Here are my top targets for Sunday evening’s main four-game slate.
StudRussell Westbrook ($11,600) — Westbrook remains questionable with an ankle injury, so we need to make sure he’ll actually be on the floor against Memphis. Despite the poor matchup, Westbrook’s proven capable of remaining consistent in any situation, and is the star worth paying for on this slate. However, if we receive news Westbrook will be sidelined, Raymond Felton ($3,600) becomes an elite value.
Editor’s note: Russell Westbrook (ankle) and Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will not play tonight.
Other Options — Damian Lillard ($8,700)
ValueYogi Ferrell ($3,900) — Dallas will be without Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Barea while entering a paced up game against the Rockets. That leaves a ton of value on the board. Not much explanation is needed here — Ferrell is under $4k and in line for a ton of minutes.
Other Options — Andrew Harrison ($4,700)
StudJames Harden ($11,400) — Harden is pretty fairly priced here, and should make for a solid cash play against the Mavericks. While Dallas can be a slower team, Harden’s consistently topped 50 DKFP (eight of his last nine games), including 58.75 DKFP against the Mavs.
Other Options — C.J. McCollum ($6,700)
ValueDonovan Mitchell ($6,800) — Mitchell was a complete no-show in consecutive games, which has helped his salary decline a little bit. The rookie bounced back on Friday night, scoring 41 DKFP in 39 minutes against Charlotte. While the Blazers aren’t an ideal opponent, Mitchell is at a price where we can take advantage regardless of the matchup.
Other Options — Buddy Hield ($4,600)
StudHarrison Barnes ($6,300) — The forward position, on the whole, is extremely limited on this slate when it comes to places to pay up. Barnes isn’t even all that expensive, but he is the guy to target is you need to spend the salary. Barnes provides a high floor against the Rockets, and he comes with the safety of a short rotation for the Mavericks, so his minutes could be on the rise. Other Options — Paul George ($9,100) (If Westbrook is out)
Doug McDermott ($3,500) — If you haven’t picked up on this yet, the Mavericks are where we’re going to find the value on this slate. That includes newcomer Dougie McBuckets. McDermott played 21 minutes in his team debut on Saturday, scoring 18.25 DKFP. His role should only expand in this game.
Other Options — Dillon Brooks ($4,400)
StudZach Randolph ($6,000) — Yup, this is seriously the top option at PF. Randolph makes for a decent play, but with no real studs to target here, the real message is to pay down at this position.
Other Options — None
ValueDwight Powell ($5,100) — I expect Powell to be the most popular play on this slate. But with just four games, that doesn’t mean you should look away from him. With 27 or more DKFP in each of his last four games, Powell is already underpriced even if Dallas was at full strength. With them banged up, he becomes an elite value.
Other Options — Maxi Kleber ($3,700)
StudKarl-Anthony Towns ($9,000) — KAT is coming off a poor performance against the Bulls, but who better for a bounce-back game than one of the worst defensive teams versus the center position in the NBA — the Sacramento Kings. Towns is extremely affordable for such a terrific matchup. Don’t let Thursday’s outing scare you away.
Other Options — Clint Capela ($7,700)
ValueJusuf Nurkic ($5,700) — Nurk has a tough matchup against Utah, but the size in the frontcourt is going to require Portland to match. That potentially means some extra minutes for Nurkic. His game log is all over the place, but Nurk has an extremely high ceiling for his price point. I like him as a GPP play on the slate.
Other Options — Steven Adams ($6,400)
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