We have nine games spread out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In this article, I’ll be focusing on the four-game, night slate, so let’s jump into some of tonight’s targets to consider.
Kyrie Irving ($8,000) – The point guard position is star-studded tonight, and there are plenty of options. Irving is one of my favorites, not only because of his price, but this is also a good spot for him. The Warriors play up in pace, creating extra touch opportunities for opponents. In his last game, Irving scored 25 points with 10 assists, six boards and seven steals, which was good for 63 fantasy points. This should be another close and high-scoring affair with plenty of fantasy goodness.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook $12,300, Chris Paul $9,800
George Hill ($6,800) – This is not the absolute best value play, but if you do not want to pay up for point guard today, Hill is in a great situation. The Suns are yielding the sixth most fantasy points, most points and second most three-pointers per game to opposing point guards. They have allowed 3.6 points above expectation to the position. In addition, Phoenix plays at the third highest pace and they rank 24th in defensive efficiency.
Other Options – Eric Bledsoe $6,800, Austin Rivers $4,900
Nicolas Batum ($7,300) – Batum returned to action after missing two games with a knee injury and played 32 minutes, showing no signs of any lingering effects. Tonight he plays the Celtics who could be without Avery Bradley once again, a good defensive player (check back close to game start for Bradley’s status). If that is the case, Batum is in a favorable situation. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 34.7 minutes, 19.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 41.6 fantasy points per game in his last nine. During that stretch, he scored fewer than 35 fantasy points just once, while scoring over 50 fantasy points twice. In two games against the Celtics this season, he is averaging 39 fantasy points per game. Even if Bradley is active, Batum is in play.
Other Options – Klay Thompson $6,500
Victor Oladipo ($5,600) – Oladipo has become much more consistent as the season has progressed, and that means a higher floor. He also has plenty of upside, making him an enticing option at this price. In the month of January, he is averaging 34.4 minutes, 17.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 29.3 fantasy points per game. During that stretch, he has eclipsed 30 fantasy points four times, while scoring fewer than 27 just twice.
Other Options – Joe Ingles $3,900
LeBron James ($10,100) – James exploded earlier this season for 31 points, 13 rebounds, four dimes, two steals, and four three-pointers against the Warriors, which was good for 60.3 fantasy points. He has always shined when up against Kevin Durant. Going back to the 2014-15 season, James has scored at least 56 fantasy points when facing KD. This is no secret- he offers a high floor along with plenty of upside and stuffs the stat sheet on a nightly basis.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,900, Gordon Hayward $7,900
Jae Crowder ($5,300) – Crowder has scored at least 30 fantasy points in two consecutive games and continues to play big minutes for Boston. Tonight he faces off against the Hornets who are giving up the eighth most fantasy points and fifth most points to opposing small forwards. In two games against the Celtics, he is averaging 30.5 fantasy points per game. While he is not a high ceiling player, he has been somewhat steady for most of the season, and at this price he does offer 6X upside.
Other Options – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5,200
Draymond Green ($7,600) – On paper, this is not the most appealing matchup, but Green contributes to just about every category and comes at a reasonable price considering his abilities. This should be a tight game with plenty of scoring, which translates into fantasy goodness. He did not fare well against the Cavs in their last meeting, but averaged 46.9 fantasy points per game against them in the previous four matchups. Green has scored over 30 fantasy points in eight straight games, including five 39+ fantasy point and three 42+ fantasy point games.
Other Options – Kevin Love $8,100
Derrick Favors ($4,900) – Favors continues to provide a steady floor, despite playing between 18-34 minutes in his last 10 games. During that stretch, he is averaging 9.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 22.4 fantasy points per game. He has eclipsed 24 fantasy points six times during that timeframe, while scoring fewer than 20 fantasy points just twice. He faced off against the Suns on December 31st and finished with 24.5 fantasy points in 24 minutes. The Suns are giving up the seventh most fantasy points per game and have allowed 1.01 points above expectation to opposing power forwards. Favors creates some salary relief and should have be able to pay off his salary tonight.
Al Horford ($6,700) – Horford continues to produce, averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 blocks per game for the season. Tonight he faces off against the Hornets, a team that has allowed 1.33 points above expectation to opposing centers and are yielding the fifth most fantasy points per game. Charlotte is also surrendering the ninth most rebounds per game to opponents. Centers are averaging 20.7 points and 15.3 rebounds against them, putting Horford in a favorable situation at a reasonable price. In two games against the Hornets, Horford is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, four assists, 3.5 blocks and 38 fantasy points per game.
Other Options – DeAndre Jordan $7,700, Rudy Gobert $7,100
Enes Kanter ($6,100) – The price is up on Kanter, but with Steven Adams being evaluated for a concussion and his status up in the air tonight, Kanter could be in for a bigger role. As it is, he is averaging 26.1 minutes, 20 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 37 fantasy points per game. He flashed his upside in last night’s game with a 50 fantasy point outing. Although the matchup is not the greatest, Kanter is averaging 23.1 minutes, 14 points, 10.3 rebounds and 29.4 fantasy points per game against the Clippers. That translates to 1.3 fantasy points per minute, so if he plays upwards of 30 minutes tonight he offers a potential floor of 38 fantasy points.
Other Options – Tyson Chandler $4,900, Cody Zeller $4,700
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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