After some late-breaking news with the Kings last night, I’m so excited to get back on the grind. We have a very good five-game slate for our FanDuel contests, and all five games feature implied totals over 210 points. I’m going to focus on my top tournament plays for tonight’s slate. As always, be sure you are signed up for RotoGrinders DFS Alerts to stay on top of any last-minute player news.
Russell Westbrook: $13,400 (vs. Brooklyn Nets)
It may seem like an insane price for Westbrook, and some may not like the fact I’m even writing him up, but I have a few good reasons, so hear me out. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are 16-point favorites tonight, and will likely only play three quarters. Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are both over priced, and don’t have a lot of upside in their matchups. Westbrook will likely be the highest scoring point guard and player on this slate. I usually never play Westbrook in tournaments, but I actually think he’s one of the best plays for tournaments on this slate. Westbrook is averaging 17.8 FanDuel points more than the next highest point guard on tonight’s slate.
Klay Thompson: $7,200 (vs. Philadelphia 76ers)
I don’t like Curry tonight and I’m going to be underweight on Draymond Green as well. With that being said, I like Thompson a lot tonight. After struggling for the last few weeks, Thompson has come on strong lately. He’s shooting over 38% in four straight games and has over 20 shot attempts in three of them. Klay is shooting 51.7% at home, compared to shooting 42.2% on the road. The 76ers allow the sixth most fantasy points per game this season and they’re ranked 27th in DvP against shooting guards.
Paul George: $8,100 (vs. New York Knicks)
I really like LeBron tonight, but it’s going to be hard to pair him with Westbrook on this slate. Paul George has a really good matchup tonight against Carmelo Anthony, who has a -1.93 real defensive plus minus this season, which is ranked 77th out of 81 small forwards. The Knicks are ranked 28th in DvP against small forwards this season. George has over 40 fantasy points in four of his last five games, and he has over 30 fantasy points in seven straight games. George is shooting the ball well right now and I’m going to keep riding the hot hand.
Kristaps Porzingis: $6,600 (vs. Indiana Pacers)
This is one of my favorite plays on the entire slate. He’s coming off two really good games, and has over 43 fantasy points in three of the last five games. He’s still under priced, and while I expect him to be popular, I can overlook the ownership with this play today. Thaddeus Young has been really solid defensively this season, but he’s struggled against stretch fours. The Knicks have been going small a lot, and Porzingis can stretch the floor at the five. I like this matchup for him a lot tonight, and the Pacers allow the 17th most fantasy points per game this season.
Jusuf Nurkic: $6,600 (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)
If you’re playing single entry tournaments tonight, I don’t recommend playing Nurkic on that team. I like him in large field GPPs tonight because I feel like center is really weak. I think we see Cousins highly owned tonight, and while I don’t hate him here, playing with Anthony Davis limits his upside. We just saw Nurkic go for 77 FanDuel points less than a week ago, and has over 30 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. The biggest issue with Nurkic is foul trouble, and if he stays out of foul trouble, he has the potential of having a big game.