Hey FanCavers, tonight, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorite plays on this nice 9 game slate and while there’s a lot of ways you can go, I believe these guys offer a lot upside, as well as comfort to your lineups. Alright, let’s get into it!
Jrue Holiday ( $8,100 / $8,200 )
Although most of the focus has been around his teammate Anthony Davis, as expected, Jrue Holiday has played quite well as of late and at a rather consistent rate, making him an easier to trust fantasy option than most his price.
Tonight, Holiday will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own a terrible 112.6 team defensive rating in their 19 games played since the All-Star break, which should have little to no resistance on his performance, in this outing.
Out of the 9 matches being played on this slate, the Pelicans and Cavs possess the highest over/under of the night at 226.5 (LIVE) and only a 4.5 point spread in favor of Cleveland, potentially allowing for a wire to wire competition.
Josh Jackson ( $7,600 / $7,400 )
Due to the nagging injuries that both Devin Booker and TJ Warren have been facing, Josh Jackson is in line to see more minutes and a nice increase in usage, as he has enjoyed a solid 27.0% percentage over his previous 5 contests.
While the Houston Rockets hold the 7th best team defense in the league, owning a 103.9 team defensive rating, they could be without Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, who are both currently game-time decisions and crucial players.
Since there’s no guarantee we’ll know who the Rockets roll out, although there’s a good chance, Jackson should be in a lot of your lineups, because as he’s shown, he can put up 35+ FanDuel points a night, along with nice upside.
Ben Simmons ( $9,600 / $9,400 )
The injury to Joel Embiid will put Ben Simmons into what has been tough territory, but in an intriguing game against Atlanta, he should be able to get things going, as they have the 23rd ranked defense and nothing left to play for.
With Markelle Fultz now back, but off the bench (who is also a candidate to see more time/usage), Simmons has no concern of dropping in his peripheral numbers, however, the Hawks can focus more on him, now that he’s “alone.”
Like the other two players listed above (Holiday/Jackson), I expect the Aussie to see the highest ownership, even over the latter of the aforementioned, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since he’ll be a relatively safe play.