Mario Hezonja (4200 DK, 4300 FD) and Jonathon Simmons (4700 DK only) – With two primary offensive weapons on the bench (Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier), there is plenty of upside for the other Magic players. The guys I like best are Hezonja, who’s has had flashes of DFS brilliance filling in for Gordon, and Simmons. Hezonja is one of the best plays on the slate across both sites because he’s priced as a reserve. Simmons, on the other hand, is all about upside. He’s shown the ability to take over games when he’s had the opportunity to be “the” guy. I love him in tournaments but he’s only a “Slam Dunk” on DraftKings, since they both share the same position on FanDuel. Probability of top-3 positional value: Hezonja 46.5%, FD 29.2% DK; Simmons 23.6% DK only.
Frank Mason III (3800 DK, 3900 FD) – De’Aaron Fox is out, so the Kings’ other rookie PG will be running the show tonight. I love playing backup PGs who are moving into starting roles because as the initiator of the offense, they will get their touches regardless of how they mesh with the starting unit. This limits the possibility of a complete dud. Mason will also be one of the higher usage players in tonight’s starting lineup with the aforementioned Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein both ruled out and the possibility of other veterans, including Zach Randolph, resting. Probability of top-3 positional value: 32.35% FD, 26.3% DK.
Kevin Durant (8900 DK, 9800 FD), Draymond Green (7400 DK, 7700 FD), Klay Thompson (6200 DK, 6500 FD) – It’s a similar refrain you’ve heard from me (and others) a thousand times before, so I’ll keep it brief. When one superstar sits, play the others. Steph is out, ergo . . . . For me the hierarchy is Durant > Green > Thompson, but they’re all great values tonight. Probability of top-3 positional value: Durant 38.9% FD, 37% DK; Green 30.65%, 26% DK; Thompson 24.5% FD, 15.5% DK.