- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
- Point Guard
Kemba Walker – 21/6/3 [ $7,400 / $7,300 ] Kemba Walker has been a bit sporadic this season with his home and away splits, but this matchup is too good. Walker has had some big games at MSG over his career and his matchups of Jack and Ntlikina shouldn’t burden him to once again accomplish that. For someone with a high ceiling like him, along with the atmosphere and competitiveness this game will more than likely bring, he is a phenomenal play, tonight.
Mike Conley – 18/4/3 [ $7,200 / $7,100 ] Tonight’s matchup is a nice one for Mike Conley, as he will see Damian Lillard, who despite owning a 99.5 defensive rating, isn’t a great defender. Conley has had some good games this year and this could be one of his best matchups so far. However, this game is one that will be very defensive heavy, as both teams rank within the top 4 for their defense.
TJ McConnell – 6/4/3 [ $5,500 / $4,800 ] With Jerryd Bayless out tonight, TJ McConnell is in line for the start in a matchup against the Utah Jazz. When receiving 25 or minutes, McConnell has given good production, both offensively and defensively and has put up a minimum of 20 FanDuel Points in all such contests. Though the Jazz are very good on defense, he will be given plenty of usage with Bayless and Embiid out, making him a solid play at a very appealing price point.
Jamal Murray – 12/2/2 [ $5,400 / $5,400 ] Jamal Murray has looked lost over the last two games and those spots had some pretty nice upside for him. In his last meeting with Brooklyn, Murray scored 26 points, a season high, firing on all fronts and has a great matchup again, tonight. The Nets are on a back to back in which they played a fast paced game against Phoenix and have some key players injured and unavailable, making them an easy target.
- Shooting Guard
Khris Middleton – 19/4/5 [ $7,500 / $7,000 ] Khris Middleton has played well this season, but hasn’t really had the shooter’s touch that he’s been known for over his career. Shooting at a dismal 26.7% from three and just 41.8% from the field, hasn’t been too encouraging for Middleton, but it’s very early and there is much time to improve. His chance to do so is definitely tonight, as Cleveland has been horrendous on the defensive end, owning a league worst 111.7 team defense rating.
D’Angelo Russell – 21/5/4 [ $7,300 / $7,900 ] D’Angelo Russell has been phenomenal this year and in his last 3 games has stuffed the stat sheet, producing 40.9 FanDuel Points or more in those games. With some players out, ( Trevor Booker, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarrett Allen ) they will likely rely on Russell even more so. This game offers a fast pace, which favors both teams, but the Nets haven’t defended well all season and that probably won’t change on a back to back.
Jeremy Lamb – 17/3/5 [ $5,900 / $5,900 ] Jeremy Lamb has played a big role this season with the injury to Nicolas Batum and figures to continue until Batum is fully healthy. With that being said, Lamb has shown his ability to crush and in a game versus the Knicks, who don’t defend wing players all that well, he could be in for a big game. His price range is great for allowing you to fit other studs into your lineup while still affording you that potential 25+ Fantasy Points.
Will Barton – 14/2/5 [ $5,700 / $5,900 ] Will Barton is without a doubt the Denver Nuggets Sixth Man and if this game were to breakout, he could see good run. Barton already sees over 25 minutes per game and with Denver implied for just about 120 team total points, he could play a big factor. In his first matchup with Brooklyn, he struggled to get things going, scoring only 7 points in just 21 minutes, don’t expect that again.
- Small Forward
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 31/9/1 [ $11,700 / $10,800 ] Giannis Antetokounmpo has looked like an MVP all year, as his impact on the game is miles ahead of even most league elites. His numbers don’t even tell half of the story, I mean this guy gets double teamed most of the game and sometimes even triple teamed. The Cavs are just awful defensively this year putting “The Greek Freak” in a good spot to have an encore type of game against them on their home court.
LeBron James – 28/9/7 [ $11,300 / $11,400 ] Unlike his team, LeBron James has been in mid season form, or should I say playoff form, from the get go. James has flashed his abilities several times this year, most notably in a game with Washington, where he went off for 57/11/2 along with 2 blocks and 3 steals. During an earlier matchup versus the Bucks, LBJ had a decent night, but not his usual and will definitely look to bounce back against them in tonight’s game.
DeMarre Carroll – 13/1/6 [ $6,000 / $5,500 ] With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out tonight, DeMarre Carroll is likely to see the bulk of increased workload, tonight. In a run and gun style game, Carroll has the ability to spread the floor and if his shot gets going, could have nice game. Consistency has been the biggest upside to his success this season and he has played over 32 minutes per game in his last 3 games, allowing for even more production.
Bojan Bogdanovic – 13/1/3 [ $4,700 / $4,600 ] Bojan Bogdanovic has been a nice addition to this Indiana team and has really solidified himself into their game plan. Bogdanovic has shot very well this season, shooting a cool 50% from the field and right at 40% from three on 4 attempts per game. To add to his success, New Orleans has struggled against wing players to start the season and that’s likely where they will attack them from tonight instead of down low against their monsters.
- Power Forward
Kristaps Porzingis – 30/7/2 [ $9,800 / $9,400 ] Kristaps Porzingis has had an insane start to the season and really thrived as the nucleus for the Knicks. Last year, Porzingis owned the third highest usage on the team, behind Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, but now is the clear cut number option with them gone. In 5 of his last 6 games, the 7’3″ unicorn has put up a minimum of 52.4 FanDuel Points and been an absolute menace from everywhere and anywhere he sees fit.
Paul Millsap – 15/6 [ $7,400 / $6,800 ] Paul Millsap has had some nice games with his new team, but hasn’t really hit that consistent stride yet. However, one of his biggest games this year has come against Brooklyn, when he put up a solid stat line of 13/11/3 with 5 assists. This game could have a similar outcome, as the Nets are on a back to back and missing some crucial players to their front court, in Hollis-Jefferson and Booker.
Otto Porter Jr. – 18/1/6 [ $6,700 / $6,700 ] Otto Porter Jr. has really cemented himself into that third option behind teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal, respectively. Porter has expanded his game and is shooting an unreal 52.5% from three and a similarly nice 56.9% from the field. The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to defend this year, as evidenced by their rough 1-10 start to the season, but even more lack the ability to defend against the front court.
John Henson – 4/6/1 [ $5,000 / $4,700 ] The Milwaukee Bucks are shaking things up, sending Greg Monroe and some draft picks to Phoenix for Eric Bledsoe, which in turn opens minutes for John Henson. Though Monroe has been out with a calf injury and Henson would still get good minutes tonight, they may look for him to step up more with the recent change. As mentioned before, to which I will continue to hammer home, Cleveland has been very lackluster defensively.
Nikola Jokic – 15/11 [ $9,500 / $8,500 ] Nikola Jokic is starting to pickup the pace up a bit, sans the dud against Golden State in his last outing. Against the Nets, Jokic could go off, similar to his prior meeting with them this season, where he put up 21/14 in just 29 minutes of action. The only concern with this play is that while he is in good position to feast, his price point is very high and this game has blowout potential all over it.
Rudy Gobert – 13/9/2 [ $8,100 / $7,900 ] Though Rudy Gobert hasn’t quite looked like himself this season, he has been consistently around that double double range. Gobert gets a nice surprise tonight, as the 76ers are resting Embiid, which could allow him to eat on the glass and thrive in the paint. As usual, he has remained the defensive juggernaut that everyone knows him to be, with 25 blocks and a defensive rating of 102.1, making him a nuisance for anyone looking to attack.
Dwight Howard – 14/13/1 [ $7,300 / $7,000 ] Dwight Howard has been very impressive to start the season and has really looked like a staple in this Charlotte game plan. His matchup, the Knicks, is one that Howard could absolutely dominate, which he has done in the past. At the time of writing, the big man looks like he is good to go, but is dealing with a foot injury – the Hornets don’t suspect anything serious and he is expected to play, tonight.
Richaun Holmes – 6/5 [ $4,900 / $4,300 ] With the Philadelphia Sixers electing to rest Joel Embiid, in comes Richaun Holmes, who is returning from an injury. His minutes should be about as good as he can get, as Jahlil Okafor has found himself outside of the rotation entirely, only playing a mere 22 minutes all season. Holmes faces a challenging opposition in Rudy Gobert and the Jazz, but his athleticism could be what they need to get things going on the inside.
Extras: Mudiay, Mitchell, Simmons, Davis, Gortat.