Jrue Holiday ($7,000) – Holiday gets a nice matchup tonight as he faces Portland who has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to point guards over their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers are also ranked 26th in defensive efficiency on the season. Holiday has had his ups and downs since DeMarcus Cousins joined the team, but he has topped 43 fantasy points in three of his last five games. Holiday is averaging 1.1 fantasy points per minutes and continues to play upwards of 32 minutes per game while playing 40+ minutes some nights. I think he makes for an enticing tournament play, offering nice upside at a reasonable price.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook $13,400, Stephen Curry $9,800, Damian Lillard $8,800
Reggie Jackson ($5,800) – It is always nerve wracking rostering Jackson, as his minutes are not consistent. However, it is tough to ignore the price and matchup tonight. The Cavs are ranked dead last in defensive efficiency over their last 10 games and have allowed the most fantasy points per game to point guards in the last five games. Jackson has topped 30 fantasy points in four of his last five contests, and at this price, he offers 6X upside, which is what we are targeting in tournaments. I would not recommend him in cash formats, but taking everything into consideration, he makes for an intriguing tournament play this evening.
Other Options – Jeremy Lin $5,700
Victor Oladipo ($6,300) – Dipo comes in at a fair price and gets one of the better matchups a shooting guard can ask for. The Nets are giving up the third-most fantasy points per game and have allowed +1.62 points above expectation to the position. They are also ranked 28th in defensive efficiency and play up in pace. Oladipo had his way against them in their last meeting, scoring 41.3 fantasy points. He is playing consistent minutes, gets a favorable matchup and offers plenty of upside with a reasonably safe floor, making him a solid option in all formats.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum $7,500, Klay Thompson $6,500
Jordan Crawford ($3,900) – If you are considering going stars and scrubs tonight, you may need to consider Crawford. He has played three games since signing his 10-day contract. and he’s averaged 24.3 minutes, 16 points, four assists, 1.7 rebounds and 26.9 fantasy points per game. With a weak backcourt in New Orleans, Crawford could continue to see minutes in the mid 20’s. This should be an up-tempo game with plenty of scoring opportunities, so Crawford should have no trouble paying off his salary if he plays his regular allotment of minutes.
Other Options – C.J. Miles $4,100 (SF eligible)
Paul George ($8,200) – George’s price has increased, but that goes hand-in-hand with how well he has played as of late. Over his last five games, he has topped 46 fantasy points four times, eclipsing 50 fantasy points once during that stretch. He gets a nice matchup against the Knicks who have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to small forwards in their last five. In that time frame, they also rank 25th in defensive efficiency. He has averaged 1.1 fantasy points per minutes against New York this season and has played fewer than 36 minutes just once in the last five contests. If you are taking a balanced approach tonight, I think he fits right in.
Other Options – LeBron James $11,000
Andre Roberson ($3,900) – There is nothing exciting about rostering Roberson, but he does play big minutes and he’s in a favorable matchup. He faces off against the Nets who yield the most fantasy points per game to small forwards while allowing +3.07 points above expectation to the position. Roberson is more known for his defense, and in a matchup like this one where the pace will be high, facing the team that averages 16.9 turnovers per game (most in the league), the opportunity for steals will be there. He does not need to do much at this price tag to pay off his salary and provides the cushion to potentially fit in one of the top priced players.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless $4,800
Draymond Green ($7,700) – This price appears too low for someone with Green’s ability. The matchup is also in his favor as the Sixers are yielding the seventh most fantasy points per game to power forwards over their last 10. During that stretch, they are third in pace and are ranked 27th in defensive efficiency. Green exploded for 48 fantasy points the last time he faced off against them. There is little reason to think he cannot exploit the matchup once again, especially with Kevin Durant sidelined.
Other Options – DeMarcus Cousins $9,600, Dario Saric $8,100, Kristaps Porzingis $7,200
Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,500) – Aminu plays big minutes for the Trail Blazers, and on most nights, he will not hurt you. He has topped 28 fantasy points in five of his last six games, and he’s played at least 30 minutes in each of those contests. His minutes are secure and his production is fairly consistent. At this price, that is tough to ignore considering the slate. While tonight’s matchup is not the most appealing, the affordable options are limited, and on nights like this one, not all the boxes will check off.
Other Options – Trevor Booker $5,000, Richaun Holmes $4,900, Thaddeus Young $4,300
Anthony Davis ($10,500) – Davis is coming off of a monster game, scoring 46 points with 21 rebounds, which was good for 82 fantasy points. That being said, Boogie did get into foul trouble last game, keeping him off the court for the majority of the fourth quarter, allowing Davis to explode. Nevertheless, the Brow is still an option tonight as he offers immense upside. Portland is yielding 44.3 rebounds per game with a -0.8 differential and rank 26th in defensive efficiency.
Other Options – Jusuf Nurkic $7,000
Enes Kanter ($5,600) – The lack of minutes is certainly worrisome, and for that reason, I would not advise playing Kanter in cash games. That being said, he is averaging well over a fantasy point per minute and gets a very nice matchup against an atrocious Nets defense. They yield the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing centers and have allowed +4.91 points above expectation to the position. In addition, they surrender the second most rebounds per game with a -3.5 differential.
Other Options – Myles Turner $5,700, Steven Adams $5,000, Zaza Pachulia $3,800
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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