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.
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Stephen Curry ($10,500) – Hands down Curry is the best player available in this slate. He’s averaging 56.4 fantasy points per game, has topped 65 points three times this season (including an 82.5 fantasy point performance), and has only scored fewer than 46.75 fantasy points once. He fills up the stat sheet every night. He will face the Pistons who are surrendering 45.1 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. His ceiling is through the roof and he also provides a very high floor. Investing 21 percent of your salary cap on one player may seem like a bad idea, but it’s not on a player that usually provides a great ROI.
C.J. McCollum ($6,500) – Prior to Sunday’s game where McCollum scored 26 fantasy points, he had topped 33 fantasy points in three straight games. At $6,500 he needs to score 32.5 fantasy points and he has already eclipsed that in four games. The Nuggets are surrendering 103.5 points per game and allow the second most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards (54.6). Needless to say, this isn’t a good defense. This game should be fast paced and has an over/under of 207.5 points. At a reasonable price, McCollum could be in for a bounce back game.
T.J. McConnell ($5,300) – McConnell won’t get you a ton of points, but he is a good source of assists, boards, and steals. He’s averaging 5.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He has topped 34 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He has 35 assists, 25 boards, and five steals in that span and has played 30+ minutes in two of the last three games. The Bulls are allowing the third most assists per game to opposing points guards (9.2) and the third most rebounds per game (6.9). They also surrender 52.8 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. His price has gone up, but it’s still low enough to make him a decent value play.
Blake Griffin ($9,600) – Griffin continues to play lights out and could see a higher usage rate if Chris Paul sits out on Monday night. Griffin is averaging 49.8 fantasy points per game and has topped 57 fantasy points in two of his last four games. He faces the Grizzlies which have not played the tough defense we are used to seeing from them. They’re allowing 52.3 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards and have allowed 101.7 points per game to opposing teams. If you’re not paying up for Curry, the next player you should be considering is Griffin as he offers a huge ceiling.
Pau Gasol ($7,300) – Gasol is heating up as he’s posted a double-double in consecutive games and now has three this season. He’s also $700 cheaper than what he started the season at. Gasol has played over 32 minutes in each of the last two games and has been efficient. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 9 boards, and 1.9 blocks for the season, but 16 points, 12 rebounds, and one block in the last two games. This is a good spot for him to get his third consecutive double-double and post up a solid stat line.
Al-Farouq Aminu ($6,100) – Aminu is a good source of boards and three pointers. His price has gone up over the last couple of games, but it’s still low enough where he can hit value. He’s averaging 29.1 fantasy points per game, but has topped 31 fantasy points in four of his seven games. He needs 30.5 fantasy points to hit value. This should be a fast paced game and he should have no trouble grabbing boards against Denver who allows 9.1 rebounds per game to opposing forwards.
Andre Drummond ($9,100) – Drummond’s price continues to increase which goes hand in hand with his performance. He’s averaging 54.3 fantasy points per game, 20.3 rebounds per game, 20.3 points per game, and 1.8 blocks per game. He has grabbed 20 or more rebounds in three of his six games this year. He’s coming off of a monster performance against the Trail Blazers where he scored 29 points and grabbed 27 rebounds. That was good for 73.75 fantasy points. He has recorded a double-double in every game this season and continues to be a dominant force in the paint.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,400) – The rookie center is coming off of his third double-double of the season and has a favorable matchup ahead of him. He takes on the Hawks who have undersized big men and struggle to defend against opposing centers as they surrender the second most fantasy points per game against them (56.4). Opposing centers are averaging 23.8 points and 16.8 rebounds against the Hawks. Towns has been inconsistent this season and that can be expected from a rookie, but he’s flashed his upside as he’s topped 45 fantasy points in two of his five games this season.
DeMarcus Cousins ($9,800) – This isn’t the most appealing matchup and Cousins’ is returning from an injury, but you’re getting an elite player a less than market price. Cousins’ averages 22 points, 11 rebounds, and one block per game. He offers one of the highest ceilings and floors of any centers. There’s a good chance he’s low owned because of the situation, which makes him even more appealing in tournaments. Check his status before tip-off, but if he’s playing with no limitations, he’s worth rostering.