What’s up everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 9th, 2017. Monday night’s slate is a very small slate of only three games. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 7:30 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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C: Dontas Motiejunas: (3,000) In his first game of the season with his new team The Pelicans, Motiejunas was very effective in only 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a steal vs The Celtics. (25.75 DK points) After an impressive debut and no signs of rust, he should be this team’s back up center going forward, and should around 20 minutes a night. Tonight he gets a great matchup vs The Knicks who have struggled defending opposing big men this year allowing the 10th most DK points to centers.
Last season in 37 games, he averaged 0.8 DK points per minute, and if he plays 20 minutes again tonight, he has a solid chance of topping 20 DK points against this Knicks defense. DraftKings hasn’t adjusted his price at all since his game on Saturday and he is still priced at a minimum $3,000. There is obviously some risk in rostering Motiejunas, but at this salary he is one of the best punts of the night and is a necessary play if you want to squeeze in Russell Westbrook.
SF: Doug McDermott: (4,200) With The Bulls rotation becoming tighter with PG Rajon Rondo out of the mix, McDermott has seen more minutes off the bench over the last week. In his last four games with a high of 32 minutes, he is averaging 24.8 DK points a game. Saturday night he had arguably his best game of the season, posting a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds in 38 minutes in an overtime win over The Raptors. (34.5 DK points) This score is obviously inflated with the five extra minutes of overtime, but either way he is way too cheap, when considering the playing time he has been seeing.
Tonight he should see close to 30 minutes off the bench vs The Thunder who have been solid defending SFs ranking 15th vs the position, but have allowed a high average of 11 three pointers made in their last three games. In these last four games, he has been scoring 0.7 DK points per minute and with minutes expected tonight he should score 20+ DK points. His price has increased, but he is still underpriced at $4,200 and is one of the stronger forward values of this small slate.
C: Enes Kanter: (5,000) His minutes have gone down in the last few games, but he is still producing, averaging 31 DK points over his last three games. With SG Victor Oladipo back, he is only playing around 20 minutes a game, but is still scoring an elite 1.2 DK points per minute with a 28% usage rate. He is in a great spot tonight taking on The Bulls who give the up the 7th most DK points to centers, with an opponent +/- of 1.66 points.
Even though Kanter has still been productive his price has slightly dropped to a very affordable $5,000. At this price he needs to score over 25 DK points to return value, which seems very likely in this matchup vs The Bulls. He has upside every time he takes the court and at this slightly discounted price tag, Kanter is one of the best GPP plays of Monday night.
Also Consider: Steve Adams, Derrick Rose, Michael Carter-Williams (if Jimmy Butler is out), Deron Williams, E’Twaun Moore, Dirk Nowitzki, Guillermo Hernangomez, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic (boost if Butler is out),and Tyreke Evans.