We have a six-game slate tonight and some interesting options at hand, so let’s jump into some of tonight’s targets to consider.
Isaiah Thomas ($9,300) – Thomas is playing really good basketball right now, averaging 35.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 5.1 three-pointers and 49.3 fantasy points per game over his last 10. During that stretch, he has topped 60 fantasy points twice, 50 fantasy points five times and has scored fewer than 46 fantasy points just two times.
Other Options – John Wall $9,400, Eric Bledsoe $8,900, Kyle Lowry $8,800, Elfrid Payton ($6,400), T.J. McConnell $5,500
Dwyane Wade ($6,800) – Wade is coming off of a monster game against the Kings. In that contest, he scored 40 points, stuffed the stat sheet and finished with 56.5 fantasy points. While expecting a repeat is unrealistic, a stellar performance tonight is not out of reach. Over the last 10 games, Orlando is giving up the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. In their last meeting, Wade scored 33.3 fantasy points in 24.6 minutes.
Other Options – Devin Booker $6,900, Zach LaVine $6,500
Alec Burks ($3,000) – Burks isn’t the safest play because he is not playing big minutes, but he has been producing in limited playing time and has a great matchup tonight. Over the last two games, he is averaging 22 minutes, 13 points, three rebounds, 1.5 assists and 21 fantasy points per game. Tonight he faces off against the Nuggets who have allowed 2.91 points above expectation to opposing shooting guards. In addition, they are giving up the most fantasy points, points and assists per game to the position. Lastly, they rank 29th in defensive efficiency and play at the fifth highest pace in the league.
Other Options – J.J. Redick $5,100, Joe Ingles $4,900
Jimmy Butler ($9,000) – Butler has come back down to earth the last two games, scoring fewer than 40 fantasy points in each of those contests. However, prior to that, he had topped 50 fantasy points in five of his last eight games, including a 65+ and 80+ fantasy point game, while only scoring fewer than 40 fantasy points once. Tonight he takes on the Magic who are giving up the eighth most fantasy points per game for the season and the fourth most over the last five games. In their last meeting, Butler scored 43.4 fantasy points in 30 minutes, and he offers one of the higher ceilings of tonight’s slate.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard $9,200, Gordon Hayward $7,200, Andrew Wiggins $7,000
Aaron Gordon ($5,700) – Gordon is very volatile and is a tournament only option for me tonight. He is now averaging 33.2 minutes and 26.2 fantasy points per game over his last six. During that stretch, he has topped 32 fantasy points three times. While the matchup is not the greatest, he has done well against Chicago in the past, scoring 30 fantasy points in 30 minutes the last time they faced each other.
Other Options – Jae Crowder $5,600, Robert Covington $5,600, Danilo Gallinari $5,400
Markieff Morris ($6,300) – Morris has played well as of late, averaging 17.4 points, 9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 36.9 fantasy points per game in his last 9. During that stretch, he has scored fewer than 31 fantasy points just once and has 3 double-doubles. The Celtics are yielding the fifth most fantasy points per game to power forwards and have allowed 2.71 points above expectation to the position. He already had success against them several games ago, so a repeat is not out of the question.
Other Options – Serge Ibaka $6,100, Ersan Ilyasova $6,000, Gorgui Dieng $5,200
Al Horford ($6,800) – Horford faces off against the Wizards who have allowed 2.45 points above expectation to opposing centers. He has topped 30 fantasy points in 10 straight, including a 39.75 fantasy point game against Washington. He is consistent and offers upside, which I believe makes him a fine play in any format.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns $10,500, Nikola Jokic $9,300, DeAndre Jordan $8,100
David Lee ($5,900) – His price is creeping up, but it is still reasonable for what he is capable of doing. He has been starting for the injured Pau Gasol and has averaged over 30 fantasy points per game in his last three. He is PF eligible as well, which helps with roster construction tonight.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat $5,800, Tyson Chandler $5,700, Robin Lopez $4,500
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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