Coming off two days of ridiculously high scoring basketball brings us to this lovely Sunday! I would like to start off by saying I seriously doubt scoring will stay as high as it was the past two nights. The schedule is considerably smaller than Friday, and the largest reason for the high scoring yesterday was Luol Deng and Goran Dragic hitting 8x salary at discount prices and being highly owned.
Tonight boasts a reasonable 6 game slate, featuring some teams I like to target including the 76ers, the Nets, and the Bulls and Lakers who will play one another. Our Fab Five did well yesterday with all plays but Curry exceeding value, and he didn’t completely bust, so it was a plus. I mostly didn’t want to nominate 3 Heat players, and was a bigger fan of Deng and Hassan Whiteside in their respective matchups.
Let’s see where we are going tonight!
POINT GUARD – Starting with the most expensive PG of the night, we can look to Damian Lillard. Lillard is coming off a 51 actual point performance against the defending Golden State Warriors. He is priced high across the industry, but should be good for around 40 fantasy points. He is playing Utah, and I don’t love guys against Utah. The next two guys I would look at are Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker. Lowry against Memphis is a good matchup at home, and Walker against Brooklyn on the road is not bad either. I don’t think I am going to have major ownership of either player. Ish Smith against a possible Deron William-less Mavericks could be a good spot. My two favorite plays on the night are Mike Conley and Derrick Rose. Both are missing key components of their scoring [Marc Gasol and Jimmy Butler respectively], and are in favorable matchups against the Raptors and Lakers. I like for both to exceed value tonight. Jordan Clarkson has been playing well lately, so I will likely have some shares of him as well. Donal Sloan is always a fun rollercoaster ride, who could return 12 or 35 points on any given night. If Williams is out, one could expect both Jose Juan Barea and Raymond Felton to see increased usage. Raul Neto continues to be a cheap source of a typically guaranteed 15 points, but has slim upside to hit 20. If you want to go with an interesting sleeper pick at the position, I think you could do worse than Brandon Jennings, who is now with the Magic, and hit 26 points in 28 minutes his first night with the team.
SHOOTING GUARD – I don’t seem to get DeMar DeRozan right most of the time, but I am not a huge fan tonight.[EDIT: Tony Allen ruled out tonight makes me feel a little better about him]. I feel the same way about CJ McCollum. Both have been solid for the most part, but I am not a fan of the matchups, and I believe there are cheaper and better options. Nicolas Batum has stumbled out of the gates from the All-Star break, but I will have some exposure to him due to hit ability to stuff the stat sheet. I don’t mind Kobe Bryant, but he isn’t my favorite. The first play I really like is Victor Oladipo who should pick up that Monta Ellis defense. I actually don’t mind either, but would only use Ellis in a tournament, where I think I feel good enough about Oladipo to deploy in cash games. The more I look through the options, the more disgusted I feel. Rodney Hood is worth a look in what should be a higher paced game for the Jazz. I like Lou Williams and Joe Johnson here too. Wayne Ellington is in a good spot, but he is usable in tournaments only in my opinion. E’Twaun Moore has been mostly solid, and he should figure to be in good shape for a game against the Lakers. At his price, I will probably bite in all formats.
SMALL FORWARD – If I felt dirty about the Shooting Guard position, I should feel REALLY dirty about the small forward position. Paul George has been mostly stable, scoring no lower than 35.8 over the last 6. The matchup against presumably Evan Fournier is favorable for him. Gordan Hayward dollar for dollar has been roughly the same type of player as George. It should be a nice spot for him. Chandler Parsons price has creeped a bit to a point where I don’t know how much I want to use him. He has 40 point upside and could be relied upon more of Williams is out. Robert Covington is too inconsistent for me in cash games, but has good upside for tournaments. Al-Farouq Aminu on the other hand has very little upside, and his floor is unappealing to me. My favorite play at the position, and maybe all around tonight, is Matt Barnes, who should see all the run he can handle tonight with Courtney Lee and Jeff Green out of town, and Allen out. Lance Stephenson could cut into that some, but he is Lance Stephenson. Doug McDermott is coming off a big game, and is playing the Lakers, but I don’t want to be chasing points.
POWER FORWARD – Derrick Favors is in a good spot tonight, but I actually prefer several others on the Jazz a little more. Nerlens Noel should be in for a good night against old man Dirk Nowitzki. I don’t like playing Dirk in games like this at this stage in his career. I like Thad Young a lot tonight against Charlotte. He has been consistent, so while he is unlikely to demolish his salary, he should be a good bet to pay it off. Zach Randolph broke a lot of hearts the last time this Grizzlies team played, as he was thought to be the biggest beneficiary of Gasol’s injury. I don’t love the matchup tonight, but will be looking for a bounce back from the big man tonight. Julius Randle fits the same bill for me as Thad Young. I like him to return salary tonight. Myles Turner and Aaron Gordon are both in good spots at good prices against one another tonight. Taj Gibson has been diminishing lately, so I’m going to hesitate with him tonight. Cody Zeller has been playing well and is worthy of consideration, as have Jermani Grant and Bobby Portis.
CENTER – Pau Gasol gets a nice matchup tonight against the Lakers. As long as games have stayed close, he has returned value to his users. Brook Lopez and Nikola Vucevic have also been playing well and are in positive matchups. You can add Rudy Gobert into that mix as well. Might as well throw in Jahilil Okafor, Zaza Pachulia and Ian Mahinmi as well. Center probably offers my favorite plays tonight, and it is a shame in many formats you can only choose 1.
That wraps it up today! Hope we all win some money!