The NBA season is well underway, and this Saturday offers another appealing slate of games. As always, the picks featured below are my favorite plays at each position on FanDuel.
Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns, $7,000 - Knight came through with a monster performance on national TV on Thursday night with 44 FD points against the Clippers, and has been producing at a solid clip over the past two weeks. The Suns will face the weak defense of the Denver Nuggets, who are on the second night of a back to back, and are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to PGs on the season.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,200 - We’re still waiting on news regarding Bradley Beal’s availability tonight, so this game doesn’t have a spread or total, but we do know Wall will be suited up ready to roll. The Magic are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to PGs on the season, and Wall averaged 43 FD PPG against the Magic last season.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs, $4,200 – Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili are both out for the Spurs tonight, so Green could see a little extra run tonight against the winless 76ers. He’s struggled to start the year, but his price is at a point where he only needs 20 FD points. Given the injury situation as well as the matchup, that is a very obtainable goal tonight.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, $8,500 - James Harden is in a great spot as well (particularly if Wesley Matthews is on a minutes restriction tonight), but Bledsoe has been playing very well of late and offers $1,500 savings if you can’t afford Harden. The Nuggets perimeter defense has been terrible this season, and they are allowing the most fantasy points to SGs on the season. Bledsoe has topped 40 FD points in three of his last four, and should keep on rolling in this fast paced matchup.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $6,500 - Keep an eye on the status of Victor Oladipo, who missed last night’s game with a concussion and could easily miss another game tonight as he has still not been cleared to play. With Oladipo out, Channing Frye drew the start at PG and Evan Fournier logged a lot of time at SG, so Harris saw plenty of run at SF, as he played 40 productive minutes. If Oladipo sits again, then Harris should be locked into solid minutes, which is always a concern with Scott Skiles, and the matchup is elite as the Wizards are allowing the most fantasy points to SFs so far this season.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $10,200 – Barring late breaking injury news, the SF position is weak tonight, so locking in LeBron’s 40 to 50 fantasy points is a great way to go for cash games. There was talk of limiting his minutes this year, but he’s still playing over 35 MPG, and with this game expected to be close, he should get his full allotment tonight.
Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets, $5,400 - The Rockets are playing some terrible basketball right now, and outside of James Harden, they are really a crapshoot, so Jones is better served as a GPP play. Dwight Howard will be out, so the Rockets will be thin on the interior, and while it was Montrezl Harrell that drew the start over Jones last night, I think that was a message being sent by Kevin McHale for Jones to get his act together. The Rockets desperately need him to provide more production at PF, and the message seemed to get through last night as he produced 37 FD points in 21 minutes off the bench. The Rockets’ starting lineup is still uncertain but the matchup is certainly there, as the Mavericks are allowing the second-most fantasy points to PFs on the season.
Jon Leuer, Phoenix Suns, $3,700 – This pick depends on the status of Markieff Morris, who is questionable for tonight’s game. If he sits, then Leuer should draw the start in a favorable matchup against a weak Denver frontcourt. He double doubled in his last game, and the PF position is weak tonight. He would allow you to possibly spend up both spots at SG or fit in a high-priced SG with John Wall and LeBron James.
Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks, $5,500 - Dwight Howard will sit out tonight as he played the front of the Rockets’ back to back yesterday. His absence leaves the Rockets very thin on the interior and they’ve really struggled to defend the paint and rebound the paint when he’s not on the court. Zaza is coming off two straight double-doubles and should be able to dominate the paint against the likes of Terrence Jones, Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell.
Also Consider - Clint Capela (if he starts)