- 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 ( $9,600 / $9,100 )
In what appears to be a tough individual matchup for teammate James Harden, as he’ll take on Jimmy Butler, it’s a bit easier to see why Chris Paul will be a better fit against a targetable Wolves backcourt, especially considering the last meeting.
At very reasonable price points on both sites, Paul ranks as the top play at the position (if Westbrook sits), despite Minnesota limiting point guards very well, as they place 24th among the league defensively with a 107.9 team defensive rating.
De’Aaron Fox ( $6,000 / $6,300 )
Since trading George Hill at the deadline, De’Aaron Fox has been the only active point guard for Sacramento, as Frank Mason remains out with a heel injury, making way for a hefty workload and plenty of usage for the young guard to take advantage.
Tonight’s matchup with Dallas is a favorable one, however, it’s important to temper expectations, as this will be a relatively slow game with both teams ranking among the bottom in pace – Mavericks 26th and the Kings 27th in the league.
Extras: Westbrook (if active), Bledsoe, Murray.
• Shooting Guard
DeMar DeRozan ( $8,200 / $8,100 )
After having a rocky patch against shooting guards earlier in the season, Miami has been better, but a contest versus the score dominant DeMar DeRozan, who has elevated his overall game this year, could pose some troubles for them, tonight.
The Heat have contained shooting exceptionally well, however, they’ve kept games very competitive, which could/should allow DeRozan plenty of opportunities to get his work done, as he did in the prior meeting, putting up 25/6/4 in 35 minutes.
Wesley Matthews ( $5,700 / $5,700 )
Currently, Wesley Matthews is listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Kings, which means he should be available to play and if he does, he’s in a great spot, as Sacramento allows opponents to shoot an insane 47.7% from the field.
During 2018, Matthews has played well, only failing to reach 20+ FanDuel points twice, as he brings solid shooting along with a nice all-around game, which as he’s shown on many occasions this season, has some pretty decent upside.
Extras: Harden, Clarkson/Hood, Green.
• Small Forward
LeBron James ( $11,500 / $11,500 )
After being completely embarrassed by the Thunder not too long ago, as the Cavs gave up an astonishing 148 points, LeBron James will get another chance at OKC, but this time he’ll do so with his new squad and without Isaiah Thomas.
If Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony aren’t able suit up, this game could get out of hand fast, thereby limiting LeBron’s tremendous potential, which would mostly take me off him and not prioritize him in a lot, if any of my lineups.
Kyle Anderson ( $6,000 / $5,800 )
With all the injuries to the Spurs (Leonard/Aldridge/Gay), Kyle Anderson catapults to the main beneficiary until any of them come back, allowing him more responsibility, usage and minutes – making him a safe play, while remaining affordable.
Denver offers an increase in pace, which should allow Anderson to run the floor in a more impactful manner, as we saw in the previous meeting between these teams with Anderson scoring 18 points, dishing 5 assists and collecting 4 rebounds.
Extras: Giannis, George (if Westbrook sits), Butler.
• Power Forward
Taj Gibson ( $5,400 / $5,300 )
While the Rockets have been very difficult on opposing power forwards throughout the course of the year, as they were on Taj Gibson the last time, power forward isn’t a great position for this slate and he is a consistent option in competitive game.
This play will allow you to save salary for elsewhere in your lineup(s), on top of cementing a tough player like Gibson, who provides a ton of effort and has a pretty good matchup on the offensive end, where he’ll likely see Ryan Anderson.
Davis Bertans ( $5,000 / $4,800 )
For extremely similar reasons to his teammate Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans sees himself in a nice spot and even though the Nuggets rebounds incredibly well, I don’t see many obstacles getting in the way of him achieving 5x value in this one.
Although Bertans has seen a rather large price increase from just last night, to which maybe concerning for many, which is more than understandable, San Antonio is short-handed and may lower Pau Gasol’s minutes on a back to back.
Extras: Powell/Dirk, Collins, Grant.
Karl-Anthony Towns ( $9,400 / $9,200 )
Historically, Karl-Anthony Towns has crushed the Houston Rockets and even more so over his past 5 game against them, where he has put up 58.1+ FanDuel points, while also scoring 20+ points per game, grabbing 16+ rebounds and 3+ assists.
Now, I don’t think you should necessarily expect those kind of numbers again tonight, this isn’t coincidental and he’s more than capable of doing so if this game stays competitive, which I believe it will with all the amazing star power around.
Dewayne Dedmon ( $5,800 / $5,300 )
Typically, targeting Atlanta is a great way to go at the center position, but with John Henson out (power forward/center), it may be better to go the other way and roster Dewayne Dedmon, who has just as good of a matchup versus Milwaukee.
Last game was the first time that Dedmon exceeded the 30 minute mark since returning from injury and he looked great, as he went for a rather unexpected 20 points and 13 rebounds against the big men of Detroit in Griffin and Drummond.
Extras: Cauley-Stein, Adams, Gasol.