Rajon Rondo (DK: $3,900; FD: $3,800): LeBron James will be sitting tonight’s contest out, bumping Rondo to an elite play. Rondo has never failed to get 20+ fantasy points in the absence of LeBron, and has scored 40+ in six of twelve games with no LeBron across the last two seasons. In this sample with everyone off the floor, Rondo sees his usage increase to over 23 percent, while averaging over one fantasy point per minute. At sub 4k on both sites tonight, Rondo is an elite value option, with a great floor, and immense upside with James and Green out of the lineup in this one. This could also only get better if we were to see AD sit this one out as well. Lock him in with confidence!
Jaxson Hayes (DK: $3,800): Hayes has been crushing value lately, with over 38 fantasy points in back-to-back contests, which would be good for 10x value at his current price tag. Favors will sit this one out tonight, which bodes well for Hayes as he averages .93 fantasy points per minute and a usage rate of over 15 percent when Favors is off the floor, and an even better one fantasy point per minute production when you add in that Jrue will be out in this one. Projected to see his minutes increase to the upper 20’s, Hayes steps into a fantastic increase in opportunity, while failing to see his price increase. Lock him in tonight on DraftKings!
Kyle Kuzma (FD: $4,100): LeBron James and Danny Green have already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Thunder while Avery Bradley and Anthony Davis are questionable to play as well. Kuzma comes in on FanDuel at criminally cheap pricing since without LeBron and Green his usage goes up over 2% and his fantasy points per minute goes up by .12. Kuzma often sees minutes in the mid 20s but just last game we saw him run the floor for 33 minutes and should push for even more run tonight without LeBron and Green. An added boost for Kuzma is that this game is projected to stay closer with a spread of 6 points in favor of the Thunder and Anthony Davis or Avery Bradley being ruled out would only force the Lakers to rely even more upon Kuzma.
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