I suck. With 8 ballers, and 3 bums I’ve failed you, and the 100% ballers (11-0) streak has abruptly come to an end after only one perfect DK Start of the Week. Oh well, moving on to the Ballers and Bums – recapping Friday’s DraftKings Starts of the Night…
Kyle Lowry: 20 pts, 3 3PM, 6 reb, 6 ast, 2 blk, 2 stl – 44.50 DK FPTS
Over the Drakes last 5 games, Lowry is averaging 23.2 points, shooting 51% from the field, and 46% from 3, pulling down an average of 6 rebounds, to go with 7.6 assists, and 2.8 steals. He’s been balling. While deserving, he may miss out on an all-star spot in the loaded East, but hey, DraftKings doesn’t award fantasy points for that.
Mike Conley: 17 pts, 2 3PM, 6 reb, 9 ast, 1 blk, 2 stl – 42.50 DK FPTS
Conley committed a season-high 5 turnovers on Friday, and that’s the complete list of negative things from his game on Friday (unless you want to whine about him coming 1 assist shy of a double-double). Outside of Westbrook, and Harden, he’s consistently producing at a level equal to the rest of the Tier 1 guys – at a discount – and is a solid, matchup-proof option for your Draft Kings lineups moving forward.
Victor Oladipo: 19 pts, 1 3PM, 5 reb, 1 stl – 27.25 DK FPTS
The Thunder only put up 86 points Friday – their 3rd lowest point total of the season – but, Oladipo was their 2nd leading scorer, and put up a solid game on the boards, saving what could’ve easily been a bum-ish game. Still, underwhelming to say the least… You ever hear a song that everyone loves, “the new hotness”, and while it’s really not that hot, it’s kinda catchy, and you hear it so many times that eventually it grows on you, and you find yourself bumping it in the car? That’s Oladipo.
Darrun Hilliard: 1 reb – 1.25 DK FPTS
So much for extended minutes with KCP out of the lineup, but 5 > 0. He was an all or nothing play, and unfortunately, he gave us next to nothing.
LeBron James: 16 pts, 1 3PM, 2 reb, 15 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl – 44.50 DK FPTS
As expected, the Cavs cruised in this one, and LeBron didn’t have to carry much of the scoring load. While the 16 points, and 2 rebounds were beyond underwhelming, the 15 assists, though? Tied his season high, and were the saving grace for anyone who started The King on Friday.
Jabari Parker: 24 pts, 3 3PM, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk – 35.75 DK FPTS
Don’t look now, but the Bucks are the 5 seed in the East. Yes, the same Bucks that finished last season 33-49, and Parker’s growth deserves a lot of the credit. His scoring numbers are up about 6 points per game, he’s 3-point percentage has increased by over 15%, and he’s having a much bigger impact on the defensive end… Oh, and he consistently puts up numbers like this.
*DraftKings Baller of the Night*
James Johnson: 10 pts, 1 3PM 2 reb, 12 ast, 2 blk – 36 DK FPTS
At only $5,700, Johnson was the baller of the night. No, he didn’t rub his junk in anyone’s face, and he only had 2 rebounds, but he did hit us with a career-high 12 assists, and that works for me. Not exactly what I expected. Actually, it was the exact opposite of what I expected. But, I’m not here to argue with 36 fantasy points.
Trey Lyles: 4 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk – 15.25 DK FPTS
“Live by the 3, die by the 3” is up there with “Ball don’t lie” as one of the dumbest basketball sayings there is. Now even though “Ball don’t lie” came from one of the goats, Sheed, that’s only worth a couple of points. It’s dumb. Anyway, if you started Lyles, you died by the 3. He gave us zero 3s to go along with a woeful 4 points. Luckily, he kinda hit the boards.
Hassan Whiteside: 19 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl – 34.25 DK FPTS
Whiteside scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 5 minutes, answering the prayers of everyone who pony’d up the $8,400 on him Friday. He now only has 5 single-digit rebounding games this season, and unfortunately, this was number 5. Those final 5 minutes, though…
Tristan Thompson: 9 pts, 4 reb, 2 blk, 2 stl – 22 DK FPTS
22 DraftKings fantasy points isn’t banking you a mil any time soon, but at $4,700, a guaranteed 20 is huge. He came through once again. Consistency.
Dwight Howard: 11 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk – 23 DK FPTS
While this wasn’t Howard’s worst game of the season, it wasn’t too far off, and if you dropped the $7,400 on him, you probably feel a bit like Jeremy Lin. That consistent 20 at $4,700 is looking even better now, huh?
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