What’s going on everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for March 5th, 2017. Tonight we get a decent slate with five games on tap. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 5:00 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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C: Nerlens Noel: (5,400) Noel was excellent in his first start at center for The Mavericks, putting up 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal in 35 minutes vs a tough Memphis defense Friday night. There was clearly some extra motivation for him to have a productive night, after he was punished and kept on the bench after being ten minutes late to the team’s flight to Atlanta earlier this week. He will remain a starter tonight and barring any foul trouble, he should log 30+ minutes again in a very nice matchup vs The Thunder, who allow the 2nd most DK points to centers this season, with a solid current opponent +/- of 1.17 points.
He should still be motivated to show Head Coach Rick Carlisle that he needs to be a starter for the rest of season, and I am expecting him to score 25-30 DK points with 40 point upside. If his dominate play continues, there’s no way his price stays under $6,000. We need to take advantage of him tonight at this discount, and at $5,400, he is a great play in all formats on Sunday night.
PG: Tyler Ulis: (3,900) The rookie out of Kentucky is slowly creating himself a role off the bench for The Suns, averaging 26.75 DK points over his last three games. He has benefited from two of these games being blowouts, but he is coming off the best game of his young career in a close competitive game vs The Thunder (108-111), where he was huge for this team, scoring 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals in only 21 minutes off the bench. (33.5 DK points) Eric Bledsoe is still this team’s starting PG, but it makes a lot of sense for Ulis to consistently see around 20 minutes a night to help him to develop, with The Suns completely out of the playoff race in the west.
If the minutes continue he has a great shot of scoring 20+ DK points for the fourth straight game against a Celtics defense that has a high current opponent +/- of 3.41 points vs back up PGs. This should be a very fast paced and high scoring tilt with this game having a slate high O/U game total of 227.5 points. The Celtics are only favored by 6.5 points, but they are a much better team than The Suns, and if this game gets out of hand, Ulis could potentially pick up a few extra minutes in garbage time. He obviously is a very risky play, but is worth a dart in GPPs tonight, at his very low expected ownership of 0-1%. (via Fantasy Labs)
SG/SF: Jaylen Brown: (4,100) Brown’s game is really starting to come together, and he has now scored 20+ DK points in four of his last five games. Even with SG Avery Bradley back, Brown is still logging over 20 minutes a game, and is scoring 0.85 DK points per minute over his last five games, which is a nice jump from the 0.7 DK points per minute he was averaging before The All Star Break.
This is a great spot for him to produce value again tonight playing up in pace vs The Suns (rank 3rd in pace, 3.3 possession increase for The Celtics), who allow the 10th most DK points to SGs this season. He should play 20-25 minutes off the bench and score 20+ DK points in this high scoring matchup. (227.5 points O/U) His floor is a little shaky with his lack of heavy minutes, but he has looked like a much more confident player since The All Star Break, and is a fine GPP target, that gives you a share of this Celtics team that has the highest implied team total of the night at 117 points.
Also Consider: Marquese Chris, Ivica Zubac, Al Horford, Allan Willaims (playing great right now, posting back to back doubles, and is in an elite matchup vs The Celtics, who give up the 6th most DK points to centers. But he will be highly owned), Enes Kanter (should be low owned after his last game), Joe Ingles/Alec Burks (if Rodney Hood remains out), T.J. Warren, Jared Dudley, E’Twaun Moore (37 minutes last game), Jordan Clarkson, Taj Gibson, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Ty Lawson.