But records and interviews show a long-held pattern of overlapping interests and close relationships among employees at the companies — many of whom regularly rank among the most consistent big winners — and in some cases investors, which include Major League Baseball, the N.B.A. and two N.F.L. owners, as well as media giants like NBC, its parent Comcast and Fox. Andre Bessette, a manger of analytics at DraftKings, is currently ranked No. 40 and won a $50,000 first prize in a FanDuel contest, the 2015 World Fantasy Hockey Championship.
As tip-off time approaches, keep an eye on the Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (hamstring), who is questionable tonight after missing back-to-back games. If he sits again, forward Chase Budinger ($2,200 salary, 4.4% of cap) should make a great source of cap relief. Budinger is averaging 31.63 fantasy points in two starts in place of Martin, and he comes at the minimum salary.
There is a healthy mix of big names and value picks available tonight, but we recommend checking on the status of New Orleans Pelicans G Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Toronto Raptors G Kyle Lowry (back) leading up to tip-off time. Evans is questionable tonight, and Lowry left last night’s game early and said afterwards that he doesn’t plan on rushing back. If Evans sits out tonight against the Rockets, G Eric Gordon ($4,700 salary, 9.4% of cap) should make a solid addition to rosters. He delivered 34.00 FantasyScore points with Evans sidelined Sunday. And tonight, Houston will be missing its top perimeter defender, Patrick Beverley (wrist).