WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – ISAIAH THOMAS
It’s a jam packed 13-game slate on this Thanksgiving Eve. Check out some of the best and worst matchups below. For questions or comments hit me up on Twitter: @julianedlow.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
BEST – Isaiah Thomas ($8,000) vs. Brooklyn Nets –The Nets rank dead last this season against PGs, and have gotten even worse in their last five games (allowing 73.6 Draftings Fantasy Points [DKFP] to the position). You know Thomas is going to get his shots up, so he should thrive. The Magic have been equally bad against PGs over their last five games, so it’s worth mentioning Eric Bledsoe ($7,000) as well.
WORST – Chris Paul ($8,500) vs. Dallas Mavericks – CP3 has already failed to hit value in six of his last 10 games, and now faces a matchup with a stingy Mavs’ D. Dallas tops the NBA in limiting PGs (45.3 DKFP) and has only improved in its last five games (40.6 DKFP).
Shooting Guard Matchups
BEST – Nicolas Batum ($6,100) vs. San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs continue to get even worse defending the SG position. They now rank 27th in the NBA and have allowed an average of 52 DKFP to SGs in their last five games. Batum has topped 40 DKFP in four of his last six games entering the matchup with San Antonio.
WORST – Seth Curry ($5,400) vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Curry has been fantastic filling in with all the injuries in Dallas’ backcourt. But with his rise in salary, he’s also failed to hit value in three of his last four games — the one game he did exceed value coming against the Spurs, of course. His matchup with the Clippers couldn’t get much tougher, as they rank third in the NBA against opposing SGs.
Small Forward Matchups
BEST – Kevin Durant ($9,700) vs. Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers (who already ranked in the bottom third of the league against SFs) have been the NBA’s worst when it comes to defending the position over the last five games. Letting up nearly 55 DKFP per contest, so KD looks to be in a good spot.
WORST – Robert Covington ($4,100) vs. Memphis Grizzlies — The price is right with Covington, but he actually failed to reach value in five consecutive games until Monday’s matchup with the Heat. Now he’ll face what’s been a lockdown Memphis defense of late, and ranks in the top-3 against opposing SFs.
Power Forward Matchups
BEST – Kevin Love ($7,700) vs. Portland Trailblazers – Portland ranks last in the league at defending PFs, putting Love in a great spot considering LeBron will likely be the Blazers’ focal point. That leaves plenty of room for Love, who exceeded value in three straight games prior to the Cavs blowing out the Pistons, to attack Portland’s weak spots.
WORST – Kenneth Faried ($5,500) vs. Utah Jazz – Faried has been hot of late, but his streak came to a screeching halt in a matchup with Utah on Sunday when he managed a mere 14.5 DKFP. Another matchup with the Jazz (who rank first in the league against PFs) seems like a no brainer fade to me.
BEST – Brook Lopez ($6,700) vs. Boston Celtics- Although Al Horford’s return has helped Boston in many ways, the Celtics’ fantasy weakness against centers has not improved. Lopez has been very consistent over his last six games and will get one of his best matchups yet tonight.
WORST – Joel Embiid ($6,000) vs. Memphis Grizzlies- I love everything about Embiid except for his matchup tonight. Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies rank tops in the league against opposing centers, which makes Embiid even shakier on his 24-minute restriction.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Russell Westbrook ($12,300) – Westbrook might not have the “best” matchup of the night, but he still is in a great spot at Sacramento. Westbrook was two rebounds away from his third consecutive 30-point triple-double in his last game. Something he’s capable of even in a bad matchup.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
J.R. Smith ($4,100) – Portland has allowed a league-high 57.5 DKFP to SGs over its last five games. At Smith’s price there’s no reason for him not to exploit that matchup.
Next Man Up
Jose Calderon ($3,000) – D’Angelo Russell will be sidelined for his second straight game with a knee injury at Golden State on Wednesday. When he sat against the Thunder last night, Calderon played 23 minutes and posted 30.5 DKFP.
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