We tip off the week with a seven-game slate and plenty of options to choose from. Let’s jump right into some players to target tonight.
John Wall ($8,800) – Wall continues to post big numbers and has now topped 47 fantasy points in three straight games. He has four consecutive double-doubles and flirted with a triple-double in his last game. He constantly stuffs the stat sheet on a nightly basis, averaging 22 points, 10 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. His usage rate is at a healthy 32.9 percent and he’s playing 34.2 minutes per game. The matchup is a favorable one, as the Rockets have allowed +2.3 points above expectations to point guards, per Fantasy Labs.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook $12,200, Chris Paul $8,500
Tyler Johnson ($4,700) – Johnson continues to play significant minutes off the bench, averaging 29.5 minutes per game, and has been very efficient. He is averaging 28.1 fantasy points per game and has topped 30 fantasy points in 60 percent of his games. The Thunder currently play at the fourth-highest pace and that will benefit TJ. He should continue to be a consistent contributor off the bench and at this price has the upside to 6-7X his salary, making him a very intriguing option in tournaments.
Other Options – George Hill $6,500, Jeff Teague $6,000, Langston Galloway $3,000
James Harden ($11,700) – Harden has topped 65 fantasy points in three straight games and has yet to score fewer than 46 fantasy points in a single game. He is averaging 36.5 minutes, 31.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 12.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, while owning a usage rate of 33.3 percent. He also has a double-double in all but two games. This contest also has the second-highest projected total and just a 1.5 points spread, so both teams should score plenty of points.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler $7,200, Nicolas Batum $6,500
Bradley Beal ($5,600) – If you are looking for a more affordable shooting guard this evening, Beal makes sense. This should be a high-scoring game and he has been shooting the rock often, attempting 15 shots per game, along with a 24.7 percent usage rate. Beal has been a good source of 3-pointers, scoring, and is surprisingly averaging a block per game. The matchup is also favorable, as the Rockets have allowed +5.65 points above expectations to opposing shooting guards, per Fantasy Labs.
Other Options – Klay Thompson $6,200, Victor Oladipo $5,900, Rodney Hood $5,900, Eric Gordon $5,400
Paul George ($7,900) – George played just 29 minutes last game after being ejected in the third quarter, but managed to score 31.25 fantasy points. He leads the Pacers with a 26 percent usage rate and last season, George topped 42 fantasy points in each game against the Hornets, including a 50+ and 60+ fantasy point performance. The Pacers are playing at a faster pace this season, creating more touches for George. Getting him at less than $8,000 is also a bonus.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,900, Gordon Hayward $6,700
Justice Winslow ($5,600) – Winslow continues to see heavy minutes, averaging 36.5 minutes per game for the season, but in his last two games has underwhelmed. That could be because he faced two slow-paced teams, but tonight he faces the Thunder, who run at the fourth-fastest pace. Winslow is averaging 13 points, five rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He does not dominate any specific category, but contributes across the board. This is a good spot for Winslow, who could see some extra touches in an up-tempo game.
Other Options – Marcus Morris $5,800, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5,400, C.J. Miles $4,100
Anthony Davis ($11,100) – The Brow has put together a couple of subpar performances for his standards, but gets a matchup versus the Warriors, who he absolutely dominated against several games ago. In that contest, he scored 45 points, grabbed 17 boards, blocked two shots, dished out three dimes, and added a pair of steals. That performance was good for 80.3 fantasy points. While a repeat is unlikely, it is not out of the question and we have seen the upside he brings. This contest has the highest projected total of the slate and, although the Pelicans are expected to get blown out, we have seen the Warriors keep games unnecessarily close.
Other Options – Blake Griffin $8,000, Draymond Green $7,800
Markieff Morris ($5,900) – Morris is seeing some time with the second unit and as a result, has topped 35 fantasy points in each of his last two games. He remains a high minutes per game player, averaging 34.1 minutes and there is plenty to like about his reasonable price. He’s displayed the upside to provide solid returns at this salary range.
Other Options – Tobias Harris $6,300, Taj Gibson $5,700, Marvin Williams $5,000 (check status), Terrence Jones $4,700
Hassan Whiteside ($8,600) – Whiteside continues to be a dominant force in the paint and, aside from his below average game against the Kings, has done well in all other games. He is averaging 20 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game, as well as 31.4 minutes and 46.2 fantasy points per game. He has a double-double in every contest thus far and his usage rate is a team-high 27.6 percent. The matchup is not the most ideal one for Whiteside, but he has proven capable of dominance even in subpar situations.
Other Options – Andre Drummond $8,100
Cody Zeller ($4,400) – Zeller will get the start in place of the injured Roy Hibbert in a plus matchup. The Pacers are yielding 14.9 rebounds per game to opposing centers and have allowed +3.79 points above expectations. Zeller is averaging 1.1 point per minute, so assuming he plays 20-25 minutes, he should be able to pay off his salary and some. If you are looking to save up at this position to fit in a high-priced player elsewhere, he makes a lot of sense.
Other Options – Nikola Vucevic $6,300, Marcin Gortat $6,200, Joel Embiid $5,700 (GPP only)
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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