After having only five games on Monday, we have a massive 11-game slate tonight.
And, with some key players already ruled out, we have some great spots to attack. Let’s get into my top plays for tonight’s slate on FanDuel.
Chris Paul: $9,600 (vs. Denver Nuggets)
With Griffin ruled out for three to six weeks, Paul should be relied on a lot more on the offensive end. CP3 has a 27.5% usage rate and is averaging 1.53 fantasy points per minute without Griffin on the floor this season. He’s also averaged 23 points and 16.5 assists in the two games Griffin has missed. Meanwhile, Denver is allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season. Paul is in a great spot, and I love the idea of pairing him with Kyrie Irving on this slate.
Gary Harris: $4,800 (vs. LA Clippers)
This is a tough matchup for Harris, but I like the idea of paying down at shooting guard if you’re not paying all the way up for James Harden. Harris moved right into the starting lineup after returning from injury on December 15th. He’s played at least 30 minutes in three straight games, and has at least 24.6 fantasy points in each of those three matchups. Harris has an attractive price tag for his recent production, and while this matchup isn't great, this will be a much different Clippers team without Griffin on the floor.
LeBron James: $10,400 (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
LeBron and Irving both receive a big bump without Kevin Love in the lineup. LeBron has a 34.8% usage rate and is averaging 1.44 fantasy points per minute without Love on the floor this season. What's more, the Bucks are ranked 23rd in DVP against small forwards, and they’re allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to the position too. LeBron has been great lately, as he comes in with at least 40 fantasy points in seven straight games. He has a high floor, meaning we shouldn't be afraid whatsoever of playing him in cash games tonight.
Nikola Jokic: $5,900 (vs. LA Clippers)
It’s hard to trust any big man in this offense, but Jokic has too much upside to overlook at this price tag. There’s no reason he should still be under $6,000 on FanDuel. He is averaging 36.27 fantasy points per game over his last seven since returning from injury. Jokic has at least 29 fantasy points in five of those games, and at least 29 fantasy points in seven of his last ten appearances. His usage is on the rise, and even though this isn’t a great matchup, Jokic should still exceed expectations in this matchup tonight.
Joel Embiid: $7,200 (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)
It’s going to be hard to fit DeMarcus Cousins into our NBA lineups tonight, and Embiid continues to be a strong play at this price. A lot of people will be playing DeAndre Jordan, but I actually like Embiid a little more here. Even with Griffin off the floor, Jordan only has an 18.3% usage rate this season. Embiid, meanwhile, has a 34.4% true usage rate and is averaging 1.35 fantasy points per minute this season. Whether Embiid plays the four or five, he draws a great matchup against the Pelicans tonight.