Sandwiched between 10-game slates Wednesday and Friday, the NBA has a solid, focused four-game fantasy basketball slate on tap for Thursday night. The two early games feature the Warriors visiting Washington and the Thunder hosting the Pelicans, and the two later games are the Trail Blazers at the Suns and the Timberwolves taking on the Lakers. Only the Pelicans are on the second night of a back-to-back, so we should have fairly typical rotations for the other seven teams who had yesterday off.
There are always injury situations to monitor, so make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for the latest before tip-off. You can get your roster construction underway, though, with a look at these top studs and values who are primed for big nights at each position.
StudJrue Holiday, NO at OKC, $8,200 — Holiday has had to pick up his game without Anthony Davis (finger) and has gone off for more than 45 DKFP in five of his past six games, averaging 23.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 44.7 DKFP in 39.0 minutes per game. Holiday had 49 and 45.25 DKFP in two meetings with the Thunder earlier this season and is a great way to get elite guard production without paying more than $9K. Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($10,700), CJ McCollum ($6,300)
ValueTomas Satoransky, WAS vs. GS, $5,400 — Satoransky has also been out-producing his salary lately with at least 29 DKFP in four of his past five games. He has assumed a huge role in the backcourt since the injury to John Wall (knee) and has played at least 35 minutes in three of his past four games. He doesn’t typically score a ton of points but contributes good steals, assists and rebounds. He’s a solid low-risk mid-range option in what should be an up-tempo game against Golden State.
Other Options — Rajon Rondo ($5,200), Seth Curry ($3,200)
StudBradley Beal, WAS vs. GS, $8,900 — Beal has stepped up as the Wizards’ top offensive option without Wall and has produced huge results. He exploded for 93.5 DKFP and a triple-double against the Raptors last Sunday and has at least 44 DKFP in six of his past eight contests. He has shown he can single-handedly carry the Washington offense and gets a heavy volume as long as games stay competitive. If he can help the Wizards keep up with Golden State, his ceiling is the roof, as a certain former Wizard once said. Other Options — Stephen Curry ($9,100), Klay Thompson ($6,400)
ValueAndre Iguodala, GS at WAS, $3,800 — Iguodala has continued his solid production off the bench for the Warriors and has become a reliable fantasy bargain. He had at least 20 DKFP in six of his previous seven games before posting just 16.25 DKFP Monday against the Lakers. He played well in that game, making all three of his shots, but only had to play 21 minutes as a result of the score. Iguodala’s time on the court can fluctuate, but he almost always finds enough ways to chip in counting stats to make him a viable play under $4K.
Other Options — Andrew Wiggins ($5,600), Evan Turner ($4,200)
StudPaul George, OKC vs. NO, $9,600 — George gets a great matchup against the Pelicans, who have struggled to defend forwards this season. He comes in on a nice roll, too, having scored 30-plus points in three straight and produced more than 49 DKFP in four of his past five. On Tuesday, PG13 had 36 points and added eight rebounds, five steals, four assists for a massive 64 DKFP. He also had a pair of good games against the Pelicans earlier this season and finished with 52 and 53.25 DKFP in those two contests. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,000), Brandon Ingram ($6,200)
ValueKelly Oubre Jr., PHO vs. POR, $5,700 — Oubre will try to attack the same matchup George exploited as he and the Suns host the Trail Blazers. After a slow start with the Suns, Oubre has scored double-digit points in his past eight games off the bench. He has averaged 19.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks over that span, producing 34.2 DKFP per contest. He can go off in the right situation but also has shown he can be a consistent contributor even with the Suns getting back to full strength with Devin Booker ($7,500) back in the lineup.
Other Options — Josh Okogie ($4,400), Jake Layman ($3,200)
StudKyle Kuzma, LAL vs. MIN, $6,900 — Kuzma struggled on Monday against the Warriors, shooting 7-for-18 and totaling just 20 DKFP on 16 points in 33 minutes. The game was out of reach for the Lakers early, and Kuzma couldn’t help them claw their way back into it. He played much better in Los Angeles’ two previous games with 55.5 DKFP against the Thunder and 51 DKFP against the Rockets. Even if Rajon Rondo ($5,200) returns, there should still be heavy usage for Kuz in a favorable matchup at home against the Timberwolves. He isn’t as sure of a thing as some of the other plays available, but there aren’t many options under $7K with his sky-high ceiling. Other Options — Julius Randle ($7,800), Otto Porter Jr. ($6,100)
ValueJerami Grant, OKC vs. NO, $5,000 — Grant has double-digit points and more than 24 DKFP in seven straight games, averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots, 1.3 assists and 32 DKFP. He has emerged as a key contributor alongside George in the frontcourt and has helped the Thunder take the next step and become one of the best teams in the Western Conference. He’s flying a little under the radar but should be able to continue his solid fantasy run in a favorable matchup with New Orleans.
Other Options — Dragan Bender ($4,600), Kevon Looney ($4,200)
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN at LAL, $10,200 — Towns only needed 31 minutes Tuesday to go off for 65.5 DKFP against the hapless Suns. He posted 25 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in his dominant performance and now has 55-plus DKFP in seven of his past 10 contests. Towns has faced the Lakers three times this season and went off for 64.5 and 67.5 DKFP in two of those outings, including smashing them for 28 points and 18 boards earlier this month. KAT usually feasts in this kind of matchups and is my favorite five-figure salary to build around on the slate. Other Options — Jusuf Nurkic ($8,000), DeMarcus Cousins ($5,800)
ValueJahlil Okafor, NO at OKC, $4,900 — With Anthony Davis (finger) out, the Pelicans will be forced to lean heavily on Okafor if Nikola Mirotic ($6,800; calf) isn’t able to play after leaving Wednesday’s game after 24 minutes and not being able to return. Okafor ended up with 31 minutes as a result of Mirotic’s injury and finished with 17 points, 10 boards and six blocks for 40.5 DKFP. It was a strong follow-up to his 20 points and 10 rebounds in Memphis on Monday, when he finished with 40.0 DKFP. After logging more than 30 minutes in each contest, fatigue is a concern for the big man, who is averaging just 10.6 minutes per game this season. However, if Mirotic is unable to play, Okafor will be forced to take on as much work as he can handle.
Other Options — Ivica Zubac ($4,700), Richaun Holmes ($4,100)
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