This daily article will focus on daily value plays from SuperDraft’s exclusive Multiplier game mode. By eliminating the traditional salary cap structure and providing a points multiplier for every player on the slate, there is almost limitless flexibility when building lineups on SuperDraft. You can load up on all the studs, but their point multipliers will be low. You can balance those plays out with some long shots that could score up to 2x their fantasy points to vault you to the top of the leaderboards.
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With three games on Tuesday’s slate, let’s get into some of the Multiplier plays over on SuperDraft.
James Harden, Brooklyn Nets (1.05x score multiplier)
Two of the three games this evening are star-studded. It is going to be wildly entertaining from both a real basketball and DFS standpoint. I prefer using my first guard spot on former MVP James Harden. Despite getting off to a notably slow start, he has picked it up of late, averaging 20 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds and 2 steals per game over his last four. A perfectly acceptable line for a player near the multiplier floor on SuperDraft. However, when you look at the full context of Harden’s recent performance, his true ceiling becomes clear. In that same four-game span Harden is shooting 36% from the field and 17% from beyond the arc. A career 44/36/86 player, we could see Harden explode against Dallas in a game where the Nets are projected to have the highest total on the slate.
Alec Burks, New York Knicks (1.45x)
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau reportedly will make some changes to the starting lineup this evening against the Spurs. With such a wonky lineup in the first place, your guess is as good as mine as to what the differences will actually be in the first five for New York. As of this writing, I’m still expecting Burks to start at point guard and get big minutes on the road in San Antonio. He had a disappointing outing (as did the rest of the Knicks) Saturday in the blowout loss to the Nuggets, but prior to that Burks had averaged over 40 minutes per game in his previous three. With the Knicks favored on the road by two, it’s tough to get away from a player whose minutes could legitimately be tops on a three-game slate at this 1.45x multiplier.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (1x)
The young Slovenian sensation came into the day listed questionable but has since been upgraded to probable for this game against the Nets. The Mavericks tend to ebb and flow in line with how Doncic performs, so if you think this game stays close it would be foolish to not consider clicking on his name on SuperDraft. There are a litany of stats I could throw at you like his 36.2% usage rate, 45.9% assist percentage, or his 27/10/7 averages over his last four games. When it comes down to it, you need some safer options with a high floor of fantasy points in lineups with so few games to choose from. Given the context of the other games and teams we have on the menu tonight, Doncic projects as the highest-scoring player on this slate and my favorite All-Star-caliber player to roster on this slate.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn Nets (1.65x)
With Nic Claxton returning to the Nets active roster late last week, the outlook for Aldridge’s ceiling was in doubt. But in his return from the “mystery illness,” which may or may not have been mononucleosis, Claxton only played three minutes and then sat out the second end of the back-to-back the next day. As Claxton works to regain his conditioning (and reportedly weight), we can still go to Aldridge at his elevated multiplier for some good upside. The Mavericks are not short on frontcourt depth, providing plenty of cover for Aldridge to remain on the court guarding the likes of Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and maybe (if we’re lucky) Boban Marjanovic. Aldridge, a Dallas-native, returns to his hometown tonight riding an eight-game streak of double-digit shot attempts. At 1.65x, he is a priority for me on SuperDraft if we are looking for plays carrying 1.5x and above multipliers.
Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs (1.35x)
The center position leaves a lot to be desired when trying to separate the great plays from the good ones. Thibodeau does everything in his power to run a traditional center for all 48 minutes, which bodes well for a guy like Poeltl on this slate. The Spurs center has taken a step forward on both ends of the floor through the first two months of the season and is playing 30-plus minutes in competitive games. Poeltl has a double-double in three of his last six games and continues to be one of the most active rim defenders in the league, averaging 2.6 blocks per game over his last five. He should see less ownership at center than the two options above him, Anthony Davis and Julius Randle, and with the ability to both match and exceed those two on a good night, I like targeting Poeltl in SuperDraft tournaments.
Julius Randle, New York Knicks (1.15x)
Although I like taking shots on Poeltl in tournaments, an argument can be made that Randle is the safest option at center. He’s got a higher multiplier than Anthony Davis, who is competing with the other stars on the Lakers for usage, while Randle is the lead dog for New York. He’s also got forward eligibility, meaning you could run both Randle and Poeltl in a lineup if you wanted to get different. The minutes reaching the high 30s or low 40s was a regular occurrence for Randle last season, but until recently, Thibodeau had pulled back the reins of his rotational insanity a bit. But since Kemba Walker was removed from the rotation, the huge minutes have returned, with Randle seeing 40, 39 and then 35 (in Saturday’s blowout loss) over his last three games. I’m fine opting for Randle at forward or center on this short slate.
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.