De'Aaron Fox ($7,700 DK, $8,200 FD) – I know the price is getting up there, but Fox still has 8x upside in this type of game. He's the engine of a Kings team that loves to push the pace and now they're meeting their match today against the Pelicans, another team that will get out and go. Vegas has a projected total of 236, which means this one should be a real track meet, which is perfect for Fox's style of play. Fox is turning into a legit star in the league and just keeps getting better and better with an improved shot and efficiency and the ability to take over games with his blazing speed. Love him tonight against the Pelicans in what should be a shootout.
De'Angelo Russell ($7,300 DK, $6,900 FD) – Russell is coming off a couple of subpar games after exploding for over 50 fantasy points against both the Lakers and Hawks, but this is a get-right spot against the Suns, who have been giving it up to point guards of late. Russell is a boom or bust type of player with his booms often coming against inferior defenses and the Suns have one of the worst defenses in the league. Russell has enormous upside for his price and this matchup is the type of game where he could hit his ceiling.
CJ McCollum ($6,200 DK, $6,400 FD) – McCollum has been quiet the last couple games against some tough defensive units in Utah and Memphis, but should rebound here in a matchup against the Mavs, a game in which the Blazers are projected to score around 112 points. With lots of attention on Sac/No, this game could go slightly overlooked, and McCollum is one of my favorite plays from it, given his price. This is about as low as we'll ever see him priced, especially on DK. I fully expect McCollum to fill it up tonight and would be surprised if he scored fewer than 20 real points, with upside for plenty more.
Jrue Holiday ($9,100 DK, $9,200 FD) – Newsflash: Jrue Holiday is really good at basketball. Holiday fills up the stat sheet, regularly posting double-doubles of late and playing close to 40 minutes a night. And with Tim Frazier playing fewer minutes, it opens the door for Holiday to have the ball in his hands more, making plays, and racking up assists. I talked about how this is a great type of game for De'Aaron Fox and it is equally so for Holiday. There's just so many opportunities for him to pile up fantasy points when these teams are flying up and down the court, jacking up shots, and playing so little defense.
Joe Harris ($4,800 DK, $4,500 FD) – With Allen Crabbe out of the lineup, Harris has less competition for minutes on the wing. He's very likely to see 30 minutes here with upside for more. Harris averages right around .8 fantasy points per minute – which isn't great – but with all the minutes, the cheap price, and a great matchup against the Suns, this is a pretty good spot to roster him and he helps us save some salary to pay up for guys in the juiciest games. Harris has a pretty decent shot at hitting 28+ fantasy points here, which is 6x, with upside for a little more.
Justise Winslow ($4,800 DK, $5,300 FD) – This is an excellent price for a guy who's flashed 40+ fantasy point upside in three of his past seven games. Winslow was banged up for a stretch, even missing a game, but he looks to be healthy now after reentering the starting lineup last game against the Bucks and playing 28 minutes. Sure, the Heat are a bit healthier than they have been, but if Winslow gets hot, they won't be afraid to ride him for extended minutes. It's tough to find guys with legit 9x upside, which makes Winslow an intriguing tournament option tonight, and the matchup isn't a bad one against the Magic.
Lauri Markkanen ($7,300 DK, $7,500 FD) – With Zach LaVine and his 30%+ usage sidelined, along with fellow chucker Bobby Portis, it opens the door for big minutes and plenty of shots for Markkanen. Jabari Parker is available for this game but it remains to be seen if the Bulls will actually use him. He doesn't appear to be a popular figure in the Bulls organization at the moment and it seems likely that even if he does play, it would only be sparingly and not enough to really effect Markkanen's minutes. Markannen got up 20 shots last game against the Magic and I would expect him to again be the focal point of the Bulls offense tonight against the Cavs.
Draymond Green ($6,400 DK, $6,700 FD) – After Kevin Durant called him out publicly for not scoring enough, Draymond took 11 shots and scored 14 points on his way to a double-double last game. We should continue to see him be more aggressive looking for his shot going forward, which is great news for his fantasy value. This is about as low of a price as we'll ever see for Dray and the minutes are back up into the mid-30's, where they were pre-injury. Now is a great time to roster him before the price rises. We also get an outstanding matchup against the Clippers in a game that should be up and down, which is right in Draymond's wheelhouse. A lot to like about him today.
Julius Randle ($7,800 DK, $8,800 FD) – Randle loves to get out and run, even at times grabbing defensive rebounds and pushing the ball up the court a la Draymond, and attacking the basket at will. This is the type of game that Randle should thrive in, getting tons of boards, easy buckets, and racking up fantasy points at will. And with Mirotic doubtful, he once again has a clear path to big minutes. While Randle doesn't quite have the upside of Anthony Davis, he's also about 3k cheaper and is fully capable of some monster outings of his own. He makes for a really strong play tonight, especially on DK, where he's 1k cheaper than FD.
Deandre Ayton ($7,300 DK, $7,400 FD) – After seemingly hitting the rookie wall for a stretch earlier in the season, Ayton has broken through over the past couple weeks, putting up some impressive numbers, including averaging 23 points and 16 boards over his last three games. While some of the other players in yesterday's triple overtime marathon logged massive minutes, Ayton was limited to "only" 39, whereas Devin Booker played 55(!), so fatigure shouldn't be too big of an issue for him tonight. We never mind rostering centers against Brooklyn and Ayton should have another strong performance again tonight.