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Goran Dragic @ DAL – DK: $7,500 FD: $6,800
Goran Dragic hasn’t exactly been otherworldly as of late, but he does get a very strong matchup with the Dallas Mavericks tonight. The Miami Heat are slowly but surely getting bodies back on the court, and while that will likely cut into Dragic’s playing time, it helps to boost his game and fantasy appeal. Having more talent on the court not only opens up things for Dragic, but it opens up peripheral stat opportunities with the assist potential being much higher. Overall, you’re playing a mid-range option in a good matchup, and if you’re trying to stay balanced, he might be the perfect starting point.
Kyrie Irving @ DEN – DK: $8,800 FD: $9,000
Kyrie Irving has been great lately, posting at least 42 DKFP in five straight games. Tonight he gets a matchup with the Denver Nuggets, a team giving up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Denver throw multiple defenders Irving’s way, but he’s borderline matchup proof, so I’m not worried about guys like Gary Harris either. You are going to pay for Irving’s consistency, but he’s definitely worth it for cash games where he brings a safe floor. I don’t hate looking another direction for GPPs.
Also Consider: Kemba Walker (DK: $8,000 FD: $8,500), Andrew Harrison (DK: $4,000 FD: $4,200)
Tyreke Evans vs PHO – DK: $8,200 FD: $8,200
Tyreke Evans is currently listed as questionable with an illness, but he practiced yesterday and has a good chance of playing. If he is in fact active and starting, this is just too good of a matchup to pass up. Evans is a big part of the Memphis offense, and the Suns are a team that he’s already had success against multiple times this season. Keep an eye out for updates, and if he’s ruled out, it will open up a plethora of potential value options.
Wayne Ellington @ DAL – DK: $5,100 FD: $4,500
The Heat are slowly getting some of the their guys back and into the rotation, but Wayne Ellington seems to have earned himself a solidified role. He isn’t going to offer much in the way of peripheral stats on a regular basis, but Miami is going to keep leaning on him to be a scoring punch, and that is fine with me. While he did have a ton of success the last time he matched up with Dallas, they were without Dragic and Whiteside. I’m not expecting an outlier game again. This is nothing more than a salary relief option at a somewhat tough position tonight.
Also Consider: Khris Middleton (DK: $7,100 FD: $7,500)
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs PHI – DK: $11,000 FD: $11,600
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the lone “top tier” option on the slate, and he truly brings more upside than anyone else listed. There’s no reason to get long winded about this play. It just depends on whether or not your lineup construction allows you to pay up for him. If you can afford him, you should feel good about making the play. If you are trying to get a little more balanced, then it would likely be a good idea to see what things are like without him in your lineups.
Josh Jackson @ MEM – DK: $4,800 FD: $4,600
The Devin Booker news is going to be very big, as it will send a ton of usage to the rest of the Suns team if he is out. Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren (DK: $6,400 FD: $6,600) would likely be the biggest beneficiaries, and a matchup with a shorthanded Grizzlies team isn’t something I’m as scared of as a I once was. Both of these players have shown that they bring a nice floor/ceiling to your lineups, so make sure you are paying attention to updates on the situation.
Also Consider: Jimmy Butler (DK: $9,400 FD: $9,400)
Trey Lyles vs BOS – DK: $5,100 FD: $6,100
Trey Lyles continues to be an important part of the Denver offense, and that remains true whether his role is off the bench or as a starter. That’s very useful in the daily fantasy community, because we can’t trust Mike Malone to stick with a lineup on a consistent basis. If the Nuggets want to hang with one of the best teams in the league, they are going to need scoring, and that’s exactly what Lyles brings to the table.
Jarell Martin vs PHO – DK: $4,800 FD: $5,200
With JaMychal Green already ruled out, we are likely going to see quite a bit of Jarell Martin in a great matchup with the Suns. Martin has shown that he’s a useful value option when he gets the run, and even at a slightly inflated price tag is still worth a look. He’s posted at least 22 DKFP in four of his last five games, and given the putrid defense that Phoenix brings to the table, Martin should keep that trend going this evening.
Also Consider: Ben Simmons (DK: $8,900 FD: $8,500)
Hassan Whiteside @ DAL – DK: $7,700 FD: $7,900
Hassan Whiteside can be a bit of an up and down roller coaster at times, but he’s hard to pass up when a good matchup presents itself. The Dallas Mavericks give up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Whiteside should be able to pull down an absurd amount of boards given the Mavs are in the bottom five of rebounds allowed. As long as the Heat attempt to get him involved in the offense, we should be good to go. There are some nice center options on this slate, but I like Whiteside for GPPs quite a bit.
Greg Monroe @ MEM – DK: $5,600 FD: $4,500
With the Suns being on the second half of a back to back, I’m just going to assume that Greg Monroe will start and Tyson Chandler will sit, much like Phoenix has been doing for a while now. Monroe has always been a guy that has double-double upside when he gets decent run, and even in a less than ideal matchup, I want to take advantage of the value when it presents itself. If the Suns are without Devin Booker, that will be an added bonus for Monroe as he should definitely some extra shot attempts sent his way.
Also Consider: Dwight Howard (DK: $9,100 FD: $10,100), John Henson (DK: $5,200 FD: $5,500)