Even on small slates, you have to find creative ways to fit in the studs, and this Tuesday is no different. In this column, I generally set $6000 as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate.
Matthew Dellavedova $4100: Obviously, you want Giannis Antetokounmpo in this matchup tonight, but Delly should also have no trouble reaching 5X salary value tonight and could hit 30 fantasy points. Brooklyn is the league’s best point guard matchup for fantasy, the game is looking to be high-paced, high scoring and Vegas has the Bucks favored by just 4.5 points. Brooklyn’s combination of second-highest pace and third-worst defensive efficiency has a lot of Bucks on my radar tonight.
Andrew Harrison $3900: Harrison finally broke out after a couple of disappointing performances for the injured Grizzlies last night in Toronto. Memphis is back home to host the Orlando Magic in the second half of a back-to-back set. Although Harrison played 35 minutes last night, the young guard is very much needed with Mike Conley out for a while. There are a lot of studs to pay up for tonight, so even though the teams stats—slow pace, bad offense, good defense—make for tonight’s lowest point total game, I think limited exposure to Harrison provides a nice floor and lets you spend your salary cap elsewhere.
Evan Fournier $5800: With injuries to Memphis, opposing guards have been making hay in terms of fantasy points allowed lately. Fournier is somewhat of a volatile player, with game logs varying between 20 and 40+ fantasy points depending on his shooting. He does benefit from a nice steal rate (four multi-steal games in his last six) and has seven assists in consecutive games. That peripheral production could boost his bottom line tonight if Elfrid Payton is out with his sprained ankle.
Wayne Ellington $4000: I’m watching the Heat news carefully to see if Ellington will be limited in the back-to-back after playing 32 productive minutes last night in Denver. While I ordinarily wouldn’t go after a guy facing the Jazz, Miami is so depleted on the wing that I think Wellington could reach value if he plays 30 minutes. It’s an added benefit if Rodney Hood misses the game tonight.
Sean Kilpatrick $5700: There are several SG I’d like to pay up for tonight, but everyone constructs rosters a little differently. If Ellington is too risky for you, or out, Kilpatrick is in a nice situation tonight against a Bucks team that doesn’t defend the wings well (see also below). While I never would have rostered him vs. the Clippers (and consequently won none of the money Tuesday night), he certainly showed what he’s capable of. In a close high scoring game, I think he’s a safe bet for 30+ fantasy points.
Harrison Barnes $6100: Barnes has been good more often than he’s been bad, and against the Charlotte Hornets, who give up the seventh-most fantasy points to small forward, I like the idea of pairing him with one of the stud SFs for a secure floor with some upside. Charlotte will push the pace a little bit and while Dallas is the big underdog, Barnes could be a valuable fantasy asset at low ownership tonight.
Bojan Bogdanovic $4200: The case for Bogdanovich is similar to that of Kilpatrick, except that a lot more people will be chasing the Kilpatrick magic at a higher price point while Bogdanovich is an equally good bet for 25+ fantasy points. The Bucks give up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing threes and if I have to choose one Net tonight, it’s Bogdanovich.
JaMychal Green $4400: Aside from one game where he struggled hugely against the Hornets, Green has been a steady 20-30 fantasy point asset in around 30 mpg. With Zach Randolph likely to miss tonight’s game (bereavement), Green should be able to grind his way to a 15/7-ish stat line.
Ryan Anderson $4400: There are a couple other ways to get value in this huge game tonight, but Anderson has the easiest path to surpassing value. The Warriors have slowly come around defensively, but are still getting beaten by opposing fours. Anderson is shooting well recently and while I don’t think he wins you a tournament, I do think this is a good position to save at and Anderson should be safe for at least 20 fantasy points.
Greg Monroe $4600: It’s confusing to try to figure out exactly what the Bucks are doing with Monroe, but it has been a positive trend over the past few days. Brooklyn is bad on defense at center too, so Monroe should not meet a lot of resistance inside tonight. Hassan Whiteside and Rudy Gobert are such obvious top plays tonight that you can certainly go contrarian by saving at center.