• Point Guards

    Stephen Curry ($9,800 FD, $10,400 DK)- Curry has been on fire since he returned from his injury as he’s gone over 40 fantasy points in each game he’s played in. Curry will be in Chicago to take on the Bulls who have really picked up their pace of play lately.

    Kris Dunn ($7,800 FD, $7,100 DK)- On the other side of Curry in that matchup is Kris Dunn who has taken off this year. Dunn may be in for a big game if the Bulls can keep it somewhat close.

    Kemba Walker ($7,900 FD, $7,500 DK)- Walker has found a bit of a groove after his early season struggles and tonight he gets the Wizards who love to push the pace.

    Other good buys: Russell Westbrook ($11,100 FD, $11,400 DK), John Wall ($10,100 FD, $9,700 DK), Goran Dragic ($7,100 FD, $7,600 DK).

    Shooting Guards

    Tyreke Evans ($8,400 FD, $8,300 DK) – As long as Mike Conley is out, you can keep going back to Evans and expect a big game pretty much every game and that won’t change against the Knicks tonight.

    Lou Williams ($8,900 FD, $8,700 DK) – Is there anyone hotter than Lou Williams right now? The answer is no and that makes him a great play tonight against the Nuggets.

    Tim Hardaway Jr.  ($6,400 FD, $5,900 DK) – Hardaway played 32 minutes his last time out and sat out on Monday so he shouldn’t have a minutes limit tonight for this matchup with the Grizzlies.

    Other good buys: DeMar DeRozan ($9,100 FD, $8,600 DK), Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,100 FD, $5,700 DK), Tyrone Wallace ($4,300 FD, $4,600 DK).

    Small Forwards

    Kawhi Leonard was originally supposed to suit up tonight (and would’ve been my top choice) but has been ruled out indefinitely again with quad tendinopathy. Kyle Anderson might make for a nice cheap play against a Nets squad that can be pretty generous.

    Kelly Oubre Jr. ($4,600 FD, $4,500 DK) – It looks like Markieff Morris may miss tonight’s game which can only help Oubre. He has really come on latley and makes for a good play at his price tag.

    Wesley Johnson ($4,000 FD, $4,400 DK) – Johnson is a nice cheap play for me as the absence of DeAndre Jordan will cause the Clippers to go smaller and provide Johnson with more opportunity.

    Other good buys: Giannis Antetounmpo ($11,600 FD, $10,300 DK), Kevin Durant ($10,600 FD/ DK), Josh Richardson ($5,800 FD, $6,200 DK).

    Power Forwards

    Anthony Davis ($11,700 FD, $10,500 DK) – Davis is coming off two 70-plus fantasy point performances and he could be in for another monster game against the Hawks’ weak front line. However, Davis is coming off an overtime game so that is something to be wary of. If things get out of hand the Pels may look to keep his minutes a little lower than usual.

    Montrezl Harrell ($6,000 FD, $4,500 DK)- With Jordan out again tonight, Harrell will pick up most of his minutes and he has played well when he’s gotten the extra playing time.

    Kyle Kuzma ($5,900 FD/DK) – Kuzma looks like he’s recovered from the quad injury that was giving him trouble earlier in the month. He’s a great mid-price option.

    Other good buys: Kristaps Porzingis ($9,100 FD, $8,000 DK), Blake Griffin ($8,700 FD, $9,000 DK), Derrick Favors ($6,900 FD, $6,400 DK).

    Centers

    Hassan Whiteside ($7,600 FD, $7,400 DK)- Whiteside gets the Bucks tonight, upon whom he hung 15 and 10 in just 25 minutes the last time the two teams faced off.

    Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,900, $6,200) – Cauley-Stein is in line for a more prominent role now that the Kings have decided it’s time for the young players to play more and build experience. Tonight WCS gets a tough match-up against the Jazz but isn’t as daunting without Rudy Gobert.

    Enes Kanter ($6,200 FD, $5,600 DK)- Kanter’s minutes fluctuate depending on the matchup but with Marc Gasol coming to town tonight, Kanter is a good bet to play around 25-30 minutes and every time he’s gotten playing time, Kanter has produced.

    Other good buys: Nikola Jokic ($9,400 FD, $8,600 DK), Andre Drummond ($9,300 FD, $8,700 DK), Steven Adams ($6,300 FD, $6,500 DK).

Fantasy News

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler averaged 20.2 points, 0.5 3s, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks on .454 shooting in 54 games for 24/13 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Butler had some owners scared as he missed the beginning of the season due to the birth of his child, but it wouldn't mean much in the long run. He's a proven early-round asset and the 13th value was around where we had him. The 3-pointers went away, but he made up for it in defense and efficiency.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo averaged 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks on .567 shooting in 65 games for 31/40 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Adebayo blossomed into the All-Star we pegged him as here at Hoop Ball.. The double-double machine was efficient from all areas of the floor and ran point for the Heat the majority of the time, especially on his own defensive rebounds as shown by his 5.1 dimes per-game. Adebayo's only 22 years old and posted top-40 value during his first year as a starter. The ceiling is the heavens.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones averaged 8.9 points, 0.7 3s, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks on .514 shooting in 51 games for 155/114 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Jones' amazing leaping ability was what made him a household name as he was always astounding in the dunk contests, but he was able to translate the athleticism into some juicy fantasy value this year. He wasn't able to consistently provide value, which is something many Heat forwards struggle to do, but the defensive numbers gave him some nice upside as a flier/waiver wire pick.

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn averaged 29.8 minutes, 15.6 points, 2.1 3s, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks on .448 shooting in 62 games for 127/132 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Nunn came out of no where this year and took over the reins as the Heat's primary scorer when Jimmy Butler missed the first few games due to the birth of his child. There wasn't any draft hype around Nunn in 2018 due to him pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery while in college, but the Heat signed him a year later to give him a shot. It would pay off on the basketball court as he was able to make a name for himself. Everything broke right for Nunn this season for him to crack top-130 value so it's hard to love the idea of him repeating his 2019-2020 breakout season.

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk averaged 7.7 points, 1.4 3s, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks on .476 shooting for 192/188 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Olynyk was stuck in another up-and-down season with the carousel of forwards the Heat were playing. There was fatigue at the beginning of the year due to playing in the FIBA World Cup and he was slow to recover from the tiredness and some injuries. He also had to compete with even more bodies this season and the emergence of Bam Adebayo meant even less minutes for Olynyk. His stat set and skills are there, but the opportunity wasn't,

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala averaged 4.4 points, 0.6 3s, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks on .490 shooting in 14 games for 237/257 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Iguodala's holdout on the Grizzlies caused some controversy, but it worked out for him in the end as Pat Riley saved his season by trading for him and getting him on a contending team. His fantasy value was fringe on the Warriors so it was unlikely he would hold any on the Heat, but his real life impact was the big headline on the day he was traded. Expect to see Iggy play some real playoff minutes guarding the opposing team's best scorers as he can still defend with the best of them.

  • Solomon Hill
    SF, Miami Heat

    Solomon Hill averaged 5.4 points, 1.1 3s, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks on .403 shooting for 289/284 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Hill only played in six out of the 11 games for the Heat since being traded in a package with Jae Crowder and was an afterthought in the rotation. The Heat traded for Crowder and Hill was thrown in so it makes sense to see his playing time dip.

  • Kz Okpala
    F, Miami Heat

    Kz Okpala averaged 1.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on .600 shooting in five games for 438/428 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Okpala spent most of his season in the G-league to develop his skills as the second round pick only played in five games this year.

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    Gabe Vincent averaged 2.0 points, 0.7 3s, 0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.2 steals on .211 shooting in six games for 484/474 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Vincent was signed for his sharpshooting skills and although the averages don't show it, he has the ability to hit the deep ball which is why he remains on the Heat roster. He won't get any real minutes unless those ahead of him in the rotation sit or get hurt.

  • Udonis Haslem
    PF, Miami Heat

    Udonis Haslem averaged 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games of action for 490/484 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    The most useful information from this blurb will be the fact that Haslem actually got off the bench for three games this season. Other than that, he was a veteran signing to help mentor the Heat and we wouldn't be surprised if he sticks around the organization even after he retires as a player.

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