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DraftKings and FanDuel NBA Slam Dunks, Friday 2/23

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We have a huge 11-game slate on both sites tonight but there is surprisingly little injury-related value as of yet.   Tyson Chandler and Avery Bradley’s injuries create value opportunities on the Suns and Clippers, respectively.  But other than that, you’ll need to shop around for underpriced players with higher than usual vegas implied point totals.

Alex Len and T.J. Warren:  As alluded to above, Tyson Chandler has a neck injury and is listed as doubtful, so the Suns already depleted front court will be pressed for even more minutes.  Alex Len stands to benefit the most as Chandler’s likely replacement in the starting lineup.   But Warren should see extra minutes as the Suns go small-ball when Len, their only true center, is on the bench.  Expect Warren to see extended playing time at power forward with more traditional power forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss manning the pivot.    Probability of top-3 positional value: Len DK 14.8%, FD 28.25%; Warren DK 13.6%, FD 28.95%.

Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic:  On the other side of the ball, the Clippers backcourt will not only be matched up with the Suns high-paced offense but also benefit from additional shots and minutes created by Bradley’s absence.  I see the two primary beneficiaries here as Williams and Teodosic, although Austin Rivers is also worthy of consideration here.  Teodosic is likely to start in Bradley’s place, as he did last night, and consume many of his minutes, but the trigger-happy Williams is the more likely candidate to get his shots.  Don’t let the fact that Williams isn’t starting deter you from playing him.  In fact, it should have the opposite effect.  As a sixth man, Williams is likely to be lower owned than he should be but will still get the minutes and shots necessary to be a high upside play.  Probability of top-3 positional value: Williams DK 15.4%, FD 32.9%; Teodosic DK 13.1%, FD 27.25%.

Good luck!

A self-proclaimed U.S. history buff, stats enthusiast, and rabid fan of anything Detroit (yes, even the Lions), Awesemo 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: #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 support@awesemo.com.