December 12, 2018, 1:43 pm
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Russell Westbrook ($11,500 FD, $10,900 DK) – Westbrook is at his usual expensive price but tonight he may be well worth it. He gets the Pelicans tonight who love to run, which plays nicely into Westbrook’s game.
Jalen Brunson ($4,500 FD, $3,800 DK) – Dennis Smith has again been ruled out for tonight’s game which means another start for Brunson. Brunson has stepped up nicely with Smith out and has a great matchup against the woeful Hawks.
Other good buys: Steph Curry ($9,400 FD, $9,800 DK), Derrick Rose ($5,900 FD, $5,800 DK).
Kent Bazemore ($6,600 FD, $5,500 DK) – Bazemore has played extremely well since his insertion into the starting lineup and will get another start with Taurean Prince still on the mend. He has a good matchup tonight against the Mavs and should hit value.
Furkan Korkmaz ($4,200 FD, $3,200 DK) – With Jimmy Butler doubtful for tonight’s matchup against the Nets, Korkmaz should step into a bigger role. Considering his price, opportunity and matchup, I think Korkmaz makes for a great play.
Other good buys: Jrue Holiday ($9,100 FD, $7,900 DK), D’Angelo Russell ($7,100 FD, $7,500 DK),
Kawhi Leonard ($10,100 FD, $9,400 DK) – Kawhi Leonard sat last night’s game against the Clippers with what was listed as a hip injury but I believe the hip injury was just an excuse to rest him on the first night of a back to back and I expect him to be a go for tonight. Leonard played extremely well in his last game against the Warriors and has the opportunity for another big night tonight.
Justise Winslow ($5,800 FD, $4,900 DK) – Winslow has strung together a few great games and will look to keep it rolling against the Jazz tonight, who just aren’t the defensive juggernaut they were last year.
Other good buys: Paul George ($9,100 FD, $9,000 DK), Jaron Blossomgame ($3,900 FD, $3,400 DK).
Larry Nance ($5,800 FD, $5,700 DK) – Larry Nance will look to fill the void left by Tristan Thompson, who will be out for the next few weeks. Nance has produced when given minutes and tonight he will likely be looking at a heavy load.
Kevin Knox ($4,900 FD, $4,500 DK) – Knox has been getting more and more minutes and coach Fizdale is considering putting him in the starting five tonight. Either way Knox should get a good amount of minutes tonight, and considering his matchup against the Cavs, he will have plenty of opportunities to do some damage.
Other good buys: Anthony Davis ($12,400 FD, $11,400 DK), Bam Adebayo ($6,500 FD, $6,100 DK)
Joel Embiid ($10,700 FD, $10,500 DK) – With Butler looking likely to miss tonight’s contest, Embiid will have to shoulder a heavier workload. On top of that Embiid has a mouth-watering matchup against the Nets so he could be in for a big night.
Karl Anthony-Towns ($9,700, $10,000) – Towns has played well since Butler left town and is back to looking like his old self. KAT plays the Kings tonight, who are one of the fastest teams in the league, which means more possessions for Towns.
Other good buys: Enes Kanter ($7,400 FD, $6,500 DK), Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,900 FD, $5,900)