Even with the NBA’s effort to schedule fewer back-to-backs this season in order to preserve health, players seem to be getting hurt at as high a rate as ever. The Celtics and Warriors are examples of franchises that have been extremely snakebitten of late, likely losing their stars for the beginning of the playoffs. The hope is that the backups are able to excel, and that the injuries don’t linger. In the meantime, take advantage of some DFS to spice up the excitement before the postseason begins.
Ricky Rubio vs BOS – $7,300 on FD, $6,600 on DK
The most beautiful point guard in the league has had an up-and-down season. The fit in Utah has looked odd at times, with Rubio struggling to develop chemistry with his big men to begin the year. The tide has turned over the past couple of months as the Jazz have surged and he’s gotten hot from deep. The shooting efficiency is translating to the fantasy box score where he’s posted over 35 DK points in eight of his past 10 contests. After coming off of a poor outing and facing off against the Celtics stout defense, Rubio’s price has dipped on DraftKings. That’s all the more reason to fire him up in all of your lineups.
Markelle Fultz vs NY – $4,500 on FD, $3,800 on DK
Fultz is back and the basketball world is better for it. In his first game action since October, he posted 10 points on 13 shots over 14 minutes. It’s likely that we see a slight bump in his minutes against the lowly Knicks, and he should still see a fairly large share of the offense. He’s only played five games this season but owns a usage rating of nearly 25 percent. It’s likely that he continues to shoot as he gets is legs under him from the long layoff, making him a complete steal at his price.
Joe Ingles vs BOS – $6,400 on FD, $6,100 on DK
Just like Rubio, Ingles has caught fire over the past two months. He’s averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists on .625 true shooting since the All-Star break and has been one of the biggest keys to the team winning 20 of their last 24 games. Ingles has provided an incredible floor over his past 10 games as his worst performance netted a total of 25.5 DK points. He’s nearly a guarantee to surpass his value in this spot, making him a must play.
Jaylen Brown @ UTA – $5,500 on FD, $5,000 on DK
A lot of Brown’s value is derived from his scoring. Luckily with Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris likely out, he should have plenty of opportunity to beef up his scoring totals. He’s crossed 25 DK points in the past three games where he’s eclipsed 12 shots, and Brown should easily surpass that volume tonight. He may even grab a few more boards if the Celtics are forced to use him a bit more at forward (with Morris likely to miss).
Taurean Prince @ MIN – $7,500 on FD, $7,100 on DK
Prince has been a developmental experiment for the Hawks this season. They’ve pushed him to do things he may not have necessarily been primed to do on such a consistent basis, but he’s shown signs of being able to handle the added offensive responsibility. During the month of March, Prince has bumped up his scoring average to nearly 20 points while posting a true shooting percentage of 59.3. This high volume should continue as the season nears an end, leading to more impressive fantasy numbers. He’s hit hit more than 40 DK points in five of the past eight games.
Allen Crabbe @ ORL – $4,800 on FD, $4,700 on DK
The Nets zeroed in on acquiring Crabbe a couple of times and now have the luxury of playing him consistent minutes throughout the year. He’s struggled a bit in his first year in Brooklyn, losing a bit of the efficiency he showcased during his tenure in Portland. Still, Crabbe has provided some fantasy stability over the past couple of weeks, hitting 20-plus DK points in seven of the past 10 games. That might not be sexy, but it’s plenty appealing for those looking to spend down and grab safe points.
Al-Farouq Aminu @ MEM – $6,500 on FD, $6,100 on DK
Aminu has been dominant over the past couple of weeks. He’s hit over 30 DK points in five of the past six and nailed over 50 percent of his shots in all but two of those contests. The hot streak has provided a bit more trust as the team has been more willing to let him launch when he has a bit of daylight. That should continue against the lowly Grizzlies.
Robert Covington @ PHI – $5,900 on FD, $5,900 on DK
The Knicks defense is horrible enough that you can get by playing several players on the 76ers. Covington has looked good from the field of late, hitting 45.9 percent of his three-pointers over the past five games. He’s crossed 30 DK points in six of 10 and put up 32.35 DK points in his last game against the Knicks. The addition of Fultz adds another offensive hog, but his skillset should allow for a prominent role in the offense.
Karl-Anthony Towns vs ATL – $10,800 on FD, $9,500 on DK
Getting to go up against the middling Hawks defense, Towns is a far more appealing play on DraftKings. Since Butler went down with his injury, it was expected that Towns would see a major bump in offensive usage. That hasn’t completely happened. Wiggins has taken nearly 20 more shots this month than Towns – crazy when you realize that the center might be the most skilled offensive player at his position in the league. Regardless, he should get a big enough piece of the volume that he’ll easily pay off at this price.