It’s the last day of the NBA regular season, and two playoff berths have yet to be determined. There are about 200 players on the various injury reports, and I would strongly recommend just playing GPPs today. I will try to sift through all of the information that’s available, and give you the players I feel are in the best position to succeed on FanDuel tonight.
Good luck tonight, and remember that there is plenty of action during the postseason, and things are a lot less stressful as well.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6300 – You’re going to see a lot of Minnesota recommendations because they just don’t have many healthy bodies. There’s a very good chance they’ll only have 8 active players (the minimum required), and LaVine is likely to play well over 40 minutes. He’s been very good lately, and a matchup with a Thunder team that hasn’t defended point guards well is certainly a recipe for success. He has a lot of upside relative to his still cheap $6300 price tag, and I would be targeting him in both cash games and GPPs tonight.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $12600 – There is so much value available tonight that Westbrook needs to be a priority. The Thunder absolutely have to win tonight, and the matchup against Minnesota couldn’t be much better. The Timberwolves have no one with a prayer of defending of Westbrook, and in a must-win situation, you know he’s going to just try to win the game all by himself. Expect a monster performance out of Westbrook.
Jabari Brown, Los Angeles Lakers, $4100 – It’s hard to see Brown not being a good play at this price considering he’s probably going to play nearly the entire game against a Kings team that has been dead last against opposing shooting guards all season. He’s not a great per-minute producer, but he’s playing a ton of minutes, and if Jordan Clarkson is unable to play, I’m not sure he’s going to leave the court at all. He’s a terrific value play at a tough position tonight.
Evan Turner, Boston Celtics, $6900 – I never thought I’d use the word consistent with Evan Turner, but that’s where we are. He’s scoring 30 or more fantasy points fairly regularly, and I’m always a fan of targeting players that are shooting guard eligible but don’t play like true shooting guards. He does a lot more than just hang around waiting to take shots. He handles the ball, he rebounds, and, of course, he scores. Milwaukee isn’t the best matchup, but you know what you’re going to get out of Turner most nights, and that’s good enough for me at the shooting guard position.
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz, $4700 – Gordon Hayward is out, and Derrick Favors might be as well, so Hood is locked into big minutes and a huge role on offense. He’s been very good lately, and he should do well in matchup with Houston where Utah will be playing up in pace. Hood is just too cheap at this price, and given his 30+ point upside, he should be targeted heavily tonight.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, $7600 – Minnesota has few healthy players, and Wiggins is going to play a ton of minutes tonight. The Thunder don’t have any great wing defenders, so expect a big game here. This should be a very fast-paced, high-scoring game, and it will likely stay closer than most people expect. Wiggins is a very high floor, high ceiling play tonight, and he’s my number one option at the small forward position.
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls, $5200 – Joakim Noah will not play tonight, which means Taj will start and play plenty of minutes for Chicago. The Hawks are a tough team, but his price combined with the minutes and opportunity is more than enough for me to target Gibson. He’s a safer play than guys like Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black, and I’ll gladly play a little extra for him. Chicago is playing for the third seed in the East, so this game is important to them, and I don’t expect any reduction in minutes.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings, $5000 – Thompson is locked into a big role with DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans out, and he should do very well against a bad Lakers frontcourt. His production is very good when the typical high usage players are out of the lineup, and I think he’ll continue to produce tonight. If Omri Casspi is out, he may see a few extra minutes and shot attempts thrown his way as well.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7400 – Kanter should have a huge game against this makeshift Minnesota frontcourt. With Oklahoma City playing for that final playoff spot in the West, expect both Kanter and Westbrook to carry this team to a win tonight. Minnesota has no answer for Kanter with so many players out, and he should have no trouble scoring and dominating the glass tonight. He has well over 40 point upside, and a very safe floor of about 30 in this matchup.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, $8500 – The Nets need a win tonight, and Brook Lopez should have a big night against the Orlando Magic. The Magic have struggled against opposing centers all season, and with Lopez being the focal point of the offense in a must-win situation, I expect him to come up big tonight. Kanter is probably the best per-dollar play, but Lopez has more upside, and if you can comfortably afford him, I would feel very good about rostering him.