We tip-off the week with a four-game slate. Despite the smaller set, there are still some options at each position worth targeting. With that said, let’s take a look at some my top players tonight.
Kyle Lowry ($7,400) – Lowry has yet to erupt for a big performance, but this game could call for that as the Nuggets play at a high pace and there could be plenty of scoring opportunities for him. Lowry is averaging a 22.5 percent usage rate, but is struggling with his shot, shooting just 27.6 percent from the field. He is also playing a ton of minutes, so once his shots start falling, he will post up some big numbers. The Nuggets surrender +3.9 points above expectations to point guards per Fantasy Labs. He offers plenty of upside at a reasonable price.
Other Options – Chris Paul $8,500
Rajon Rondo ($6,400) – Rondo is not the cheapest point guard on the slate, but does present plenty of value at this price. He is averaging 29.1 minutes per game and is always a threat to post a triple-double. His usage is low, but his contributions to some of the other categories provide him with a relatively safe floor as well as decent upside. Despite six points being the most he has scored in a single game this season, Rondo has topped 28 DK points in each game. The Nets are playing paced up and have allowed +7.03 points above expectations to point guards, per Fantasy Labs, making this a good spot for Rondo to fill up the stat sheet.
Other Options – Ty Lawson $5,600
DeMar DeRozan ($7,300) – DeRozan is playing lights out, averaging 36 points, 1.5 steals, and 45.9 DK points per game. He has played at least 34 minutes in each of the first two games and owns a 40.7 percent usage rate. At some point there will be regression in his usage rate, but he will likely remain one of the Raptors highest-used players. As I mentioned above, the Nuggets are currently playing at the fastest pace in the league and this should create some extra shot attempts for DeRozan. Denver has allowed +7.82 points above expectations to opposing shooting guards, per Fantasy Labs. He is in a favorable situation and there is no reason to think he cools off tonight.
Other Options – Dwyane Wade $6,500, Devin Booker $6,200
Jamal Crawford ($4,100) – Crawford is averaging 23.2 minutes and 22.5 DK points per game, while owning a 25.2 percent usage rate through the first two games. In his first game, he topped 28 DK points, but scored just 16.75 in yesterday’s game – against a Jazz team that plays slow paced and solid defense. Tonight is a different story as the Clippers face the Suns, who have allowed +4.19 points above expectations to opposing shooting guards, per Fantasy Labs. There is certainly 6-7x upside here, making him an intriguing tournament play in my opinion.
Other Options – Brandon Knight $5,500
Jimmy Butler ($7,600) – Despite some new faces on the Bulls team, Butler still holds a 22.5 percent usage rate and is averaging 31.2 minutes per game. He had a strong game to start the season and then followed it up with a subpar performance, but that was against the Celtics and he was defended by Jae Crowder, who is not the easiest of matchups. Tonight, however, the matchup is far better and the pace of the game suits Butler. The Nets play paced up and do not play much defense. In three games against the Nets last season, he averaged 39.3 DK points and 3.18 points above expectations. He never scored fewer than 37 DK points against them in those games.
Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,600) – Bogdanovic is averaging 27.3 minutes, 17 points, and 25.3 DK points per game. He has topped 29 points in two of his three games, exceeding value in each. In addition from playing a good amount of minutes, he owns a 23.2 percent usage rate. The Nets are playing paced up and this contest has a 211.5 projected point total, which is the highest of the slate. He is very volatile, but at this price, he offers 6-7x upside which would be a great return on investment.
Other Options – T.J. Warren $5,400, Wilson Chandler $4,200
DeMarcus Cousins ($10,800) – DeMarcus is one of the top plays on the board tonight in my opinion and offers one of the highest ceilings. He is averaging 30 points, 9.7 rebounds and 47.6 DK points per game. He has already exceeded 63 DK points in a game once this season. He has a usage rate of 38 percent. Atlanta is allowing 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game and has allowed +1.22 points above expectations to power forwards. He is the only player with a five-figure salary, but certainly has the potential to post up a 70 DK-point game on any given evening, which cannot be said about many players, especially on this slate.
Other Options – Blake Griffin $8,800, Paul Millsap $7,900
Kenneth Faried ($4,700) – The minutes have been there for Faried as he is averaging 29.2 minutes per game and despite the low usage percentage, he has managed to score more than 28 DK points in each of the first two games. This is likely because he contributes to just about every category, averaging 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and two steals per game. At this price and with the upside he offers, there is value to be had. Keep in mine his outputs can vary, so I’m recommending him as a tournament option.
Other Options – Trevor Booker $4,700, Taj Gibson $5,100
Dwight Howard ($7,500) – I have my reservations regarding Howard due to the lack of usage thus far, but if we are looking for ceiling, he offers a high one. Despite taking just nine shots in his first game of the season, he topped 45 DK points after grabbing 19 boards. The Kings are yielding 18.3 points and 15.7 boards to opposing centers, while allowing +3.91 points above expectations, per Fantasy Labs.
Other Options – DeAndre Jordan $7,200, Jonas Valanciunas $6,700
Jusuf Nurkic ($6,100) – Nurkic is at that odd price that could cause his ownership to be suppressed. He is averaging 24.2 minutes and 33 DK points per game, while owning a 24.4 percent usage rate (second most in Denver). He has been one rebound away from a double-double in each of the first two games and has displayed his 40+ DK point upside. On a night with just four games, I think he could be one of the lower owned centers who offers 6-7x upside.
Other Options – Justin Hamilton $4,000
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