With Sunday featuring the big game, we have a very intriguing ten game set for our Saturday night entertainment tipping off at 7pm ET. This article will focus on the full twenty team player pool.
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Stephen Curry – GSW at SAC – $9,600 – I’m recommending him as a tournament only option with Curry’s price rocketing up just over ten percent in the last forty-eight hours. This is a back-to-back game for the Kings who hosted the Suns last night, and with them still being somewhat short-handed they may be run out of their own gym by halftime. However, we have heard Kevin Durant (the 2014 NBA MVP) encourage Curry who is the two-time current reigning MVP to do his thing and KD will fit in. His thing is draining buckets from downtown and as we saw on Tuesday night when he shot 11 of 15 from beyond the arc, including a half dozen treys in the first quarter, the points can add up early and often.
John Wall – WAS vs NOP – $10,200 – On the flipside, Wall is more of a “head-to-head” play for me with his very safe floor, but he does have upside as we saw last week when he went for 53.8 DKFP against the Pelicans in New Orleans. Just keep in mind that even though on the season the Pelicans have been in the bottom five against opposing point guards and in the bottom third of the league over their last dozen games, from a fantasy perspective, Jrue Holiday is a very solid defender, so Wall is going to have to work for his points. However, as we saw in the last matchup, he is willing to facilitate as evidenced by his career high 19 assists.
Other Options – Kyrie Irving ($8,200)
Jrue Holiday – NOP at WAS – $7,400 – Over his last half dozen games, Holiday has been phenomenal with 37.3mpg, 24.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 9.0apg and 3.7 combined blocks/assists for a terrific 50.6 DKFP average. Last Sunday, he tallied 52 DKFP against the Wizards in New Orleans.
Other Options – George Hill ($5,600), Tyler Johnson ($5,100)
Dion Waiters – MIA vs PHI – $6,900 – Look, I am just as surprised as you that Dion Waiters is legitimately in the “stud” category; however, with five 40+ DKFP performances over his last seven games, we have to set aside our preconceived notions and embrace the new world in which we are living.
Bradley Beal – WAS vs NOP – $6,900 – The Wizards have not had back-to-back games since January 24th, and they will not until the first week of March. This should do wonders for Beal who is forever dealing with nagging shin and ankle issues. He is squarely in play for me on Saturday against the Pellies who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing two-guards over their last thirteen games. This is also something for us to keep in mind over the next few weeks that this schedule and the upcoming All-Star Break should serve to keep Beal fresh and effective.
Other Options – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,900)
Iman Shumpert – CLE at NYK – $4,100 – The Shumpster is no stranger to Madison Square Garden having spent the first three and a half seasons of his career with the Knicks. He has topped 18+ DKFP in eight of his last ten games with seven outings above twenty-two fantasy points. I think he is a fine option to fill the pesky shooting guard position in tournaments if you are looking for a discount dandy for that roster slot.
Other Options – Courtney Lee ($4,200), C.J. Miles ($4,100)
LeBron James – CLE at NYK – $10,500 – After losing three games in a row, the Cavaliers have been propelled by “Angry” LeBron and have won three of their last four games. He generally shows out well against the Knicks and he has scored no fewer than 42 DKFP against them in his last half dozen appearances.
Other Options – Giannis Antentokounmpo (10,300), Kawhi Leonard ($9,300)
Markieff Morris – WAS vs NOP – $6,900 – After a December swoon, Morris has been coming on strong as he acclimates to the Wizards offense (remember, he has not even been with the club for a full year after his post-All Star Break trade last season from the Suns). In thirteen of his last fourteen games he has tallied 30+ DKFP, and this is a fine matchup for him on Saturday night.
Dario Saric – PHI at MIA – $4,800 – I think Saric is a solid option at either forward position. He should continue to produce in the mid-20s from a fantasy point perspective, and if Robert Covington and Joel Embiid continue to be sidelined, he should see close to thirty minutes of action. If one or both of those guys are back, then Saric should still see mid-20s minutes in the rotation as the ‘Sixers continue to give experience to their younger guys.
Other Options – Dion Waiters ($6,900), Vince Carter ($3,600)
Paul Millsap – ATL vs ORL – $7,500 – Solid, that is the best descriptor for Millsap who produces across the board and is a dependable player. He has been a little sluggish over his last two games, but do not forget he played SIXTY MINUTES last Sunday in the four overtime game against the Knicks. Having the last 48 hours off should improve his production.
Other Options – Markieff Morris ($6,900), DeMarcus Cousins ($10,700)
James Johnson – MIA vs PHI – $5,800 – The Heat are going to need Johnson’s defense against the 76ers frontcourt, and he should be refreshed after having 72 hours off. Over his last four games he is averaging 36 DKFP, and I think he is a fine option in all formats.
Frank Kaminsky – CHA at UTA – $4,200 – While I do not often even consider taking players against Utah’s formidable frontcourt, Kaminsky gets special consideration as one of the few remaining healthy bigs after Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes were traded to Milwaukee earlier this week. As long as Cody Zeller is out of action again, Kaminsky will be called upon to help rebound and space the floor with his mid-range jumpers, and he should have enough opportunity to outpace his very reasonable price tag, despite the difficult matchup.
Other Options – Tobias Harris ($5,500), JaMychal Green ($3,900)
Anthony Davis – NOP at WAS – $10,400 – The analysis from last Sunday was validated and still holds true with Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Jason Smith ill-equipped to stop The Brow from having his way on offense. While a repeat performance of his 70.8 DKFP showing is going to be a tough act to replicate, it is hard for me to envision him putting up a poor performance, so long as he can stay healthy.
Other Options – Karl Anthony-Towns ($9,000)
Dwight Howard – ATL vs ORL – $7,200 – Clearly someone in the league’s schedule making department has a sense of humor with D12 getting back-to-back “revenge” games against two of his former teams. He has performed solidly in his last few meetings with the Magic, and getting Friday off after his 24 point / 23 rebound performance against the Rockets should have him raring to go on Saturday.
Rudy Gobert – UTA vs CHA – $7,500 – The Stifle Tower gets a great matchup against a very thin Charlotte frontcourt tonight, and he is CONSTANTLY overlooked. On a robust ten game slate like tonight, it will be a surprise to me if his popularity jumps. I like rolling with two centers tonight with all the great options on the slate.
Other Options – Tristan Thompson ($5,000), Dewayne Dedmon ($4,200), Guillermo Hernangomez ($4,500)
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