College football is holding championship week, and the NFL is figuring out the playoff scenarios over the final month of the regular season, so it won’t be long until the NBA is our primary daily fantasy option until pitchers and catchers report in a few months. So if you haven’t already, try out a daily fantasy hoops contest, and get ready for the football offseason. Here are my favorite targets for tonight’s NBA slate on FanDuel.
Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,500 - It sounds like Tyler Ennis, Jerryd Bayless and Greivis Vasquez could all be out tonight, which should leave big minutes for MCW. He’s a volatile player and Jason Kidd is hard to trust, but given those injuries, he should be locked into 30+ minutes no matter what. He does bring lots of upside due to his ability to stuff the stat sheet and played very well against New York earlier this season (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists).
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, $7,700- I also love Damian Lillard, but I have a few expensive guys I’m listing later, so I’ll give with the cheaper Walker here. With Al Jefferson out, there is extra usage to go around and most of that should fall on Kemba’s shoulders. Derrick Rose is no longer the athlete he once was, and the Bulls are 23rd in DVP against PG, so this is a nice spot for Walker to put the Hornets on his back.
James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,800 - This is the DFS game of the night as the Kings and Rockets both love to play offense, but hate to play defense. That is also a description of James Harden, but we don’t get penalized for poor defense. He is my favorite high-end play of the day as the Kings have struggled against the SG position for several years now. This year is no different as they are 28th in DVP, and their defensive metrics are terrible across the board. He already torched them for 43 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists once this season, and should be in line for another big outing.
Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, $4,200 - This play depends on the status of J.J. Redick, who is listed as doubtful for tonight. Chris Paul is already out, so if Redick sits as well, then Crawford will pick up a ton of usage. With both Redick and Paul out earlier this year, he played 41 minutes and hoisted up 27 shots so he’s a great bargain if Redick sits.
Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings, $4,200 - Double check that he is in the starting lineup, but with Willie Cauley-Stein out, George Karl is leaning towards starting Casspi tonight. This game will be up and down and the Rockets are 27th in DVP against SF. At his low price point, Casspi should easily reach value if he starts.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $6,600 - I don’t mind LeBron going back to Miami, but there are a few other high-end options I prefer, so I’m looking to save at SF. I prefer Harris as a GPP play as Scott Skiles is very tough to trust and will bench a player without warning. However, Harris has worked his out of the doghouse and has played at least 30 minutes in five straight games. The Clippers wing defense has been very poor as they 18th in DVP against SF and he’s coming of a nice 32 FD point game against a much tougher Utah defense.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, $9,100 - As mentioned, Chris Paul is out tonight, so the Clippers offense should flow through Blake Griffin. Along with his extra usage, he should dominate Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson in this matchup and he’s coming at a solid discount from the upper tier stars that are $10,000+.
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, $7,300 - Porzingis just continues to take the NBA storm and has recorded three straight double-doubles. His price is still very affordable as he’s hit 5x value in six of his last seven games. The Bucks defense has slipped this year and they are dead last in rebounding, so Porzingis should once again be on double-double watch.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, $4,400 - This play depends on the status of Nikola Mirotic, who is questionable with a concussion. If Mirotic is out, then Noah is likely to draw the start and is dirt cheap. He’s played better recently and put up 28 FD points in his last game with Mirotic injured early. The Hornets are without Al Jefferson and their defensive weakness has been on the interior, so this is a solid matchup for Noah if he starts.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, $10,600 - As mentioned, this Sacramento/Houston game is the DFS game of the day. Dwight Howard will return, but Cousins is matchup proof and this is a very bad Houston defense. The Kings could also go small with Omri Casspi in the starting lineup, which should leave Boogie racking up tons of rebounds in a fast-paced game.