DFS SG: Zach LaVine Completes MIN Core

Zach LaVine stands in as the top overall option for shooting guards. He ranks behind Jimmy Butler with a projected 39.02 DraftKings points. His second ranking is a steady gap ahead of the next wave of options. While Butler is likely to be the top overall producer for tonight, his Elite salary provides a questionable return. LaVine should offer good value on a Middle tier price level. Beyond LaVine, the Middle tier still holds playable names with Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade.

DeMar DeRozan delivered as the top shooting guard option for the second night in a row. The Raptors finished their back-to-back with a loss to the Rockets following a fourth quarter collapse. DeRozan led the position with 50 DraftKings points. He recorded a strong offensive night with 36 points and 5 assists. His value remains high with his consistent trips to the free throw line. Toronto will have a much needed night off before hosting the Celtics tomorrow.

J.J. Redick found his openings against a usually tough Miami perimeter defense. Redick led the low scoring affair with 25 points. He was generally inefficient from the floor, but his 4 3PM performance resulted in good production. Adding in 7 rebounds, Redick played as one of the best options of the night. His price point remains at a safe level with his value finishing at 7.50. Redick leveld as the best bargain purchase of the night.

Devin Booker turned in a strong scoring effort against the Cavaliers in spite of struggles from deep. He recorded 28 points on 12-24 shooting, but finished just 2-7 from beyond the arc. The young guard fell in love with the deep shot after a sizeable first quarter deficit. He added depth to his line with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 turnovers. His 44.25 DraftKings ranked as one of the better nights, but it was his 7.13 value that made him one of the top plays.

Rank Player Name Position Team Opponent Salary Points Value
1 Jimmy Butler SG CHI vs OKC $9,300.00 47.22 5.08
2 Zach LaVine SG MIN vs DAL $6,700.00 39.02 5.82
3 Dwyane Wade SG CHI vs OKC $6,200.00 32.56 5.25
4 Victor Oladipo SG OKC @ CHI $6,300.00 32.03 5.08
5 Wesley Matthews SG DAL @ MIN $4,900.00 26.88 5.49
6 Tyreke Evans SG NOP @ NYK $3,900.00 21.98 5.64
7 Courtney Lee SG NYK vs NOP $4,100.00 20.56 5.02
8 Buddy Hield SG NOP @ NYK $4,400.00 20.54 4.67
9 E’Twaun Moore SG NOP @ NYK $3,100.00 16.30 5.26
10 Shabazz Muhammad SG MIN vs DAL $3,100.00 14.74 4.75
11 Alex Abrines SG OKC @ CHI $3,000.00 14.63 4.88
12 Seth Curry SG DAL @ MIN $3,800.00 12.51 3.29
13 Justin Holiday SG NYK vs NOP $3,300.00 7.88 2.39
14 Justin Anderson SG DAL @ MIN $3,000.00 4.28 1.43

Elite Tier Pick (+$8,500)

Jimmy Butler – $9300 – 47.216 Points

2017 has brought everything Bulls’ fans could have hoped for. Chicago has recovered from a poor December with a 3-0 start to January. The biggest reason for their success has been the astounding player of Jimmy Butler. Recording two double-doubles, his greatest impact has come from the 38.0 PPG average he’s posted. With his increased production comes concern over his minutes. Butler has played at least 38 minutes in every game including 44 in the overtime win against Toronto. His impact is important, but Chicago is in trouble if they overwork him.

Standing as the top Elite option, Jimmy Butler has averaged 44.9 fantasy points a game. He and the Bulls will take on the Thunder at home this evening. Oklahoma City has been strong against the position this season, ranking 10th in the league. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Butler has been scoring at a torrid pace over the past couple of weeks with three 40-point outings in his last six games.

Middle Tier ($7,000 – $5,000)

Zach LaVine – $6700 – 39.022 Points

The year has been a whirlwind as Minnesota has gone from a promising team with a new coach to again being a bottom feeder with poor rotations. The impact of Tom Thibodeau may require more time, but there is no question that the team is lacking talent. Zach LaVine has made major strides to help reinforce their young “big three”. Beyond the potential stars is waning veterans with limited production. While it is impressive to see three young players averaging over twenty points a game, it comes as a result of having no other options.

Zach LaVine plays as one of the top value options with an average of 32.0 fantasy points per night. The Timberwolves will take on the Mavericks at home this evening. Dallas has been forceful against opposing shooting guards with the 8th ranking defense in the league. These two squads have not met this season. The unpredictable matchup is concerning for owners following LaVine’s inconsistent play as of late. He remains a regular 20-point scorer, but he’s seen more off-nights as the season grows older.

Low Tier ( -$5,000)

Tyreke Evans – $3900 – 21.978 Points

The initial introduction of Tyreke Evans back into the lineup was extremely beneficial for the Pelicans. They found new success as they won five of the first seven games he was back. Evans’ impact has worn off, though, with the team dropping all three games in the new year. He is a dynamic player, but limited minutes limit his impact. Teams are making their adjustments and New Orleans has not come up with a new solution.

Tyreke Evans is one of the better punt options available this evening with a 17.2 fantasy average this year. New Orleans faces Sacramento at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Knicks offer a poor matchup as they rank 29th against opposing shooting guards. Evans delivered a strong performance in their last meeting in late December. He finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in the win. The Pelicans will look for a similar performance as they try to snap their three-game losing streak.


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About Joshua Schwager

Currently living in Eastern North Carolina, Joshua is an avid study of statistics and anything data analysis. He studies daily fantasy and general sports trends to try and get an upper hand. He currently logs a positive ROI in all three major sports. This year he is boasting a cash win percentage of +74% in DFS NFL.

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