This may come as to most of you reading this, but Payton could be the highest scoring point guard of the night. His matchup with Russell Westbrook would seem unfavorable to most — and talent wise it is — but Payton’s ability to rack up defensive stats, as well as contributing across the entire stat sheet. In his first matchup against Westbrook, the third-year point guard finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block in 31 minutes.
You have to love Dunn’s price-tag because the upside could find him 10 times over value. Racking up defensive stats could be the thing that separates Dunn from the pack.
Surprisingly the Clippers are still in the conversation for the 8th seed in the Western Conference and a big reason for that is Williams’ phenomenal play all season. A matchup against the Knicks could bring a big stat line from Sweet Lou.
Batum has been on fire as of late. He faces off against the Sixers who not only struggle to defend shooting guards, but are also coming in tonight’s matchup on the second-half of a back-to-back.
This could be viewed as a “must-win” type of game for the Thunder as they find themselves on a six team battle royal for a playoff spot. The Suns give up a lot of points along the perimeter and with George’s ability to gather a lot of defensive stats, this choice is an easy one.
Simmons has fell off the radar a bit since he’s strong start to the season, but the high minutes he’s beginning to see again and the production looks to be back. The Pistons are reeling and having an across the board contributor at Simmons price-tag is a nice addiction to any lineup.
Powell has been inserted into the Mavs starting lineup and has arguably been the team’s best player over the last month. It should be fun to see how he fares against rookie Lauri Markkanen, but on the positive side, he could have himself a high scoring output due to the lack of defense in Chicago.
This is my must-play of the day. His price-tag on all platforms gives him the room to exceed his price-point value in the 24-minutes he’ll be restricted too. I have Millsap getting a 35+ fantasy point type of night.
The amount of minutes he gets tonight does worry me tonight for his value, but the big man is a walking double-double machine that can score both back behind the basket and face-up. He’s my shakey choice at center but I do feel the upside is there.
*My favorite center on the night (but price was too high for this lineup) is Nikola Vucevic. He’s a guy who will be under 10% owned and could find himself getting a 40 fantasy point type of night.