Happy Tuesday, folks! It’s Halloween night, and we have a small, four-game slate that is loaded with star power. As I always, make sure to monitor news throughout the day for any lineup changes, injuries or possible rotation adjustments that can affect players you are rostering. No team on tonight’s slate played Monday, so everyone should be well rested. Let’s take a look below at some players to target on Halloween night.
D’Angelo Russell ($7,300) – The Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns game should be filled with fantasy goodness. These teams rank first and second in pace this season, respectively, and the Suns rank 25th in defensive rating, while the Nets rank 28th. Russell has played fewer minutes in each of the last two games due to a knee issue, but unless we hear otherwise, he should play his regular allotment of minutes in this contest. He has displayed his 40+ fantasy point upside multiple times this season and gets a very good matchup tonight against a defense that has allowed +7.43 points above expectations to point guards.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,500), Russell Westbrook ($11,200)
Darren Collison ($6,000) – Collison is off to a nice start this season, averaging 33.2 minutes per game and 1.02 fantasy points per minute with a 17.7 percent usage rate. He does account for 31.6 percent of the assists for the Indiana Pacers, as well as 5.8 percent of the rebounds. He is shooting an impressive 51 percent from the field and has knocked down seven 3-pointers this season. He gets a nice matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who rank 24th in defensive rating and have allowed +4.86 points above expectations to the position. He is safe for cash and does offer some upside to warrant consideration in tournaments.
Other Options – Malcolm Brogdon ($5,600), Mike James ($4,900)
Devin Booker ($7,900) – Booker is coming off of a ceiling game, scoring 50+ fantasy points for the second time this season and now gets a matchup where another explosive evening is very possible, as the Nets play up in pace and are a poor defensive team. Booker has exceeded expectations 50 percent of the time this season by an average of 3.56 points. He leads the Suns with a 27.7 percent usage rate, averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minutes and 32.3 minutes per game. He has taken advantage in favorable matchups this season, so there is no reason to believe he cannot do so again tonight.
Other Options – Victor Oladipo ($7,300)
Avery Bradley ($5,700) – Bradley’s price increased by $600, but it is still at a point where value is attainable. He is averaging 30.2 minutes per game and sports a 22.4 percent usage rate. This is a favorable matchup for Bradley and the Detroit Pistons, as the Los Angeles Lakers have allowed +2.83 points above expectations to shooting guards and also play at the fifth-fastest pace, creating extra potential touch and steal opportunities for him. He has topped 28 fantasy points in three consecutive games and could make it a fourth on Halloween night.
Other Options – Josh Jackson ($3,800)
Paul George ($7,500) – George played just 29 minutes last game, but that was due to a blowout. Tonight the game should be far more competitive against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it should be business as usual for George and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 33.2 minutes per game and 1.07 fantasy points per minute, with a healthy 26.3 percent usage rate. This is the cheapest he has been all season, and although the matchup is not as appealing as I would like, he is still in a good position to exceed expectations at this price tag. If you decide to go balanced tonight, he makes a ton of sense.
Other Options – Carmelo Anthony ($7,100), Khris Middleton ($6,900)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($5,500) – Hollis-Jefferson makes for an interesting tournament play tonight because although there is some risk involved due to the inconsistent minutes, there is also plenty of upside. He is averaging 25.3 minutes per game and 1.02 fantasy points per minute and has a 20.3 percent usage rate. He faces off against the Suns, who have allowed +5.6 points above expectations to the position, ranking 25th in defensive rating and playing up in pace. Hollis-Jefferson has played 30 or more minutes in two of his last three games, scoring at least 28 fantasy points in each of those contests. If he plays decent minutes tonight, he should have no trouble paying off this salary and also has the potential to smash value.
Other Options – T.J. Warren ($5,200), Caris LeVert ($5,100)
Thaddeus Young ($5,200) – Young does not offer a huge ceiling, but he is playing consistent minutes for the Pacers, averaging 32.3 minutes per game and scoring 20 or more fantasy points in all but one game. He is not elite in any category; however, he grabs boards, gets occasional blocks and steals and has displayed his ability to drain the long ball while averaging 12.3 points per game. This is a good matchup for him as the Kings rank 24th in defensive rating and have allowed +8.08 points above expectations to the position. If you are looking for a safe floor at a reasonable price, Young fits the bill.
Other Options – Trevor Booker ($4,900), Kyle Kuzma ($4,700)
Andre Drummond ($8,200) – Drummond’s price is creeping up, but he is by far the best center available on the board tonight and gets a very good matchup. Drummond is averaging 14.4 rebounds per game, grabbing double-digit boards in every game thus far, and the Lakers are giving up 47.5 rebounds per game with a -2.0 differential. In addition, they have allowed +10.83 points above expectations to opposing centers. Drummond is averaging 1.27 fantasy points per minute with a healthy 19.1 percent usage rate and accounts for 26.2 percent of the Pistons’ rebounds as well as 11.3 percent of their assists. He has topped 40 fantasy points in five consecutive games and should feast in this matchup against Brook Lopez, who is not a gifted rebounds.
Steven Adams ($5,800) – Adams is playing well this season, averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while playing 31.2 minutes per game at 1.05 fantasy points per minute. He played just 28 minutes last game due to a blowout but did finish the day with 28.5 fantasy points. This is far from a great matchup against the Bucks, but that has not phased Adams this season, as he has been efficient in all but one game — and that was against an elite defender in Rudy Gobert. At this price point, Adams should find a way to pay off his salary and reach value.
Other Options – Brook Lopez ($5,500)
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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