After the best Super Bowl in recent history, today’s column is focused on making the smart, safe, and obvious selections in cash games. In other words, RUN THE BALL and put yourself in a good position to win. You don’t need to take unnecessary risks that will leave you second-guessing your decisions.
Here are my top FanDuel picks of the day.
John Wall, Washington Wizards (Salary: $9200, FPPG: 39.6, MPG: 36, Usage Rate: 24.9)
Wall has been dealing with a couple of nagging injuries recently, but it hasn’t affected his play on the court. Over his last six games, he has averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists per game. While the Hornets have been stingy against opposing point guards this season, a matchup against Brian Roberts isn’t one that we need to go out of our way to avoid.
Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $3500, FPPG: 16.7, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 17.6)
Rajon Rondo has already been ruled out of Monday night’s contest against the Timberwolves with an orbital fracture. Harris will likely draw the start at point guard, which means he will see a sizable uptick in minutes and production. He is listed at the minimum salary on FanDuel at $3,500 and he draws a premier matchup against the Timberwolves, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to point guards this season.
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $7800, FPPG: 31.9, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 28.7)
With Rajon Rondo out, Ellis will see a sizable boost in usage in the Mavericks’ offense. Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists in Rondo’s absence the other night against the Magic and should be the main playmaker in the Mavericks’ offense tonight. He also draws a favorable matchup against the Timberwolves, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to shooting guards this season.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $6800, FPPG: 28.7, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 28)
DeRozan is coming off of a terrific five-game stretch in which he has averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He has one of the highest usage rates among shooting guards and he has played at least 31 minutes in each of his last five games. He is the one Raptors’ player that stands out in tonight’s matchup against the Bucks.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $10900, FPPG: 40, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 29.3)
The Thunder have quietly turned into one of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA. Over the last three weeks, they have averaged the second-most possessions per 48 minutes. That’s great news for Durant and the Thunder, whose NBA Vegas odds’ team total is set at 111 points tonight. There should be plenty of fantasy production to go around in this game, especially if the Magic can keep the game within striking distance.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 28.8, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 24)
Harris was inserted back into the starting lineup the other night against the Mavericks. While he didn’t play particularly well, the biggest takeaway was that he played 30 minutes. He is currently priced as a backup, which allows us a great buy-low opportunity tonight. This game is projected to be the fastest-paced game of the evening, and Harris is at his best in the open floor.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $8600, FPPG: 34.4, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 24.1)
Since returning from injury, Randolph has been unstoppable. In those 12 games, he has averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists per game. While those numbers are impressive enough, how about the fact that he has put up 12 consecutive double-doubles? Randolph’s price has come up, but he remains an elite play tonight against the Suns.
Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6800, FPPG: 27, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 22.2)
Young is playing his best basketball of the season. Over his last 10 games, he has averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He has also averaged 37.5 minutes per game during that stretch. His price is more than reasonable at $6,800, and he draws a decent matchup against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks in what should be a fast-paced game.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $8200, FPPG: 37.1, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 25.1)
Gasol has taken a backseat to Zach Randolph offensively, but he has still been very productive. Over his last 10 games, he has averaged 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks per game. That equates to 37 fantasy points per game during that stretch. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Suns, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to centers this season.