- Plays are based on stats, opposition and pricing.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
• Point Guard
Chris Paul – 19/8/5 [ $9,500 / $9,300 ] Currently, Chris Paul is listed as probable to play against the Cavs, so he’ll likely be able to suit up and if he does, he’ll draw a fantastic individual matchup versus the adapting Isaiah Thomas. Cleveland has been beyond disappointing on the defensive end this year, owning a 109.2 team defense rating and struggling mightily against point guards.
Dennis Smith Jr. – 14/4/3 [ $6,800 / $6,800 ] The electrifying Dennis Smith Jr. sees himself in a smash spot against the stunningly bad defense of the Sacramento Kings, who possess a horrible 109.8 team defensive rating. On top of the Kings inability to stop teams from scoring, they’ve allowed their opponents shoot a league high 47.8% from the field, noticeably going hand and hand.
• Shooting Guard
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $9,200 / $9,100 ] With John Wall sidelined, Bradley Beal is the clear cut number one option, which has been increasingly seen over the last few games, as he continuously puts up incredible performances. In the prior meeting with the Magic, Beal put up 47.1 FanDuel points, backed by 30 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal, which can be easily repeated.
Jrue Holiday – 18/5/4 [ $8,000 / $7,600 ] Now, behind only big man Anthony Davis, in terms of responsibility, Jrue Holiday gets a solid matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but is likely to see the defense of Jimmy Butler. Minnesota has a weakness in letting teams get off decent shots, allowing opponents to shoot field goals at 47.7%, giving Holiday space to create and supply.
• Small Forward
Jimmy Butler – 21/5/5 [ $8,900 / $8,900 ] Speaking of Jimmy Butler, he too sees himself in a nice spot, as the Pelicans have been a very targetable team on the wings this season, ranking near the bottom in DvP at the shooting guard slot. Just last game, New Orleans gave up over 60 FanDuel points to a very similar player in Paul George, effectively making Butler a serviceable roster.
Otto Porter Jr. – 13/1/6 [ $7,500 / $7,100 ] Previously mentioned above, as well as in a couple recent articles, Otto Porter Jr. has shifted up in order for the Wizards, who will now rely more on his abilities with John Wall out. During his previous 2 matches, Porter has produced 44.7 and 40.2 efforts, respectively and is in an ample spot here versus the 27th ranked defense of Orlando.
• Power Forward
Draymond Green – 11/7/7 [ $8,200 / $7,700 ] As the Swiss army knife of the Warriors, Draymond Green brings a versatility that is perfect for a matchup with the Nuggets, especially with their struggles against opposing power forwards. For the last meeting against Denver, I had Green as my gpp lock of the slate in our cheat sheet with that in mind and he supplied 54 FanDuel points.
Zach Randolph – 14/6 [ $7,000 / $6,100 ] An injury to Skal Labissiere has opened up more minutes for Zach Randolph, who has now played 28+ minutes in 4 consecutive outings, while putting up 32.4+ FanDuel points in 3 of those contests. While Dallas is very good at limiting opposing teams’ points in the paint, ranking 1st in the league, they remain a big liability in the front court.
Anthony Davis – 26/10/2 [ $12,000 / $11,300 ] Since DeMarcus Cousins went down, New Orleans has been using Anthony Davis more at center, which makes sense, but with newly acquired Nikola Mirotic now in town, we’ll see how things go. Karl-Anthony Towns has improved vastly on defense since the start of the season, however, Davis will be relentless with his increasing usage.
Nikola Jokic – 16/10/5 [ $10,100 / $8,700 ] One factor many may overlook is that Golden State is on the second leg of a back to back and will be playing in Denver tonight, meaning this game could be rather competitive, giving Nikola Jokic room. Even if the Warriors decide to go small, which they will, Jokic is a master at small ball and has had big games against them in the past.
Extras: Murray, Harden, Green, Gibson, Embiid.
* Bam Adebayo is in play with Whiteside out.