• Point Guard

    Kemba Walker ($9,700 FD, $9,300 DK) – Kemba Walker looks primed to have a career year as he gets ready to hit free agency in the summer. Tonight he matches up with the Hawks who struggle to contain point guards.

    Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,500 FD, $6,200 DK) – Dinwiddie has stepped up nicely since Caris LeVert went down with his injury and tonight he gets the Jazz, who are nowhere the same defensive unit they were last year. Look for him to hit value tonight.

    Other good buys: John Wall ($9,300 FD, $9,100 DK), Ryan Arcidiacono ($4,200 FD, $3,900 DK).

    Shooting Guard

    James Harden ($11,600 FD, $11,600 DK) – If Chris Paul is ruled out again, Harden becomes a better play then he already is. Last time out Harden dropped 54 points against the Wizards and faces off against the Mavericks tonight in a soft matchup.

    Jeremy Lamb ($6,600 FD, $6,400 DK) – Lamb has played really well lately and grabbed six or more rebounds in his last eight games. He has an easy matchup against the Hawks tonight so he makes for a great play tonight at his price.

    Other good buys: Devin Booker ($8,800 FD, DK), Bradley Beal ($8,200 FD, $8,000 DK).

    Small Forward

    T.J. Warren ($6,600 FD, $6,500 DK) – Warren’s price has come down a bit since I last spoke about him here which may be due to his ejection cutting his night short against Detroit. However he had a bounce-back game last night and continues to play well so I think he makes for a great play against the Clippers.

    Jonathan Isaac ($4,700 FD, $3,700 DK) – Isaac got extended minutes against the Warriors his last time out as Aaron Gordon was forced out early. If Gordon is ruled out later tonight, Isaac becomes a great play at his cheap price.

    Other good buys: Jabari Parker ($7,400 FD, $6,600 DK), Otto Porter ($6,600 FD, $5,900 DK).

    Power Forward

    Anthony Davis ($12,500, $11,400) – There are a few studs on tonight’s slate but I think Davis is the one to go with. The Pelicans played the Wizards a few nights ago and it turned out to be a high-scoring affair. AD missed that game but is a go for tonight in a matchup where he should be able to rack up fantasy points.

    Noah Vonleh ($6,700 FD, $5,700 DK) – Vonleh has put up a couple of big games since his insertion into the starting lineup. Tonight he gets the Sixers who like to push the pace so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy points.

    Other good buys: Markieff Morris ($6,500 FD, $5,1000 DK), P.J. Tucker ($4,300 FD, $4,400 DK).

    Center

    Nikola Vucevic ($9,500 FD, $8,300 DK) – Vucevic has been putting up some big numbers lately and will look to stay hot against the Blazers tonight. Adding to Vucevic’s appeal is the possibility of Gordon missing tonight’s game.

    Tristan Thompson ($7,100, $6,300) – Thompson has played great since Love went down and his price has skyrocketed. His offensive rebounding ability adds to his value as it often leads to an easy put-back. Thompson has a touch matchup against Steven Adams tonight but he’s worth it at this price.

    Other good buys: Rudy Gobert ($8,500 FD, $7,700 DK), Steven Adams ($7,400 FD, $6,700).

Fantasy News

  • Dylan Windler
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dylan Windler was unable to play at all in his first NBA season because of a left tibia stress reaction that eventually required surgery.

    Winlder was one of Cleveland's top performers in Summer League but came down with the injury in late September and never recovered. He was able to get back to practice in early December but suffered a setback and went under the knife in January. It's unfortunate that Windler was unable to take advantage of a year that was prime for development, but we'd expect to see him as a regular member of the rotation next season.

  • Dean Wade
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dean Wade finished outside the top-400 as a rookie, averaging 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.2 triples in 6.0 mpg.

    Wade only played in 12 contests but the Cavs believe in him, inking the forward to a standard contract during the NBA hiatus. Cleveland has a stocked frontcourt, however, so he's only a consideration in deep dynasty leagues barring some roster changes.

  • Matt Mooney
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Matt Mooney logged four games in 2019-20, finishing as a top-425 value.

    Mooney averaged 4.7 minutes but did average 0.5 steals per game, which isn't nothing. He's in tough to find a rotation spot in Cleveland and is well off the fantasy radar.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid raises\d concerns on the safety of the NBA bubble.

    While on a video call Tuesday, Embiid mentioned he “hated the idea” of traveling to Orlando and does not believe the bubble “is going to be safe enough”. Although worried, Embiid still plans on joining his team when they travel to Orlando this afternoon and plans to play the remainder of the season. Embiid has been a top-16 fantasy player this season and will be leading Philadelphia when they return to action on August 1 against Indiana.

    Source: Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia

  • Dorian Finney-Smith
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dorian Finney-Smith did a little bit of everything to get him into the top-170 in both 8/9-cat leagues.

    Finney-Smith has the ability to fill a stat sheet on any given night and has proven he can consistently do so. He does not do any one thing extremely well but can put together a combination of points, rebounds, blocks and steals that can make him intriguing to owners in need. He finished the season averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 47% shooting from the field, including 1.5 3s. Finney-Smith was also active on the defensive end and contributed 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks a night, giving him 168/157 final rankings in 8/9-cat formats.

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    A ruptured Achilles kept Dwight Powell from improving on his 2018-19 campaign.

    After a rough start to the season Powell was beginning to have more of an impact in the few weeks leading up to his unfortunate Achilles injury. The forward finished the year averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on 64% shooting from the field while adding 0.9 steals a night. After finishing a promising 2018-19 season ranked in the top-125 both Dallas and fantasy owners were expecting growth from Powell in 2019-20. Hopefully he can make a full recovery but we should not expect to see him on the court until 2021 at the earliest.

  • Seth Curry
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Seth Curry’s shooting from deep landed him within the top-160 in both 8/9-cat formats.

    Curry was second in the league shooting 45% from beyond the arc, making 2.3 of his attempts per game. He finished the season scoring 12.6 points a game, resulting in 156/139 8/9-cat rankings. He got hot towards the end of the year, averaging 19.3 points on 59% shooting over his final eight games before missing the final week of the season with an ankle injury. With career averages of 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, he is only worth rostering as a points and threes threat.

  • Maxi Kleber
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber continued to improve in an increased role with Dallas, ranking 153/123 in 8/9-cat leagues.

    Kleber was the beneficiary of a Dwight Powell Achillies injury and Kristaps Porzingis’ inability to take part in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The available minutes allowed Kleber to stay around the top-150 and score 9.2 points per game with 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night. The combination of blocks and the occasional three (1.6 per game) with decent percentages (46% FG, 86% FT) made him a viable bench option. His numbers have progressed each year of his career and next year he could end up being a late round draft pick.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Willie Cauley-Stein held a top-150 ranking in both 8/9-cat formats despite not playing substantial minutes in Dallas.

    Cauley-Stein was a decent back-end fantasy big man in his time with Golden State, averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds on 56% shooting, while contributing 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game on the defensive end. A mid-season trade to Dallas completely wiped away any value he may have had as he was unable to secure consistent minutes with the team. In 13 appearances with the Mavs he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. With a player option on his contract this offseason it is unclear where WCS will end up but he will need to find a squad that will allow him to play consistent minutes if he is going to have any fantasy relevance.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. posted career-best shooting numbers on his way to top-150 value in both 8/9-cat formats.

    It has been a roller coaster career so far for THJ but he seems to have found his niche in Dallas as a secondary play maker and 3-point specialist. Playing alongside ball-dominant offensive talents such as Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, Hardaway is not expected to be the focal point of the offense and had his lowest minutes and FGA numbers since 2016-17. The lower volume of shots clearly helped his efficiency as he shot a career-best 40% from deep on 7.2 attempts per game. He does not do much of anything else as far as fantasy value, with 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists a night, but is a consistent scoring threat and always has the ability to help a roster in need of 3s and points. Finishing the season ranked 146/127 in 8/9-cat formats is on par with what most owners expected out of him with an ADP of 140 and we do not expect much different heading forward.