Kemba Walker (CHA) $9.9K on FD/$9.0K on DK/$16.5K on Fantasy Draft/$40 on Yahoo: Kemba (30.4% usage rate) is playing on the back end of a back to back, however, so are his opponent, the Washington Wizards. If Walker is…
Kemba Walker (CHA) $9.9K on FD/$9.0K on DK/$16.5K on Fantasy Draft/$40 on Yahoo: Kemba (30.4% usage rate) is playing on the back end of a back to back, however, so are his opponent, the Washington Wizards. If Walker is fatigued, you can’t tell by his fantasy production (50.6, 40.9, 53.7 and 45.3 fantasy points in four of his last five games). Look for Walker to keep it going tonight in an up-tempo matchup against the defensively challenged Wizards (ranked 27th in defensive efficiency against point guards and 28th in overall defensive efficiency).
Steph Curry (GSW) @ $9.8K on FD/$9.3K on DK/$17.1K on Fantasy Draft/$45 on Yahoo: Curry (30.8% usage rate) and his teammates take on the Portland in a rematch of a battle that saw them face off one game ago. Steph came away with 53.25 fantasy points and had a whopping 26 field goal attempts. Portland may be ranked 10th in overall defensive efficiency against point guards, however, the matchup wasn’t a factor last time around so don’t be concerned. If you want to make it interesting, consider running it back with Damian Lillard (POR) $8.7K on FD/$8.3K on DK/$15.2K on Fantasy Draft/$41 on Yahoo and watch them go head-to-head.
Monte Morris (DEN) $5.7K on FD/$4.6K on DK/$8.8K on Fantasy Draft/$13 on Yahoo: Malik Beasley left yesterday’s game with an ankle injury and was unable to return. If he misses tonight’s contest against the Phoenix Suns, Morris should see an uptick in both minutes and usage. The pace will be slightly decreased, but the matchup will more than make up for it (Phoenix ranks 20th in defensive efficiency against shooting guards and 27th in overall defensive efficiency).
Jeremy Lin (ATL) $4.2K on FD/$3.8K on DK/$7.2K on Fantasy Draft/$10 on Yahoo: There’s lots of beefcake to be had on today’s slate, but if you’re going to roster them, you’ll need to save somewhere. Lin might not have the role of the starting point guard, but he produces whenever he takes the court (22.7% usage rate). His DraftKings salary is particularly appealing if you want to take the “studs and scrubs” approach.
Rudy Gobert (UTA) $9.0K on FD/$8.2K on DK/$14.6K on Fantasy Draft/$32 on Yahoo: Gobert has one of the better matchups on the board today, regardless of position, however, roster construction will force him to go overlooked. That’s a shame, considering he’s averaging 1.3 fantasy points per minute and has the pleasure of taking on my beloved New York Knicks tonight (ranked 22nd in the rebound rate, ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency against centers and ranked 29th in overall defensive efficiency).
Draymond Green (GSW) $7.2K on FD/$6.7K on DK/$12.6K on Fantasy Draft/$27 on Yahoo: Draymond is back! Well, sort of. He did manage to sink one of his four three-point attempts in his last game against this same Portland Trail Blazers team, so it’s better than nothing. Luckily for us, we don’t need Green to fill up the scoring column to have a good fantasy night (15.0% usage rate, 1.01 fantasy points per minute). He ended his last game with 43.8 fantasy points and only saw his salary bump up ever so slightly. Sign me up for round two against Portland (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency against power forwards).
Danilo Gallinari (LAC) $7.1K on FD/$6.4K on DK/$12.3K on Fantasy Draft/$27 on Yahoo: Most will be under the impression that the Los Angeles Clippers disappointed last night when they took on the Los Angeles Lakers. While that may be true for most of the team, Gallinari had 41.5 fantasy points and came away with his second double-double in his last three games. Boxscore watchers will note that he’s only put up 26.7 and 27.6 fantasy points against the Spurs this season, however, just focus on his versatility and upside as you slide him into your lineup. This game has an over/under of 227.5 (second highest on the slate) and the Clippers are home favorites (-3.5). If Vegas is correct, Gallinari (22.3% usage rate) shouldn’t disappoint. If you want to take rostering Gallinari to the next level, consider running it back with LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) $7.8K on FD/$7.1K on DK/$13.0K on Fantasy Draft/$28 on Yahoo or Rudy Gay (SA) $6.0K on FD/$6.0K on DK/$11.9 K on Fantasy Draft/$24 on Yahoo (but not both unless you’re doing a game stack).
Joe Ingles (UTA) $6.3K on FD/$5.3K on DK/$10.4K on Fantasy Draft/$20 on Yahoo: If it seems like I’m picking on my beloved New York Knicks, it’s because I am. The Knicks are ranked 28th in defensive efficiency against small forwards and 29th in overall defensive efficiency, so it’s hard for me not to put Ingles in this article. After a slow start to the season, Ingles (17.8% usage rate) has recently found his shot, putting up 33.1, 33.5 and 36.8 fantasy points in three of his last five outings. When it comes to rostering players against the Knicks I’ll be happy to “use my head and not my heart.” You may want to consider Donovan Mitchell (UTA) $7.4K on FD/$7.5K on DK/$13.4K on Fantasy Draft/$27 on Yahoo in tournaments now that Ricky Rubio (back/Knee) has been ruled out.