We have a seven game slate tonight with some solid options, so let’s waste no time and jump right into tonight’s targets.
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Russell Westbrook ($10,800) – Westbrook has picked up right where he left off last season. He’s averaging 55.5 fantasy points per game, 26.3 points per game, seven rebounds per game, 10.9 rebounds per game, and 2.1 steals per game. He fills up the stat sheet in just about every game. He has a double-double in six of his seven games, has scored 55 fantasy points in five of his seven games, and has flirted with a triple-double on multiple occasions. Both the Thunder and Wizards are averaging over 102 points per game, so this should be a fast paced high scoring game. Westbrook is in play any time he’s on the court.
Kyle Lowry ($7,800) – Lowry has been filling up the stat sheet just about every night as well. He’s a great source of steals, assists, three pointers, and even grabs boards. He’s averaging 39.1 fantasy points per game. After a minor jump in price over the last several games, his price is back to where it started at the beginning of the season. Lowry provides a steady floor and decent upside. He needs 39 fantasy points to hit value and has topped that three times this season while scoring fewer than 35 points just twice.
Other Options – John Wall ($9,000), Ricky Rubio ($7,500), Isaiah Thomas ($7,000)
Deron Williams ($5,900) – Williams is coming off of his highest fantasy point game as he topped 30 fantasy points for the first time this season. He has a favorable matchup against one of the league’s worst defenses. The Pelicans surrender the most points per game (114.7) to opposing teams and surrender the second most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards (57.9). The over/under in this game is 210.5 points and the Mavs have an implied point total of 104.25. This is a good spot at a reasonable price for Williams to have another productive evening.
Goran Dragic ($5,600) – This is the cheapest Dragic has been all season and it makes sense based on his performance early on in the year. The good news is that he is still playing 30 minutes per game and has a great matchup ahead of him. The Lakers are allowing 57.2 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards and a 44.1 field goal percentage. Miami has an implied point total of 106 in a game with a 201 point over/under. He’ll likely be low owned and offers decent upside in a plus matchup.
Other Options – Jordan Clarkson ($5,700), Ish Smith ($4,700), Trey Burke ($4,600), Greivis Vasquez ($3,700)
DeMar DeRozan ($7,200) –If Beal wasn’t dealing with a shoulder injury, he’d most likely be my top choice at shooting guard tonight, but since he’s a bit dinged up, if I decide to pay up for a shooting guard, it’ll be DeRozan. He’s averaging 34.1 fantasy points per game and has topped 40 fantasy points in three games. The Knicks are surrendering 37.8 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guard. DeRozan offers the highest ceiling of all shooting guards tonight in a favorable matchup. The Raptors implied point totals is 101.75
Bradley Beal ($6,900) – This matchup is appealing as the Thunder allow 41.4 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards and this should be a fast paced game with a good amount of scoring. Beal needs 34.5 fantasy points to hit value and is averaging 34.7 fantasy points per game. He’s shown his upside as he’s topped 37 fantasy points in two of his last three games. Keep an eye on his status as he’s dealing with a bruised shoulder and is a game time decision, but if he plays, he’s in play for tournaments.
Other Options – Dwyane Wade ($6,400), Nicolas Batum ($6,500), Andrew Wiggins ($6,100)
Eric Gordon ($5,800) – Gordon has three consecutive solid performances and his price has not increased that much. In his last three games, he’s averaging 32.9 fantasy points and has scored 21 or more points in each of those games. He’s been hot from beyond the arc and faces a Mavs defense that allows 3.1 three pointers per game to opposing shooting guards. He needs 29 points to hit value and has topped that in four of his six games. This is expected to be a close game with a lot of scoring as the Pelicans are a two point favorite in a game with a 210.5 point over/under. Gordon is playing a lot of minutes and seeing a ton of opportunity. He’s definitely worth a consideration tonight.
Avery Bradley ($4,600) – The Celtics will likely be without Marcus Smart (doubtful) again tonight, leaving them with one less guard. In the last three games, Bradley is averaging 30.3 minutes and 24.9 fantasy points per game. He’s a good source of threes and steals. He only needs 23 fantasy points to hit value which is easily attainable for Bradley. He also offers a 30+ point ceiling, which can’t be said about many players below $5,000.
Other Options – Khris Middleton ($5,800), Kevin Martin ($4,700), Langston Galloway ($4600)
LeBron James ($10,000) – James left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with a thigh injury, but is hoping to play tonight. Before exiting the game, James had already scored 29 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four dimes. That was good for 41.5 fantasy points. James has topped 60 fantasy points in two of his last four games. This isn’t the most ideal matchup for him as the Jazz run a slower paced game and allow the fewest points per game to opposing teams (85), but a player like James is matchup proof and offers a 50+ fantasy point ceiling any time he steps foot on the court.
Kevin Durant ($9,700) – So long as Durant remains under $10,000, I’ll have a good amount of exposure to him in my lineups. He’s topped 50 fantasy points in three straight games. He’s averaging 30.7 points, 4.3 assists, 8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in that span. This is a great matchup tonight against the Wizards who surrender the most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. Durant is the only player tonight under $10,000 that offers a 60+ point ceiling and close to a 50 point floor. This game should be fast paced and high scoring, which is even more reason to like him.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7,300), Gordon Hayward ($6500)
Jae Crowder ($4,800) – Crowder is coming off of his first double-double of the season and best fantasy production night. Tonight he takes on the Bucks who are allowing 41.7 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. Crowder continues to play a good amount of minutes as he is averaging 29.5 minutes per game and is a good source of boards and steals, and will drop in his occasional three pointers. He needs 24 points to hit value tonight and has topped that in four of his five games. If you’re looking to pay up for some of the studs tonight, you’ll need some economical players to roster around them, which makes Crowder an appealing option as he is affordable and has been consistently efficient.
Otto Porter ($5,100) – Porter has been anything but consistent this season as far as fantasy points are concerned. However, he’s had some solid outings and has crushed value in multiple games. Porter is averaging 25.5 fantasy points per game, but has topped 26 fantasy points in four of his six games. Tonight’s matchup against the Thunder is a favorable one as they allow 43.5 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. His two worst games came on the road, but he is averaging nearly 30 fantasy points per game in home games. The good news is that this game is in Washington. This should be a fast paced game which should create plenty of opportunities for Potter who is on the court 33.6 minutes per game.
Other Options – Rodney Hood ($4,900), Justise Winslow ($3,700)
Anthony Davis ($10,700) – While Davis has frustrated those who have rostered him multiple times this season, he’s in a great spot for a huge game. The Mavs are allowing 49.9 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards. Davis is averaging 48.4 fantasy points per game, but has topped 55 points in two of his last four games. He offers an enormous ceiling and is always a 60+ fantasy point threat. He’s one of the top options in tonight’s slate.
Chris Bosh ($7,000) – By now you’ve probably notice that I have several Heat players as targets for tonight. That’s because the Lakers are poor defensively, especially in the middle. Bosh is averaging 39.9 fantasy points per game in his last four games and needs just 35 fantasy points to hit value tonight. The Lakers are surrendering 51 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards to go along with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bosh has double digit boards in three of his last four games and is in a great spot for a double-double. He’s actually somewhat of a bargain at this price.
Other Options – Greg Monroe ($8,400), Kevin Love ($7,900), Derrick Favors ($7,100)
Serge Ibaka ($6,500) – Ibaka is someone I’d only consider in tournaments as he’s a high variance player. He’s averaging 30.2 fantasy points per game, but has scored fewer than 25 fantasy points in three of his seven games, while topping 40 fantasy points twice. However, tonight could be one of those nights he has a big game as he has a favorable matchup against the Wizards. Opposing power forwards are averaging 27.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game against the Wizards. They also surrender the third most fantasy points per game (53.5). Ibaka is a great source of blocks and boards. He should have no issues in the paint tonight and is in a good spot to fill up the stat sheet.
Ryan Anderson ($5,600) – Anderson continues to play a big role for the Pelicans off the bench. He’s averaging over 30 minutes per game and 29.3 fantasy points per game. He has topped 30 fantasy points in three of his last five games. Tonight he faces a Mavs defense that is surrendering the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards (49.9). Anderson is grabbing boards, shooting threes, and scoring 15 points per game. He needs 28 fantasy points to hit value which is something he should be able to do in a potential high scoring game.
Other Options – Dwight Powell ($4,700), Kris Humphries ($3,400)
Hassan Whiteside ($7,600) – It may sound redundant by now, but again, the Lakers defense is bad. They’re surrendering 52.8 fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Whiteside is averaging 37.7 fantasy points per game, but has topped 48 fantasy points in three of his last five games. He’s a tad underpriced for what he’s capable of doing and in such a great matchup.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,400) – It’s difficult to justify not paying the extra $200 dollars to roster Whiteside tonight, but if you’re looking for an alternative option, Towns is also in play. This isn’t an ideal matchup for the rookie, but he’s playing well. He’s recorded back-to-back double-doubles and 40+ fantasy point games. He now has four double-doubles in six games and has topped 40 fantasy points in three games. He’s a high variance play, but can get you 40+ fantasy points at a potential low ownership tonight. He’s strictly a tournament play.
Other Options – Rudy Gobert ($7,000), Al Jefferson ($6,500)
Zaza Pachulia ($5,400) – It’s slim pickings at the center position tonight, but if you’re looking for an economical play, you should consider Pachulia. The Pelicans surrender the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing centers (53.3). They allow 21.5 points and 14.5 boards. Pachulia is averaging 27.4 minutes per game in his last four games. In that span, he’s scored 30 or more fantasy points three times and recorded double digit rebounds in three games. This is a good matchup with a high over/under. Hitting value shouldn’t be a difficult task for Pachulia tonight.
Enes Kanter ($5,400) – Kanter’s minutes have been inconsistent, but even in a limited role at times, he’s produced quality numbers. In his last five games, he’s averaging 21.3 minutes per game, but 26.3 fantasy points per game. In that span he has not scored fewer than 24 fantasy points. On a night where there aren’t many cheap options at center, Kanter makes a solid option in a potential high scoring game. He’s shown his ability to be efficient even when he’s not playing a ton of minutes.
Other Options – Steven Adams ($3,700)