There is a solid eight game schedule courtesy of The Association tonight and while the Fantasy Football World Championships take place in Los Angeles you can punch your ticket to the Fantasy Basketball World Championships in San Diego tonight! Okay then, let’s get to the recommendations!
Chris Paul – LAC vs SAC – $9,200 – There is a chance that DeAndre Jordan misses another game with pneumonia after ending his streak of 360 consecutive games played on Wednesday. Either way, Chris Paul is a fine option against Rajon Rondo and in the first two meetings this season he is averaging 37.3mpg, 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 11.0apg and 1.5spg for 44.1 DraftKings points. Sacramento is in the bottom five this season for most fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards, further enhancing CP3’s potential.
Damian Lillard – POR at PHI – $9,400 – There is certainly no shorting of point guards Saturday and it is probably a good strategy to get two or even three in your lineups today. Over his last four games, Lillard has been outstanding and is averaging 31.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 9.8apg and 2.5 combined blocks and steals for 59.4 DraftKings points. This is a fine matchup and it would be no surprise if Damian was the leading fantasy scorer at the end of the night.
Mario Chalmers – MEM vs NYK – $6,500 – It looks like Mike Conley is going to miss his sixth straight game. This means more of the same from Chalmers who should continue to see the upper 30 minute range for playing time and he is a great bet to approach 6x value on his current price point.
Khris Middleton – MIL at CHA – $6,800 – In six of his last ten games, Middleton has surpassed 39 DraftKings points including two 50+ fantasy point outings. He chips in across the box score in every category except blocks and has a relatively safe floor. He shifts between the two-guard and small forward on offense and it would make sense that he will be guarded a fair amount by Nicholas Batum. Regardless, he should be a productive option in all formats tonight as the Hornets are middle of the road at best against wings.
Rodney Hood – UTA vs LAL – $6,100 – This is an easy call, with Derrick Favors sitting for the 13th straight game with back issues and Trevor Booker ruled out with a concussion, Hood should continue to see 12-15 field goal attempts in a nice up-an-down game with the Lakers tonight. While his production has been sporadic in January, if you look a little deeper in his game log you will see a couple glorious forty fantasy point performances. For this price, I am leaning more towards Hood as a tournament option with his upside.
Jamal Crawford – LAC vs SAC – $4,100 – Yup, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more we will be looking at shooting guards facing the Sacramento Kings. Over the last three seasons, the Sacramento Kings have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing two-guards and both Crawford and teammate J.J. Redick – $5,200 are viable options.
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs LAL – $7,500 – Over his last seven games, Hayward has averaged 17 field goal attempts per contest. Putting that in perspective, there are currently only 15 players averaging a higher field goal attempt rate on the season. That is some serious volume against a team with limited defenders and the Jazz themselves a little thin. Hayward is a fine building block in all formats tonight.
Jae Crowder – BOS at WAS – $6,400 – Much like picking on the Kings with shooting guards, we want to target the Washington Wizards with opposing small forwards as they are allowing the most points to the position this season and they are thin with injuries to Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat.
Crowder is a nice differentiation play as he is appropriately priced for his new level of production this season and most fantasy gamers are used to seeing him in the $5k range. In his two prior meetings with the Wizards, he has tallied 34.6 DraftKings points and that seems like a very attainable projection for Saturday night.
Chris Johnson – UTA vs LAL – $3,400 – Johnson is an extreme discount option best left for tournaments, however, there is a chance he could draw a start tonight. Last Sunday in a similar situation, he posted 21.5 DraftKings points against the Lakers in Los Angeles, so keep him in mind tonight as we approach tip off.
Paul Millsap – ATL vs BKN – $8,100 – Though this will be the third game in four nights and the Hawks were involved in an overtime game Friday night in Milwaukee, Millsap has not played excessive minutes. He is a steady option who is usually right around his season average of 40 DraftKings points and he has 50+ fantasy point upside when called upon. The best part is that most gamers continually over look him, making him a terrific differentiation play.
Thaddeus Young – BKN at ATL – $7,100 – Speaking of overlooked, we can stay in the same game and look at power forward for the Brooklyn Nets. Thaddeus Young is one of the few assets that the Nets have and there are whispers that they want to showcase him to build up his trade value. In his last two meetings with the Hawks, he has averaged 33.1 minutes and 36.0 fantasy points. While he is more suited for tournaments with his upside potential, he is a solid mid-tier play at his current price point.
Larry Nance Jr – LAL at UTA – $5,000 – It sounds like Brandon Bass will miss another game with his ankle injury and this makes Nance a safe option as he should see a secure 25-28 minutes of court time. Last Sunday he torched the Jazz for 32.8 DraftKings points on 4 of 11 shooting for 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist and a block. He projects out to 25-28 fantasy points in this matchup tonight and he is an intriguing discount option.
Al Horford – ATL vs BKN – $6,900 – Horford did play 41 minutes in last night overtime game in Milwaukee, so watch for any signals coming from the Hawks about him getting a break tonight. I suspect he will be a full go with the Hawks next game on Monday and with them in the middle of the crowded Eastern Conference standings, it would make sense that they will go for the winnable game tonight. If we toss out Wednesday’s foul plagued abysmal performance, Horford is averaging 22 field goal attempts in the other two contests. That is a lot of opportunity and when combined with his very reasonable price tag and his 37.4 fantasy points per game in the previous two meetings with Brooklyn, he will be hard to pass up.
Kelly Olynyk – BOS at WAS – $4,800 – Olynyk got hot last night from long range going 4 of 6 on his three point attempts on his way to 42.8 DraftKings points. Unfortunately, that will draw a lot of attention to him in a matchup I was hoping would go unnoticed. In his last two games against Washington this season, he has given the Wizards fits averaging 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 3.0spg, 1.0bpg and 3.5 three-pointers. That my friends works out to 36 fantasy points and would be just over 7x his current price point. Make sure to have a few lineups with Kelly O. tonight.
Cole Aldrich – LAC vs SAC – $3,500 – If DeAndre Jordan is out again with pneumonia, then Cole Aldrich becomes an excellent option against his former team the Kings.