Eric Bledsoe: $6,900 (vs. Detroit)
Eric Bledsoe is finally acclimating himself to his new team in Milwaukee. Over his last five games he’s averaged 35.3 FanDuel points per game. The $6,900 price tag is extremely reasonable on FanDuel and the 104 Las Vegas team total for Milwaukee bodes well. Throw in that this game against Detroit should be competitive, something Milwaukee hasn’t had a lot of lately, and it’s more reason to like Bledsoe tonight. Also, this is a matchup he has dominated in the past. It’s a small sample size but I think he enjoys playing against Detroit. Just three weeks ago he dropped a 47.2 FanDuel point game on this team and the game before that he put up 41.2. There are always lots of great point guards to choose from on a full slate of games in the NBA, but for me this price tag is just too low for this quality of a fantasy performer.
Jrue Holiday: $7,100 (vs. Denver)
We are seeing the effects of no Anthony Davis sifting down throughout the New Orleans lineup. Jrue Holiday is one of the guys the gets a monster boost with Davis off the court. His usage rate with Anthony Davis is 20.1% and when Davis finds his way off the court that rate jumps up to 23.1%. With Rajon Rondo playing more and more minutes at the point guard it is allowing Holiday to focus on his shooting. He took 21 field-goal attempts against Golden State in the last game. He gets a great matchup against high paced Denver tonight and Las Vegas has put New Orleans team total at a monster 114 points. While most people look at the injury to Anthony Davis and want to flock to DeMarcus Cousins, the player I think this benefits the most is Jrue Holiday.
Kevin Durant: $10,000 (vs. Charlotte)
There are plenty of opportunities to save money on FanDuel and find value plays tonight. When I go to spend up I want to make sure I’m getting the best bang for my buck. Kevin Durant feels like he is that guy tonight in the elite range. His salary is much lower than the other elite three studs tonight, but I think he has an opportunity to put up a game as big as any of them. His fantasy production lately has been a bit underwhelming but that’s about to change. The other big shot taker on this team, Steph Curry, is going to be out for a couple weeks and the big burden of shooting is going to fall on Durant now. Steph Curry carried 30+ minutes per night and 30% plus usage every night onto the court. That’s going to trickle down to other guys now and no one is going to feel as big of a boost as Kevin Durant. In addition to extra minutes and extra shot attempts, the loss of Curry, is going to keep these Golden State games from being blowouts in favor of the Warriors. Long story short, I think you’re going to get a guy who can rival the production of LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins, and you’re going to get him at a much cheaper price.
Zach Randolph: $5,900 (vs. Cleveland)
Honestly Zach Randolph is not a guy I would have thought I would be writing up in this column this year. However, he has some things working in his favor tonight. First off, he’s exceeded 30 FanDuel points in five of his last seven games. His last two games have seen him jump up to 32 minutes per night on average and is taking plenty of field-goal attempts along the way. Now we throw in an extremely favorable matchup against a weak defense of team like Cleveland and the cherry on the Sunday is that frontcourt mate Willie Cauley-Stein is going to miss some time with an injury. It’s going to open up even more minutes for Zach Randolph and, as he is shown in his entire career, all he needs is minutes out on the court and he is a top-notch fantasy producer.
Karl-Anthony Towns: $8,400 (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)
The first thing I do when I look at a slate of basketball is try and figure out the absolute studs that are playing tonight. After that I want to look for guys that have stud like qualities but seem to be a little bit lower-priced than what I think this should be. Towns represents a stud that I think is a tad bit underpriced tonight. Over his last three games against the LA Clippers, KAT has averaged 46.2 FanDuel points per game. If we remove a blowout with foul trouble he’s had seven games in a row of playing at least 36 minutes of basketball. That’s almost unheard of for a center these days. He’s an extremely talented offensive player that receives all the minutes he can handle and has a very winnable matchup tonight for a discounted price. Easily one of my favorite centers on the night.