DraftKings NBA picks February 8: Right said Fred

Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball during the first quarter (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball during the first quarter (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 30: Christian Wood #35 of the Detroit Pistons poses for a portrait during the Detroit Pistons Media Day at Pistons Practice Facility on September 30, 2019 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

DraftKings NBA Power Forwards:

Best Bets:

Kristaps Porzingis ($8,700): The Mavs haven’t really been using Porzingis in back to back sets, even with Luka out. Honestly, after last night I almost hope they hold him out so I don’t have to go down this road. Porzingis was a disaster in the second half against a Wizards team he should have handled. This is the same type of situation. Porzingis should handle Charlotte, but I really don’t trust him come up empty against Washington. Who does that?

Julius Randle ($8,500): Randle is one of those guys that just keeps putting up solid numbers, but he hasn’t had a really big game in a while. That could change against Detroit. The Pistons held their own in the first game post-Drummond, but do you trust they can do that to a guy like Randle? I’m not sure they can. Randle may have one of those big games that has eluded him of late.

Honorable Mention:

Christian Wood ($6,700): The first post-Drummond game was a coming out party for Wood. He even told us to “stay tuned,” Hey, I’ll listen to him. The Thunder are a solid team up front and he tore them apart. Next up is a Knicks team without Morris and a walking foul at center. I’m not saying Wood is going to hit 50 again, but you can damn sure bet that he’ll be in my lineup if he does.

Nemanja Bjelica ($5,500): Bjelica caught my attention by putting 35.5 DraftKings points on Miami. Yeah, Johnson is gone, but this is still a solid defensive front. Bagley is out for another long while and if Holmes returns, he’ll be on a minutes limit. Bjelica put up 32.25 DraftKings points on the Spurs the first time around. He’ll receive ample playing time to duplicate that feat.

Mikal Bridges ($5,100): Saric is still out and Bridges is still putting up very good numbers running with the starters for the Suns. On top of that, DraftKings hasn’t really raised his price either. This slate is loaded with middle tier options. Bridges is one of my favorites until Saric returns.

Dark Horses:

Taurean Prince ($5,000): Prince is never going to win you a slate, but he wont lose you one either. Prince put up 58.5 DraftKings points over the first two meetings against the Raptors. There’s a solid floor and enough upside to use Prince on a slate largely devoid of value.

PJ Washington ($4,200): Washington is likely still on some sort of a minutes limit, but it may not matter against Dallas. Washington is priced as if he will be. Honestly, he only needs about 28 minutes to hit value anyway. Dallas is in some trouble with injuries right now and will run small because of it. Washington should be able to take advantage.

Kelan Martin ($3,800): If Johnson or Juancho are in uniform for the Timberwolves, I’ll find a different option. However, if Martin starts again, he’s at least worth a look. Martin has put up back to back games of over 20 DraftKings points. That’s not a huge line, but if you are able to afford another star because of this punt, it’s worth it.