Yesterday’s trade deadline didn’t result in any blockbuster moves, as some of the biggest names stayed right where they were, but there was a flurry of smaller moves that helped several teams reshape their rosters.
No team had as major of an overhaul as the Cavaliers, who traded away six players and got back four important pieces. At this point, it’s uncertain who will be able to get through physicals in time for tonight’s games, so stay tuned to DK Live for all the latest news to find out who will make their debut for their new team.
As the dust settles, Friday is the busiest day of the NBA week with 18 teams on the floor. It’s worth noting that the Hawks, Celtics, Hornets and Trail Blazers are playing for the second night in a row while the other 14 teams had yesterday off. As you get your roster together, make sure to take a look at these top targets, who should be set up for success based on matchup, role and form.
StudKyrie Irving ($7,900) — Irving led Boston to an OT win in Washington yesterday, scoring 28 points to go with six assists and five rebounds on his way to 46.25 fantasy points. He has at least 40 fantasy points in seven of his last eight games, and the one down game came when he played limited minutes in his first game back from a quad injury. Boston in on the second night of its back-to-back, but it has a good matchup at home against the Pacers. Kyrie had 40 and 38.25 fantasy points when the two teams met earlier this season, and he should be able to produce at least that many fantasy points tonight if he gets his usual minutes.
Other Options — Kemba Walker ($8,100), Zach LaVine ($6,100)
ValueIsh Smith ($5,700) — Ish has been playing well with Blake Griffin ($9,100) and Andre Drummond ($10,200) carrying much of the scoring load down low. When the Pistons host Griffin’s former team, the Clippers, tonight, Smith will look to keep his production rolling. He has at least 28 fantasy points in four of his last five games and has a pair of contests with over 35 fantasy points during that stretch. Smith hasn’t been piling up assists, but he gets a solid amount of rebounds and steals while also taking advantage of the space created by the dynamic tandem down low.
Other Options — Rajon Rondo ($5,000), Joe Young ($3,000)
StudJrue Holiday ($7,800) — Holiday and the Pelicans had their game rained out on Wednesday due to a leak in the roof of the Smoothie King Center, so they should be well-rested as they travel to Philly to face Holiday’s former team, the Sixers. Holiday has been playing well since the team lost DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) for the season. He is averaging 17.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 35.3 fantasy points in 35.4 minutes in those five games. Tonight, he should continue to get a high volume of usage, making him a nice option under $8K.
Other Options — CJ McCollum ($7,300), Jamal Murray ($6,300)
ValueBojan Bogdanovic ($5,200) — After being on the other side of that rained out game, the Pacers head to Boston to face the Celtics. In their last game, which was on Monday, Bogdanovic scored a season-high 29 points in his 37 minutes against Washington. He ended up with 43 DKFP, and he now has at least 31 in three of his last four contests. Bogdanovic tends to be a bit boom or bust, but he is getting his chances with double-digit shot attempts in four consecutive games. For as long as Darren Collison (knee) is out, Bogdanovic should continue to get plenty of chances.
Other Options — Joe Ingles ($5,100), E’Twaun Moore ($4,400)
StudJimmy Butler ($9,600) — Butler takes on the Bulls for the first time since they traded him to Minnesota this offseason. Butler comes in off a big game in Cleveland on Wednesday. Even though LeBron James hit a fall-away buzzer-beater to beat Butler and the Timberwolves, Butler finished with 35 points, six assists and five rebounds for a total of 55.25 fantasy points. He has over 39 fantasy points in eight of his last nine games and is coming off back-to-back performances with over 55 fantasy points. The Bulls have struggled defensively all season, and Butler will have extra motivation to pile it on them tonight in his return to the United Center.
Other Options — Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,500), Danilo Gallinari ($6,500)
ValueJ.R. Smith ($4,800) — The Cavs are not expected to have any of their new acquisitions available for their game against the Hawks, which leaves lots of work for Smith and the other few holdovers from before the deadline. Smith has been showing signs of shaking off his season-long shooting slump, posting at least 22 fantasy points in four of his last seven. He had 20 points in 36 minutes on Wednesday, hitting six 3-pointers. If Smith gets another heavy dosage of minutes, he’ll be in a good place to produce in a favorable matchup in Atlanta.
Other Options — Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,500), Jeff Green ($4,500)
StudLeBron James ($12,100) — While his new teammates acquired at the deadline might ultimately take more of the workload from LeBron moving forward, he likely will have to do all the heavy lifting tonight. James is an expensive play due to his expected workload, but he reminded everyone he can be worth almost any salary by dropping 80.5 fantasy points against the Timberwolves. He had 37 points, 15 assists and 10 boards in that game, and he should be able to dominate the Hawks tonight. In his three matchups with Atlanta earlier this season, LeBron averaged 60 fantasy points by posting 56.25, 59 and 64.75 fantasy points.
Other Options — Blake Griffin ($9,100), Dario Saric ($6,300)
ValueLuc Richard Mbah a Moute ($4,200) — While Mbah a Moute isn’t a top scoring option, he is getting lots of run for the Rockets and can be a nice way to save some salary. He has at least 18 fantasy points in four straight and five of his last six and is averaging 19.8 FPPG during that time. He has at least eight points in each of those six games while playing at least 30 minutes. There should continue to be plenty of work for him tonight as the Rockets host the Nuggets.
Other Options — Bobby Portis ($5,700), Jayson Tatum ($5,400)
StudAndre Drummond ($10,200) — Drummond went off for 64.75 fantasy points against the Nets by hauling in 27 rebounds; more than any player in a game this season. He has over 53 fantasy points in three straight and in four of his last five games. He’s meshing well with Blake Griffin, and the two big men will try to take down Griffin’s former team in the Motor City tonight.
Other Options — Anthony Davis ($11,100), Hassan Whiteside ($7,400)
ValueJohn Collins ($4,800) — While he’s no Drummond, Collins has pulled in double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games. He had 31.5 fantasy points and a double-double against the Grizzlies followed by 29.5 fantasy points against the Magic last night. Collins played 26 minutes in each of those contests, and it looks like the Hawks will give the rookie extra room to grow as the season winds down. He’ll get a good matchup against the short-handed Cavaliers tonight.
Other Options — Zach Randolph ($5,700), Ed Davis ($4,300)
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