The NBA regular season may seem like decades for NBA players and coaches, but it goes by in the blink of an eye for those of us that play daily fantasy basketball on FanDuel. It’s hard to believe that we have hit the home stretch of the regular season, with the start of the playoffs just around the corner.
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Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $13000, FPPG: 48.8, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 37.4)
It may come as a shock, but Westbrook is the top overall play at any position on tonight’s slate. He has been tremendous with Kevin Durant out of the lineup and it’s going to be tough for Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks to slow him down tonight. Westbrook is averaging 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists per game over his last eight outings. He’s a freight train in the open floor and can stop on a dime for that pull-up jumper anytime he wants it. Rondo will be no match for the MVP-candidate tonight.
George Hill, Indiana Pacers (Salary: $6600, FPPG: 27, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 25.3)
Hill’s minutes and fantasy points per game are both trending upward, as the Pacers make their playoff push. Over his last nine games, he is averaging 33 fantasy points in 30 minutes per contest. He has logged as many as 35 minutes in close games, which is exactly what I expect I expect tonight’s game against the Raptors to be. This is a favorable matchup for Hill, as Kyle Lowry and the Raptors are ranked 23rd against point guards this season.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (Salary: $8000, FPPG: 33.5, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 33.9)
Wade seems to have found the fountain of youth. He has been on a tear over his last seven games, scoring at least 33 fantasy points in each. During that stretch, he is averaging 39 fantasy points per game. In addition to his high level of play recently, Wade also gets the added bonus of facing his former teammate tonight. Wade will have a little added motivation to play well against LeBron James and his new Cavaliers team.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards (Salary: $5700, FPPG: 25.1, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 22.1)
Beal may have burned you in the past and he may do it again tonight. The point is that we have to avoid having biases in daily fantasy sports, because it will make us avoid players even when they are strong plays at their position. Beal’s price is depressed tonight on FanDuel, and shooting guard is a position that lacks options. Beal has scored at least 27 fantasy points in three of his last six games and needs to reach that mark again tonight to reach value in a matchup against the Blazers.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6300, FPPG: 25.2, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 21.8)
The Wolves are one of the many teams that have a ton of game-time decisions for tonight’s game. Ricky Rubio, Gary Neal, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Garnett all sat out last night’s game against the Spurs. If they were all out again tonight, Wiggins would see a sizable uptick in his usage within the Wolves’ offense. Wiggins is priced affordably and he’s almost a lock to play 35+ minutes in a favorable matchup against the Nets.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 26.2, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 20.4)
Parsons has played well since coming back from injury. Over his last three games, he is averaging 28 fantasy points in 31 minutes per contest. Tonight’s matchup against the Thunder is one that he should excel in. The Thunder are one of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA and Parsons is very good in transition. He can attack the rim, as well as spot up from the three-point line. He’s a strong play tonight at small forward, especially given the lack of other options at the position.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $7500, FPPG: 33.8, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, and DeMarre Carroll were all rested in last night’s game over the Lakers. Tonight the Hawks will rest Al Horford and Kyle Korver. Horford played 35 minutes last night and I expect Millsap to play at least 30 minutes tonight against the Kings, assuming the game stays relatively close. Millsap’s price is depressed and he draws a fantastic matchup against a defense that is ranked 20th against power forwards.
Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $6000, FPPG: 26.6, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 21.2)
Young has hit the fantasy trifecta for tonight. His price is depressed on FanDuel, his minutes and production are both trending upward, and he gets to face his former team. Young has scored at least 29 fantasy points in three of his last four games and should be able to feast on a Wolves’ frontcourt that may be without Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic. Young will be a staple in my cash game and tournament lineups tonight.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 28.2, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 12.9)
Chandler is rarely on my radar for cash games, but trends are converging nicely for him tonight. He gets to face a Thunder frontcourt that will be playing its second game in as many days. Their frontcourt was also beaten down by the bigs of the Bulls yesterday. Chandler, on the other hand, is coming off of his best game in weeks and his price is at its lowest point in weeks. He only needs 29 fantasy points to reach value tonight, a feat that he is certainly capable of against the Thunder.