Just four games tonight, and it is going to be a chalky one. LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, and Joel Embiid are all out. This creates easy pivots and value to go with. Lakers, Thunder, and Pacers have the highest implied totals on the slate. The Knicks and Blazers have the lowest, but are still in play. Only projected blowout is the Lakers are 10.5 point favorites, but that won’t have an effect on this slate.
Cash Game Picks
Anthony Davis – PF – $10,800
The Warriors rank 16th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards this season, and Anthony Davis is going to be one of the most popular plays on the board. With LeBron off the court this season, Davis has a 34% usage rate and averages 1.63 fantasy points per minute. Davis projects for a strong return value despite
C.J. McCollum – SG – $8,800
C.J. McCollum is averaging over 60 fantasy points per game in the last two weeks, and is still below the $9,000 mark on FanDuel. With Lillard off the court, McCollum is averaging 1.24 fantasy points per game and sees a sky high 34% usage rate. He also takes over as the primary ball-handler. McCollum projects for the most fantasy points of any shooting guard on FanDuel, which is no surprise.
Tobias Harris – SF – $7,000
The Knicks rank 23rd against opposing power forwards this season, and Tobias Harris is in a prime spot with a tick up in usage. I am going to highlight most of the 76ers here. Harris and Horford get a 2.8% usage bump with Simmons/Embiid out, while Richardson gets a 4.9% usage bump. Harris and Horford also both go up about 0.15 in FPPM.
GPP Tournament Picks
Hassan Whiteside – C – $9,500
Indiana has struggled against opposing centers this season, as they rank 26th in defensive efficiency. Hassan Whiteside might not be the pay up option everyone opts for tonight, which puts him in a good tournament spot, especially with the position being so thin. Whiteside has over a 50 fantasy point ceiling, especially in this spot. Over the last ten games, he is averaging 46 FD points.
Buddy Hield – SG – $5,900
Buddy Hield continues to come off the bench, but is averaging 28 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. Oklahoma City ranks 26th against opposing shooting guards this season. Over the past ten games he is shooting 46% from the field, and has a 39 fantasy point ceiling in that span. That is the fourth highest of any point guard on the slate.
Malcolm Brogdon – PG – $5,900
Malcolm Brogdon is playable in all formats, and while we haven’t seen the upside in a few weeks, Brogdon’s price tag is attractive for someone who can drop 35+ fantasy points. He is in a decent spot against Portland, who struggle on the defensive side. Brogdon is projected for over 5.5 points per $1,000, and Portland ranks 20th against opposing point guards.
Shake Milton – PG – $4,300
With Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid out, the 76ers will rely on some new names. We cover the top names above, but Shake Milton is coming off a great game against the Cavs, and steps into another strong matchup. The Knicks rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards. Milton has seen a 25% usage rate and 0.95 FPPM with those names off the court.
Harry Giles – PF – $4,500
Harry Giles is going to be overlooked, despite back to back games with upside. Kyle Kuzma will get some love with LeBron James out, who is certainly playable too. I am looking at Giles as more of a GPP value. Has nearly a six points per dollar return projected right now, and is projected for 25 minutes.
Markieff Morris – SF – $3,900
Another GPP value to look at for someone who could see 25 minutes tonight is Markieff Morris. Still getting acclimated with the Lakers is the risk, but he should see a tick up in minutes. This game could get out of hand as well. He doesn’t project for much right now, but is nothing more than a dart throw on what will be a chalky four game slate.