We have a 12-game slate tonight, and while there are a couple matchups that are completely uninteresting, others should be plenty of fun. As always, there is injury news to be mindful of. Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside have already been ruled out for Miami, LaMarcus Aldridge is out for Portland, and it’s looking like LeBron James will play.
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Good luck tonight. Let’s check out my top FanDuel picks.
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Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers, $8,200 – The Sixers are a tough team to target because they’re by far the worst team in the league in terms of offensive efficiency. However, when they’re playing the second-worst defensive team in the NBA, I can certainly get behind MCW in this one. Tony Wroten is likely looking at an extended absence, which leaves MCW to fill all of the minutes he can handle at point guard. He’s actually lost some minutes in blowouts lately, but I fully expect the Ping Pong Ball Special to be close down to the bitter end. MCW should see heavy minutes against a Knicks team that has been in the bottom third of the league against opposing point guards, and dead last over the past three weeks in terms of fantasy points allowed. This is one of the few occasions I can actually trust MCW in cash games, and given his ability to fill up the stat sheet, he has a very high ceiling tonight.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $9,000 – If you want a safe bet for your cash game lineups, and you can find the requisite value at other positions, take a long look at Lillard tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge has already been ruled out tonight, which is going to leave Lillard to shoulder much of the offensive responsibility. While the Suns have been effective at limiting opposing point guards, Lillard is a matchup-proof stud that should flourish in tonight’s up-tempo, close, and high-scoring game. He has over 50 fantasy point upside, and I think he comes close to that, or even exceeds it tonight. With Portland having little depth off the bench, and Nicolas Batum really struggling with his shot, it’ll be up to Lillard to keep Portland competitive.
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, $5,300 – Korver is a solid, consistent options in cash games, with the occasional upside to set you apart in a GPP. He’s an underappreciated player, and his historic shooting percentages aren’t talked about nearly enough. Korver draws a very favorable matchup against a Pacers team that is ranked third-worst against opposing shooting guards over both the last three weeks and the entire season.
Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,700 – Matthews is the other Blazer (along with Lillard) that I expect to benefit greatly from the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge. While Lillard will be by far and away the primary option for Portland tonight, Matthews is going to be asked to pick up some of the offensive slack as well. His production is fairly consistent with Aldridge in the lineup, as he generally finishes in the 25-30 fantasy point range. Increased usage and an up-tempo, high-scoring matchup with Phoenix will give Matthews a significant boost tonight, and he should easily exceed his value threshold.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,700 – Durant is underpriced here and I’m going to keep rostering him, so long as his salary doesn’t increase and I don’t have to compromise the rest of my lineup to fit him in. On a big slate like tonight, there are plenty of value options available that allow you to roster the most valuable player in daily fantasy. The Wizards are a tough defensive team, but Kevin Durant is matchup-proof, and there is absolutely no way that Paul Pierce, or anyone else on this team, is going to be able to slow him down.
Jeff Green, Memphis Grizzlies, $5,600 – Green has performed very well since his move to Memphis, and a matchup with a struggling Raptors team that is among the league’s worst against opposing small forwards is an excellent opportunity for him to keep his recent run going. Despite coming off the bench, he’s seeing around 30 minutes consistently, and so Green makes for an excellent value play at the small forward position.
Channing Frye, Orlando Magic, $4,300 – This is a price-dependent play, and one that also hinges on the status of Tobias Harris, who is currently a game-time decision. If Harris plays, I think he cuts into the value of Frye enough that he can be faded tonight. However, if Harris sits, Frye makes for a great value option against a Pistons team that has been awful against opposing power forwards all season. Greg Monroe isn’t going to have much luck chasing Frye around the perimeter, and I expect him to see plenty of open looks. He’s scored at least 20 fantasy points in each game since regaining his starting job, and if Harris sits again tonight, I would expect him to have that same floor, with upside over 30. That’s a terrific bargain for only $4,300.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $8,300 – The flip side of the above matchup is the fact that Frye has to guard Greg Monroe, which isn’t going to go very well for Orlando. The Magic have been nearly as dreadful against opposing power forwards as Detroit has been, and Monroe has been flourishing since the Pistons woke up and dumped Josh Smith. Flirting with 40 fantasy points on a nightly basis, Monroe has a very high ceiling, and a legitimate floor of 30, in this matchup. He’s a solid player to anchor your cash games lineups around, but also has the potential for GPP-winning upside.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, $8,700 – When Tobias Harris is out of the lineup, Vucevic sees a significant bump in both usage rate and rebounding rate. If Harris is forced to miss another game, Vucevic is an elite play against a Pistons team that hasn’t been able to stop opposing centers all season. Andre Drummond hasn’t yet figured out how play effective defense against the league’s top offensive centers, and with the Vucevic being the primary offensive weapon for the Magic, expect a big stat line with 50 fantasy point upside and a floor of 30-35.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, $7,100 – Chandler’s been a consistent source of 30 or more fantasy points for most of the season, which makes him a terrific cash game play today. He doesn’t often flash high upside, but it’s certainly possible in what should be a very up-tempo matchup with the Timberwolves. Minnesota has been among the league’s worst against opposing centers all season, so expect a bump in production from Chandler tonight. He’s certainly capable of eclipsing 35-40 fantasy points, while maintaining a very high floor. The big man is a solid target in both cash games and GPPs tonight.