NBA | Must-Haves | 12/5/17

DraftKings / Fantasy Draft Must-Have

Fred VanVleet (FDraft: $6,400 DK: $3,400): The DK/FDraft Must-Have for tonight’s three game slate is the Raptors guard, Fred VanVleet. Tonight the Toronto Raptors get one of the most salivating matchups in all of basketball; they get to face the Phoenix Suns and gain a major pace-up matchup. In addition to this fast pace and high over/under, the spread is very large at 14 points. With the Suns on the second leg of a back-to-back and third game in four nights, while the Raptors are nicely rested and on a four-game win streak, this game has a good chance to blow out. Not that we can ever really predict blowouts, but VanVleet is in a good spot if the game stays close, but in an incredible spot if the starters get to rest, and backups get a lot of minutes. With the absence of Delon Wright, VanVleet has stepped into the backup point guard roll and has taken advantage of his opportunity. Getting more than 20 minutes per game the past few games, Fred has been a near full point per minute player (0.98 fppm), yet his price has yet to eclipse the $3,500 price point on DraftKings and is under $6,500 tonight on Fantasy Draft. The matchup for VanVleet and the rest of the Raptors is a great one, where Toronto sports the highest implied total and the highest uptick in pace on the slate. At incredibly cheap prices on DraftKings and Fantasy Draft, he is a definite value-lock in our eyes and he will be a staple in our lineups that will help us pay up for some of the other guys on this slate.

FanDuel Must-Have

Devin Booker (FDuel: $7,100): Our FanDuel Must-Have for tonight is the young Suns guard, Devin Booker. This Kentucky grad has had an incredible start to his bright career and has provided us with ample DFS value along the way. FanDuel continues to price Booker lower than they should, as he proved just yesterday by racking up 46 real points and 63 fantasy points. Ever since Eric Bledsoe left the team, Booker’s usage has increased and he’s become the primary ball handler when on the court. Though this game is an away game on the back end of a back-to-back, Booker is very young (only 20 years old) and doesn’t rely on pure jump shooting to get points, so we don’t worry about him being tired. The Raptors are generally known as a good defensive team, but if they have one glaring weakness, it is with DeMar DeRozan’s defense and defending the opposing SGs. Toronto is towards the bottom of the league in guarding Booker’s position and he is in a great spot to follow up last night’s performance with another stellar outing. He should be a great target at the shooting guard position on FanDuel where he is $900 less than his price on DK. We will be taking advantage of this pricing discrepancy, and would advise you do the same.

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