Denver Nuggets @ Sacramento Kings
Jameer Nelson– DK:$6500 FD:$5600
Emmanuel Mudiay- DK:$4300 FD:$4900
Emmanuel Mudiay makes his return to the Denver Nuggets first game back from break. Before the All-Star break, Mudiay had missed a handful of games dealing with a back injury. That back injury not only cost him many games but it also looks like it cost him his starting job as he will come off the bench for Jameer Nelson. With Jameer sliding into a full-time role at PG it should come as no surprise he looks like one of the better plays at point guard on this small slate. The Kings are a slightly better than average team defensively against point guards on both Fanduel and DraftKings, however, that was with Demarcus Cousins plugging up the lane. With Cousins becoming the newest member of the Pelicans, the Kings may find it hard to get any momentum going on the offense or defense side of the ball. This should open up lanes and scoring chances for Jameer Nelson all night. One thing Nuggets and DFS owners love about Jameer is his scoring ability but also the fact he is a high assist man. As a real double-double threat every time he starts, Jameer is a great play tonight on this small slate. As for Mudiay, with him coming off the bench he will probably see around mid to high 20’s in minutes but it will be hard for him to hit value even with that. As a starter, he was extremely inconsistent and with him coming off the bench now he does not seem like the best play. Jamal Murray will see his minutes slashed with Mudiay returning so hold off on playing him.
Gary Harris-DK$5200: FD:$5200
Will Barton– DK:$7600 FD:$6400
The Kings before the break were one of the worst teams vs opposing shooting guards and the addition of Buddy Hield will not help that. To go along the theme of this looking like a good matchup for Denver’s guards, both Barton and Harris have been playing some of the best basketball they have played all year. Barton especially has been tearing it up. With his minutes seeing a huge increase, he has gone for 30+ DFS points in 5 out of his last 6 games. This string of great games has been highlighted by many trips into the 40 DFS point club. One key to Barton’s game is the fact that he is able to stuff the stat sheet like few guards can, he has flirted with triple-doubles as of late. With Barton’s ability to attack the glass and drop assists he is looking like a solid play at shooting guard tonight. Gary Harris is almost a poor man’s Will Barton but on the same team. Harris is another guy who can stuff the stat sheet and score at an above average rate. Both guys are gonna see big minutes as they usually do, and on this small slate of games, players seeing big minutes are very valuable for DFS lineups.
Wilson Chandler(QUESTIONABLE)-DK:$6600 FD:$5500
Danilo Gallinari(QUESTIONABLE)–DK:$6900 FD:$6800
Both Chandler and Gallinari were prime trade candidates at the deadline but both ended up staying put in Denver. From a pure basketball sense that’s not a bad thing at all as both have been good DFS options all season. The Kings present a golden opportunity for the Nuggets to start the second half on the right foot. That goes the same for both Chandler and Gallinari. The Kings, while they may be a top half team when it comes to guarding small forwards, rarely see a one-two punch like Gallo and Chandler in the same game. Before Gallo’s injury, he was one of the most consistent Nuggets all season and he will try and fight to get back to that as well. During his injury, Wilson Chandler stepped up big time and provided the Nuggets and we DFSers with some great games and overall great string of games. While Chandler will most likely slide back to the bench, his minutes should be high enough with Kenneth Faried out and Darrell Arthur being listed as questionable that he should be able to provide us with good value. The matchup is not the best, but the Nuggets will come out of the break with a lot of energy and that should translate to good DFS opportunity.
Nikola Jokić– DK-$10500 FD:-$10,900
Mason Plumlee– DK-$5100 FD-$5900
The Kings are about to play their first game without Demarcus Cousins in 7 years. This is great news for both Jokic and Plumlee as they will look to exploit this very large missing piece in the middle. For years Cousins was not only one of the best offensive centers in the league but was also one of the top defensive centers as well. Without him in there for the Kings, we do not know how good of a defensive team they will be vs centers. Nikola Jokic comes into this game with an extremely large price tag of $10,000+ salary. This price tag will scare some off of him but with a much easier matchup tonight Vs a Demarcus Cousins-less Kings, he has a real opportunity to hit value. His last game vs the Twolves was not great by any Jokic standards, however, don’t read too much into it as it was against Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the best centers in the league. With a much friendlier matchup and a small 6 game slate, Jokic may be a nice play with low ownership potential. As for Plumlee, his first game in Denver saw him almost go for a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds, he also blocked a shot and dished out 3 assists. The big thing was that he saw 34 minutes, it is yet to be seen just how many minutes Denver plans on playing him a night. Tonight will be telling in that sense as Denver is healthier than it was during his Nuggets debut. He still should see a good amount of minutes either way and with his low price tag, he could be a sneaky play at center tonight. Both centers look like they have opportunities to provide us with good DFS nights and should be taken into serious consideration when making lineups.