January 24, 2018, 4:10 pm
Damian Lillard ($9,400 FD, $8,900 DK)- Lillard will face off against the Wolves tonight who have struggled to defend point guards this year. You mix in the Wolves’ weak defense against point guards with Lillard playing at home and Dame starts to look like one of the slate’s top plays.
Kemba Walker ($8,400 FD, $8,000 DK)- Another team that struggles to defend point guards is the New Orleans Pelicans. Walker is playing extremely well lately and should continue his strong play tonight at home.
Dejounte Murray ($5,200 FD, $4,800 DK)- He’ll be a popular play and he gets a tough matchup tonight but I don’t care. Murray has looked great as the team’s new starting point guard and his price has yet to catch up to his production so take advantage of it while you can.
Jrue Holiday ($7,800 FD, $7,500 DK) – Holiday doesn’t get the same respect in DFS like his two superstar teammates which his why his recent production has flown under the radar. Holiday has had eight straight games with 30 or more fantasy points and mixed in a couple of 50-point games in that streak. Look for Holiday to keep it rolling against the Hornets tonight.
Andrew Wiggins ($6,100 FD, $6,900 DK) – Wiggins has stepped up with Butler out the past two games and with him doubtful tonight it looks like Wiggins will once against be handling the bulk of the scoring in a good matchup against the Blazers.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($4,200 FD, $3,900 DK) – TLC has played 29 minutes the past two games and scored over 20 fantasy points in both. With McConnell and Redick out for the Sixers tonight he should again float around 30 minutes and makes for a good affordable play.
T.J. Warren ($7,100 FD, $7,000 DK)- Warren is as consistent as they come and should be able to keep up his strong play against the Pacers tonight.
Kyle Anderson ($6,200 FD, $5,900 DK) – Anderson has thrived with Leonard out of the lineup and thought he has a tough matchup against the Grizzlies tonight, Anderson should be able to hit value.
Nemanja Bjelica ($3,600 FD, $4,300 DK) – With Butler out, Bjelica has gotten more playing time and has taken full advantage. He should again see increased minutes with Butler being listed as doubtful which makes Bjelica one of my favorite plays of the night when you factor in his price.
Anthony Davis ($11,800 FD, $10,800 DK) – Just like most opponents, AD should have his way with the Hornets’ front line.
Blake Griffin ($9,000 FD/DK) – As you can tell, power forward is a position I’m looking at spending up on. Griffin had a monster game last time out and the Celtics don’t seem like the defensive juggernaut they were earlier in the year.
DeMarcus Cousins ($12,500 FD, $11,600 DK)- While it may just be a little bit too much to ask for another 100-point fantasy point performance from Cousins, I think it’s reasonable to think Boogie may be in for another big night tonight against the Hornets.
Dwight Howard ($9,200, $8,200) – The center opposite Cousins will be Howard who has been on a tear lately. He’s had five straight double-doubles and grabbed at least 15 rebounds in each of those games.
Clint Capela ($7,800 FD, $6,600 DK)- Capela has played some of the best ball of his career lately and he should be able to continue that strong play tonight against the Mavericks, who have little to offer at the center position.
July 1, 2020, 8:28 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.
The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:40 pmLuc Mbah a MouteSF, Houston Rockets
Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.
Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:31 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.
Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:21 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).
Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:03 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.
Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 6:03 pmCaleb SwaniganPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.
Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.
Source: NBC Sports Northwest
July 1, 2020, 5:56 pmThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.
Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:52 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.
Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:29 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.
Bagley hasn't appeared in a game since January. While Bagley would likely have a bench role, his return may cut into the playing time of teammates like Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:16 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nuggets coach Mike Malone said that Nikola Jokic "feels great" after suffering from the coronavirus and is expected to join the team in Orlando.
It was reported in late June that Jokic tested positive for COVID-19. However, he was said to be feeling fine and could potentially play in games when they resume. The center has averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 2019-20. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would see more playing time if Jokic is held out of action.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter