• Point Guards

    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.

    Other good buys: Kyle Lowry ($7,900 FD/DK), Dennis Smith Jr. ($6,600 FD, $6,500 DK), Darren Collison ($5,400 FD, $6,100 DK).

    Shooting Guards

    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.

    Other good buys: Victor Oladipo ($9,900 FD, $9,200 DK), DeMar DeRozan ($8,800 FD, $8,300 DK), Devin Booker ($8,100 FD, $8,500 DK)

    Small Forwards

    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.

    Other good buys: Harrison Barnes ($7,100 FD, $6,700 DK), Joe Ingles ($5,000 FD/ DK), Lance Stephenson ($3,900 FD, $4,400 DK).

    Power Forwards

    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.

    Other good buys: Lauri Markkanen ($6,700 FD/DK), Domantas Sabonis ($6,700 FD, $6,500 DK), David Bertans ($3,900 FD/DK).

    Centers

    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.

    Other good buys: Joel Embiid ($11,000 FD, $9,700 DK), Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,300 FD, $9,600 DK), Tyson Chandler ($4,900 FD, $4,400 DK).

Fantasy News

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen is currently shooting 27% from three and 39% from the field.

    What's more, the shots Lauri's missing are his bread and butter: wide open, spot-up opportunities from distance. His most frequent shot types from long range have been stationary threes, on which he's shooting 28%, but the real indicator that positive regression is coming is that he's shooting only 26.5% from three when wide open (nearest defender 6+ feet away). Markkanen, of course, was 38% and 43% on spot-up and wide open threes last year, respectively. There is a major ball movement concern in Chicago as they continue to play their PGs out of position and task Zach "TO Machine" LaVine with primary ballhandling duties, but this screams buy low opportunity. Test the waters to see how frustrated other managers may be with Markkanen. A stretch like the one he had last February could vault him into the top 50 in no time.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey has entrusted Luke Kennard with playmaking duties following the injuries to Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (hamstring), and it has resulted in a career-high 4.2 assists per game for the third-year SG.

    Kennard’s breakout season is in full swing, as the main obstacle for him had always been Dwane Casey’s reluctance to play him big minutes. Expect Kennard’s stats to stabilize once Blake Griffin’s minutes cap is lifted, but Kennard has cemented himself as a go-to offensive option in the first unit, particularly in the pick-and-roll which amounts to more than 30% of his play types to date. As long as Casey doesn’t inexplicably insert usage monster Derrick Rose into the starting lineup to mess with Kennard’s rhythm, the third-year SG should be able to return top 80 value for the rest of the season. Also, the source article reveals that this lefty shooter is actually right-handed. Go figure.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Heat-Cavs game in Cleveland on Thursday will start at 6pm EST, an hour earlier than usual.

    The Browns are playing the Steelers in the neighboring stadium, so it appears that the Cavs are just taking careful measures so that each Cleveland franchise loses in an orderly fashion. Start your Heat and Cavs players as you normally would, but just remember the unusually early tipoff tonight, particularly for DFS.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James put together a double-double in Wednesday's 120-94 win against the Warriors, ending with 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a block.

    James is now averaging 11.1 assists per game and is still getting his when it comes to scoring. He is just inside the top-25 right now and will keep filling the stat sheet all season.

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma started and finished Wednesday night's contest with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, and three 3-pointers.

    Kuzma has put together a nice streak of games. He adds scoring and 3-pointers, but can't find a way to help teams in other categories. Kuzma will likely end up having late-round value at this pace.

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee put up a double-double on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 17 boards, two assists, three steals and three blocks.

    McGee was the better center in this contest and played 28 minutes to Dwight Howard's (15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block) 20 minutes. McGee put up one of his best performances of the season, but it's hard to get too excited by one night of work. Howard seems to be the center to own for the Lakers.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell ended the night with 21 points, two rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block.

    Russell is clearly the go-to option on this Golden State team. He is a top-40 guy right now and has the potential to keep that up for the rest of the year.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green didn't contribute much on Wednesday, ending with 10 points, only one rebound, five assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers.

    Green contributed in each category, barely. It was nice to see him knock down a couple shots from beyond the arc, but these are hardly the numbers owners were expecting when taking Green in the early rounds. He is currently returning top-125 value and could be a great buy-low opportunity, but it's hard to trust much on the Warriors right now.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Golden State Warriors

    Willie Cauley-Stein scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Cauley-Stein had the best game of the Golden State big men (Marquese Chriss ended scoreless with six boards, two assists and two blocks) and is having a top-100 year so far. He might be doing it quietly, but it's hard to fault you if want to pick up Cauley-Stein now.

  • Eric Paschall
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Paschall came off the bench on Wednesday and dropped 15 points with three rebounds.

    Paschall still logged 32 minutes but didn't stuff the stat sheet like we have seen in the past. He put a nice move on LeBron, but he is starting to regress despite taking 15 shots in this one. If you picked him up, he is worth holding onto for a bit longer.