October 31, 2018, 4:19 pm
Steph Curry ($9,900 FD, $9,800 DK) – Curry is in a blow-up spot against the Pelicans tonight. The Pelicans like to play fast like the Warriors and have given up some big games to point guards. Curry has been downright ridiculous to start the year, scoring 29 or more points in every game besides the last game which was won before halftime. The Pelicans should be able to make it competitive enough for Curry to get around 30 minutes.
Jamal Murray ($7,400 FD, $7,000 DK) – Murray has played well since Barton went down and has scored 19 or more points in each of the last three games. He gets the Bulls tonight who have given up some huge games to their opponents this year.
Derrick Rose ($5,500 FD, $4,900 DK) – Jeff Teague has been declared out for tonight’s game which means Rose will get as many minutes as he can handle. Rose has shown he still has some juice left and at his low price I think he makes for a great play, even though it is in a tough match-up against the Jazz.
Other good buys: Dennis Smith Jr. ($6,500 FD, $5,900 DK), Frank Ntilikina ($5,100 FD, $4,100 DK), Bryn Forbes ($4,000 FD, $4,300 DK
Luka Doncic ($8,300 FD, $8,000 DK) – Doncic has lived up to the hype. He has played like a seasoned veteran and has displayed his all-around game over and over again this year. Tonight, he gets an up-tempo match-up against LeBron James and the Lakers, a match-up perfect for someone with his skillset.
Gary Harris ($7,400 FD, $6,900 DK) – Like his teammate, Murray, Harris is in a great situation tonight against the Bulls. The Bulls don’t play much defense and Harris has stepped up nicely with Barton being out. Harris can contribute in many different ways and can tack on defensive stats as well to help boost his value.
Josh Okogie ($4,600 FD, $4,400 DK) – Well the drama with Jimmy Butler in Minnesota has reached a new level as it’s been reported now that he has refused to suit up for the Wolves any longer and has already been declared out for tonight’s game. In steps Okogie who has played well when the Wolves have been short-handed. If Wiggins is also declared out, Okogie becomes even a better play.
Other good buys: Zach LaVine ($8,500 FD, $7,400 DK), Caris LeVert ($7,200 FD, $6,000 DK), Damyean Dotson ($5,000 FD, $4,600 DK).
LeBron James ($12,400 FD, $11,300 DK) – James expressed some anger after the Lakers’ latest loss indicating he was beginning to lose patience. So of course, I’m going to buy into the narrative here and say he makes for a great play tonight. Also, he’s LeBron James and in an excellent match-up against the Mavericks.
Nikola Mirotic ($7,700 FD, $7,500 DK) – Mirotic and the Pelicans will take on the Warriors tonight in what should be a high scoring affair which will allow Mirotic to get off as many 3 point attempts as he wants. Look for Mirotic to continue his solid start to the season.
Harrison Barnes ($5,900, $5,500 DK) – Barnes made his return to the line-up last week and has looked good these past three games. He has played his usual minutes which means he doesn’t have any restrictions. He’s in a nice spot tonight against the Laker and should be able to hit value.
Other good buys: Kevin Durant ($10,800 FD, $9,600 DK), Jabari Parker ($7,500 FD, $6,000 DK), Joe Ingles ($6,100 FD, $6,200 DK).
Anthony Davis ($12,800 FD, $11,400) – Kind of obvious play here but I know some people fade Davis based off his high price. Tonight, I think he will be worth every penny as there should be plenty of scoring in this game and Davis is the type of player who gets up for big games.
Blake Griffin ($8,800 FD, $9,400 DK) – Griffin is on a back-to-back but I still think he makes for a great play tonight against the Nets. Griffin has been impressive this year and has dominated the stat lines in a number of different ways and should be able to continue that tonight.
Paul Millsap ($6,700, $5,800) – I recommend spending up at power forward tonight but I think Millsap makes for a decent play as well. It was announced that Jabari Parker will be starting opposite of Millsap tonight, which is a positive for Millsap as Parker himself has, essentially, admitted he doesn’t like to play much defense.
Other good buys: Kyle Kuzma ($6,500 FD, $6,1000 DK), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6,000 FD, $5,200 DK), Taj Gibson ($5,400 FD, $4,300 DK).
Andre Drummond ($9,500 FD, $9,000 DK) – Death, taxes and Nets giving up big games to centers. The Pistons played the Nets to open the season and Drummond had a 20-20 game. Look for more of the same tonight.
Deandre Ayton ($8,100, $7,100) – Another rookie living up to the hype has been Deandre Ayton. Ayton is in a risky spot tonight against the historically stingy Spurs but I think he has shown he can put up big numbers despite any match-up so look for him to hit value tonight.
Other good buys: Deandre Jordan ($8,300 FD, $7,600 DK), Jarrrett Allen ($6,600 FD, $5,300 DK).
October 13, 2019, 11:58 pmDante ExumPG, Utah Jazz
Dante Exum (patellar tendon rehab) is still not ready to roll and will miss the Jazz's preseason game vs. the Kings on Monday.
Exum has been plagued with injuries his whole career, making him hard to trust in fantasy, even in the deepest of leagues.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 10:46 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier put up 11 points with four rebounds and three assists on 4-of-7 shooting in a win over Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.
Napier should have a pretty solid shot at the backup point guard spot, but that will likely not translate into fantasy value in standard leagues. He could have value in points and 3-pointers in deep leagues, but could be left on draft boards otherwise.
October 13, 2019, 10:42 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver put up 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in a 131-101 win over Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.
He added three rebounds and four assists to the box score. Culver should have a solid role in the Wolves' rotation, but he might not have fantasy value in standard leagues. He could be a triples and steals specialist in deeper leagues.
October 13, 2019, 10:33 pmTreveon GrahamSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Treveon Graham played well in a win over Maccabi Haifa as he put up 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 12 minutes.
He made both of his attempts from beyond the arc and added two steals . The former Net will likely not have a key role in the Wolves' rotation, so he is not worth drafting in most formats.
October 13, 2019, 10:11 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Moritz Wagner did it all in 24 minutes vs. the Bucks, registering 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
Wagner was productive in his last game vs. the Knicks as a starter, but this time he was great coming off the bench. The Wizards are going to lose a lot of games and Wagner will have opportunities to earn himself minutes on this rebuilding roster. After not getting many opportunities during his rookie campaign, keep Wagner in mind as you approach the last rounds of your draft.
October 13, 2019, 10:03 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Against the Bucks on Sunday, Rui Hachimura produced 10 points (4-of-13 FGs, 1-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds and three steals.
It was a mixed bag for Hachimura overall. While it is great to see the counting stats, Hachimura would be a real drain on fantasy rosters if he shot this poorly throughout the season. He is still slated for a starting role on the Wizards, and is well worth a late-round flier to see if he can continue to deliver numbers without the inefficient shooting.
October 13, 2019, 9:54 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant had a nice performance on Sunday vs. the Bucks, scoring 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting with five rebounds.
Bryant was also 4-of-8 from 3-point range. It is starting to look like Bryant will easily eclipse his average of 0.5 3-pointers from last year. He did this all in 26 minutes of action, and continues to look like a strong mid-round selection.
October 13, 2019, 9:50 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac had a solid performance on Sunday with 10 points and eight boards on 3-of-4 shooting in 20 minutes.
Zubac is going to be the starting center this season as the Clippers will bring Montrezl Harrell off the bench again. He added one steal and two blocks to the stat sheet. He should be drafted in the later rounds this season as he could provide value in efficiency, rebounding and blocks.
October 13, 2019, 9:49 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill got the start on Sunday and was relatively quiet with five points, five rebounds and three steals.
With Eric Bledsoe out for the next two to three weeks, Hill should be able to produce late-round value for the first few games of the regular season. If he gets off to a hot start, it is possible Hill could build himself a larger role, but with the talent on this roster that will be a difficult task for the veteran. Hill often finds himself deferring to his teammates, and does not make for a long-term quality fantasy asset in standard leagues.
October 13, 2019, 9:46 pmJerome RobinsonSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Jerome Robinson played 32 minutes in a win over Melbourne United on Sunday and scored 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
He will likely not have this big of a role in the regular season, but it was nice to see him show some flashes of offense in this game. He added five rebounds, three assists and two triples to the box score. He can be left on draft boards to start the season as he likely does not have a spot in the Clippers' rotation.