TJ McConnell ($3500 DK, $4300 FD) – McConnell has seen his minutes slip the past couple games with the Sixers healthy and using a ten-man rotation, but with JJ Redick resting today and Wilson Chandler out as well, there will be more minutes to go around and McConnell should be one to benefit. McConnell doesn't have a ton of upside, but he needs just 21 FPs to get us 6x on DK, and I think he does that more often than not in this situation with upside into that 28-32 range, which would be 8x-9x. There are a ton of great options to pay up for today and McConnell is one of the safest values to help us do it. This is a DK preferred play.
Monte Morris ($5500 DK, $4700 FD) – Morris is listed as a PG on DK and a SG on FD and he's an excellent play on either site. Morris has started the last two games for the Nuggets and played 40 and 37 minutes and put up 40+ fantasy points in both. The big minutes should be there again for him and there isn't anyone that we're worried about defensively for the Wolves to slow him down. He's shot the ball very well the past couple games and I don't expect the efficiency to last, but the price, minutes, and role are just too much to ignore.
Trae Young ($7500 DK, $7400 FD) – Young is in play on both sites but this is one of those nice – and rare – spots where he's priced less on FD than he is on DK. This is of course a dreamy matchup against the Suns who are an awful defensive team and allow the most points in the NBA at 115.7. I've been a little worried about this perimeter situation in Atlanta because they're healthy and there's a lot of mouths to feed, but Young continues to get the minutes.
Ricky Rubio ($6100 DK, $6300 FD) – Rubio has really started to hit his stride returning from injury with a couple 40 fantasy point games in two of his past three games. Even though he's played well lately, I think he'll still take on pretty low ownership with all the other great plays out there. With no CP3 hounding him, he has a path to another nice game here.
**It's just unreal how many good plays there are at SG today, especially when you include Morris there on FD
Malik Beasley ($4400 DK, $4700 FD) – With Gary Harris and Jamal Murray out again, Beasley will start again and has tremendous minutes upside. Beasley is a phenomenal play, and even though he'll be popular, he's a tough one to get away from at the price and the projected minutes. You definitely want him in your cash lineups and he's a tough fade in tournaments. If you do fade in tournaments, I'd consider using Torrey Craig, who should see a ton of minutes off the bench, is sub-4k on both sites, and is coming off a big game himself. If you wanted to get super-contrarian, Will Barton, who has struggled the last couple games, is very capable of a big game , and if he goes off, it will likely be to the detriment of Beasley.
James Harden ($12500 DK, $13500) – Harden with no CP3 in the lineup is always a fade-at-your-own-risk kind of play. I'd get him in there for cash, especially on DK, but there's certainly plenty of great alternatives to go to tonight at SG if ever there was a night to fade, this would probably be it.
Luka Doncic ($8300 DK, $9000 FD) – There's a small amount of risk here considering Doncic missed last game with an ankle injury, but it sounds like if it had been an important game, he would've been able to go. This is just an outstanding spot for Doncic against a Cavs team that struggles to defend guards, and in a situation where, outside of Harrison Barnes, the Mavs don't have a lot of offensive punch, which means Luka should carry a heavy load. He's got 60 fantasy point upside, the matchup is great, he's priced well, especially on DK. I think he's a fine pivot off of Harden today in GPPs.
Devin Booker ($8800 DK, $8700 FD) – Incredible matchup against the fasted paced team in the league in the Hawks. Booker is the de facto point guard for the Suns and he should have the ball in his hands a ton out in the open court, making plays. Another guy who's an excellent pivot off of Harden today.
DeMar DeRozan ($7600 DK, $8100 FD) – He's just too cheap on DK for this great matchup against the Pelicans. I prefer him on DK with the roster flexibility – and because I prefer all of Morris, Beasley, Harden, Doncic, and Booker to him on FD where there's just the two spots –
Darius Miller ($4400 DK, $5000 FD) – I don't necessarily love playing this guy but he's just being relied on for so many minutes right now with all these guys out for the Pelicans and he's gotten up double-digit three point attempts in three of the past four games. Normall he's just a spot up shooter for this team when they're healthy but he's being called on to do a lot more with the Pelicans so thin. He's got a great path to 36-40 minutes again with plenty of shot attempts with the Pelicans so shorthanded.
Trevor Ariza ($5700 DK, $6100 FD) – This one is pretty off the board, but hear me out. Otto Porter left last game early with a toe injury and is questionable for this one. I definitely like Ariza better if Porter misses. And if that happens, he's got a great shot of seeing 38-40 minutes. The Bucks allow the most three-point makes on the season at nearly 13 a game and Ariza is guy who loves to put them up. He's averaging nearly eight three point shot attempts per game on the season. If he gets hot and can knock down 4-6 threes, plus all the other stats he can rack up in heavy minutes, there's some upside here for GPPs.
LeBron James ($10800 DK, $10900 FD) – Showcase game for LeBron and the Lakers on the road at Oracle against the Warriors. LeBron didn't show any ill effects from the groin injury that cost him several games last time out and he came right of the gates playing forty. There is always going to be the risk of a blowout any time GSW is at home – and that could very well happen here – so if I'm using LeBron in GPPs, I prefer to either pair him up with a Rajon Rondo or a Kyle Kuzma and use a Warriors player or two the other way, with maybe Klay Thompson and/or Draymond Green or to use LeBron and run it back with Steph or Durant.
Kenrich Williams ($4100 DK, $4600 FD) – Williams has had two exceptional games in a row coming off the bench for the Pelicans. The first game he got it down with a monster rebounding effort – 16 boards – and the next game he did it by knocking down shots on his way to 21 points and again hitting the boards with eight. This game has a fairly large spread in the Spurs's favor – 10.5 points – and I think Williams is going to be a guy who will get minutes no matter what and is blowout proof. Williams is a fairly unknown quantity, but as long as he's looking at 30 plus minutes and he keeps getting it down across multiple categories, he's someone we should be looking at this price as a value option.
Aaron Gordon ($6500 DK, $7200 FD) – Gordon threw up a dud last game in a tough matchup against the stout frontcourt of the Pacers but the three previous games he'd topped forty fantasy points. This is a much better matchup for Gordon against the Nets tonight and he's just too cheap, especially on DK at 6500. He was off last game but I expect him to bounce back in this one.
Rudy Gobert (– I like paying up at C tonight and Gobert is my favorite option. The Rockets have been getting hammered on the boards – outrebounded by over ten a game since Clint Capela went down with injury. We also have the All-Star game narrative going as well. A snubbed and motivated Gobert came out and had a big game against the Hawks in just 28 minutes due to blowout and I expect him to have another big game here, but this time he should get more minutes.
Nik Vucevic ($9800 DK, $10000 FD) – Vuc went off on this Nets team just a couple weeks ago for nearly 60 fantasy points and I expect him have another monster outing here. The Nets have trouble against opposing centers and Vuc is as skilled as they come on the offensive end. He'll take on much less ownership than he should but he's a very strong play today against this weak Brooklyn interior.