Tonight we have a robust Saturday schedule with twenty-two teams in action and some serious projected point totals. There will be plenty of guys to sift through today, so let’s get right down to business!
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Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL vs MEM – $9,100 – Antetokounmpo has been outstanding this season with just two games below 40 DraftKings points (DKFP). Those games happen to also be his two most recent appearances so this has helped curb his price by about 10%. The Memphis Grizzles are no longer the “grit and grind” defense that tormented daily fantasy gamers for the last few years now that Coach Dave Joerger is plying his trade in Sacramento. While Antentokoumpo truly does not have a designated position, it is comforting to see that Memphis is in the top third of the NBA for fantasy points allowed to opposing backcourts.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS at IND – $7,900 – With Jae Crowder out for another week and Al Horford having missed the last five games with a concussion, the Celtics are turning toward the former University of Washington star to carry the offensive load. He has responded with 27.0 points per game over his last five outings along with 43.7 DKFP over that same stretch. Jeff Teague is not the most fearsome defender, so IT2 should have plenty of room to operate in this game with a projected point total of 216.5.
Other Options – Kyle Lowry ($7,700)
Mike Conley – MEM at MIL – $6,600 – Conley is more of a tournament play for me, but if you take a moment to go look at his game logs, you will see he is averaging just shy of 15 shot attempts per game and buoyed by that volume and the up-tempo strategy for the new coaching regime, he is flirting with the forty fantasy point plateau nearly every night.
Other Options – Jordan Clarkson ($5,000), Tomas Satoransky ($4,300)
James Harden – HOU vs SAS – $11,300 – In this same matchup in San Antonio on Wednesday, the Spurs “held” Harden to 1.9 points above his season average as he led the Rockets to a 101-99 road victory in San Antonio. The Spurs played last night beating Detroit at home before heading to Houston. This is going to be another fun one to watch as The Beard is playing transcendent basketball right now leading the League in assists with 30.6ppm, 7.8rpg, 13.0apg and 1.3spg on his way to a 62.6 DKFP average.
Devin Booker – PHO vs BKN – $6,800 – At this point in his career, Booker is best used as a tournament option because he is so scoring dependent, averaging just under six combined rebounds, assists and steals per game. He has incredible shot volume and if he is in the zone, he can easily surpass 40 DKFP in any contest, though that is now factored into his current price point.
Other Options – Zach LaVine ($6,500)
Lou Williams – LAL at NOP – $5,500 – Yes, I admittedly have an irrational affinity for Lou Williams who continues to be a sneaky source of steady production off the bench for the Lakers with just one game in his last eight below 26 DKFP. He is out on the floor when it matters and forms a solid platoon with fellow veteran Nick Young – $4,800 who is also very much in play against the Pelicans on Saturday night.
Other Options – Sean Kilpatrick ($5,500), Malcolm Brogdon ($3,500)
Jimmy Butler – CHI vs WAS – $7,400 – The Washington Wizards are a mess right now with John Wall sitting out half of back-to-back games and Bradley Beal dinged up. Butler is a fine option at either shooting guard or small forward and should be in the mix for 40 DKFP.
Andrew Wiggins – MIN vs LAC – $6,400 – This is the third game in four nights for the Clippers who battled the Thunder down to the wire last night in Oklahoma City before eking out a two point road victory. They will likely be tired and it has been a trend over the last few years that they have struggled against athletic wing players, even with everyone’s favorite Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute doing his best to take on the opponent’s top offensive non-point guard option each night.
Other Options – T.J. Warren ($6,700), Jabari Parker ($6,200)
Markieff Morris – WAS at CHI – $5,600 – Morris qualifies at both forward positions and while he will likely be battling Taj Gibson, he is too cheap considering his increased usage with John Wall out and Bradley Beal off the court.
Other Options – Kent Bazemore ($5,100), Robert Covington ($5,400)
Anthony Davis – NOP vs LAL – $11,500 – Yes, this is a King’s ransom for The Brow; however, the Lakers are just not set up to defend him. On the season he is averaging 31.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg and 5.0 combined blocks/steals for 57.5 DKFP. Over his last five matchups with Los Angeles, he has topped 53 DKFP three times and is averaging 49.9 DKFP over that stretch.
Paul Millsap – ATL vs PHI – $8,000 – As long as he is playing tonight, the Hawks do-everything power forward is in an excellent position to put up 45-50 DKFP against the Sixers. The best part is that Philadelphia has been frisky this season and opposing players are getting more run than they have in the past before being able to put away the victory.
Other Options – Taj Gibson ($5,600)
Jahlil Okafor – PHI at ATL – $5,200 – Though Okafor only played three minutes in his last outing, we already know that teammate Joel Embiid is getting tonight off. This means we should see Okafor get his 24 or so minutes while not having to share the court with any other Philly BIGs which should increase his production.
Other Options – Trevor Booker ($5,400) Jon Leuer ($4,200)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs LAC – $8,100 – Towns has been amazing once again this season, and he is seemingly scoring at will in the paint averaging 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. As mentioned above, the Clippers have been in a long stretch of games and are likely to be tired, so don’t be surprised if Coach Doc Rivers accepts a “schedule loss” if this one gets out of hand early as he will want to rest his veterans for the long season ahead.
Andre Drummond – DET at DEN – $7,500 – Strictly a tournament play only, Drummond is averaging 15.0ppg and 14.6rpg and this is a great matchup against the Denver BIGs. We have seen him get into foul trouble as well as Coach Van Gundy’s doghouse, so that is why he is only viable for tournies as he could lay an egg at any time or approach sixty DKFP.
Other Options – Marc Gasol ($7,100), Marcin Gortat ($6,300)
Alex Len – PHO vs BKN – $4,400 – Tyson Chandler may miss another game for personal reasons and we know that Alex Len is really only an option when Phoenix is facing a team with a traditional big man. Enter Brook Lopez and a chance for Alex to see 30+ minutes tonight. He is a fine contrarian option who could very well score in the 30-40 DKFP range at a bargain price.
Other Options – Robin Lopez ($4,300), Kelly Olynyk ($3,300)
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