• Welcome back! It is Friday, February 22 and we have nine games to look at for tonight’s DFS card. Last night we had our weekly “Beat the Expert” contest and needless to say I was smoked by my own plays. Sexton and LeVert let me down, but it is a new slate and a new day and that means a new article. We don’t have nearly as many high-priced plays as we did last night, but just as much value. Let’s break this bad boy down and get ready for tonight.

    Point Guard

    Kyle Lowry vs. Spurs $7,200 – While most will be targeting Kawhi Leonard versus his former team I will opt for Lowry. He was crushing heading into the All-Star break and should draw a positive defensive matchup against Patty Mills or Bryn Forbes. It’s DeMar DeRozan’s first game back in Toronto and I have a feeling his best friend Kyle will show up as well.

    Jeff Teague vs. Knicks $5,900 – This is going to be dependent on news for me. If Karl-Anthony Towns is forced to sit out I think we have to look at Teague, as well as Derrick Rose. I would lean Teague over Rose in this matchup, simply because Teague will draw a defensive matchup against Dennis Smith Jr. If Towns does play you could still consider Teague, but he would not see nearly as much usage and there is another point guard around the same price range I would gravitate towards.

    Ricky Rubio vs. Thunder $5,800 – We have a few point guards floating around this price range, but Rubio is my favorite. Russell Westbrook is known for turning the ball over and not playing the best defense. In two meetings this season Rubio is averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds. That has translated into 35 DK points per game. This game will have one of the higher game totals on the night and should stay close with the Thunder only being favored by 3.5 points.

    Shooting Guard

    Landry Shamet vs. Grizzlies $4,000 – News came out that Shamet would remain in the starting lineup going forward. If Shamet is shooting the ball, odds are it is a 3-pointer, so don’t be as afraid of the low shot attempts. We have a ton of value so we may not need to go towards Shamet in a game with a low total, but there are worse ways you could spend $4,000.

    Kent Bazemore vs. Pistons $4,200 – Bazemore is a player we know can stuff the stat sheet. The news came out that Kevin Huerter is going to be doubtful and this should equal more run for both Taurean Prince and Bazemore. Both are in play, but I am leaning Bazemore.

    DeMar DeRozan vs. Raptors $7,300 – We target emotional players in there returns to former teams. In other words, this is a solid revenge spot. This will be the first time DeRozan will travel back to Toronto. He dropped 60 DK points when these teams met up earlier this season in San Antonio and I’d expect him to play with a similar fire he had that night. According to Josh Lewenberg, Raptors beat writer, DeRozan was on Serge Ibaka’s cooking show over the summer and said he was going to drop 50 points on the Raptors.

    Small Forward

    Danilo Gallinari vs. Grizzlies $6,800 – Reports indicate that Gallo’s minute restriction will be lifted following the All-Star break. With Tobias Harris out of town we have a good idea of who will take the shots and where the usage will go. This isn’t a game we want to load up on, even though we have fair price tags. I don’t think I would have Shamet and Gallinari in the same lineup.

    Otto Porter vs. Magic  $6,200 – Porter has been nothing short of comfortable is his new threads. He has taken 20, 15 and 14 shot attempts over his last three games. His usage rate is right up there with Lauri Markkanen’s and Zach LaVine’s, but at a nice discount. Porter is considered a tournament play for me, as it seems like we have safer cash options.

    Jabari Parker vs. Hornets $5,500 – The definition of a tournament play, Parker has scored more than 39 DK in three out of four games; he only managed 8.25 DK points in the other. Talk about variance. Still, this game has the highest game total on the board and Parker is still underpriced for what his upside is.

    Power Forward

    Blake Griffin vs. Hawks $8,900 – Any time the Hawks are on the slate we are going to want to target them. They bleed points and play at an extremely fast pace. Griffin and Andre Drummond and very close in price and are both fantastic plays. I am only going to with one and as of now we have a lot of potential value at center.

    Domantas Sabonis vs. Pelicans $5,500 – Anytime we see that Myles Turner is questionable we have to think about Sabonis. He would become a near lock if starting, and against a Pelicans team that could play some big bodies he should see plenty of minutes. The minutes are not the important thing to look at, but he will also absorb a much higher usage with both Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner off of the court. Again, Sabonis is only a play for me if Turner is out.

    Dario Saric vs. Knicks $4,800 – Saric is expected to remain in the starting lineup and is probably my favorite play on the Timberwolves side of the ball. His minutes were limited last game, but it also came in a blowout versus the Rockets where Capela was out and the Rockets played smaller. KAT is currently being listed as questionable and if forced to sit out would immediately thrust Saric into must-play territory. Taj Gibson would also become a viable option and they could even be played together.

    Center

    Nikola Jokic vs. Mavs $10,100 – Jokic is my favorite play over 10k on the slate. Paul George and Russell Westbrook are obviously always in play, but Jokic has the most favorable matchup against a Mavs team that shipped their biggest center away before the deadline. He dropped 66 DK points on the Mavs earlier this season and it’s hard to imagine anything less than 50 DK points tonight if this game stays intact. If you don’t have the money for Jokic and still want some action in the frontcourt we could look at Paul Millsap ($4,600). This just feels too cheap for Millsap if he is playing 28+ minutes.

    Robin Lopez vs. Magic $4,000 – Lopez is expected to remain the starting center for the Bulls and if that means he is in play. We have another cheap option at center we will get to in a minute, but I am all for offering pivots and Lopez feels safe in cash, but still offers some decent upside at his price to fit in some studs.

    Joakim Noah vs. Clippers $3,800 – Enter the other center previously mentioned above. Jonas Valacunias has already been ruled out for personal reasons, which vaults both Ivan Rabb and Noah into play. One more frontcourt absence and we could probably even play both of these guys, but as of now I will take the discount with Noah.

    As always you can find me on Twitter @MikeApotria with any of your questions or comments.

Fantasy News

  • Greg Monroe - C - Boston Celtics

    Greg Monroe made his debut for the Celtics in a loss to the Spurs on Sunday as he had four points and two rebounds in three minutes of action.

    He only came in this game due to garbage time since the Celtics were getting blown out. He can be left on the wire.

  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl put up six points and 10 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting with two blocks in a win over the Celtics on Sunday.

    Poeltl has provided solid middle-round value over the past month and should hover around the top-100 for the final stretch of the season. Davis Bertans played well off the bench as he had nine points and six rebounds on three 3-pointers. Bertans is more of a deep-league shooting specialist.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan double-doubled on Sunday against the Celtics as e had 16 points and 11 assists on 8-of-18 shooting.

    The only other contribution to his stat line was two blocks. DeRozan is a key reason as to why the Spurs are in the playoffs in the Western Conference and have a chance for a top-4 seed. Patty Mills chipped in 12 points and four assists in 22 minutes.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge lit the Celtics up for 48 points and 13 rebounds on 20-of-31 shooting in a 115-96 victory on Sunday.

    He added six assists, made one triple and shot 7-of-8 from the line. Despite a slow start to the season, Aldridge has still maintained top-25 value in 9-cat formats. He is a top-15 option over the past two months, so he should be considered in that range for the fantasy playoffs and is definitely one of the most reliable big man options.

  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton might be hitting a cold spell after his five-game triple-double streak as he had just four points, four rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers in a loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    He shot just 2-of-8 from the field and added one steal in 31 minutes of action. Payton is a late-round value and can be labeled as an assists and steals specialist. Julius Randle also had a rough game as he had 15 points and three rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting.

  • Clint Capela - C - Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela pulled down an impressive 17 boards in 24 minutes on Sunday.

    Capela added eight points and an assist in the easy win. Capela's value is going to be solid going down the stretch with the Rockets red-hot-and-rolling.

  • Stanley Johnson - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Stanley Johnson put up 13 points with five rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes in a blowout loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    Johnson is a project that has not worked out well for the Pistons and it seems as though he will not work out for the Pelicans either. This was nothing more than a fluke performance and he can be left on the wire in all formats.

  • Eric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon had all of this buckets come by way of three-pointer on Sunday, with 18 points, two blocks, a steal and two assists.

    Gordon only logged 21 minutes to the blowout nature of the game but still filled it up in the counters for his owners. Continue to deploy him as you would in the fantasy playoffs.

  • Christian Wood - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Christian Wood made his Pelicans debut on Sunday and had seven points in eight minutes on 3-of-5 shooting in a loss to the Rockets.

    Although some may have picked him up as a speculative add in the hopes that he would join the Pelicans' strange rotation for heavy minutes, he is not worth owning in any formats.

  • Chris Paul - G - Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets guaranteed their post-season berth on Sunday with a win against the Pelicans and Chris Paul played a central role with 10 points, 13 assists, five steals and a triple.

    The Rockets have three tough matchups this upcoming week and it's likely that Paul will have to show up for each of these for the Rockets to continue winning. If you have him feel free to roll him out as there are no back-to-backs coming up.