We have a solid 11-game slate today, and hopefully any news related to injuries or players resting comes out at a reasonable time.
At this point in the season, if you’re not able to stay on top of the current news, you’re probably better off not playing. The advantage is just too great for players that are able to make late adjustments. Rotoworld player updates and Twitter are your best friend right now, so make sure to keep yourself updated.
Here are my top FanDuel picks for the day.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $6200 – Jackson is going to be extremely popular today. He torched Memphis yesterday as the Pistons rolled to an improbable win against the Grizzlies. Priced at $6200 and facing the Sixers, he represents an incredible value play. The Sixers rank fourth-worst in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards over the past three weeks. The return of Greg Monroe will likely cut into some of Jackson’s shot attempts, but at this price, I would advise against a fade in cash games.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $10100 – With Klay Thompson out tonight, my expectation is that Curry takes on even more offensive responsibility tonight. When you look at the rest of the Warriors, you’re not going to find anyone else that’s in a great position to pick up the slack. Harrison Barnes doesn’t do much of anything, Bogut isn’t on the court for his offense, and neither is Draymond Green. It’ll be the Stephen Curry Show in what should be a close, high-scoring affair with the Atlanta Hawks.
Curry’s the type of player that is tough to roster on a consistent basis because the Warriors play great team basketball and it seems like they blow their opponent out every other game. However, facing a very tough Hawks team without Thompson is going to force Curry into having one of those huge games that you won’t want to miss out on.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $8200 – Wade is playing the best basketball we’ve seen from him in quite some time, and I see no reason to think that will stop tonight against Portland. It always amazes me that even on an 11-game slate, a position like shooting guard manages to be absolutely dreadful, but that’s what we’re facing. Wade is the top option tonight, and he should continue to give you around 40 fantasy points, which is a solid return at a very challenging position.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $7700 – Tobias Harris injured himself yet again last night, and while we don’t know for sure, my expectation is that he sits out tonight against Dallas. Orlando kept things respectable against Houston last night, and I think they can do it again against the Mavericks. Oladipo is playing extremely well, and with Harris possibly sitting out, he’ll have to pick up even more responsibility on the offensive end. I realize I’ve written up the two best players at the position, but there’s just not really much to like tonight.
Tony Snell, Chicago Bulls, $4100 – If Jimmy Butler sits out again tonight, Snell isn’t a bad value play. I wanted to at least offer an alternative to paying up at both shooting guard spots even though there’s not much to like. If Butler is out, Snell is going to play around 38-40 minutes, and even though the matchup isn’t great, $4100 for a guy seeing that much court time isn’t the worst option. He’s finished at 20 or more fantasy points in three of his last four, and while he doesn’t offer much in the way of upside, he’s unlikely to tank your lineup.
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz, $4600 – Finally there’s some value we can feel comfortable with. Hood has really come on strong lately, and while Rudy Gobert gets and deserves much of the credit for the way the Jazz have been playing, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have another legitimate scoring threat. Hood has scored over 25 fantasy points in each of his last three, including 34 against Charlotte in only 22 minutes. I’ve seen enough to believe that he’s the real thing, and I view him as a safe, high floor, high ceiling play tonight.
Justin Holiday, Golden State Warriors, $3800 – The caveat here is that Holiday needs to be in the starting lineup to be a viable fantasy option. I expect he will be, as the expectation is that Steve Kerr won’t want to disrupt the bench rotations and second unit. This doesn’t mean Holiday will play the same number of minutes as Klay Thompson has been. In fact, I’m confident he won’t, but when he’s seen the court for significant stretches this season, he’s been productive. With the Warriors playing excellent team basketball, expect Holiday to be involved and get a decent number of shot attempts.
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, $6700 – Like Snell, we need some Bulls to be out tonight for Mirotic to be a viable option. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson are nearing returns, and I only like Mirotic if both are out. He’s been terrific, and incredibly consistent, while the Bulls have been dealing with injuries. He appears to be a near lock for at least 30 fantasy points even in tough matchups. The Pacers certainly qualify as a tough matchup, but I don’t think it matters. Lock him in tonight if the injury situation is favorable.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $8300 – Monroe is one of the most consistent options you’re going to find. He was held out for precautionary reasons yesterday, but an MRI on his knee revealed no issues, so he should be ready to go tonight. Obviously make 100% sure that he’s starting, and if he is, feel very comfortable with deploying him in your lineups tonight. The Sixers have struggled against opposing frontcourts all season, and they’re going to have their hands full with Detroit tonight. You know what you’re getting with Monroe. He’s almost never going to get you less than 30 fantasy points, likely finishing around 40 in good matchups, with the occasional blowup game.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $6500 – Unless some value opens up throughout the day, I’ll be all over Kanter today. He’s criminally underpriced relative to his recent production, and with Serge Ibaka out, he’s locked into heavy minutes and an increased scoring and rebounding role. Facing a Boston team that has been tragically bad against opposing centers all season, this is the perfect situation to be targeting in both cash games and GPPs. He’s offering you a floor of around 30 fantasy points with over 40 point upside. At $6500, that’s just too good to pass up.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8300 – Don’t look now, but Drummond has become one of the more consistent players in fantasy. He’s putting up around 40 fantasy points on a regular basis, and a matchup with a Sixers team that can’t defend centers and is near the bottom of the league in rebounding differential provides him with a terrific opportunity to have another big game. Given the Pistons are on the road and playing a back-to-back, I think the Sixers will keep this game close enough that Detroit starters play their full complement of minutes. If you’re not playing Kanter, I think Drummond is the next best option.
Additional Plays: Rudy Gobert