What’s going on everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for March 2nd, 2017. Thursday night’s slate is a very small slate with only three 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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C: Enes Kanter: (5,200) After struggling in his first game back after missing ten games with an arm injury (12.25 DK points), Kanter has looked like himself in his last two games, scoring 36.75 DK points vs The Pelicans last Sunday, and 30.75 DK points vs The Jazz Tuesday Night. He is back to being the terrific fantasy player we are used to, posting a 26.4% usage rate and scoring 1.3 DK points per minute off the bench.
Tonight he takes on The Blazers who have been terrible at defending centers since they traded Mason Plumlee, with a high current opponent +/- 3.2 points. Blazer back-up center Meyers Leonard is no match for Kanter and he should score 25-30 DK points in roughly 25 minutes tonight. He is underpriced right now at $5,200 and this might be the last time we see him this cheap in a while. He is one of the strongest values of this slate and can be used in all formats on Thursday night.
SF/PF: T.J. Warren: (5,500) With SF P.J. Tucker traded to The Raptors, Warren has been playing as many minutes as he can handle, averaging 36.9 minutes over the last three games. He has been very productive with the increase in playing time, scoring 31.4 DK points per game since the trade deadline. DraftKings is starting to catch on bumping his salary up to $5,500, but he still is too cheap for the minutes he should log. The Suns are in tank mode right now and their plan for the rest of the season is to give their young core of players more minutes with veterans like Tyson Chandler riding the bench.
Warren should play 35+ minutes again tonight in a very nice matchup vs The Hornets who give up the 4th most DK points to SFs this season. With this kind of playing time in this matchup, he has a great chance of returning five times value with 30-35 point upside. Currently he is projected to be owned somewhere around 13-16% (via Fantasy Labs), which is rather low for a three game slate. SF is a weak position tonight and outside of the top option Jimmy Butler, Warren is my favorite SF play of this three game slate.
PF: Nikola Mirotic: (5,000) Mirotic killed a lot of my lineups Tuesday night, only scoring 11.25 DK points in 20 minutes vs The Nuggets, but given the lack of appealing cheap forward options in this slate, I am willing to give him another chance tonight. Before this disaster he was playing great, averaging 34 DK points in 33 minutes in his first two games after Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott were traded to OKC. Hopefully these high minutes return tonight because the matchup is excellent for him, going against The Warriors who allow the 4th most DK points to PFs and play at the second fastest pace in the league.
This is a huge boost for him, with this matchup being a 5.7 possession increase, based on the pace difference between the two teams. He is definitely a very risky play, but if the minutes are back he should score 25+ DK points tonight. With only three games to choose from, Mirotic seems like the perfect risk in GPPs, with the hope that everyone fades him after his disappointing effort on Tuesday. (13-16% projected ownership via Fantasy Labs)
Also Consider: Jusuf Nurkic, Alan Williams/Alex Len, Rajon Rondo (On a nice roll right now averaging 33 DK points per game over his last three. He should also benefit from playing way up in pace and has played well against The Warriors this season, scoring 32.5 DK points in only 23 minutes back on February 8th), Marvin Williams, Bobby Portis, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson, Allen Crabbe (only scoring 0.6 DK points per minute, but has topped 30 minutes in back to back games), Patrick McCaw (only if he starts for Durant), and Andre Iguodola.