I hope everyone is as excited for tonight’s full slate of games in daily fantasy basketball as I am. Nobody should have any problem filling a lineup tonight. So with a full playbook, lets get to my picks. All prices are according to DraftKings. Good luck!
Russell Westbrook ($11,200) – It’s hard to fade Westbrook with Durant out. He is expensive , but for good reason. He’s coming off of another triple-double, and Damian Lillard isn’t someone that is going to him down. I’d pay up and wouldn’t think twice.
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Reggie Jackson ($6,100) – Jackson has really came into his own since going to Detroit. He’s averaging almost 40 fantasy points a game, and his minutes are trending the right way. If that wasn’t enough incentive, Jackson gets to face the abomination that is the New York Knicks.
Isaiah Thomas ($5,900) – It’s really close between Mo Williams and IT2, but IT2 wins out because he’s cheaper in my book. IT2 has hit 25+ fantasy points in every game since getting traded to Boston. I expect those numbers to climb, and tonight against Charlotte should be an indicator of better things to come.
James Harden ($11,000) – I’ll stop recommending Harden when he shaves his beard.
Jimmy Butler ($7,900) – No Derrick Rose (shocker) and no Pau Gasol bodes well Jimmy Buckets. Pau was sent home this morning because he was sick and is ruled out of tonight’s game. This means that Butler will touch the ball in almost every possession he’s on the court. If I’m fading Harden and looking to save some cash, I’m going all in on Butler.
Khris Middleton ($6,400) – Going to be honest, there’s not much else at the position I like outside of Butler and Harden that I feel confident in. Middleton is either going to hit value or severely disappoint. To me, I think he should be fine and hit value with little problem, but that’s mostly because I’m taking anyone and everyone versus the Lakers. With OJ Mayo out, he should see a boost in minutes as well. I like Middleton as a GPP and as a deep sleeper in cash games.
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Rudy Gay ($7,300) – The Kings will be without Darren Collison and probably DeMarcus Cousins. If Cousins is out, then Gay is a full-go in my book. The Kings will need to score to keep up with the Spurs, and George Karl will want to get Gay involved early and often.
Luol Deng ($5,900) – Deng is a GPP for me tonight against the Pelicans. Tyreke Evans will be running the point and Eric Gordon will be at the two spot. That means that either Quincy Pondexter or Luke Babbitt will be on Deng tonight. He’s had back-to-back 30+ fantasy point nights. I’m willing to ride the hot hand, but I’m not sure if I’m willing to do it in a cash game.
Paul Millsap ($7,800) – Of all the top tier guys, Millsap is the one I’m most confident in to return value. Tonight he faces a terrible defense of the Orlando Magic. There are a lot of injuries to the position tonight, and some of those other guys I’m not as high on tonight. If I’m paying up for tonight, it’s for Millsap.
David Lee ($4,400) – Lee has been quietly been a consistent contributor for the Warriors. He has four straight games of over 21 fantasy points. That’s right around value for him, and that is something I will gladly take for this price tag.
Taj Gibson ($4,300) – No Pau Gasol means Taj Gibson instantly becomes a hot commodity. I know a lot of people will be all over him tonight, but it’s hard for me to see how he doesn’t hit value tonight.
Al Jefferson ($7,500) – Al Jefferson vs Tyler Zeller. I believe anyone can see that one side clearly wins that matchup. Al Jeff blew up the first time these two teams played, notching almost 50 fantasy points. With Boston’s banged up frontcourt, I find it hard that he will slow down any from their first meeting.
Alexis Ajinca ($4,500) – This is another GPP play for me, but could be a sneaky good cash play. Ajinca is long and can hit the 12 foot jump shot pretty well for a big man. He will continue to get a lot of playing time with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out. As long as he stays out of foul trouble, he should easily return value and get around 20+ fantasy points.