After a busy start to the week, the NBA brings us a four-game fantasy basketball slate on Thursday night featuring James Harden ($12,000) and the Rockets heading to Toronto to take on the defending champions. The Suns are the only team playing on the second night of a back-to-back as they visit the Pelicans after losing to the Magic on Wednesday.
As you build your roster for Thursday, check out these top studs and values at each position, and make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup.
StudKyle Lowry, TOR vs. HOU, $7,000 — The Raptors weren’t joking about Lowry having no minutes restrictions after missing a month with a fractured thumb. He logged a heavy 41 minutes in his return to the court on Tuesday and totaled 41.0 DKFP. Lowry managed that total despite a woeful 2-for-18 shooting including 0-for-11 from long range. He can’t shoot much worse than that going forward, but his large workload shows coach Nick Nurse is fully confident in Lowry. His production included 11 assists, six rebounds, and 12 points, so if his shooting improves, he will be a great play against his former team in the Rockets.
Other Options — Ben Simmons ($8,000), Ricky Rubio ($6,200)
ValueJordan McRae, WAS vs. PHI, $4,000 — McRae is an option to consider if you go ultra-low at one of your guard spots. He has scored double-digit points and finished with over 19 DKFP in six of his past seven games after chipping in 10 points and 21.75 DKFP on Tuesday against the Magic in a season-high 26 minutes. He has played at least 22 minutes in five of his past six and should continue to see enough work off the bench to be worth a minimal $4K investment.
Other Options — Lonzo Ball ($5,300), Isaiah Thomas ($5,200)
StudJames Harden, HOU at TOR, $12,000 — Harden followed up his 60-point performance last Saturday against the Hawks with a 50-point game against the Spurs. He added nine rebounds, six assists and four steals to finish with 78.25 DKFP. He has scored at least 32 points and had over 60 DKFP in four of his past five contests and continues to score at a high rate while adding excellent peripherals. As if his offensive prowess wasn’t enough, he’s chipping in almost two steals a game as well to average 63.6 DKFP per contest. The Raptors are a very good defensive team, but Harden should be especially fired up to face the champs coming off a controversy-laced double-overtime loss to San Antonio. Especially on this short slate, he’s the top option to pay up for even though he costs over $2K more than any other option at any position. Other Options — Bradley Beal ($8,700), Jamal Murray ($6,700)
ValueJJ Redick, NO vs. PHO, $4,800 — Redick has started each of his past 12 games for the Pelicans and is averaging 32.4 minutes per contest over that span. He has provided some nice veteran stability along with 18.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 30.7 DKFP per contest. He has tailed off a little bit lately but remains a very solid and safe play from under $5K with plenty of upside in a juicy matchup against the Suns.
Other Options — Austin Rivers ($4,300), Ty Jerome ($3,500)
StudBrandon Ingram, NO vs. PHO, $8,200 — With Zion Williamson (knee) still on the road to recovery, Ingram has become the focal point of the Pelicans’ offense and has taken his game to a new level. He has stuffed the stat sheet with 25.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1. assists, 1.1 blocks and 44.5 DKFP per game. He had 24 points, six assists, five boards and 47.25 DKFP against the Mavericks in his most recent game Tuesday and lit up the Suns for 51.0 DKFP on 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal. Ingram should continue to offer good production across multiple categories and be a good upper-tier option if you can make his salary work.
Other Options — Dario Saric ($6,000), Will Barton ($5,900)
ValueDavis Bertans, WAS vs. PHI, $5,800 — Bertans has been exceptional all season for the Wizards, averaging 13.6 points and 25.6 DKFP in 28.2 minutes per game. He moved into the starting lineup for the first time this season on Tuesday with Thomas Bryant (foot) out for a few weeks. Bertans had 21 points and 35.25 DKFP while logging a heavy workload in 40 minutes. He has over 28 DKFP in seven of his past nine starts, making him a reliable option at this price point, especially with more work coming his way.
Other Options — Normal Powell ($5,100), James Ennis III ($3,700)
StudAl Horford, PHI at WAS, $6,400 — Horford has scored double-digit points in each of his past six games for the Sixers, averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, one block and 33.8 DKFP per contest. He could have a mismatch with Bryant out since the Wizards will have to go smaller, but he isn’t usually the center of the offense. He still provides a solid multi-category option and is a low-risk play in this matchup. Other Options — Pascal Siakam ($8,400), Rui Hachimura ($5,700)
ValueFrank Kaminsky, PHO at NO, $5,300 — “Frank the Tank” piled up 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and 36.75 DKFP in the Suns’ loss in Orlando after posting 29.0 DKFP against the Hornets in his return to Charlotte on Monday. Kaminsky has run hot-and-cold throughout his career but has taken advantage of the absence of Aron Baynes ($5,400; calf) the past two games. If Baynes remains out, Kaminsky should get another chance to produce against the Pelicans.
Other Options — Danuel House Jr. ($4,600; questionable), Jerami Grant ($3,700)
StudClint Capela, HOU at TOR, $7,900 — Capela returned from a two-game absence due to illness with another 20-20 performance, posting 58.25 DKFP against the Spurs with 22 points, 21 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 45 minutes. Capela had a similar 21-point, 22-rebound game in his previous game before the layoff and has reached 58 DKFP in three of his past four. Even in the tough matchup, I love Capela’s upside at this price.
Other Options — Joel Embiid ($9,700), Nikola Jokic ($8,500)
ValueRui Hachimura, WAS vs. PHI, $5,700 — Hachimura is another member of the Wizards’ frontcourt who will be asked to carry the load while Bryant is out, and the rookie has been rising in his past few contests. He has 15 points or more in each of his past three games, producing 29 DKFP, 48.75 DKFP and 28 DKFP. Hachimura is much more volatile than Bertans but has shown enough upside to be worth considering if you have to spend under $6K on a center.
Other Options — Serge Ibaka ($4,700), Jaxson Hayes ($3,800)
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