DraftKings Creates Point-Guard Frenzy on Christmas Day
With the usual five games set for Christmas Day, generally there are few decisions to make when it comes to a position. However, given the timing of players returning or recently suffering injuries, there are a lot of different paths to take when it comes to the point-guard position. Here are the players to keep an eye on:
Jordan Farmar – $3,000 – Expected to return and start Wednesday after missing the last 10 games. Averaged just over 30 FPTS in the five previous games before his injury.
Jeremy Lin – $4,800 – Averaging 37 FPTS with Harden out.
D.J. Augustin – $5,000 – Averaging just under 32 FPTS in the last four games. Had 44.25 versus Cleveland in his last contest.
Tony Parker – $6,300 – Posted 41 and 41.5 FPTS in his first two games back from injury.
As for why all these players are worth playing, here’s a look at the injury situation with their respective teams.
Kobe Bryant (Knee) – OUT
Steve Nash (Back) – OUT
Steve Blake (Elbow) – OUT
Patrick Beverly (Metacarpal) – OUT
James Harden (Ankle) – Status Unknown. Harden has missed the last two games, but is hopeful he will play Wednesday.
Derrick Rose (Knee) – OUT
Kirk Hinrich (Back) – Questionable. Hinrich was at practice on Tuesday.
Luol Deng (Achilles) – Status Uncertain. Deng missed practice Monday and Tuesday this week.
Jimmy Butler (Ankle) – Butler expects to play despite some pain.
So, who should you play?
First and foremost, I would stay away from Augustin. If Hinrich comes back, the minute distribution will be nearly impossible to predict, regardless who starts. Even if Hinrich is still sidelined, if Deng returns, he will take away from Augustin’s scoring production (Deng is only $6,400 by the way). Should Hinrich and Deng both not play, the other point guards still have better upside. The over/under in this game is 187.5 and all the others are at least 200. Plus, Deron Williams will be a tough matchup for him. Since a lot of people will likely play Augustin if he starts after his 44.25 FPTS in his last outing, you could make a big jump on the field by going with one of the other options.
The next decision is much tougher. If Harden can’t go, Lin is a better play than Parker, even if going against the Rockets defense is more ideal than going against the Spurs. Given how many minutes Lin will play and his success without Harden in the lineup, he should easily get more FPTS than someone with a normal $4,800 salary. The other interesting twist is that Lin is also listed as a shooting guard. So, you can play him along with at least one of the other guards. Even if Harden does suit up, Lin will likely have a solid outing. Lin has started every game Beverly has missed and has played a minimum of 29 minutes, with the exception of the Atlanta game where he left with an injury. For people wondering about the emergence of Aaron Brooks, he’s been a nice addition the last two games, but Harden missed both contests and Lin didn’t play against Dallas. Plus, Brooks played 34 minutes versus the Mavericks because Beverly went down in the middle of the game and only logged 15 minutes. Don’t consider Brooks as a major threat to Lin.
As for Parker, he will be going against Lin whether Harden plays or not. Lin is a below-average defender and the Rockets run the second-most possessions per game. DraftKings dropped Parker’s salary after his injury and $6,300 is still too low for him regardless of the opponent. Parker is set up for another big game.
But most importantly, Jordan Farmar is a must-start. At $3,000 with Kendall Marshall barely playing and Xavier Henry essentially being the only other Laker who will play backup point guard, Farmar should get plenty of minutes and statistics
By playing Farmar at point guard, Lin at shooting guard and Parker at the final guard spot, you have room for a Kevin Durant, LeBron James or Stephen Curry at utility.
Best of luck and happy holidays!
DraftKings is offering a 100% deposit bonus up to $600 if you sign up through Fantasy Winners. With the NBA season just getting under way, now is a great time to get into fantasy NBA on Draftkings. Use our link to sign-up today!View all posts by Nick Juskewycz