Tonight’s NBA schedule is loaded up with ten games. The slate does feature two huge spreads (CLE and GS are the big favorites), and I will touch on a couple players from those matchups, as I expect their ownership levels to be low. That being said, let’s hop into the analysis and pick out my top FanDuel GPP targets.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – With the Warriors being massive favorites (-17 spread on the NBA odds board) at home against the Denver Nuggets, the probability for a blowout is huge. That being said, this line of thinking will leave the league’s hottest player, Stephen Curry, extremely low owned. For cash games, it makes sense to avoid the situation, but for GPPs, fire away. If the Nuggets somehow keep this game even remotely close, Curry could be in for a massive outing against this poor defense.
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics – Assuming Marcus Smart is sidelined again tonight, Thomas would make for a phenomenal GPP target. He has immense scoring upside, which was on full display Wednesday night when he poured in 27 actual points in a spot start. Thomas has the upside of the top-tier PGs in the league at a much cheaper price tag.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors – DeRozan is one of my favorite GPP shooting guard targets on most nights. He’s a very scoring-dependent player, but on occasion he is capable of filling up the stat sheet, which leads to massive performances. Tonight the Raptors square off with the Orlando Magic in what should be a high-scoring affair. The minutes and actual points will be there; if the peripherals show up, DeRozan will have a huge fantasy showing.
Louis Williams, Los Angeles Lakers – Very few bench players have the upside that Williams possesses. For cash games it’s typically safer to lock in the security of starter’s minutes. That being said, Williams appears to have a safe role with the Lakers, playing at least 24 minutes in five straight games. He exploded for 24 actual points and some solid peripherals last time out, showing his true upside.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – James continues to be the superstar that goes lowest owned on a nightly basis. Combine that with the fact that his team is a 15-point favorite at home against the 76ers, and you can expect the trend of low ownership to continue. This is a very similar situation to that of Stephen Curry; if the 76ers can find a way to keep this game competitive, LeBron should see his full allotment of minutes and have himself a massive game is this cupcake matchup.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks – When you look closely at the numbers, you will realize Millsap has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers in the league (between 35-40 fantasy points in all five games). Consistency is typically not a word that is associated with guys that we are considering for GPP purposes, but this a unique situation. Millsap has an unappealing matchup against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, which will drive his ownership levels down. The Pelicans have been a mess this season though, so this matchup does not scare me. Locking in the security of Millsap is a viable GPP strategy tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors – Valanciunas is one of my favorite centers to target for GPPs. He is always priced in the mid-tier, which will not prevent you from locking in other stud players. Combine that with the raw talent and upside that he possesses and you have a solid GPP target. In the past, inconsistent playing time has really limited the production for Valanciunas, but this appears to be a thing of the past, as he’s played at least 29 minutes in four out of five games this season.