Theo Maledon ($5,300) vs Cavaliers- Theo Maledon hasn’t been the most consistent player on the Thunder, but that is expected for a rookie. He has shown some big-time flashes and despite his poor shooting %’s he has still been filling up the stat sheet and racking up fantasy points. He has averaged 29 FPPG in the last 6 games and is coming off a huge 25 PTS 5 REB 5 AST night last night against the Hornets. Maledon is a bit hit or miss but at this price, I think he can easily return value for you.
Buddy Hield ($6,000) vs Pistons- Buddy Hield continues to launch threes for the Kings and his translated into some pretty solid fantasy numbers. In the last 5 games, he is averaging 15.6 PPG 4.2 RPG, and is shooting the 3 ball at a 38.9% clip. He almost touched 40 FPTS in his last game and it continues to be good to see Hield contribute a little bit in other aspects of the offense. The upside isn’t huge here but Hield has put together some solid games and it wasn’t long ago when we saw him consistently putting up 30+ FPTS performances. The Pistons defense is allowing one of the highest percentages from behind the arc so I like Hield’s chances here.
Jimmy Butler ($9,000) vs Lakers- The Heat as a team have been up and down this year but Jimmy Butler continues to fill the stat sheet up day in and day out. In the last 5 games, Butler is averaging 22 PPG 6.8 APG 4.8 RPG and is shooting a superb 57.6% from the field. He doesn’t shoot many 3s but it doesn’t matter when he is scoring this easily from inside the arc. He has scored 40+ FPTS in 5 of the last 6 games and I don’t expect that to slow down vs a beat-up Lakers team. Look for Butler to continue doing what he has been doing tonight at home.
Robert Covington ($5,900) vs Jazz- Covington continues to shoot primarily threes for the Trail Blazers but he is also one of the best defenders in the league. Coming into tonight’s game he is averaging 13.5 PPG 7.0 RPG and is shooting 50% from 3 to go along with his 1.5 SPG and almost 1 block per game. He has scored over 29.75 FPTS in 5 of the last 6 games so this would be a good time to get on the Covington train. The Jazz just came off a big OT game vs the Suns last night so they could come in sluggish which should allow Covington to be open for 3 and create some turnovers.
Enes Kanter ($6,100) vs Jazz- Enes Kanter has quietly been one of the better fantasy centers this season for Portland. Mostly this has been aided to Nurkic being out due to injury but he missed their last game and comes into this game with a questionable tag. If he isn’t in the lineup I would love to have Kanter on my roster. He has scored 37.75 and 43.75 FPTS in each of the last two games and in his only game vs Utah this season he had 14 PTS and 8 REB on 100% shooting from the field. When he plays 30+ minutes Kanter grabs so many rebounds so if Nurkic does end up being out Kanter will definitely be on my roster.
Tony Bradley ($4,200) vs Cavaliers- The Thunder have a lot of young talent and one of those players is Tony Bradley, who they recently traded for. In only 20 minutes per game over the last 6, he is averaging 9.5 PPG 7.0 RPG which equates to 21.3 FPPG. However, we could see his minutes increase with the injury to Isiah Roby. Bradley is scoring more than 1 fantasy point per minute in his limited time so I love him in this spot if he is able to play more. It also helps that the Thunder are going up against the Cavs, who are allowing the 8th most fantasy points to opposing centers on DK this season.