We have seven games on tonight’s main slate at FanDuel and plenty of attractive situations to target. There’s not much to note on the injury front outside of some guys sitting out for Denver, so hopefully we can find some solid value plays to complement the higher-priced studs. Remember that rosters lock at 6:00 PM EST. Let’s take a look at today’s picks.
Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, $3700 – Murray is one of better value plays tonight, as he will draw the start at point guard and play significant minutes with both Jameer Nelson and Will Barton out tonight. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Murray logged nearly 40 minutes, and although he doesn’t have a ton of upside, he’s costs just over the minimum, should finish at or above 20 fantasy points, and opens up a lot of possibilities given the salary cap savings he provides.
There are plenty of other attractive point guard options, but it’s unlikely you’ll find a player this cheap that offers a solid return at other positions.
Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks, $7000 – Malcolm Delaney is almost certainly out tonight, meaning Schroder is going to have to play heavy minutes in a phenomenal matchup against the Nets. The Hawks need to win this game as they’re currently sitting in the sixth spot in the East with only a two game lead over Chicago, Miami, and Indiana. Brooklyn has been giving up huge games to opposing point guards all season, and although Paul Millsap may return to the lineup tonight, which will hurt Schroder’s usage, the situation is still just too good. Further, after missing extended time with a knee injury, he may not play a full load of minutes right away.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7000 – It’s a good thing there’s value at the point guard position, because there’s nothing at shooting guard. At least in cash games, you’re going to need to pay up at both spots to avoid risking a complete dud from one of your players. Thompson still offers a terrific floor/ceiling combination relative to his price tag as he continues to be slightly underpriced at $7000. With Kevin Durant out, Thompson has been a much more consistent producer, frequently finishing at or above 30 fantasy points with plenty of 40+ point outings. The Warriors are heavy favorites, but even if this game gets out of hand, Thompson should post a solid outing before giving way to the bench guys.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $9200 – DeRozan has been terrific lately, and although the Raptors are heavy favorites, it’s hard not to like him in a premium matchup against the Sixers. He’s eclipsed 40 fantasy points in five of his last six games with finishes above 50 in three of them. He’s been a consistent elite performer with Kyle Lowry out, and with James Harden dealing with a jammed wrist that’s clearly causing his atrocious shooting numbers, DeRozan is the clear top play at the shooting guard position.
T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns, $6600 – Warren continues to offer terrific value as he should probably be priced at or above $7000 at a typically thin small forward position. He’s logging heavy minutes and operating as one of the focal points of the offense alongside Devin Booker. The Suns are heavy underdogs, but tonight’s matchup against Houston still has a massive 234 total, and Warren figures to play 36 or more minutes and easily finish above 30 fantasy points. He’s a strong cash game play with plenty of tournament appeal as well given his high upside.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $9900 – With Chicago fighting for a playoff spot in the East, Butler figures to play all the minutes he can handle as every game is a must-win for the Bulls from here on out. He’ll likely log around 40 minutes, and he’s offering LeBron James levels of production for $800 less, he looks like a terrific cash game play capable of finishing above 50 or even 60 fantasy points. This game doesn’t feature a high total relative to some of the other games on tonight’s slate, but remember that Butler does everything when he’s on the court, so he doesn’t need to be involved in a high total game to post a monster stat line.
Richaun Holmes, Philadelphia 76ers, $5800 – With Jahlil Okafor out for the rest of the season, there’s nothing standing in the way of Holmes logging 30+ minutes each night regardless of the outcome of the game. With that level of playing time, Holmes is capable of posting 30 to 40 fantasy point lines given his ability to rack up stats when he’s on the court. A road matchup against the Raptors isn’t the greatest scenario, but Holmes offers a ton of upside relative to his price at a power forward position that doesn’t have too many attractive options.
Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns, $5000 – With Alan Williams and Alex Len playing small roles off the bench, it’s Chriss that’s seeing over 30 minutes. The Suns are trying to develop their young guys, and Chriss clearly has the most potential in Phoenix’s front court. With a full complement of minutes, we’ve seen Chriss post plenty of 30+ fantasy point games, making him an extremely attractive option at just $5000. In what figures to be a very fast-paced, high-scoring matchup with Houston, we should see Chriss post another solid line. I like him in both cash games and tournaments.
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets, $5500 – A look at Capela’s game log reveals why he’s a terrific cash game play. He gets it done every night, and although his upside is limited because he almost never plays 30 minutes, he should offer a 25 to 30 fantasy point return against Phoenix tonight. He fits in well with the rest of today’s picks, though I would look elsewhere for tournaments. In what projects to be a very fast-paced, high-scoring game between Houston and Phoenix, expect another strong cash game line from Capela.