• Tonight’s six game slate is filled with intriguing games across the board. With injuries spread among all teams involved, there are some interesting punt plays to help you get that expensive play tonight. Let’s jump in.

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    Point Guard:

    Play: Mike Conley $8,200

    Conley has been on a tear the last three games, and the Grizzlies needed it as his play has much to do with snapping their losing streak. Even though the tough team defense of the Spurs may scare some people away from Conley, his high floor makes me comfortable taking the risk.

    Punt: Jamal Murray $4,400:

    Murray finds himself in a good spot with a matchup against the fast paced Rockets and two key players in Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari out due to injury. With his minutes trending up a bit and his exciting scoring ability, he can serve as an under the radar punt play.

    Shooting Guard:

    Stud: James Harden $11,800

     

    It is hard not to play Harden as if he has one of those huge games you’ll be sitting on the outside of the money, which he had last night and can do again tonight with a matchup against the Nuggets. With some value on the slate, Harden is attainable to be selected into your lineup.
    – But, if you would rather save $1,200, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the second option to Harden most of the season and has a big time matchup against the Warriors that could bring out some just as big numbers. 

    Play: Will Barton $6,600 / Gary Harris $6,000

     

    Will Barton has come alive the last two games mainly because of the opportunity provided by Chandler and Gallinari being out due to injury. With plenty of minutes and a fast-paced game playing right into Barton’s play style, I can see another big night for Barton.
    Gary Harris has been steadily consistent and if you need to save $600 from Barton to get someone else on your roster Harris can be a quality replacement. Seeing at least 35 minutes a game, Harris can produce value given the extra shots available in the offense.

    Small Forward:

    Stud: LeBron James $11,100

     

    James has not scored at least 40 FDP in games he has played in dating beyond late January. With Kevin Love just coming back from injury and Kyrie Irving questionable with knee soreness, James may be in for a heavy workload tonight.
    Alternatively, Kawhi Leonard is back from injury and did not show any rust, if you would rather save $1,200 to use elsewhere in your lineup feel free to plug-in Leonard due to his plentiful contributions across the board. 
    Value: Joe Ingles $4,100 & Joe Johnson $3,900

    Value in Utah? Joe Ingles has carved himself a role with the opportunities throughout the season and with Rodney Hood (knee) sidelined, more minutes can be coming at the projected starting shooting guard. At 4k, Ingles can hit and even exceed value.

    Joe Johnson on the other hand has been benefiting as a result of Derrick Favors being sidelined, and has been seeing plenty of minutes. Although the other Jazz players will take their fair share of shots, Johnson has scored in double digits four of his last five games and has played at least 28 minutes in those games.

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    Power Forward:

    Stud: Nikolai Jokic $10,700

     

    Jokic has been wonderful to DFS players and fantasy owners alike this season and with a matchup against the fast-paced Rockets tonight, Jokic can produce a well-rounded stat line with the ball finding his hands frequently with the high possession count the game will reach.

    Punt: Nikola Mirotic $4,300

     

    After the DNP-CD inactive stretch for Mirotic, he has come back delivering three quality games playing 28, 29, and 32 minutes. The new opportunity has given Mirotic new life and he has been taking full advantage of it, scoring in double digits in all three contests.

    Center:

    Mason Plumlee $6,000

     

    Lots of people were skeptical of Plumlee’s value after being traded to the Nuggets, but with limited opportunity he has shown that he can play alongside Nikola Jokic and both be productive. Posting 30+ FDP in 4 of his last 5 games and getting the extra minutes because of Wilson Chandler being out, Plumlee is one of the safest plays at center tonight.
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Fantasy News

  • Semi Ojeleye
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Semi Ojeleye could compete with Grant Williams for more minutes at forward for the Celtics, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

    Ojeleye only played 10 minutes per game for the Celtics last season but improved his field-goal shooting to 42 percent. He has shown some defensive prowess but could use more consistency in his perimeter shooting. Ojeleye is unlikely to contribute much for standard league owners.

    Source: Jay King of The Athletic

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    The Magic exercised their team option on Mo Bamba, signing him through 2020-21.

    Bamba averaged 1.4 blocked shots during his rookie season in just 16 minutes per game. However, the #6 overall pick in 2018 is firmly behind starting center Nikola Vucevic on the Magic's depth chart.

    Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    The Magic exercised their team option on Jonathan Isaac, signing him through 2020-21.

    Isaac started 64 games in his second season, scoring 9.6 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Isaac also improved his free-throw shooting, finishing at 81.5 percent. He certainly has the potential to do even more going forward if he can stay healthy.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • James Ennis III
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    James Ennis should be the first wing off the bench for the Sixers, according to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic.

    Ennis, who averaged 6.7 points in 21 minutes per game last season, will provide depth behind Tobias Harris. His fantasy value isn't terribly high, but head coach Brett Brown trusts his defensive game. This report could mean a slight uptick in playing time for Ennis.

    Source: Rich Hofmann of The Athletic

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    The Magic have exercised their team option on Markelle Fultz.

    That will keep Fultz under control through the 2020-21 season. While Fultz is a former No. 1 overall pick, this was not a slam-dunk decision for the Magic given his health record and all the mystery that's clouded the first couple years of his career. With current starter D.J. Augustin set to hit free agency following the upcoming season, Orlando could be preparing to hand Fultz the reins. We want to know that he's healthy before endorsing him as a fantasy selection but the upside is enough to at least consider a deep-league flier.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis participated in some scrimmage sessions with his Mavs teammates in Miami.

    Porzingis was reportedly able to get into some full practices at the end of last season but it's still good to hear that he's fully active. While the Mavs will do some load management, look for KP to be taken off draft boards in the early-middle rounds.

    Source: Dallas Morning News

  • Devin Harris
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Free agent Devin Harris continues to weigh his options for next season but said that any signing "needs to be the right opportunity."

    That could mean that Harris is aiming for a larger role, or he's trying to land with a specific set of teams. Either way it sounds like he's at peace if no such offer comes along, which means that Harris could simply decide to retire. We'll keep you posted on his next steps.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Hasheem Thabeet
    C, Free Agent

    Hasheem Thabeet will work out for the Knicks this week, marking at least his second session with the team.

    Thabeet had previously been participating in informal scrimmages with the team. The frontcourt depth chart is fairly full but Thabeet could earn a look in training camp. There won't be any fantasy value if he does complete his NBA comeback.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Jared Terrell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jared Terrell has signed a contract with Israel's Hapoel Eilat.

    Terrell appeared in 14 games with the Wolves last season. Perhaps he'll surface on the mid-season market when his Israeli season ends.

    Source: Dane Moore on Twitter

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.

    Barea has also been participating in 5-on-5 work. He'll be in the mix for reserve PG minutes, though he'll be competing with Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson for primary backup work behind Delon Wright.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter