Quinn Cook is the most obvious cash play on the slate today, and I’d just plug him in your lineups.
He’ll be heavily owned, so even if he goes for only 15 fantasy points or something (which I doubt happens, but it’s possible), he’s still not going to kill your teams. But if he goes for 30-35, you’re really going to wish you had him.
Top Cash Plays
**I like spending up at the second PG spot on FD after taking Cook, but if you were looking for another cheap option, Tyus Jones would be the way to go with Teague and Rose both out for the Wolves**
Quinn Cook ($3000 DK, $3500 FD) – With Steph Curry and his 29.8% usage rate out for the Warriors, Cook is a great way to start your cash games today. While the majority of that usage will be funneled to the other stars on the team, Cook should see plenty of spot-up shot opportunities with all the attention these other guys draw. He’ll also have a solid assist floor in such a high total spot for the Warriors, and with Klay and Durant catching and shooting off of screens. There’s also the added bonus that the Warriors are heavy 14-point favorites at home and Cook will get any garbage time as well. Just get him in your cash lineups today.
De’Aaron Fox ($7800, $8900 FD) – With one spot locked for Cook on FD, we’ll have several good options to pay up for the other spot. The Kings have the highest total on the slate at 120 and Fox is the catalyst that makes this offense go. I’d like Fox a little better if Tyler Johnson were out – he’s clearly the Suns’ best perimeter defender – but in this situation, he’s a strong play either way against a Suns team that is banged up and doesn’t play any defense anyway.
Ben Simmons ($8300 DK, $9500 FD) – At this point in the season, everyone knows that targeting guards against the Hawks is a good idea. In two games against them this year, Simmons has averaged a triple-double with 22 points, 12 assists, and 11 boards. This is a game scenario where Simmons can get out and run and attack the rim at will and he should have another decent shot at a triple-double.
Mike Conley ($7500 DK, $9400 FD) – This is more of a DK play where the price is so much lower. Conley has been a monster at home all year long where he averages about 4 fantasy points more than on the road. He’s coming off a rest game and should be ready to roll for this one. Conley is rolling right now with five 50 fantasy point games in his last seven and no fewer than 37.5 in any of those. The Grizz are also projected to score about 5 points above their season average.
Damian Lillard ($10,100 DK, $10,800 FD) – I’m not sure you need to pay up this high for Lillard on a slate with some other great PG options, but you can’t argue with what he’s been doing since CJ McCollum went down with an injury. If you can somehow work him into your lineups, he should again carry the Blazers on his shoulders with McCollum and his 21 PPG on the sidelines.
**With the value being Cook and several SF options tonight, SG is pretty clearly a spend-up spot for me**
Bradley Beal ($9300 DK, $10,100 FD) – Outside of one blip three games ago against Utah, Beal has been an absolute machine and the ultimate cash game play in the second half of the season. Outside of that one game, the lowest FD points he’s had in any game over the past 15 is 44.4. His consistency has been incredible. The matchup against the Heat is by no means great but I’ll never bet against 40 minutes of high usage Beal and he’s again a solid cash play.
Klay Thompson ($7400 DK, $8200 FD) – With Steph Curry out tonight, Klay has a great shot of getting up 20+ shots. Klay is normally a guy with we think of as purely a scorer who doesn’t contribute much in other categories, but he’s averaged nearly 6 boards and 4 assists over his past six games, which has really improved his floor. Of the three Warriors studs to pay for tonight, Klay is the one most likely to get hot and go off during “party time” in the third quarter at Oracle.
Donovan Mitchell ($8500 DK, $9100 FD) – Fabulous matchup against Zach LaVine and the Bulls. With Ricky Rubio’s minutes limited, Mitchell continues to take on a ton of ball handling duties and to carry the Jazz offensively. He doesn’t quite have the floor of a guy like Beal, but the matchup against the Bulls helps make up for it and he should be in line for a big game tonight.
Buddy Hield ($7400 DK, $7400 FD) – As mentioned with Fox, the Kings have the highest projected total on the slate so looking their way makes a ton of sense in cash. Hield is the Kings’ leading scorer at over 20 a game and he should draw Devin Booker defense here, which is never a bad thing.
Devin Booker ($8800 DK, $9300 FD) – The suns are garbage and on the road tonight so there’s always the risk of them laying an egg, but we have to at least mention Booker in this type of paced up game.
**It’s worth noting that Kevin Durant is in a category by himself on FD tonight in that he’s the only guy to pay up for. Durant clearly has the highest upside of any SF and it could be trouble for you if you fade him and he has a ceiling game. However, even with Steph out, Durant is still competing with offensive studs in Klay and Boogie for usage, and SF isn’t a bad position at all to punt. There’s also a chance that Durant would have to get his ceiling game in three quarters as this could be a tough one for the Mavs to hang around in. I don’t think you have to pay for him here, but wouldn’t blame you if you did**
Troy Brown ($4200 DK, $3500 FD) – Trevor Ariza is doubtful tonight and this play is contingent on him being out. Brown started and saw 33 minutes this last game where Ariza was out and I’d expect him to draw the start again here. He’s a very solid punt on FD at min-price where you can drop your lowest score but is still a good play on DK at $4200. After Cook, there’s not a ton of other obvious value for cash games and as long as Ariza is out, Brown should have a good shot of again hitting 30+ minutes.
JJ Redick ($5300 DK, $6300 FD) – It’s the Hawks so really any of these Sixers starters are in play. The Hawks are third to last in the league in three-point field goals allowed per game on the season, which is Redick’s bread and butter. I like Redick way more on DK where he’s priced 1k lower than on FD ($6300 is a bit high on FD) and where we get the three-point bonus.
Justin Jackson ($3400 DK, $4000 FD) – Look, I feel about as good rostering Justin Jackson as you do, especially in a matchup against Kevin Durant, but Jackson is super cheap and likely to start and again see 30 minutes with Tim Hardaway Jr. out for the season. The thing that tips the scales for me on Jackson is he’s likely to see plenty of 4th quarter run if the game gets out of hand.
Mikal Bridges ($5100 DK, $5100 FD) – I really don’t like the price bump on Bridges, but with Kelly Oubre Jr. out for the season and Josh Jackson Q with a sprained ankle, Bridges should again have a great shot of seeing around 40 minutes tonight after playing 40, 42, and 39 the past three games. At this point in his career, Bridges isn’t a huge factor on the offensive end, but with Oubre and his 15+ shots out of the lineup and Jackson banged up, Bridges did get up double digits with 12 last game. This is also a game where the Suns are paced up and expected to score about 4 points above their season average
Other punts: Shaq Harrison (SF on FD – Good if Porter is out, even better if LaVine is out too. Apologies, everyone, I looked at this wrong. Harrison is a PG only on FD, but PG/SF on DK), Derrick Jones Jr., Chandler Parsons, Bruno Caboclo
Tobias Harris ($7200 DK, $7600 FD) – Harris’s upside is somewhat capped when the Sixers are fully healthy, but he should have a really solid 30-point floor here against the Hawks and I’d expect somewhere between 35-40 with upside for a bit more. Harris is just a super solid play.
Marvin Bagley ($6300 DK, $7000 FD) – Awesome spot for Bagley who has played 28 and 29 minutes the past two games after seeing reduced minutes the previous three games after returning from injury. Bagley should see 25+ minutes regardless, but the minutes floor and ceiling should improve if Harry Giles can’t go. It might feel like we’re paying a lot for a guy who probably won’t see 30 minutes, but he’s worth it in this matchup against the Suns.
Bam Adebayo ($5600 DK, $6400 FD) – Adebayo continues to start for the Heat, and outside of this last game where the Heat were annihilated by the Bucks, he’s been seeing right around 28-30 minutes the past couple weeks and producing at over a PPM. As long as he starts again, he’ll be a solid play against a Wizards frontcourt that we like to target against with opposing bigs.
Dario Saric ($4700 DK, $4100 FD) – Saric is my favorite punt at the position, especially on FD where he’s less than on DK, but only if Taj Gibson misses again. With Gibson either limited or out the past two, Saric has seen an increase in minutes to 27 and 28. We all know that when Saric gets enough minutes, he tends to produce, and this matchup against a rotating cast of Memphis PF backups isn’t anything to be scared about.
Rudy Gobert ($8100 DK, $9200 FD) – Gobert gets a juicy matchup against the Bulls who give it up to opposing centers. He has a high floor and plenty of upside in this type of matchup. He’s a really good option if you aren’t paying all the way up for Embiid and don’t want to sweat the volatility of a guy like Deandre Ayton.
Joel Embiid ($10,700 DK, $12,100 FD) – Embiid is obviously a super strong play today in a smash spot against the Hawks. The only question is whether it’s worth paying all the way up for him, especially on FD at over 12k. He’s an excellent option if you can fit him, but I wouldn’t get too crazy to do it.
Willie Cauley-Stein ($5700 DK, $6100 FD) – Great matchup against Deandre Ayton and the Suns who allow the most points in the paint on the season. It’s tough to trust the minutes for WCS, but I still think he has a decent floor in this matchup, even if all the Kings’ bigs play, but he would become an even better play with improved minutes upside if Harry Giles ends up sitting.
Joakim Noah ($4900 DK, $5200 FD) – Noah is probable after missing last night’s game. Jonas Valanciunas has never been a guy who has played big minutes and now he’s on his third game in four nights and is coming off games of 36 and 40 minutes. Noah is likely to see 20 minutes regardless, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he picked up closer to 25 given the workload Valanciunas has had of late. Noah is a high energy player and the rest should do him well here.