There is an interesting four game set beginning at 7pm ET tonight and this article will focus on that player pool, so let’s see what options we have available!
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Russell Westbrook – OKC vs IND – $12,000 – As one of two elite superstars on the docket (DeMarcus Cousins is the other), we will likely see Westbrook as the most popular player tonight. There are many theories and strategies about whether or not to play “studs” on the smaller game slate, but the real answer is of course – it depends. Westbrook has one game so far this season with less than 48 DraftKings Fantasy Points (DKFP) and he has three with more than 70 DKFP.
Jeff Teague – IND at OKC – $6,800 – Sticking in the same game we have Jeff Teague, who has been acclimating well to his new team and has been flirting with the forty DKFP plateau in each of the last three games. There is a decent chance that forward Paul George – $8,000 will miss this game after sitting out on Friday night to rest a lingering ankle sprain that is not getting any better. Either way, Teague is in a fine matchup in a high-paced game that should suit his skills nicely.
Other Options – Kyle Lowry ($8,200)
Rajon Rondo – CHI at LAL – $5,300 – Rondo returned last night after missing two games with a sprained ankle and bronchitis. He was outstanding in 35 minutes nearly producing a triple double against the Clippers, ending his night with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He should be good to go for this back-to-back Staples Center matchup and is at an incredible price point considering his matchup with the Lakers.
Other Options – Darren Collison ($5,100), Jameer Nelson ($4,100)
Jimmy Butler – CHI at LAL – $8,700 – The Lakers do not have anyone equipped to shut down Jimmy Butler and he is a fine option tonight at either shooting guard or small forward.
DeMar DeRozan – TOR at SAC – $8,600 – Double D continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 33.0 points per game. This is an impressive feat when you consider he has made just six three point shots through his first twelve games. At some point he will post a dud, but it is getting harder and harder to avoid playing him particularly since he is posting a career high 5.0 rebounds per game to go along with his 3.6 assists.
Other Options – Victor Oladipo ($6,200)
Rodney Hood – UTA at DEN – $5,700 – With Derrick Favors and George Hill out tonight and Gordon Hayward dealing with an injured ring finger on his left hand, Hood is going to be asked to help carry the scoring load for the Jazz. This is key, since that is also the main source of his fantasy production.
Other Options – Monta Ellis ($5,600), Lou Williams ($5,200), Nick Young ($4,600)
Wilson Chandler – DEN vs UTA – $5,700 – It is rare to find a “stud” at such a low price and while technically we could include Jimmy Butler – $8,600 here with his multi-position eligibility, I would rather utilize him as a two-guard tonight. Over his last three games, Chandler has looked healthy and has been producing at a career high clip with 23.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.0 combined blocks/steals for 43.3 DKFP. With all the injuries to the Jazz, it is likely they will be forced to play at Denver’s pace and that plays right into Chandler’s strengths.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($8,700)
Matt Barnes – SAC vs TOR – $4,200 – As long as he is in the low $4,000s, the thirteen year veteran continues to produce and return value. While his upside will be capped playing alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, Barnes is still a safe bet for a solid 20 DKFP every night.
Terrence Ross – TOR at SAC – $3,600 – Ross is a riskier selection, but it should be noted that Ross averages north of 25 DKFP in games where he reaches double digit shot attempts.
Other Options – Joe Johnson ($3,300), Andre Roberson ($4,100)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs TOR – $10,400 – Cousins is the top play at both the power forward and center positions and it is not particularly close. It would not be a surprise at all to see him on 60-65% of all rosters in all formats tonight.
Myles Turner – IND at OKC – $6,400 – Turner also qualifies at both frontcourt positions and he should benefit from a few extra shots if teammate Paul George – $8,000 is out again. Tournaments only because we have yet to see him unleash his full potential, but he does have 50 DFKP upside if everything goes his way.
Other Options – Julius Randle ($6,500)
Trey Lyles – UTA at DEN – $4,800 – Lyles should slot into the Jazz starting five with Derrick Favors out and he is a tremendous value play in all formats tonight.
Other Options – Taj Gibson ($5,300)
Rudy Gobert – UTA at DEN – $6,300 – If only the Stifle Tower would attempt more field goals, he would easily become an $8,000 player. There is a chance that evolution could begin soon with teammate Derrick Favors on the shelf for the next couple weeks. I want to get on the train early myself.
Other Options – Jonas Valanciunas ($5,600)
Robin Lopez – CHI at LAL – $5,000 – After four straight games of at least 15+ field goal attempts, RoLo was held to just six against DeAndre Jordan, though he did convert on five of them and had a still decent 19.5 DKFP outing which didn’t completely torpedo lineups. He should be closer to 30 DKFP tonight and with so many PF/C options at similar price points, he actually makes for a nice differentiation play.
Timofey Mozgov – LAL vs CHI – $3,300– Mozgov is an EXTREME punt play, however, if you look at his game logs he generally gets 25ish minutes when playing teams with a more traditional center option. We saw him get 29 DKFP against Brook Lopez, 14 against Karl-Anthony Towns, 16.8 against Kosta Koufos and 25.5 against Alex Len. Those are some terrific multipliers based on his current price tag and if you are looking for ways to get both Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins in your lineups, this would be one path to select.
Other Options – Jusuf Nurkic ($4,300), Nikola Jokic ($4,700)
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