• Although Thursday’s small slate gives us James Harden, I am steering clear of the triple-double machine. His lingering wrist injury, coupled with the other excellent (cheaper by comparison) point guards on the slate, could easily be interpreted as signs from the NBA gods to avoid “The Beard”. Even with Harden out of the mix we have some heavy hitters available, so let’s pair them together and win some money!

     

    POINT GUARD

    CHRIS PAUL – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 8,600, FD-$ 8,800)

    Chris Paul is almost always a top tier option. He gets an amazing match-up against the Phoenix Suns who rank last in the league against opposing point guards. Paul should see around 30 minutes in an up-tempo game, making him a near must-play, especially in Draftkings where he can be paired with another high-end point guard.

    DAMIAN LILLARD – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (DK-$ 9,200, FD-$ 9,300)

    Speaking of high-end point guards, Damian Lillard has been lights out of late. Over his last five games, Dame is averaging 26.6 points, 6.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds. The Rockets struggle mightily against points guards, and with an over-under of 228.5, conditions are perfect for a monstrous Lillard line.

     

    SHOOTING GUARD

    PAUL ZIPSER – CHICAGO BULLS (DK-$ 4,000, FD-$3,700)

    Paul Zipser is not a sexy option, but he gets a great match-up against the struggling Cavs. Cleveland hasn’t fared well against shooting guards and with Dwyane Wade out, Zipser is the starter by default. He is super cheap and gets good minutes. Over his last five, Zipser has averaged 8.6 points, 2.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds. While those may not seem like daunting numbers, the guard’s low price makes value very attainable.

    I will be playing Paul Zipser in a lot of lineups tonight.

    Note: Paul Zipser is listed as small forward on FanDuel. 

    C.J. MCCOLLUM – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (DK-$ 7,600, FD- $ 7,200)

    Houston is ranked 27th in the league against shooting guards and C.J. McCollum is one of the best. He is averaging 25.0 points in 33.2 minutes over the Blazers previous five games, and this game should be a shootout (especially if James Harden plays). McCollum is coming off a 39 point game against the Denver Nuggets and I expect him to have another big night against the Rockets.

     

    SMALL FORWARD

    ANDREW WIGGINS – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 7,100, FD-$ 7,000)

    Despite the fact that Minnesota has lost its last five games, I will be playing several T-Wolves tonight. Andrew Wiggins is the definition of athleticism and he has been playing extremely well down the stretch. He is averaging 24.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 37.0 minutes for the Wolves, and even though the spread for this game is the widest on the slate, Wiggins gets an excellent opportunity against an awful Lakers defense.

    TOBIAS HARRIS – DETROIT PISTONS (DK-$ 6,000, FD-$ 5,400)

    I am a fanboy of Tobias Harris. Tobias is playing over 30 minutes per game (even when he comes off the bench) and is averaging 16 points per night. He is due a big game, and the Nets are just the team to accommodate. He is affordable and makes a great, mid-range option on this slate.

    Note: Tobias Harris is listed as power forward on FanDuel. 

     

    POWER FORWARD

    GORGUI DIENG – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 5,900, FD-$ 5,200)

    Gorgui Dieng is another mid-range option to give stability and upside to your lineups. He is affordable and has been playing extremely well lately tallying 12.6 points, and 6.4 rebounds over the Timberwolves last five games.  The Lakers are HORRIBLE against opposing power forwards and Dieng should be able to blow past value.

    The young power forward gets the minutes needed to produce, and I will be using him as a salary saver, especially on the tight Draftkings budget.

    BLAKE GRIFFIN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 8,100, FD-$ 8,600)

    Super athlete? Check. Playoff push? Check. Fantastic match-up? Check. Blake Griffin faces a Phoenix team ranked last in the league against power forwards and the Clippers are trying to get things figured out before the playoffs. If you can afford him, play him.

     

    CENTER

    KARL ANTHONY TOWNS – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 10,900, FD-$ 10,600)

    Do 27.2 points, and 10.0 rebounds per game sound good to you? What if you give those stats to a player who faces one of the worst defenses in the league? Karl-Anthony Towns is on a tear over his last five and he should be in your lineups. KAT could easily be the high scorer on this slate and is a priority for me.

    DEANDRE JORDAN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 6,900, FD-$ 7,900)

    DeAndre Jordan has four double-doubles in his last five games. He is averaging 13.0 rebounds over that stretch and it’s unlikely that the 26th ranked defense against his position will be able to keep him off the boards. DeAndre is just too cheap, should get a double-double again tonight and is a must-own in your lineups, especially on Draftkings.

     

     

     

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at atbuckner2121@live.com. Good luck tonight everyone!

Fantasy News

  • 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

  • Kevin Knox
    SF, New York Knicks

    Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.

    Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.

    Source: New York Post

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.

    Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.

    Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.

    The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.

    Source: Denver Post

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."

    With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.

    Source: The Athletic