WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – ZACH RANDOLPH
Tonight’s 13-game NBA slate features many of the top fantasy options in the game right now, so you can go a lot of different ways with your lineups. Here are a few players to consider at every position and from every price range.
Russell Westbrook @ SAC ($12,300) – He now has three straight games with a whopping 67 or more fantasy points in each, averaging 31-14-10 over that span, with five total steals and six threes made. He is doing everything for the Thunder, because he has to, which isn’t great for the Thunder necessarily, but it certainly works for his fantasy owners.
Kyrie Irving vs. POR ($7,600) – His price is depressed because on a consistent basis, they don’t need so much out of him that he is going to score a lot more than the mid-thirties in terms of fantasy points. He gets you there by doing a little bit of everything, but he does it night in and night out, making him a great cash game option who also can be an elite scoring option when the Cavs need him to be or when the matchup dictates.
Other Options – Steph Curry ($8,900), Damian Lillard ($8,600), Isaiah Thomas ($8,000)
Jordan Clarkson @ GS ($5,200) – With D’Angelo Russell deemed out again tonight, he should see plenty of opportunities in a fast-paced game. Even with Russell active, he has been seeing 25 or so minutes and double-digit shot attempts consistently, and you’d imagine he would stay at least at that level after the injury to the starter.
Other Options – Jrue Holiday ($6,700), Sergio Rodriguez ($4,000)
James Harden vs. TOR ($11,700) – Yes, you should probably consider playing Harden in this matchup with a defense that is currently last in the league in terms of allowing fantasy scoring to opposing guards. He has had one game since last month with fewer than 55 fantasy points – it’s tough to go wrong with a player with a floor consistently that high in any contest format.
Nicolas Batum vs. SA ($6,100) – Against the Spurs, all of the Hornets not being shut down by Kawhi could see a bump in value as they play at a more uptempo pace and see more volume opportunities as a result. Batum is seeing 35 minutes a night, and that could be all he needs to see a bump in fantasy value.
Other Options – DeMar DeRozan ($8,700), Avery Bradley ($6,800)
Nick Young @ GS ($4,400) – For a shooting guard option who has jacked up 22 three-point attempts in his last three games, a matchup with the Warriors right now seems like a great way to maximize his fantasy value. He is shooting just under 40% from behind the arc on the season, but that number is up closer to 45% over the past two weeks, an uptick in efficiency that makes him a very attractive option.
Other Options – Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,600)
LeBron James vs. POR ($9,500) – The Trailblazers just don’t have anyone to contend with him. His fantasy production will be determined entirely by how much he feels like producing – or needs to. I expect Kyrie to serve as a primary scoring option tonight, so I don’t think LeBron hits his highest possible ceiling, but he will be able to succeed at stacking the box score in any number of ways in this matchup, which keeps his floor extremely high.
Andrew Wiggins @ NO ($6,800) – With a floor in the teens, he is a GPP play only for me, but in a matchup with a New Orleans team that lacks any elite talent on the wings, he should be able to crash the lane with abandon all night long, which will lead to great opportunities for scoring and rebounding. For a player who scored 29 or more points in five of six earlier in the month, he could be the piece that puts your lineup over the top.
Other Options – Kevin Durant ($9,500), Gordon Hayward ($7,200)
Devin Booker ($6,200) – With T.J. Warren out, he went out for 37 minutes Monday, and got up 26 shot attempts. He is an important piece for the Suns at all times, but we saw his talent on display last season, and if this injury is going to mean an increase in usage, he should see a bump in productivity vs. his price over the short term.
Other Options – Aaron Gordon ($4,600)
Anthony Davis vs. MIN ($10,700) – Watching Karl-Anthony Towns and Davis square off could be the highlight of the night if Davis is 100% and ready to compete. We haven’t heard anything about his status since he exited last night’s game with a knee injury, so it is entirely possible that he doesn’t go tonight. However, if he does, he could be worth a look in a GPP because he ownership could be down, and at 100%, he always has the potential to be the highest scoring player on the slate.
Blake Griffin @ DAL ($8,400) – As Griffin goes, so go the Clippers. The Dallas front court doesn’t have anyone who can stay with Griffin athletically, and are good at defending front court players because they can collapse the lane and make things difficult on players in the post. But Griffin is getting 15+ shots a game because the offense is running through him in the high post, and there is every reason to expect that to continue for tonight as well.
Other Options – DeMarcus Cousins ($9,900), Kevin Love ($7,700)
Spencer Hawes vs. SA ($4,400) – Obviously he isn’t the safest option, but when you’re looking for big upside, you’ll take it anywhere you can find it, and he has seen his minutes go from 4 two games ago, to 21 to 37. He saw his shot attempts go from ZERO to 14. His price reflects both, but if the recent trend continues, that price is only going up from here.
Other Options – Terrence Jones ($5,400), Dario Saric ($4,300)
Hassan Whiteside @ DET ($9,000)- Whiteside-Drummond is another great pairing, with a couple of similar players who can battle down low. It looks like Drummond has the better matchup on paper, but that is because Whiteside is usually focused on help defense and backing up all of his perimeter defenders. If forced to, he will focus on the matchup in front of him and be able to more than simply outplay Drummond, providing solid value for any of his fantasy owners.
Karl-Anthony Towns @ NO ($8,400) – As a basketball fan, I hope Anthony Davis is healthy and 100% and competitive. However, if Davis does miss, that would just leave all the rebounds and points in the lane up for grabs for KAT. Towns has 40 or more fantasy points in five of his last seven and with no Davis on the floor I’d expect him to surpass that easily, and match it even if he is competing with his fellow dominant big man.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($7,900), Andre Drummond ($7,500), Al Horford ($7,100)
Clint Capela vs. TOR ($6,000) – Sometimes someone else on Houston has to do something, right? He is averaging nine boards a game, and in this matchup, I would expect to see him exceed that, which makes him a strong candidate for a double-double. He has had 15 or more points in three straight, so if he can cross that double-digit board threshold, a 35+ fantasy night is well within reach.
Other Options – Steven Adams ($5,200), Enes Kanter (4,600)
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