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Damian Lillard vs ATL – DK: $8,500 FD: $8,700
Damian Lillard cannot seem to get healthy, as he is now listed with a calf injury just one game after returning from his hamstring injury. This new injury isn’t considered to be serious, and he is currently listed as probable. Given Lillard is a full go in this game, I am definitely going to be considering him in this matchup. We just saw Shabazz Napier post 45 DKFP in this matchup with Lillard out, so I am curious to see what Damian can do. Keep an eye out for updates on the situation, and if something happens to make him out, Napier becomes a near lock at the point guard position.
Kris Dunn @ DAL – DK: $7,100 FD: $7,900
Kris Dunn’s bad games still seem to be usable, as he just posted almost 25 DKFP while making just one shot for two points. Yes, at this price point that level of production is likely going to sink your night, but the fact that he adds that many peripherals on a regular basis is something you have to notice. Tonight’s matchup with Dennis Smith Jr. is one I’m a big fan of attacking, so as long as this game stays competitive, there is no reason Dunn shouldn’t get right back on track and post a useful fantasy stat line.
Also Consider: Kyrie Irving (DK: $8,200 FD: $8,400), Ish Smith (DK: $5,800 FD: $6,100)
DeMar DeRozan @ MIL – DK: $8,900 FD: $9,300
There’s always something incredible about an All-Star level player taking another step up in his game. DeMar DeRozan has been incredible as of late, including a 52-real-point performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, the same team he plays tonight. This game will be played on the road, which is really the only thing to give me even the slightest pause as his splits are somewhat noticeable and slightly less appealing. It will still be hard to ignore someone on a hot streak in a matchup that obviously suits him well. He has to be on the list of considerations this evening.
Nic Batum @ LAL – DK: $6,500 FD: $6,000
In previous seasons, Nic Batum has always been a sneaky upside option from the mid-range, but a season riddled with injuries has held him back. The past few games have given us hope of a revival though, as we have seen his shot start to fall and his peripheral stats add up. Tonight’s matchup with the Lakers could easily be a breakthrough game for him, but even if he just continues to do what he has been over the past few games, he’s a great mid-range option. I want to get exposure to a high-upside game before the masses see it, making this is a game I’m interested in tonight.
Also Consider: Tyreke Evans (DK: $8,000 FD: $8,400)
Jimmy Butler @ BOS – DK: $8,400 FD: $9,800
Even with the increased price tag, Jimmy Butler continues to be a top tier fantasy option. The Wolves are leaning on him more than ever with Jeff Teague out of the lineup, and the added ball-handling duties are just giving him a higher potential ceiling. While this matchup with Boston might not be the fastest-paced game on the slate, it should remain competitive enough to keep Butler on the court for a Tom Thibodeau version of a minutes load. That’s never a bad thing in our little world.
Taurean Prince vs POR – DK: $5,700 FD: $5,800
Taurean Prince has been a surprising part of this Atlanta Hawks team, and I’m going to continue to take advantage of his recent string of reliable fantasy production. If you want a guy who has posted at least 20 DKFP in seven of his last eight games – including a 34 DKFP performance in this exact matchup just a few days ago – for a very reasonable price point, Prince is someone to consider. He might not be a high-upside GPP guy, but his consistency should draw your attention in cash games.
Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard (DK: $7,600 FD: $8,100), Josh Richardson (DK: $6,400 FD: $6,200)
Derrick Favors @ DEN – DK: $6,000 FD: $6,400
A matchup with the Denver Nuggets frontcourt is always something to get excited about, and being able to take advantage of it with some mid-range options just sweetens the pot. Both Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles (DK: $5,400 FD: $6,200) are going to be popular picks this evening, though I do like Favors a bit more. (Lyles really isn’t a value option anymore, but given his recent play you cannot ignore him at this point.) Favors has consistently produced in this matchup, averaging just over 35 DKFP against the Nuggets through three games, and he just makes a lot of sense at a tough position tonight.
Nikola Mirotic @ DAL – DK: $6,800 FD: $6,800
At this point I don’t think it matters whether Nikola Mirotic is a starter or coming in off the bench, he’s going to be a focal point in this offense. This helps him remain a viable fantasy option night in and night out, especially in a matchup like the one he has tonight. The Dallas Mavericks are in the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to both power forwards and centers. Mirotic will likely see minutes at both positions tonight and should remain a solid mid-range value.
Also Consider: LaMarcus Aldridge (DK: $8,200 FD: $8,700), Frank Kaminsky (DK: $4,600 FD: $4,500)
Dwight Howard @ LAL – DK: $8,400 FD: $8,600
Dwight Howard seems like an easy and obvious play, but sometimes you just have to take advantage of those plays and not overthink things. The Lakers are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing centers, and Howard is currently averaging a 15-12 double double. This should likely be a starting point when searching for a cash game center, and even with a likely high ownership, he should be worth a look in GPPs as well.
Jusuf Nurkic vs ATL – DK: $7,300 FD: $7,500
Jusuf Nurkic has been posting useful stats lines for the last week or so, somewhat under the radar, and tonight could be a continuation of that trend. With Nurkic consistently getting enough minutes to help solidify his floor now, we are looking at a decent cash game option with plenty of upside for GPPs as well. He’s posted at least 41 DKFP in three of his last four games, and if he gets around 30 minutes in this game we could see the fourth. Nurkic had just over 33 DKFP against the Hawks the last time they played, and foul trouble only allowed him 24 minutes of action.
Also Consider: Al Horford (DK: $7,400 FD: $7,000), Boban Marjanovic (DK: $4,600 FD: $5,300)1
- if Andre Drummond is out (back)