Lawson and Collison should both play close to 35 minutes a night going forward. Even though the new lineup resulted in a loss, I don’t see any reason for Coach Joerger to remove Lawson from the starting five after his effective night. Tonight he should remain a starter vs The Warriors in the game with the highest O/U of the night at 224 points.
This is a nice spot for him playing up in pace vs The Warriors who rank 2nd in pace this year and allow the 13th most DK points to PGs. There is obviously a blow out risk in this game with The Warriors favored by 10.5 points, but I think The Kings can keep this a somewhat competitive contest at home. Either way Lawson should see 30+ minutes and should have no problem producing value at this cheap price. He is severely underpriced at $4,200 and is a core play for me in this small four game slate.
PG/SG: Brandon Knight: (3,900) Knight returned after missing one game due to a wrist injury this past Thursday vs The Mavs and showed no signs of being hurt, scoring 17 points, two assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 26 minutes off the bench. (25 DK points) The night off was clearly needed to help his wrist heal and it payed off as Knight shot 55% from the field in Thursday’s win over The Mavs. The Suns haven’t played since this game so he has a few extra days to rest and should be ready to go tonight at home vs The Cavs.
Just Like with Lawson, there is blow out risk playing against a far superior team, but this is good matchup for him to produce, with The Cavs giving up the 12th most DK points to PGs and a solid opponent +/- of 1.5 points. I am expecting him to play over 20 minutes tonight and score close to 20 DK points with solid upside if he approaches 30 minutes off the bench. At $3,900 he is a nice punt play that will help your lineup be different with a low projected ownership of 2-4%. (VIA Fantasy Labs)
PG: George Hill: (6,000) Hill has dealt with many injuries this season, but when he has played, he has been great averaging 33.2 DK points a game in the 14 games that he has participated in this year. (1.09 DK points per minute) He just returned after missing three games with a concussion last night vs The Wolves, scoring 38.25 DK points in 33 minutes. He is not listed on the Injury report and should be a full go tonight vs a tough Grizzlies defense who allow the least DK points to PGs and play at the 3rd slowest pace.
This matchup is obviously far from ideal but at $6,000, he is underpriced for the way he has played when healthy this year. At $6,000 he needs 30 DK points to return five times value, which is something he has accomplished in 10 out of his 14 games this season. With only four games to choose from tonight taking the risk with Hill at $6,000 makes sense even in this ugly matchup vs The Grizzlies.
Also Consider: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, D.J. Augustin, Thomas Robinson,Tyson Chandler, Zaza Pachulia, Troy Daniels, Darren Collison, Luol Deng, Tarik Black (25 minutes last game), and Nick Young.