WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – KYLE LOWRY
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.
Kyle Lowry ($8,600) – Lowry is on a nice little run, scoring at least 29 real points in four consecutive games and has topped 47 fantasy points in three straight, including two 50+ fantasy points game. He gets a favorable matchup against the Pelicans who are giving up the third most fantasy points, fifth most points, third most rebounds and most three-pointers per game to opposing point guards. There is no reason to think that he cools down in this juicy spot.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook $12,300, John Wall $10,000
Jameer Nelson ($5,600) – His price has increased a decent amount over his last three games, but that is due to his production. Nelson has played over 30 minutes and has topped 30 fantasy points in three consecutive games. He has been filling in for the injured Emmanuel Mudiay, who is dealing with a back injury. Mudiay is traveling with the team, but is questionable for this contest. If he misses yet again, Nelson is a nice play. He faces the Lakers who are dead last in defensive efficiency and play paced up, creating extra potential touch opportunities. In addition, they are giving up the fourth most fantasy points per game to point guards.
Other Options – Patrick Beverley $5,100, Jordan Clarkson $4,800 (if D’Angelo Russell is out)
DeMar DeRozan ($7,800) – DeRozan returned to action on Sunday after missing three games, scoring 22 points with seven boards, six dimes and 39 fantasy points. He was a bit rusty as he shot 33 percent from the field, but he did not appear to have any lingering effects from the injury. He has a good matchup against the Pelicans, who have allowed nearly 44 fantasy points per game to shooting guards in their last 10 games and are giving up the fifth most points to the position for the season. DeRozan currently sits fourth in the league with a 34.1 percent usage rate and is averaging over 20 field goal attempts per game.
Other Options – James Harden $12,200, C.J. McCollum $7,600, Nicolas Batum $7,400
Victor Oladipo ($5,500) – ‘Dipo intrigues me because chances are he will go overlooked in his matchup against the Spurs. However, shooting guards are currently averaging 43.4 fantasy points per game against San Antonio, which is the fourth most. In fact, over the last 10 games, they are yielding 46.4 fantasy points per game to the position. ‘Dipo has topped 30 fantasy points in three straight games and has eclipsed that number five times in his last seven contests. He has been more consistent as of late, providing a nice floor with his decent upside.
Other Options – Lou Williams $5,500, Gary Harris $4,800
Carmelo Anthony ($7,500) – ‘Melo has been playing well as of late; however, he remains very affordable, making him a very enticing option. Over the last six games, he has averaged 30.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 46.7 fantasy points per game. During that stretch, he has not scored fewer than 35 fantasy points and has topped 50 fantasy points three times. He has fared well against the Wizards this season, averaging 41.6 fantasy points per game in two contests. There is 6X upside here, which is what we want in tournaments, and considering his fair price, I think he also makes sense in cash.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard $8,800
Danilo Gallinari ($6,300) – Gallinari is at an odd price, but it is still at a range where value is attainable and can also be exceeded. There are not many players on the Nuggets that are safe, as far as minutes are concerned, but Gallinari is one of them. He is averaging 34.2 minutes per game this season and has not played fewer than 30 minutes in nine consecutive games. He has been playing well, averaging over 30 fantasy points per game in his last five and gets a very good matchup tonight. The Lakers are yielding the third most fantasy points per game to the position and rank 30th in defense efficiency. He scored 14 points with five boards, six dimes and one steal the last time he faced them.
Other Options – Otto Porter $6,400, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5,200
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,200) – The price is finally catching up to the performance, but he has been playing at a very high level recently. With Rudy Gay out, Cousins has seen an uptick in usage, and that has translated into fantasy points. In his last eight games, he has topped 54 fantasy points seven times, while scoring over 60 fantasy points five times during that stretch. The Rockets play paced up, which should create some extra touch opportunities and are ranked 20th in defensive efficiency. They have also struggled against opposing power forwards in the last 10 games, allowing 51.6 fantasy points per game during that stretch (the fifth most).
Other Options – LaMarcus Aldridge $6,700
Kenneth Faried ($5,400) – Faried is listed as probable for tonight’s game with a hamstring injury, so it is something worth keeping an eye on. The good news is that this is the same injury he was dealing with prior to Saturday’s game, and he was able to play 37 minutes in that contest. Barring setbacks, he should be active against the Lakers. The one concern is his sporadic minutes, making him a tournament play only for me. We have seen his 40+ fantasy point upside, which is a great return on investment at this price, but we have also seen him play less than 20 minutes on any given night and frustrate those who rostered him. He played 30 minutes and scored 33.3 fantasy points last time he faced the Lakers. If he plays big minutes, he should exceed value against a defense allowing the second most fantasy points per game to the position.
Other Options – Markieff Morris $6,600, Al-Farouq Aminu $4,500
Anthony Davis ($10,500) – There is never a time that rostering Davis is comforting because of how often he does not finish games. However, putting that aside, he is an absolute beast when he is on the court. The matchup against the Raptors is not one that necessarily favors him, but that does not tend to be a huge issue for him. He has as high of a ceiling as anyone on the slate and will likely go overlooked due to all the other options, making him a very intriguing tournament option in my opinion.
Mason Plumlee ($6,500) – The price is creeping up for Plumlee, but it is still at a range that I feel ok about rostering him. He has topped 36 fantasy points in four of his last five games, without scoring fewer than 33 fantasy points once during that stretch. The matchup is one that favors him as the Hornets are giving up the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Plumlee does it all from scoring, rebounding and even passing, increasing his upside.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat $5,800, David Lee $5,500, Jonas Valanciunas $5,400, Ivica Zubac $3,500
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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