Target Oklahoma City @ Phoenix tonight. Just do it.
This high-scoring battle features two of the faster paced teams, reflected in the set over/under (213 total points). Not only does that profile as a fantasy goldmine, but it also carries weight in relativity, as the next highest scoring games project in the 200 point range.
Definitely take that into consideration, as this shootout serves as the bedrock for today’s “Matchup Plays” article:
TOP MATCHUP PLAYS
Enes Kanter – C – OKC (at Phoenix)
As you probably know by now, Kanter has been a super-consistent producer with Serge Ibaka out of the lineup. Oklahoma City will be thin in the frontcourt once again, counting on Kanter to hold down the paint. He has an excellent up-tempo, high-scoring matchup against a Phoenix team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency vs Centers. Expect Kanter to feast this evening.
Anthony Davis – PF – NO (vs Minnesota)
On paper, Davis probably has one of the best matchups on the board. Minnesota ranks 29th at defending opposing PF’s, and frontcourt injuries won’t help that number. However, we have to consider the cumbersome price point along with a potential blowout factor. The Pelicans are 12 point home favorites vs the injury-plagued Timberwolves; a game that could realistically get out of hand. This makes Davis more of a risk/reward proposition, but he could also post a hearty line in limited action: the matchup is that good.
Eric Bledsoe – SG – PHX (vs Oklahoma City)
Back to the fantasy game of the day: this OKC-PHX should be a high scoring shootout to sift for fantasy gold. Even though Bledsoe has been somewhat underwhelming as of late, this draw has “breakout performance” written all over it. Oklahoma City ranks 24th against opposing floor generals, and EB is averaging 23-7-5 in three games vs the Thunder this season.
Tyreke Evans – PG – NO (vs Minnesota)
Take the Anthony Davis write-up, and directly apply it to Evans. The matchup vs Minnesota (29th in defensive efficiency vs PG’s) is amazing. However, that pesky blowout factor could easily limit Tyreke’s playing time and subsequent production. He has been rollin’ as of late, marking back-to-back 40+ FP games. As far as matchups go, this one doesn’t get much better…but still, view ‘Reke as more of a risk/reward play when filling out a lineup.
Brook Lopez – C – BKN (vs LA Lakers)
His price point has risen, but it’s 100% justified. Lopez has been an absolute beast over the past several weeks, averaging 46 fppg in the last five outings. The Lakers don’t exactly possess intimidating frontcourt defense, ranking 26th in that regard. As far as opportunity cost goes, it’s a tough decision between Lopez and Kanter for a cheaper price point. If you are filling out multiple lineups, I’d definitely gain some exposure to both.
Jarrett Jack – PG- BKN (vs LA Lakers)
This is a situation to monitor closely. Deron Williams is considered questionable with an illness. If he can’t go today, Jack would step into heavy minutes in this dream matchup. In case you have lived under a rock for the past two years, the Lakers have been terrible at defending opposing guards, ranking dead last in that category. If Jack is named the starter, he becomes the best value play on the board.
P.J. Tucker – SF – PHX (vs Oklahoma City)
Yet another player from the Phoenix-Oklahoma City game. When in doubt, target players from the highest scoring game. That especially holds true tonight, as this matchup is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of total points. Tucker has been a consistent producer for a non-prohibitive price point, and he’ll enjoy a friendly matchup (OKC ranks 27th in D-eff vs SF’s over the past ten games).