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De’Aaron Fox ($7,700) vs Suns– Fox was excellent last year averaging 17 points and almost 8 assists per game. He should only get better this year with Harrison Barnes for a full year, Buddy Hield, Trevor Ariza, and an improved Marvin Bagley. The Kings will have a fast paced high powered offense this season and in game 1 vs Ricky Rubio I think Fox will be able to have a big night. Rubio is known as one of the weaker point guard defenders in the NBA and with Fox’s speed he should be able to get whatever he wants tonight.
Derrick White ($4,900) vs Knicks– Derrick White was great when a lot of the Spurs back court options went down due to injury but they will be back this season. That doesn’t mean that we will see less production from White because he has shown us in the preseason he can stuff the stat sheet in limited minutes. He comes in priced at under $5,000 and until we see what the returning guys do for the Spurs I think White is a safe option to get around 20 minutes a night which should allow him to put up some solid fantasy stats.
Caris LeVert ($6,800) vs Timberwolves– LeVert was on fire to start the season last year then missed a lot of time due to injury and upon returning it took him a while to get back into a groove but we saw it. He closed the season scoring 18+ points in 4 of his last 5 gmes and shot well over 50% as a whole. The Nets are a new look team but without Kevin Durant in the lineup this season they will lean on LeVert to get a decent amount of shots up next to Kyrie. LeVert also has a good amount of upside with the skillset we have seen. Don’t be surprised if he puts up 30+ FPTS tonight in the opener vs Minnesota.
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($5,600) vs Kings– Oubre was traded last season from Washington to Phoenix last season and his offense started to thrive. In 40 games last season for the Suns Oubre averaged 16.9 PPG and 4.9 RPG and saw multiple games where he went for over 20 points. He is also effective on the defensive end averaging over 1 steal per game last season. He showed out in the preseason so at $5,600 I have no issues putting him in my lineup and even if he isn’t overly efficient he will still get his shots up and give us our FPTS.
Tristan Thompson ($5,700) vs Magic– A lot of people have completely forgot about Tristan Thompson, but when he is playing you can count on a double-double almost every time. I know it’s the preseason but in his last game action he put up 14 PTS 10 REB 3 AST in only 26 minutes of action which is a good sign for things to come. He will be up against Nikola Vucevic tonight who is someone Thompson should have the advantage over on the offensive end. He won’t go out and get his own shots tonight but he will be able to get at least 10 with his rebounding prowess.
Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4,200) vs Wizards– It’s unclear exactly what Hardaway Jr.’s role will be but if he is starting or the first off the bench he will get his shots up. He has been scoring nicely so far this preseason and has obviously shown us that this is what he does with his 18 PPG average last season. Other than scoring he won’t give you much but if he is able to knock his shots down he should be a valuable option at this price point.