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John Wall vs HOU – DK: $8,600 FD: $8,600
This game between the Wizards and the Rockets is the highest projected total on the entire slate, and it isn’t particularly close. This is going to be a very popular game to target, and John Wall will likely be one of the most common plays we’ll see tonight. Since returning from injury, we have seen him get more and more minutes as they eased him back into the rotation. After seeing at least 34 minutes in back to back games, it’s safe to say that he’s back to 100 percent. We aren’t quite sure if he will see Chris Paul on defense or not, but with a still slightly reduced price point, Wall is a great target either way. He’s a walking double-double with plenty of upside and definitely the first Wizard I will attempt to plug into my lineups.
Kris Dunn vs IND – DK: $7,400 FD: $8,100
Kris Dunn has been nothing short of awesome since taking over this Chicago offense, and we are going to have to take advantage of it while we can since Zach LaVine is going to be returning sooner rather than later. The Bulls and the Pacers should keep this game close tonight with no Victor Oladipo, and with the Pacers being a bottom-half defense against the point guard position, Dunn should easily succeed in his normal allotment of minutes. If you are looking for someone cheaper or just a game stack pairing with Dunn, Darren Collison (DK: $5,800 FD: $6,300) is also going to see a bit more responsibilities with Oladipo out. He could easily offer some decent production at a reasonable price point.
Also Consider: Jordan Clarkson (DK:$6,400 FD: $7,000), George Hill (DK: $4,900 FD: $5,500)
James Harden @ WAS – DK: $11,600 FD: $11,800
James Harden is a great play yet again tonight if Chris Paul cannot play. (Yes, Harden can offer upside in this game even if Paul plays, but I think there might be better ways to spend up on this slate in cash games.) Harden is just a lock for 60 DKFP when Paul is off the court, and with this game projected to be a high scoring and competitive affair, there will be plenty of options to choose from. If Paul ends up not playing, Eric Gordon (DK: $6,100 FD: $5,800) is also a great play, and a really good way to gain exposure to the Rockets without having to pay up for that Harden price tag. He is going to shoot and shoot often, and that is never a bad thing in our little world.
Devin Booker @ SAC – DK: $8,500 FD: $7,800
For those who decided to wait and see if Devin Booker was healthy enough to offer upside in his first game back from injury (I know I was one of those people), they were disappointed to see that he had himself a night. After missing nine games due to a groin injury, Booker jumped right back in the lineup to see 34 minutes on his way to 48.25 DKFP. He is a ball-dominant fantasy option that uses his high usage and volume shooting to offer plenty of upside each time he steps on the court. Tonight’s matchup with the Kings is one that should be a competitive matchup with limited defense, though Sacramento will do their best to slow things down with their pace. The last time Booker faced this team he had 35 DKFP in just 28 minutes of action, so if he ends up seeing closer to 35 minutes like he did in his last game, we could see a very big night.
Also Consider: CJ Williams (DK: $3,600 FD: $3,500)
Brandon Ingram vs LAC – DK: $6,600 FD: $7,300
Brandon Ingram was back in the lineup for LA on Wednesday, and he ended up playing 44 minutes in a game that he was supposed to be limited. This is what the Lakers are doing right now as they try to force Ingram to make that next jump in his game, and it seems to be working. Ingram is posting good numbers in big minutes, and if he’s going to continue to see around 40 minutes a night, there is no reason to ignore him at this price point. We have seen him offer big time upside multiple times in the recent past, and if tonight’s game stays competitive then we should see him continue that trend with ease.
Lance Stephenson @ CHI – DK: $5,600 FD: $5,800
I’m not sure if anyone decided Lance Stephenson jumping into the starting lineup was a fade on Wednesday, but if they did then they likely didn’t have the best of nights. Stephenson posted a 16-15-5 stat line in 36 minutes of action as a starter, and with him likely being in the same role tonight, we are back on the chalk of all chalk. Yes, his price point jumped quite a bit on both DraftKings and FanDuel, but he’s definitely worth it given the floor/ceiling that he brings to the table. This is the closest thing to a cash game lock we have, but he’s definitely GPP viable as well, even with high ownership.
Also Consider: Kevin Durant (DK: $10,600 FD: $11,300), Otto Porter (DK: $6,200 FD: $6,700)
Anthony Davis @ DAL – DK: $10,800 FD: $10,900
Whenever you can attack the Dallas frontcourt with players like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins (DK: $11,100 FD: $11,000), you have to at least consider doing exactly that. These two are offering just as much upside as any top-tier stud play will tonight, and they do it while sharing the court together. These two are both walking double-doubles, and it’s usually hard to pick between them when trying to only play one. I tend to lean toward the less expensive option on the site I’m playing, but mixing and matching exposure is never a bad idea when running out multiple lineups.
Julius Randle vs LAC – DK: $5,100 FD: $5,500
Kyle Kuzma is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Clippers, and if he is ruled out then the Lakers will be even more shorthanded up front. Both Julius Randle and Larry Nance (DK: $4,300 FD: $4,400) would be forced into more minutes than they have been seeing lately, and these have always been two players that produce when given the run. I do like this matchup against the Clippers, but it will be interesting to see if Blake Griffin ends up playing. If Griffin is in, that only helps Randle and Nance, as the Lakers would likely have a tough time going super small in this matchup. Keep an eye out for news updates on this situation. If Kuzma is active, then I’d likely look at these two as GPP options only.
Also Consider: Zach Randolph (DK: $6,600 FD: $5,800)
Steven Adams vs MIL – DK: $6,300 FD: $7,400
The Milwaukee Bucks are always a team we try to attack with centers each time they take the court, so that just means Steven Adams will be slightly more chalky tonight. Adams has been a consistent part of this Thunder experiment, and we have actually seen him post at least 34 DKFP in three of his last four games. The Bucks couldn’t be more mediocre against the center position, so someone with this kind of consistency shouldn’t be overlooked in cash games. Adams definitely has GPP upside, but he is slightly farther down the list of center options due to the fact that he shares the court in three all-stars, limiting his projected ceiling.
Myles Turner @ CHI – DK: $6,800 FD: $7,900
We have already discussed that Victor Oladipo will be out for tonight’s game — opening up plenty of opportunities for other players from the Indiana roster to offer upside — so it should come as no shock that Myles Turner is listed here. Turner is always a guy that can get going when given the chance, and a matchup with the Bulls shouldn’t be something to make you look the other way. He is averaging 31 DKFP through two games against the Bulls so far this season, and with the added usage and potential shot attempts, it is not crazy to think that 31 DKFP could represent his floor in this game. While Steven Adams makes for a slightly better cash game play, Turner is still someone I don’t mind one bit in both cash and GPPs.
Also Consider: Willie Cauley-Stein (DK: $6,300 FD: $7,000)