The main slate of contests tonight doesn’t include the two late games, so you have eight contests to choose from, with a separate late slate. You still have plenty of ways to go in building your roster, so here are a few names at every position and from all price ranges for you to consider as you get started.
Isaiah Thomas vs. PHO ($8,200) – The fear here is a blowout, but if that happens it likely means Thomas went off for the first three quarters, anyway. He has some history with the Suns and is going to look to come up big on his new home floor, after dropping 35 in a three-point loss at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago.
Jeff Teague vs. DEN ($7,300) – He has been at 30+ fantasy points in four straight, and in what should be a high-scoring game where all the Pacers get a boost from an increase from their usual pace, Teague has the potential to give you 40 fantasy points with a solid floor, making him a nice cash game play at this price.
Other Options – John Wall ($9,600), Tyler Ulis ($7,100)
Ish Smith @ ORL ($4,800) – He got the start last time out, and only ended up with 25 minutes in a blowout. But Reggie Bullock was getting minutes in the fourth quarter over Reggie Jackson, so it seemed like even more of an opportunity was on the table for Smith. But at this price, it’s very easy to imagine him returning value from the starting lineup in this matchup.
Other Options – Jamal Murray ($4,400)
James Harden vs. NO ($12,200) – His price is relatively affordable tonight in what should be a very nice matchup against New Orleans. Of course, playing Harden or not really depends more on how many cheap plays you can find that you like than on whether or not you like Harden. Of course you like him: He has 70+ fantasy points in each of his last three games.
Other Options – Nicolas Batum ($6,900)
UPDATE: Avery Bradley is OUT tonight.
Avery Bradley vs. PHO ($6,500) – He played 39 minutes last time out, an exclamation point on the idea that he has finally left his injury concerns behind. His re-emergence has taken some minutes from guys like Marcus Smart, and it’s because he can be more of an option on offense. Over the past two games, he has taken 29 shots from the floor, and it has meant that he’s averaged over 35 fantasy points a night over that short span.
Jordan Crawford @ HOU ($4,000) – His floor is very low, but he is cheap, and he is basically getting you 25+ fantasy points in about half of his games recently. At this price, that’s great value, and in tonight’s game against Houston, it is certainly possible that New Orleans is looking for some outside shooting to help keep up, and Crawford could be a beneficiary of that.
Other Options – Patrick Beverley ($5,200)
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. ATL ($9,700) – His floor has been a bit lower since the return of Khris Middleton, but his upside is very much intact. He might not be as likely to record triple or even double-doubles with Middleton eating into his rebounds and assists. However, he is still capable of 25+ scoring nights with solid production in multiple other categories, especially in a matchup with Atlanta, making him a very solid GPP play in my opinion.
Paul George vs. DEN ($8,900) – George should benefit from an uptick in pace here, as he remains a focal point of the Indiana offense no matter what style they’re trying to employ. He is coming off a 37-point effort against Boston on Wednesday, his second 35+ point outburst in a week, and I think he has the potential to get you close to those levels again tonight.
Other Options – LeBron James ($10,500)
Quincy Acy @ WAS ($3,500) – It is easy to project him for 23-25 minutes in this matchup, and in that amount of time, he is more than capable of bringing you 20+ fantasy points, good value at the price. As an option to fill in the bottom of your roster, you could do worse, as he is someone capable of contributing with some scoring as well as rebounding.
Other Options – Jae Crowder ($5,900)
Anthony Davis @ HOU ($9,800) – It’s getting really difficult to trust either of the New Orleans bigs, but you know the upside is there for both of them, making them each a solid GPP consideration on any given night. Davis went for 29-9 in Boogie’s New Orleans debut in this same matchup a few weeks back, and has traditionally excelled in faster pace games with his ability to dominate in transition, making him my pick of the two for tonight.
Dario Saric @ CHI ($7,300) – He has only played exactly 26 minutes in three of their last four games, which is certainly cause for some concern and a reason his price has dropped from around $8K only a week ago. Despite the more limited minutes, though, he has still gotten up 14 shots in each of his last two games, he just hasn’t been hitting. If he can improve his efficiency in this matchup with a weak Chicago front line, I think he has enough upside to be a consideration in any format contest.
Other Options – Robert Covington ($7,000)
Ronde Hollis-Jefferson @ WAS ($4,400) – He is more of a GPP play than someone you can trust in cash games, considering he has played fewer than 20 minutes twice in his last four outings. But in their last game, in his 15 minutes of action, he grabbed 16 boards, something you think maybe earned him a longer look in a nice matchup against Washington. He has legitimate double-double upside in this game, for a very affordable price.
Other Options – Aaron Gordon ($5,400)
Nikola Jokic @ IND ($9,400) – I like this game in general to be a high-scoring affair, and Jokic is the guy who keeps the offense humming along in Denver. The best passing big in the game right now, he can create his own shot as well as opportunities for his teammates, which brings everyone’s value up on the team, including his own. The Nuggets have won eight of their last 12, including consecutive losses to the Rockets, but they are taking care of business against lesser opponents right now, and tonight should be no exception.
Other Options – Dwight Howard ($7,300)
Alex Len @ BOS ($4,500) – Against a weak rebounding team like Boston, his biggest competition for fantasy upside here will be with his teammate, Marquese Chriss. Len has been averaging 25 minutes a night over his last five games, delivering a pair of double-doubles and three 30+ fantasy point games over that span.
Robin Lopez vs. PHI ($4,200) – Coming off his one-game suspension, Lopez is returning to action against a Philly team that can be susceptible defensively inside. With Chicago’s frontcourt in disarray, he has been seeing solid minutes and now has 24.0 fantasy points or more in three straight games.
Other Options – Marquese Chriss ($5,900)
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