*** I’m using DraftKings’ pricing, so the picks will be geared towards that site. But assuming there isn’t a major difference in salary, these plays can be used anywhere. And as always, make sure to check for the latest injury news and lineup changes. ***
Isaiah Thomas (BOS) $7,700 v. Hawks
Thomas is play a lot of minutes and scoring a lot of points. He’s failed to register at least 33 FP only once in his last 10 games. It should be a relatively fast-paced game.
Brandon Knight (PHO) $7,400 v. Pelicans
In two games against the Pelicans this season, Brandon Knight has averaged 47.4 DK points in 39.9 minutes. Can’t beat that at $7,400.
Trey Burke (UTA) $4,300 v. Nuggets
If you’re looking to save a little at PG, Trey Burke represents a solid value. He should be good for roughly 26 minutes and 25 FP on average, and if he gets hot, he’s got GPP-winning upside.
Eric Bledsoe (PHO) $8,400 v. Pelicans
Although not quite as impressive as Knight’s numbers against the Pelicans, Bledsoe has averaged 40.9 DK points and 35.6 minutes per game against New Orleans this season. Can’t go wrong with either Phoenix guard.
Alec Burks (UTA) $5,000 v. Nuggets
Burks has been cold of late, but I expect him to bust out of his slump against a weak Nuggets team. There aren’t a lot of good options at SG tonight, so you might want to spend down here and punt the position.
Eric Gordon (NOP) $4,800 v. Suns
At this point you’ve surely realized I’m all over the guards in the Pelicans-Suns game. Gordon has averaged 33.1 DK points per game against the Suns this year; a number that represents almost 7x value relative to salary. Granted, Tyreke Evans is back, and that puts a little damper on Gordon’s usage, but we’ve got a little wiggle room given his cheap price.
Paul George (IND) $9,400 v. Nets
George hasn’t cracked 40 FP in any of his last four games, so now is the time to hop on board. I have him penciled in for 50 FP tonight, and there’s always a chance he goes for 60 or even 70.
Kawhi Leonard (SAS) $8,600 v. Clippers
The Clippers should be able to put up a fight, so I expect Kawhi to see 35+ minutes. It’s an up in pace match-up for the Spurs, and LA has some trouble defending small forwards.
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) $8,300 v. 76ers
Small forwards have seen a near 20% bump in the per minute fantasy production against Philadelphia this season. If the 76ers can keep it somewhat close, Carmelo should be in for a big night.
Paul Millsap (ATL) $8,000 v. Celtics
As you know, I like targeting bigs against the Celtics. Boston plays at a fast pace and is relatively soft inside which is great for guys like Millsap.
Derrick Favors (UTA) $7,700 v. Nuggets
Favors is due for a breakout game, and I think it comes tonight. He should be able to have his way down low against his slighter opponents, and I would be shocked if he went for something like 25 and 15.
Kyle O’Quinn (NYK) $3,300 v. 76ers
This one’s a little risky due to probable playing time, but it could pay off huge. O’Quinn has averaged 20.8 DK points per game in only 16.3 minutes over his last four contests. He will usually pay off his mere $3,300 salary in this spot; and if he gets 20-25 minutes against the dreadful 76ers, you could be looking at 10x value.
Andre Drummond (DET) $9,100 v. Bulls
The Bulls are soft as Charmin inside, and Drummond should absolutely feast. The only question is whether or not he’ll fully pay off his price tag.
Brook Lopez (BKN) $6,900 v. Pacers
Lopez is probably my favorite play of the night. He draws the Pacers (a pace up opponent) and his price is great. At just below $7k, there’s a chance for 8x value here.
Al Horford (ATL) $6,500 v. Celtics
Horford has a lot of the same things going for him: up-tempo match-up, great price, etc. On occasion, he does see less than 30 minutes, which is frustrating. I don’t think you have to worry about that tonight, as this game should be tight throughout, and there’s no reason for Horford to be off the floor.
Good luck tonight!