Aside from Monday Night Football, we’ve got a seven game NBA slate with some exciting matchups. Let’s dive right in to some tournament plays for this evening.
Russell Westbrook ($10,300) – Westbrook is averaging 58.2 fantasy points per game. He has two double-doubles in three games, and just missed his third one on Sunday by one rebound. He has also flirted with a triple-double in two of those three games. This is a good matchup for Westbrook as the Rockets are surrendering over 50 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. This game has the highest over/under of the evening at 214 points and the Thunder has an implied point total of 108.75. This game has fast tempo and high scoring written all over it. Westbrook is always a threat for a triple-double and offers a very high ceiling along with a high floor. He’s definitely worth paying up for.
Ricky Rubio ($7,100) – The Timberwolves will play their first home game of the season tonight against the Trail Blazers. Vegas has this game at a 202 over/under and the Timberwolves have an implied point total of 103.75. The Blazers are surrendering 101.7 points to opposing teams this season and are yielding 59.1 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. Rubio is a streaky shooter, but makes up for that with assists and steals on bad shooting nights. He’s also a good source of three pointers and points when his shot is on. He has a 40+ fantasy point ceiling and has topped 31 fantasy points in both games this season. This is a good spot for a potential strong performance.
C.J. McCollum ($6,700) – After his monster performance to start the season, McCollum has come back down to reality in his last two games. However, that’s not entirely bad news as he has topped 29 fantasy points each of those games. He’s averaging 22.7 points per game, five rebounds per game, and 1.3 steals per game. He’s also a good source of three pointers. While he could only be used at the point guard or guard position on DraftKings, he’s the starting shooting guard for the Blazers. That’s good news as the Timberwolves are allowing over 40 fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. They surrender 5.1 boards, 23.7 points, and 2.3 three pointers to shooting guards. He’s flashed his upside and certainly makes an interesting tournament play in a plus matchup.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($6,400) – Since returning from suspension, Antetokounmpo has scored 20 or more points in each game and is averaging 40.8 fantasy points per game. This is a great matchup for Antetokounmpo as he faces the Nets who are known to be a subpar defensive unit. They are surrendering 43.3 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. Antetokounmpo is the best offensive player on the Bucks and should continue to see plenty of shots on a nightly basis. He only needs 32 fantasy points to hit value and has topped that in each game this season.
Blake Griffin ($9,800) – Griffin has kicked off this season on fire. He’s topped 45 fantasy points in each game and is averaging 51.1 fantasy points per game. He’s a scoring machine and also a great source of boards, assists, steals, and blocks. He basically can do it all but shoot threes. The Clippers are at home versus Phoenix in a game that should see a lot of scoring as it has a 210.5 over/under. Griffin already has one double-double this season, and has missed two other ones by two rebounds or less. Until he cools off or his salary increases over $10K, he’s in play.
Al-Farouq Aminu ($4800) – If you’re looking for a small forward who has crushed value in each game this season, Aminu is your guy. He is averaging 29.4 fantasy points per game, but has topped 30 fantasy points in each of the last two games. Even with his recent success, his price has remained affordable. He’s played 30+ minutes in each game. He’s a good source of boards, blocks, and points. At this price he provides some salary cushion that will allow you to pay up for some studs and it shouldn’t be difficult for him to hit value. He offers a steady floor and a decent ceiling.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($6,100) – The rookie has quickly become a dominant force in the league and a focal points on the Timberwolves offense. He has a double-double in each game this season and has topped 30 fantasy points every game. He had a dominant performance against Denver’s undersized front court and has another appealing matchup against Portland. The Trail Blazers are surrendering 17 rebounds per game and 48.4 fantasy points to opposing centers. Towns should have no issue under the boards against Portland and could be in for his third consecutive double-double. He only needs 30.5 fantasy points to hit value and has been able to score at least that in every game this season. He’s my favorite center play tonight.
Brook Lopez ($7,000) – Lopez is averaging 18 points, 6.7 rebounds, and a block per game. He has a good matchup ahead of him as the Bucks are allowing 21.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 48.7 fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Lopez is averaging 31.1 minutes per game and a fantasy point per minute through three games. He needs 35 fantasy points to hit value and has a 40+ fantasy point ceiling while providing a relatively safe floor. He’s coming off of his first double-double of the season and has a good shot at making it two in a row against the Bucks.
Tyson Chandler ($5,600) – This isn’t the most appealing matchup for a Center when you think of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the front court. However, the Clippers are surrendering 17.6 rebounds per game to opposing centers. This bodes well for Chandler as he has grabbed 24 boards in the last two games. The Clippers also surrender over 50 fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Chandler has at least one block in every game and is always a threat to come up with a double-double. At this price, he makes a solid value play with some upside in a potential high scoring game.