DraftKings EuroLeague Guards:
Darrun Hilliard was able to keep CSKA going while Mike James struggled a bit to open the year. James is taking back over though and is the best available player on the slate. Does that mean we should pay up? I don’t see why we wouldn’t. James wont hurt too badly since he has only been under 25 DraftKings points once and his upside is far beyond anyone else.
As for Hillard, James’s recent explosion has taken a chunk out of his value. At this point, I wouldn’t pay for Hillard. Most of the value plays have higher upside because of the few injuries we have up there.
With de Colo out, Kostas Sloukas is pretty much a lock whether you play James or not. Sloukas put up 34.25 DraftKings points in 31 minutes with Nando out. Even with all of the injuries at guard for Fenerbahce, the trickle down didn’t go past Sloukas. It went more towards the forwards. More on that later.
I don’t like the matchup for the Barcelona guards, which means I’m less likely to pay up for Cory Higgins despite his upside. Malcolm Delaney has been more consistent and he is $2100 cheaper. That comes into play if we’re considering paying the price for James.
The matchup for Baskonia is equally bad, but I much prefer the guard duo of Luca Vildoza and Pierria Henry to the Barcelona tandem. The Baskonia guards have been far more consistent. Vildoza’s upside is about as good as that of Higgins. The return of Pau Ribas for Barcelona is also going to cut into someone’s production.
Nik Stauskas has been solid off the bench for Baskonia, but I’m looking more to Janis Strelnieks. It is the red-hot shooting of Strelnieks that has cut into Hilliard’s production more than James. Janis still doesn’t start, but he doesn’t need to. He does a lot of damage in about 20 minutes.