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DraftKings Slam Dunks Wed 1/31

Alex Baker



We’ve had the good fortune today of getting a lot of useful injury information early.  Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and Marvin Williams are all out which creates several inefficiencies in the pricing on both sites.

  1. Frank Kaminsky (4.4k). With Marvin Williams ruled out Kaminsky should start for the Hornets, and as a high usage bench player he should take full advantage of this opportunity.  Kaminsky has the kind of tournament winning upside that GPP players salivate over— just look back to his torrid stretch in February last year where he posted multiple 40+ point games as a starter. At 4400, the price is too good to pass up.   Chance of top-5 value is 34.5%.
  2. Isaiah Thomas (5.6k). The loss of Kevin Love to a broken hand means there are going to be extra shots to go around in Cleveland.  I expect the main beneficiary to be Thomas.  Take Love off the floor and Thomas’ usage jumps from 25 to 35 percent!  Chance of top-5 value is 28%.
  3. Tristan Thompson (4k).  Thompson is in line to get a much higher opportunity for minutes with Kevin Love out.  They will need size vs. the Miami front-court, so I expect him and Frye to split most of the minutes at the 5.  I expect Thompson to become much more relevant in fantasy over the next weeks with Love out.  Chance of top-5 value is 24.3%.

A self-proclaimed U.S. history buff, stats enthusiast, and rabid fan of anything Detroit (yes, even the Lions), Alex started playing daily fantasy sports in 2013 and never looked back. After graduating with a degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, he began developing advanced statistical models and applied his unique skill-set first to poker, then as a full-time DFS player. He has since dominated DFS, becoming a fixture on leaderboards and cementing his position as the top-ranked overall player according to RotoGrinders. Competing in most guaranteed prize pool tournaments, he has ranked in the top 3 across major sports, including NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, and MLB. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of fantasy sports with new and experienced players alike. Career Highlights: No. 1 Overall Ranking; 14x FanDuel $100k winner, 11x DraftKings Hundred-Thousandaire; 20x Live Final qualifier. You can contact him on Twitter @awesemodfs or by emailing [email protected].

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