WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – MARVIN WILLIAMS
After an 11-game slate on Monday night, we have just three games tonight. Despite the small slate, there are still plenty of options to dig through, so let’s get into some of tonight’s targets to consider.
Kemba Walker ($8,500) – Walker faces off against the Nets who are giving up the most fantasy points, third most points, third most assists and most steals per game to opposing point guards. They are ranked 27th in defensive efficiency and play paced up, creating some extra touch opportunities. Walker somewhat struggled in his recent three-game road trip, but returns to Charlotte where he has topped 44 fantasy points in two straight games. It would not be surprising if he continued that streak tonight at home.
Other Options – Damian Lillard $8,600 (check status)
Patrick Beverley ($5,200) – Beverley does not have the highest of ceilings, but he has been steady, scoring over 20 fantasy points in nine of his last 10 games. Tonight’s matchup is one that favors him, as Orlando is yielding the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. In addition, they are ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency. The one time that they faced each other this season, Beverley scored 38.8 fantasy points.
Other Options – Yogi Ferrell $6,000 (if Deron Williams is out) , Elfrid Payton $5,600
Nicolas Batum ($7,600) – Do not let his previous game discourage you, he played against the Jazz, who are a tough defensive team and play at a very slow pace. However, that is not the case with the Nets, who play at the fastest pace in the league and are ranked 27th in defensive efficiency. Opposing shooting guards are averaging 44.4 fantasy points per game against Brooklyn, which is the second most in the league. In three games against the Nets, he is averaging 40.3 fantasy points per game and has topped 44 fantasy points in each of the last two games against them.
Other Options – James Harden $13,300, C.J. McCollum $7,300
Evan Fournier ($5,600) – Fournier has struggled with his shot since returning from a six-game absence. In his last four games, he has averaged 12.5 points, four rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, while shooting just 35 percent from the field. The good news is that he has played at least 30 minutes in each of his last four games. The matchup is a good one for Fournier, as the Rockets play up-tempo basketball and surrender the third most fantasy points per game to small forwards.
Other Options – Seth Curry $5,900, Eric Gordon $5,400
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($5,100) – His minutes have not been steady in recent games, but MKG is in a good spot and comes at a reasonable price. The Nets give up the most fantasy points per game to small forwards, and by now you are aware that they are ranked 27th in defensive efficiency. In their last meeting, he scored 40.5 fantasy points and is averaging 33.3 fantasy points per game versus them this season. His volatility makes him a tournament only option for me, as he can really underwhelm at times, but he does offer 7X-8X upside in this spot.
Other Options – Wesley Matthews $5,800, Trevor Ariza $5,300
Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,100) – Aminu has been very steady from a fantasy standpoint and will typically not hurt you. He has topped 23 fantasy points in four consecutive games and has exceeded value 80 percent of the time in his last 10 games by an average of 2.3 points. This is not the most ideal matchup for him, as Dallas fares well against power forwards. However, in three games against the Mavs, he has averaged 27.5 fantasy points, eclipsing 34 fantasy points once.
Other Options – Harrison Barnes $6,400, Serge Ibaka $6,200
Brook Lopez ($7,000) – Lopez had a nice game against the Hornets in their last meeting, scoring 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks, which was good for 40.75 fantasy points. The Hornets are yielding the seventh most fantasy points and most three-pointers per game to centers. He has drained just one from beyond the arc in his last four games, but that should change tonight. In three games against Charlotte, he has averaged 35.1 fantasy points per game and has drained six three-pointers.
Other Options – Nikola Vucevic $6,800
Clint Capela ($5,300) – Capela has been one rebound shy of a double-double in two straight games, and he’s played over 30 minutes in each of those contests. Tonight he faces off against the Magic who are giving up the third most rebounds per game with a negative 2.6 differential. They allow the ninth most fantasy points per game to centers and are ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency. He has started off the month of February strong and should continue that streak in tonight’s contest. At this price, he offers 7X-8X upside.
Other Options – Mason Plumlee $5,900
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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