• There’s no Russell Westbrook, and no James Harden, but plenty of nice options are still available on Thursday’s five game slate. I will be targeting the Suns, as the minutes and the match-ups are in the favor of the young, talented Phoenix squad.

     

    POINT GUARD

    SPENCER DINWIDDIE – BROOKLYN NETS (FD- $4,600, DK- $4,900)

    “Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Spencer Dinwiddie” may not be coming to theaters anytime soon, but you can see the story play-out each time the Nets take the floor. Dinwiddie’s rise from D-League player to starting point guard is incredible, and he has taken full advantage of the surprise role. Over the two games since Jeremy Lin‘s injury, Dinwiddie is averaging 14 points, five rebounds, and 5.5 assists. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has declared Dinwiddie the starter, giving him secure minutes and a high floor.

    I will be playing him until his price rises significantly more.

    Note: If Jeremy Lin plays tonight, I am pumping the brakes on Dinwiddie slightly. He may still make a good play even if Lin gives it a go, but my exposure to him will definitely drop.

    TYLER ULIS – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,800, DK- $7,100)

    Tyler Ulis, much like Spencer Dinwiddie, has seen an insane rise in minutes, popularity and on-court success. The 21-yr old Kentucky product is averaging 13.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists, along with 36.2 minutes played in his last five games. Although his price has risen, he should still hit value and makes a great play tonight!

     

    SHOOTING GUARD

    DEVIN BOOKER – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,900, DK- $6,800)

    Devin Booker is a star in the making. He has struggled his last two outings, but I expect him to write the ship against the Nets. At just 20 years old, Booker is averaging 20.8 points per game on a Phoenix team that appears to be letting its newer faces run the floor for the rest of the season. He gets a great match-up, and should see 34-40 minutes. Play him!

    C.J. MCCOLLUM – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (FD- $7,800, DK- $7,200)

    You know you are having a good season when scoring 20 or more in points in three out of five games is a slump. The Knicks are in the bottom third of the league against shooting guards, C.J. McCollum is a top-tier shooting guard talent and he will be flooded with minutes as long as the game stays close. He is in near must-play territory for me.

     

    SMALL FORWARD

    HARRISON BARNES – DALLAS MAVERICKS (FD- $5,600, DK- $6,000)

    Harrison Barnes is not sexy. He probably won’t score 35 points tonight, but he may just be the key piece that results in your DFS success. From sheer minutes volume and athleticism Barnes is worth putting in any lineup. If you pair those attributes with a great match-up like the one he gets tonight against the Clippers, Harrison looks even more appealing.

    Barnes should see 35 or more minutes, and always hovers at a reasonable price. His last few lines aren’t great, but I believe he will have a big night in Dallas.

    T.J. WARREN – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,600, DK- $7,000)

    Another Sun you ask? T.J. Warren has been extremely productive of late, averaging 17.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 37 minutes played in his last five. As I mentioned earlier, it appears Phoenix is letting its team of underclassmen run wild to end the year, and Brooklyn is terrible against small forwards. I won’t hesitate to roster Warren tonight.

    Note: T.J. Warren is out for the Suns. Target Harrison Barnes is his place on FanDuel, and P.J. Tucker, despite a poor match-up, on Draftkings. 

    POWER FORWARD

    DIRK NOWITZKI – DALLAS MAVERICKS (FD- $6,000, DK- $6,200)

    Dirk, you are lovely. You are great for the game. You are 200 years old and still averaging 14.5 points. I will be playing you tonight because you are averaging 17.2 points and six rebounds over your last five. P.S., I love you.

    MARQUESE CHRISS – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $5,100, DK- $5,800)

    I promise this is my last Phoenix Sun player tonight. Marquese Chriss is averaging 15.6 points and six rebounds since the Suns decided to dock their veterans for the year. He is way too cheap and the Nets are oh-so bad. I love Chriss tonight.

     

    CENTER

    BROOK LOPEZ – BROOKLYN NETS (FD- $7,200, DK- $6,900)

    I love stats. There are times where stats forcibly steer the direction of an investment. Tonight the following stats leave me with no choice but play Brook Lopez: 25.9 points, six rebounds and 30.8 minutes of floor time during the previous five games. Lopez is such a gifted center, and he is on an absolute tear.

    I will play him until his stats tell me otherwise.

    DEANDRE JORDAN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (FD- $7,700, DK- $6,700)

    DeAndre Jordan is just too cheap. He has a double-double in four straight games and has 15 or more rebounds twice during that stretch. Phoenix has struggled against the center position of late, and all signs point to a fifth straight double-double for Jordan.

     

     

    Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at: atbuckner2121@live.com. Good luck!

Fantasy News

  • Joakim Noah
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Joakim Noah plans to join workouts with the Clippers this week, per Shams Charania.

    Noah hasn't been in the news since he was up for consideration with the Lakers, but he would be a nice bench pickup for the Clippers. They could use a big-bodied center to crash and bang in certain matchups, and Noah would fit in as a strong defender. We'll see if anything comes of this week's workouts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Free Agent

    As of right now, the Nets are "very unlikely" to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to a report from Shams Charania.

    Brooklyn is more likely to sign players that they have worked out recently, with Charania naming Lance Thomas and C.J. Williams as possibilities. At least more people can complain about Melo being unsigned now.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Chuma Okeke
    PF, Orlando Magic

    According to Shams Charania, the Magic plan to redshirt rookie Chuma Okeke, who is recovering from a torn left ACL.

    Earlier in the summer Magic POBO Jeff Weltman said that he believed Okeke could return this season, but there's no rush for him to get back on the court. The 16th overall pick will be able to focus on rehab this season, and he's off the board in all redraft formats.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.

    The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Antonio Blakeney
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    Antonio Blakeney has agreed to a deal with Jiangsu in the CBA.

    Blakeney was let go by the Bulls a couple weeks ago. A strong scorer at the G-League level, he should be able to drop some huge games in China. We'd expect to hear his name on the mid-season free agency market if all goes well overseas.

    Source: Sportando

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.

    The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.

    Source: Sixers.com

  • Nikola Mirotic
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.

    Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’

    Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.

    Source: Pistons.com

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.

    Source: New York Post

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. is the presumed favorite to start at PF heading into training camp according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.

    Fedor went on to speculate that Nance Jr. could see a lot of time at the four while Kevin Love starts at center and Tristan Thompson and John Henson compete for back up minutes behind those two. Any uptick in playing time would be a huge boost to the per-minute dynamo that Nance Jr is, and a starting role with a new coaching staff bodes well for that. He's trending in the right direction.

    Source: Cleveland.com