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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Stephen Curry ($10,700) – Curry is playing out of his mind this season. He’s averaging 33.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.5 steals, and 54.8 fantasy points per game. He has topped 64 fantasy points three times, including an 82 fantasy point performance. He has scored fewer than 40 fantasy points just once this season. The Raptors are surrendering 47.4 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. This game has the highest over/under of tonight’s games at 207 points and the Warriors have an implied point total of 108. The Warriors are averaging 114.1 points per game which is the most in the NBA at this time. It should be business as usual for Curry and company.
Kyle Lowry ($8,200) – Lowry averages 41.9 fantasy points per game, but has topped 42 fantasy points in four consecutive games. He faces the Warriors who surrender 52.1 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. As I mentioned above, this game has the highest over/under of this evening’s slate and should be fast paced. This will potentially create plenty of scoring opportunities for the Raptors. Lowry needs 41 fantasy points to hit value which is very attainable in this matchup.
Other Options – John Wall ($9,000)
Dennis Schroder ($4,600) – Jeff Teague has been ruled out for tonight’s game and that will move Schroeder into the starting lineup. At this price Schroeder needs 23 fantasy points to hit value. In any game that he has played 28 or more minutes this season he has topped 26 fantasy points, including two 30+ fantasy point performances. The Nets are surrendering 49.2 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards and 103.6 points to opposing teams. Schroder should play a significant amount of minutes and see a higher than normal usage rate at a reasonable price. The Hawks have an implied point total of 100 points.
Other Options – Michael Carter-Williams ($6,000), Zach LaVine ($5,300) if he starts, Cory Joseph ($4,100)
DeMar DeRozan ($7,300) – The Warriors are surrendering 41.6 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. DeRozan has played well in the last two games as he has topped 40 fantasy points in each of those contests. This matchup should be fast paced and the Raptors will need to score buckets to keep up with the Warriors. DeRozan has attempted 34 shots in the last two games and should see a good amount of attempts tonight. With limited high-end options at this position, DeRozan provides one of the highest ceilings of the bunch. He’s eclipsed 36 fantasy points in six games of the last ten games which is what he would need to hit value.
Other Options – Klay Thompson ($6,700), Andrew Wiggins ($6,600)
Will Barton ($4,700) – Barton has played over 30 minutes and has topped 38 fantasy points in each of the last two games. In the last three games that he has played more than 30 minutes, he has topped 38 fantasy points and has two 41+ fantasy point games. If he continues to receive heavy minutes, he could be a steal at this price. The Pelicans are surrendering the most points per game to opposing teams (109.4). Both teams in this game are projected to score over 100 points.
Dwyane Wade ($6,200) – At first glance, you may not be thinking of Wade as a value play at this price, but this is the cheapest he’s been all season and is playing a team that he already did well against. In his previous matchup against the Timberwolves, Wade scored 39.8 fantasy points, which is eight more fantasy points than his season average. For the season, the Timberwolves have allowed 39.8 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, but have surrendered nearly 47 fantasy points per game in their last five. Wade’s most productive night from a fantasy stand point came against the Timberwolves.
Other Options – Khris Middleton ($5,800), Arron Afflalo ($4,300), Tyler Johnson ($3,600), Garrett Temple ($3,200) if he starts
LeBron James ($10,100) – LeBron has now topped 60 fantasy points in three of his last seven games. He’s also been playing better on the road as he’s averaging nearly four more fantasy points per game in road games. The matchup isn’t ideal. The Pistons surrender just 35.7 fantasy points per game to small forwards, but a player like James is matchup proof. He has scored fewer than 40 fantasy points just once this season. This is game has the lowest over/under of the evening, but the Cavs still have an implied point total of 99.25 points. Only Stephen Curry has a higher projected usage rate than James tonight.
Nicolas Batum ($6,900) – Batum has topped 46 fantasy points in two straight games and faces a Knicks defense that allows 37.6 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards, but have surrendered nearly 40 fantasy points per game in their last five. Batum has shot .576 from beyond the arc in his last four games. The last time he played against the Knicks, he scored 24 points and 33.8 fantasy points. He needs 34.5 fantasy points to hit value which is very attainable and offers a 45+ fantasy point ceiling.
Other Options – Carmelo Anthony ($8,500), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7,000)
Thabo Sefolosha ($3,500) – Sefolosha will get the start tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. In the last three games he is averaging 22.7 minutes per game and 18.7 fantasy points per game. The Nets surrender the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards (42.3). So long as he receives 22+ minutes he should easily outperform his price tag.
Other Options – Otto Porter ($5,400) Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,000)
Anthony Davis ($10,800) – We’ve finally seen more of the Anthony Davis we were expecting earlier this season in recent games. He has topped 60 fantasy points in two of his last four games and has a favorable matchup. Opposing power forwards are averaging 23.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 51.1 fantasy points per game against the Nuggets. The Pelicans have an implied point total of 106.25 which is the second highest of the evening. This is a good spot to roster Davis as he is in a plus matchup and has a good shot to hit his ceiling.
Chris Bosh ($7,300) – Bosh is somewhat of a value play if you ask me. He needs 36.5 fantasy points to hit value, but is averaging 38.7 fantasy points per game. In the last four games, he has topped 40 fantasy points three times. He has already found success against the Timberwolves as he recorded a double-double and scored 37.5 fantasy points the last time he faced them. The Timberwolves are surrendering 47.4 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards. This is a good opportunity to get a really good player at a reasonable price.
Other Options – Greg Monroe ($8,100), Kevin Love ($8,000), Paul Millsap ($7,900)
Kris Humphries ($3,900) – Value can be difficult to come by in a seven game slate, but Humphries could pay off his salary and some. Minutes have been inconsistent, but even in limited minutes, Humphries has been productive. He’s averaging a point per minute in his last four games, so if he plays the 21.2 minutes he’s averaging this season, 20 points isn’t out of reach. The Bucks allow the third most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards (52.2).
Thaddeus Young ($5,900) – Young is coming off of his best game of the season where he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 boards. This performance was good for 50 fantasy points. He has another favorable matchup tonight against the Hawks who have surrendered 53.9 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards in their last five games. The last time he faced the Hawks he scored 31.8 fantasy points and he only needs 29.5 to hit value.
Other Options – J.J. Hickson ($4,300), Cody Zeller ($3,500)
Hassan Whiteside ($8,100) – Whiteside has double digit rebounds in six of his last seven games and in four straight. He’s one of the league most dominant defenders in the paint, averaging four blocks per game. While he wasn’t great against the Timberwolves in their last matchup, he still provides a 45+ fantasy point upside any given night. In their last five games, the Timberwolves are allowing 44.6 fantasy points per game to opposing centers.
Brook Lopez ($7,100) – Lopez is averaging over 36 fantasy points per game and has topped 42 fantasy points in three of the last six games. The last time he played the Hawks he scored 27 points and grabbed 11 boards. That was good for 47.8 fantasy points (his best game this season). The Hawks are allowing 21.6 points and 16.3 rebounds to opposing centers, while surrendering 53.5 fantasy points per game. Their big men aren’t big enough to contain Lopez and he should once again be able to handle his business under the boards against the Hawks this evening.
Other Options – Andre Drummond ($9,900), Al Horford ($7,200)
Marcin Gortat ($5,500) – Gortat is far from elite, but gets the job done. He’s averaging 25.5 fantasy points per game for the season, yet he has scored 30 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games. The Bucks have surrendered 50.3 fantasy points per game to opposing centers in their last five. The last time he played against the Bucks he scored 22.3 fantasy points and came short of a double-double by one point and one rebound. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced center with 30+ fantasy point upside that should hit value, Gortat is your guy.
Other Options – Andrew Bogut ($4,800), Timofey Mozgov ($4,000)