*** 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. ***
John Wall (WAS) $8,300 v. Phoenix
Wall has put together back-to-back 60+ point performances, and this game should be a fast-paced shootout (PHO -2, 214.5 O/U). His price is still relatively low, and you should take advantage while you can.
Brandon Knight (PHO) $7,700 v. Washington
Knight should be good for 20+ FGA, and he does a nice job of filling out his line with peripherals. As I mentioned with Wall, this is going to be a great game for fantasy purposes. Load up on Suns and Wizards.
James Harden (HOU) $10,500 v. Dallas
No Dwight tonight, so Harden will handle a bit more of the load. He’s been averaging over 40 MPG in his last five, and he’s scored at least 51.5 DK points in each game during that stretch. I expect that trend to continue tonight.
O.J. Mayo (MIL) $4,400 v. Detroit
A little bit of a flier here, but Mayo can get hot and fill it up. When he’s hitting shots, everything’s gravy. When he’s off, Kidd tends to yank the leash. I think people will be scared off by only 24 minutes last game at San Antonio, so you should be able to get him at extremely low ownership.
LeBron James (CLE) $10,000 v. New Orleans
An up-tempo match-up against a bad defense; this is a prime spot for King James. He hasn’t been showing off that 70 FP upside much lately, but we all know it’s there.
Jared Dudley (WAS) $3,800 v. Phoenix
The Wizards are extremely thin up front (Gortat, Nene, Humphries, and Gooden have all been ruled out), so Dudley should see a fair amount minutes tonight at the 4 (and maybe even the 5 given no Chandler on the other end). Plug and play.
Terrence Jones (HOU) $4,900 v. Dallas
Howard is out tonight, and I think a lot of people will naturally shift to Capela. I think you should use Jones instead for a few reasons. First, Capela’s minutes are highly volatile. Even with Dwight out, he’s seen as few as 15 minutes in a game (Chuck Hayes got Howard’s minutes in lieu of Capela one night, and Hayes got released the next). Next, Jones’ price is much better than Capela’s ($4,900 v. $5,800 respectively). And Jones offers a little more flexibility at PF than Capela can at C. Finally, as touched on initially, Jones will probably be lower-owned than Capela while having as much, if not more, upside.
Jon Leuer (PHO) $4,100 v. Washington
Markieff is allegedly giving it a go, but Tyson Chandler remains out. As I pointed out when discussing Jared Dudley, the Wizards have very little depth and size up front tonight. I think Phoenix will go small too and give Leuer minutes that might otherwise go to Alex Len. As an aside, Leuer’s coming off a game where he played 38 minutes and scored 42 FP. That should further tip the Leuer/Len scale in Jon’s favor.
Greg Monroe (MIL) $6,900 v. Detroit
Revenge game. Drummond has been putting up some phenomenal fantasy numbers this season, but he plays so soft on D. He’s making a concerted effort to foul less, so he often sacrifices easy points inside to stay on the floor. Monroe should feast tonight.
Al Horford (ATL) $6,700 v. Lakers
The only concern here is how many minutes will he see? The Lakers are horrible against opposing bigs, and Horford should have a field day while he’s on the floor. I think he’s in line for 1.5 FP/min (maybe more). As long as he gets 28 minutes, he’s good to go. There’s 50 FP upside here at less than $7k, so I’m willing to gamble a little.
That wraps it up for tonight. Quick review: just stack the Wizards/Suns game. Good luck tonight!