We have a split slate of games today, but I’ve chosen to only focus on the late games as FanDuel is offering up much bigger prize pools for their evening contests. Despite having only five games to work with, there are a number of very good options, and plenty of different routes to take. Point guard is completely stacked, offering great plays in every tier of pricing. Remember though, roster construction is about the lineup as a whole. Avoid having tunnel vision, and experiment with building lineups that may not contain a player you’re dead set on. You may find that you’re able to build the best lineup without them.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $8200 – Dollar-for-dollar, Jackson is the best play at the point guard position. I do not expect Greg Monroe to return to the lineup tonight, and that means the Reggie Jackson Show will continue for at least one more game. He’s posting ridiculous numbers, and his price still has not caught up to his production. Goran Dragic and the Heat are not a worrisome matchup, and given that Miami is likely going to be missing some combination of their starters, I expect this game to stay close. I see no reason to think Jackson will slow down tonight, and he’ll be the first guy I click into my lineups.
Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks, $3800 – Obviously Westbrook and Paul are great plays, but I wanted to make sure I presented some other options as well. Monta Ellis is being listed as doubtful, and it sounds like there is almost no chance he plays tonight. Harris should slide into the starting lineup, and if JJ Barea (questionable) is out as well, he’s going to play a ton of minutes. The Pacers are tough on opposing frontcourts, but their wing defense leaves a lot to be desired. I expect Harris to easily pay off his near-minimum salary, and he offers significant upside given the likelihood that he plays heavy minutes.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, $5500 – We move on to shooting guard, which, unlike point guard, isn’t giving us much in terms of great options. KCP is my favorite pick If Greg Monroe is out. In the six games Monroe has missed, KCP has taken at least 16 shots in five of them. In his last game, he posted 25.5 FanDuel points despite a miserable 4 of 20 shooting performance. Those poor shooting nights are few and far between, and I expect him to get back on track tonight. He’s a very safe option at a weak position, and he offers very high upside if he’s shooting the ball well. He’s an easy play in cash games and GPPs for me.
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, $6300 – You may think $6300 is too much to pay for Redick, and on a larger slate I would agree with you. However, we have little to work with, and my preference would be to invest as little as possible at a weak position, while still maintaining the safety of a couple of high floor players. As long as Jamal Crawford is out, Redick is going to play nearly 40 minutes in close games. I think Boston will put up a good fight, and I expect Clippers starters to play their full complement of minutes. Redick should be able to post a very solid stat line tonight, and he’s a fine option if you don’t feel like riding the Eric Bledsoe rollercoaster.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, $6300 – With Ellis likely to miss tonight’s game, expect Parsons to earn more opportunities. He’s always going to carry a slight level of inconsistency, but I think he’s line for a very solid performance tonight. He’ll likely see a couple of extra shots with Ellis out, and think he makes for an easy play at a weak small forward position. Parsons will face the same poor wing defense as Harris, and he should have no trouble taking advantage of a favorable situation.
Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, $5200 – After Parsons, things get difficult. Crowder is not a player I would normally consider, but short slates sometimes require some creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. At this point, I consider Crowder a near lock for 20 fantasy points, and he’ll likely finish with above 25. On a short slate, I’ll take 20-25 almost guaranteed points for a moderate $5200 investment. The Clippers do not defend the perimeter well, and I see no reason to expect Crowder’s recent trend of production to end tonight.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, $8700 – Griffin’s recent production hasn’t come close to paying off his price tag, but I think things will change tonight against Boston. I expect the Celtics to keep this game close enough that Doc Rivers won’t have the luxury of resting his starters late. Boston has been awful against opposing power forwards all season, and they simply have no one that can slow Griffin down. Expect a bounce back game here, and target Griffin while his price is very low for someone of his potential upside.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, $7100 – Morris has been one of the most inconsistent players all season, but playing nearly 40 minutes in every game has helped him string together several solid performances. He’s a bit pricey, but he seems to be a near lock for 30 fantasy points right now, with upside well over 40. He’ll take a bit of a hit if Brandon Knight is able to return tonight, but considering Knight will either be out, or limited in some capacity, I’m not too worried about it. The Suns are still hanging on to slim playoff hopes, and a win against Oklahoma City would go a long way. Expect Morris to log heavy minutes once again and post a solid fantasy total in what will likely be the highest scoring game of the evening.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7100 – Kanter remains underpriced, and he should be locked into most, if not all, of your lineups tonight. He was able to post 32.7 FanDuel points against a very tough Utah frontcourt, and he’ll draw a better matchup tonight against the Suns. Phoenix has been solid against opposing centers, but they’re certainly not the Jazz, and Kanter should go back to his 40 fantasy point ways tonight. I think he has a floor of 35 and a ceiling of around 50 tonight. At a $7100 price tag, he makes for a very easy play.
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder, $5400 – If you’re unable to fit Kanter, Adams provides a very nice way to save cap space and still get exposure to the Thunder front court. With injuries to Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison, both Adams and Kanter have been thrust into heavy minutes. That’s not going to change tonight in a crucial matchup with Phoenix, and while Kanter is the better play, Adams has nearly as much value on a per dollar basis.