After a week off for the All-Star game, it’s time to head back to the hardwood as fantasy basketball returns with a six-game slate this Thursday night. The slate is well-stocked with star power as Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,100) leads the Bucks to Detroit, James Harden ($11,300) and the Rockets visit the Warriors while Trae Young ($10,500) and the Hawks welcome in the Heat. Russell Westbrook ($10,200) completes the four five-figure options with Ben Simmons ($9,500), Joel Embiid ($9,000) and Zach LaVine ($9,200) the other stars worth $9K or more on the schedule.
As you put together your squad, check out my top studs and values at each position. As always, stay tuned to the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup as we approach tipoff on Thursday.
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StudDevonte’ Graham, CHA at CHI, $7,500 — Graham has been one of the biggest breakout performers of the season, as he has seized the starting PG role for Charlotte and taken over running the offense. He was stepping up to an even higher level before the All-Star break as he snapped out of a mini shooting slump and continued to dish out good assist numbers. He had at least eight assists in seven of his past eight games and averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 assists and 45.4 DKFP in his final four games before the break. He had over 45 DKFP in each of his three most recent contests and posted 36, 36.25 and 42.5 DKFP in his three meetings with the Bulls earlier this season. Graham is a virtual lock for 35-plus minutes per night and enough usage to give him elite upside at a mid-range salary.
Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($10,200), Spencer Dinwiddie ($7,300)
ValueJordan Poole, GS vs. HOU, $4,000 — Poole moved into the Warriors’ starting lineup in their final game before the break and played over 22 minutes in four straight games after Golden State traded away Alec Burks ($3,600) and Glenn Robinson III ($3,400) at the deadline. Poole scored at least 12 points and produced at least 22 DKFP in each of those outings with 29-plus DKFP in two of those games. He has nice upside at only $4K and should be set to return excellent value with a high ceiling.
Other Options — Bruce Brown Jr. ($5,200), Tomas Satoransky ($5,000)
StudZach LaVine, CHI vs. CHA, $9,200 — With Kris Dunn (knee) out and Lauri Markkanen (pelvis), LaVine has picked up his play and become the workhorse in the Bulls’ offense. He has at least 17 shot attempts in all but one of his past 12 games, averaging 27.8 points on 21 shot attempts per contest over that span. He has added 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals per contest over that stretch to buoy his production to an impressive 45.9 DKFP per game. LaVine torched the Hornets for 49 points and 62.5 DKFP in one of their meeting earlier this season and will look to carry over his pre-break momentum when he had over 50 DKFP in each of his two most recent contests.
Other Options — James Harden ($11,300), Andrew Wiggins ($7,600)
ValueJosh Richardson, PHI vs. BKN, $4,200 — Richardson’s salary is still extremely affordable since he was just ramping up to his full workload before the break. He played 32 minutes in his most recent contest, though, and looked excellent with 21 points, five rebounds, two blocks and 33.75 DKFP in 32 minutes. He’s obviously behind Simmons and Embiid for scoring priority but has shown he can be a contributor when healthy. In his past eight games with at least 30 minutes, he has failed to reach 30 DKFP just twice. After an extra week to recover, he’s a great option at this price.
Other Options — Duncan Robinson ($4,900), Svi Mykhailiuk ($3,200)
StudCaris LeVert, BKN at PHI, $6,700 — With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) still out, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie ($7,300) should continue to get expanded usage. LeVert was impressive with at least 39 DKFP in four of five games going into the break, highlighted by 51.25 DKFP and 42.25 DKFP in a pair of matchups against the Raptors. He had at least 20 points in each of those four of five games, so look for LeVert to stay aggressive and productive in a good matchup against the Sixers.
Other Options — Ben Simmons ($9,500), Draymond Green ($6,500)
ValueEric Gordon, HOU at GS, $3,900 — Gordon has been sidelined since February 7 with a leg injury that has been plaguing him since lat January. He reportedly is feeling much better, though, after the All-Star break and could be ready to return against Golden State. If he does, he’ll be an awesome value since he will likely re-enter the lineup. In his seven starts before re-injuring his leg, he averaged 19.1, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists 1.3 steals and 30 DKFP per contest. Even if he’s at least than 100%, he should be able to return value from this price point under $4K.
Other Options — Robert Covington ($5,500), De’Andre Hunter ($4,600)
StudChristian Wood, DET vs. MIL, $6,900 — Wood and his fantasy stans have been waiting all season for a chance for the big man to get consistent minutes, and so far, he looks ready to deliver on his massive potential after the Pistons traded away Andre Drummond. Wood has played at least 32 minutes in five of his past six games and produced over 32 DKFP in each of those five contests. He has over 40 DKFP in three of his four games since joining the starting lineup with double-doubles in each of those three contests. He had huge upside for an option under $7K and should continue to get a chance to prove he deserves a big payday and big role this offseason when he will be a free agent.
Other Options — Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,100), Tobias Harris ($6,400)
ValueJae Crowder, MIA at ATL, $5,000 — Crowder has been a perfect fit for the Heat and could work his way into a starting role if he keeps up his multi-category production off the bench. In his three games with Miami, he has averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.3 assists and 36 DKFP in 30.3 minutes per contest. A little bit of regression can be expected since he struggled with the Grizzlies before the trade, but Crowder is a much better fit with Miami and has been a fantasy asset in the past in a system that he could thrive in during his time in Boston. He has good upside and a relatively high floor since he does contribute in different ways.
Other Options — Danuel House Jr. ($4,600), Chandler Hutchison ($4,300)
StudBam Adebayo, MIA at ATL, $7,800 — Both Bam and Embiid are in absolute smash spots against very favorable matchups, and it’s definitely worth considering going twin towers and finding room for both. However, if you have to go with just one big man, I’d lean towards Adebayo, not because he won the skills challenge, but because he has been such a consistent contributor on an every-game basis. He crushed the Hawks for 44.5 DKFP, 36.5 DKFP and 66.75 DKFP in three meetings this year. He had 30 points, 11 boards, 11 assists and two steals for that 66.75 DKFP in their most recent meeting. Rolling with Adebayo will save you over $1,000 instead of Embiid, and he has been remarkably consistent with under 40 DKFP just once in his past 10 contests.
Other Options — Joel Embiid ($9,000), Marquese Chriss ($6,200)
ValueJarrett Allen, BKN at PHI, $5,100 — Allen had over 23 DKFP in seven of his eight games before the break averaging 9.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23.0 minutes per game. He has had no trouble against the Sixers either, averaging 29.4 DKFP in three matchups with Philadelphia this season. Allen has the potential for a double-double with multiple blocks every contest, and he’s a solid mid-range play if you can’t go big with Bam, Embiid or both.
Other Options — Brandon Clarke ($5,100), Thon Maker ($4,500)
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