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We only have three games on tap tonight, so pickings are slim when it comes to finding some underowned GPP options, but I have outlined five below that I think are excellent options. The Nets square off against the Suns in what is projected to be the highest-scoring game of the night at 236 points, with the Warriors/Heat matchup coming in second at 227. The Warriors are favored by 16 points, so there is blowout risk in that game, but there are also some interesting options to target on both sides.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Boston Celtics

Projected Minutes

Team Total

DvP

FPPG Allowed

Usage Rate

DK Projection

FD Projection

30 106 2443.5 27.4 36.90 36.08

DK Salary: $8,800 / FD Salary: $9,500

There are a lot of great point guard options tonight, despite only being a three-game slate, but Kyrie Irving tops that list for me tonight. Irving has been a model of consistency for the Celtics this season, scoring over 40 DraftKings points in five of their first 10 games, with his only poor outing coming yesterday in a blowout win against the Magic. Kyrie is leading the team in usage rate at 28.6 percent this season, while also leading them in points per game at 21 and is notching 2.4 steals in 33.1 minutes.

Irving's opponent tonight, the Atlanta Hawks, rank 17th in the NBA in fantasy points allowed in the NBA, allowing 45.57 per game, but his individual matchup with Dennis Schroder is one of the best on the board. Last season, Schroder ranked 74th out 79 qualified point guards in defensive real-plus minus at -2.76. The Hawks are allowing opponents to score 110.6 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting this season, while also turning the ball over 15.5 times per game. There is a chance Kyrie goes overlooked tonight because of all the great options at this position, and I am locking him into both cash games and GPPs.

Hassan Whiteside, C, Miami Heat

Projected Minutes

Team Total

DvP

FPPG Allowed

Usage Rate

DK Projection

FD Projection

29

105

30

59.3

23.72

37.51

38.12

DK Salary: $7,000 / FD Salary: $8,700

With the Miami Heat coming into tonight on the second half of a back-to-back, we will need to monitor the status of Whiteside, but if he plays and is expected to play full minutes, he is a fantastic GPP option tonight. Whiteside saw over 30 minutes against the Clippers yesterday, the most he has played since opening night, which is encouraging to see, and he faces off against a Warriors team that has struggled to defend opposing big men this season. Golden State ranks 27th in the NBA against centers, allowing over 60 fantasy points per game to them, and they are allowing 111.3 points per game to opponents. He is attempting 90 percent of his shots at the rim or in the paint where Golden State is allowing opponents to 47.2 points per game. The Warriors are one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA, so there is a little concern for me about his upside, but at this price, I am willing to take that risk.

Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics

Projected Minutes

Team Total

DvP

FPPG Allowed

Usage Rate

DK Projection

FD Projection

30

106

25

43.5

19.21

33.45

33.10

DK Salary: $7,200 / FD Salary: $7,500

The Boston Celtics have started to click on offense and Horford has been a huge beneficiary of the chemistry that he and Kyrie have developed over the last few games. Horford has been lights out from the floor this season, shooting over 54 percent on two-pointers and 46 percent on three-pointers, and will face off against a Hawks team that has struggled mightily on defense this season, allowing 110.6 points per game to opponents. The Hawks have allowed opposing big men to score over 50 fantasy points per game against them this season, and they rank 24th and 25th in the NBA in defensive efficiency to both the power forward and center positions. The Hawks are allowing a league-high 48.5 rebounds per game to opponents as well, so this is a great opportunity for Horford to pull down double-digit rebounds tonight.


Horford is averaging 14.7 points and 9 rebounds per game so far, this season, and he has posted a 19.1 percent usage rate in Boston's offense. Horford's ability to stretch the floor as a big is going to wreak havoc on the Atlanta Hawks tonight and he should be in line for a big performance against his former team.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets

Projected Minutes

Team Total

DvP

FPPG Allowed

Usage Rate

DK Projection

FD Projection

31

116

14

37.5

21.39

33.14

33.73

DK Salary: $5,900 / FD Salary: $6,700

One of the most frustrating parts of breaking down the Brooklyn Nets is trying to predict how their minutes will shake out, but after seeing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson eclipse 30 minutes in four of his last five games, it looks like the rotations may be solidifying a little bit in the Brooklyn frontcourt. Rondae has been outstanding for the Nets this season, posting 15.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, with 2.2 blocks and steals per game. His 20 percent usage rate is second on the team among his fellow starters and he has accounted for 24.8 percent of the team's points while on the floor. The Phoenix Suns are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA and have allowed opposing power forwards to torch them for over 52 fantasy points per game. They are allowing opponents to pull down 45.6 rebounds per game while allowing 116.5 points to them. These teams played at a frenetic pace when they met on Halloween, posting 115 possessions, and this is the type of game Rondae thrives in.

Marquese Chriss, PF/C, Phoenix Suns

Projected Minutes

Team Total

DvP

FPPG Allowed

Usage Rate

DK Projection

FD Projection

22

118

30

55.4

16.35

20.68

21.12

DK Salary: $4,200 / FD Salary: $4,300

I am looking to attack the Brooklyn Nets with one of the Phoenix big men tonight, and Chriss is my top GPP option from the Phoenix frontcourt. Chriss is a risky option because he can't stay out of foul trouble most nights, but he has a lot of upside in the right matchups, as evidenced by his two 30-plus point games against the Wizards and Kings this season.

Chriss only has a 15 percent usage rate this season, so he won't touch the ball a lot, but his ability to stretch the floor and hit from beyond-the-arc makes him a threat tonight against a Brooklyn team that is allowing opponents to shoot 38.4 percent from three-point range. Chriss has attempted 37 percent of his shots from three-point range this season, and I expect him to get hot from three early on in this game. Chriss has the opportunity to put up a huge game tonight if he can stay out of foul trouble.



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