Wednesday is the last night of daily fantasy basketball action before the All-Star break. It’s going to be strange having an entire week without breaking down games and matchups, but we do have one more night of games before the break.
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Here are my favorite tournament targets tonight:
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $10000, FPPG: 40.1, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 22.6)
My hope is that a small increase in price combined with a tough matchup against Patrick Beverley will lower Paul’s ownership percentage tonight. Without Blake Griffin in the lineup, Paul is easily the top point guard in tonight’s slate, and it’s not even close. In his last two starts without Griffin, Paul has averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists per game. He will be forced to take over offensively again tonight in a game that has a very high total of 213.5 points.
J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $4800, FPPG: 14.8, MPG: 17, Usage Rate: 22.1)
The Mavericks will be without Tyson Chandler tonight and Monta Ellis is questionable. If Ellis were forced to sit, Barea would see an uptick in minutes and usage against a Jazz team that has been average against opposing point guards this season. Barea has scored at least 20 fantasy points in each of his last five games and he’s still priced at a reasonable $4,800. Assuming Monta Ellis sits out, Barea should reach and exceed value with ease tonight against the Jazz.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (Salary: $11200, FPPG: 45.9, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 31.4)
At this point, Harden is reaching that “fade at your own risk” territory. He was in full video game mode last night against the Suns, posting an incredible stat line of 40 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. He has taken over offensively with Dwight Howard on the shelf and should be considered the top overall fantasy option tonight. He also draws a favorable matchup against a Clippers’ team that has struggled to defend talented wing scorers.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 27.9, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 24.6)
Tobias Harris has already been ruled out of tonight’s game, which gives Oladipo a small boost. He was already in line for a productive outing against a Knicks’ team that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to shooting guards this season. Oladipo has a very high usage rate (24.6) in this offense and he has the rare ability to fill up all areas of the stat sheet. Oladipo has both a high floor and a high ceiling, making him a strong play in all league formats.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Salary: $10800, FPPG: 44, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 32.3)
James is playing his best basketball of the season. He is also facing his former team. Need I say more? James has all the motivation in the world to play well tonight, as he will be facing a team that he led to back-to-back championships. There is the potential that this game could turn into a blowout, but that’s a risk that we should be willing to take tonight, especially in tournaments. James is officially on triple-double watch.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $6600, FPPG: 26.4, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 20.5)
With Monta Ellis questionable and Tyson Chandler out, Parsons may be asked to play close to 40 minutes tonight. He should also see a small uptick in usage as well. That bodes well for his fantasy appeal, as the Mavericks host the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have been stingy against small forwards this season, but Parsons’ increased role outweighs the mediocre matchup. Parsons has also played well recently, scoring at least 33 fantasy points in four of his last five games.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $7900, FPPG: 34.1, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 23.3)
Millsap flirted with a triple-double on Monday night with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. He has now scored at least 36 fantasy points in six of his last 10 games. His price is more than reasonable at $7,900 tonight, and he draws a favorable matchup against a Celtics’ team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season.
Josh Smith, Houston Rockets (Salary: $6100, FPPG: 28.3, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 24.6)
Smith has been on an absolute tear in Dwight Howard’s absence. Over his last seven games, he has averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game. During that stretch, he has scored at least 34 fantasy points five times. He is still coming off the bench, but he is seeing starter’s minutes. He also draws a favorable matchup against a Clippers’ frontcourt that will be missing Blake Griffin.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic (Salary: $8400, FPPG: 36.5, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 25.5)
Vucevic is coming off of two rough outings, but we can’t really blame him, as he had to deal with Joakim Noah and Marcin Gortat in those matchups. He should bounce back tonight against the Knicks, whose frontcourt is less than intimidating. Vucevic’s price has come down on FanDuel, providing us with a great opportunity to buy low. Vucevic should also see a small uptick in usage with Tobias Harris out.