• It’s another great day for DFS as we have a massive 11-game slate. The Warriors and Rockets play each other once again and it’s easily the best matchup for fantasy purposes and our entertainment as NBA fans. Let’s go position-by-position to identify the top plays of the day.

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    Point Guard

    Stud: Kemba Walker ($8,100)

    The Denver Nuggets have struggled against PGs all season long and as the season comes to a close, we must continue to attack that weakness. Walker, like most PGs, excels when the game is up-tempo and fast-paced — this game will be just that. He’s a fine play in both cash games and tournaments as he should be able to do his thing in a favorable, high-scoring affair.

    Value: Shelvin Mack ($3,900)

    George Hill and Raul Neto have already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Wizards. That leaves Dante “Mr. Incapable” Exum and Shelvin Mack to man the point guard position. Mack’s upside is limited due to his stat set, but he’s still capable of a 15 point – five assist game and that will suffice given his price tag.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: Klay Thompson ($7,100) 

    The Warriors and Rockets game currently sits at 231 O/U and Thompson remains one of the top SG plays of the night. In cash games, James Harden is a near lock for 60-plus fantasy points. Thompson doesn’t have the highest upside, but the solid matchup and Vegas total makes him one of the better SG plays.

    Value: Courtney Lee ($4,400)

    Derrick Rose and Lance Thomas have already been ruled out against the Heat and Carmelo Anthony is listed as questionable. Courtney Lee could be looking at 37-40 minutes and he should be handling the ball a bit more than usual. The Heat pose as a difficult matchup for Lee, but the matchup shouldn’t scare too many people away due to the increase in opportunity and usage.

    Small Forward

    Stud: Paul George ($8,000)

    Paul George struggled mightily against the Raptors two weeks ago and he was a lineup killer. He’s cheaper this time around and should be lower owned. George isn’t an option in cash games but he’s a fine tournament option with 50-60 point upside. This game is one of the lower O/U’s of the slate so there’s not too much to love in this one.

    Value: Justin Anderson ($4,000)

    Justin Anderson earned the start with Robert Covington out in the Sixers’ last game and RoCo is out once again. It’s not a sure thing that Anderson starts, but either way, he’ll see an increase in minutes. He doesn’t have much upside, however, he’s one of the safer plays in the $4,000 range. Anderson was nearly 50 percent owned in double-ups in his first start, but that number should come way down in a massive slate.

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    Power Forward

    Stud: DeMarcus Cousins ($9,600)

    While Boogie isn’t playing in Sacramento, you can bet that a player as emotional as Boogie will go all out against his former team. DMC loved Sacramento and what better way to show them love than dropping a 40-15-5 line on the Kings? The Kings are resting quite a few players tonight, so the blowout potential is definitely there. The Pelicans rarely blow teams out and I think the Kings could keep it close heading into the fourth quarter. Hopefully…

    Value: Brandan Wright ($3,400)

    Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green have been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Mavericks. Brandon Wright earned the start in the last game and performed admirably. He played 28 minutes and scored 24 fantasy points. He’s likely going to play in the mid-20’s and he’s a strong bet to hit value. Fire him up.

    Center

    Stud: Draymond Green ($7,800)

    Draymond Green is one of the best plays of the day for any position in my books. He’s under $8,000 and has 50-60 point upside in a very favorable matchup. Green hasn’t really stepped up without Durant in the picture. His inconsistency has been frustrating but he’s historically done well against the Rockets and it’s the perfect environment for him to thrive.

    Value: Greg Monroe ($5,300)

    The Moose’s situation is one of the most frustrating in all of the NBA. He’s extremely talented and is the best big man that the Bucks have. However, his minutes stay under 25 per game. Granted, the Bucks have been on a hot streak lately and it’s due to playing a lot of small ball. Over the last four games, Monroe has played at least 26 minutes per game and it’s safe to deploy him in tournaments tonight. Also, if you’re looking for the narrative, Monroe used to be on the Pistons and he’s averaging 35 fantasy points per game against them this season.

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Fantasy News

  • Tahjere McCall
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.

    This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.

    Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.

    Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.

    In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.

    Source: NBA

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey revealed that although the team's training staff is easing him into things, Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court and playing.

    Coach Casey added that the team expects Griffin to be at 100% with "no lingering effects." It looks like Griffin is progressing nicely in his return and should be all systems go for the start of the season. With Griffin's extensive injury history, the team may manage him more this year. Coming off a career year, he's expected to be an early middle-round selection.

    Source: NBA

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Coach Nate McMillan said that Victor Oladipo (knee) probably wouldn't play on opening night.

    Videos have surfaced this summer of Oladipo doing on-court work, and by all accounts, he is progressing well. Coach McMillan said that Oladipo isn't playing live yet and it would seem he still has hurdles to climb. Even when Oladipo does return, he will likely be facing minute restrictions and frequent days off, at least initially. Jeremy Lamb figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Oladipo's absence.

    Source: NBA

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.

    One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.

    One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.

    Source: NBA.com

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have been granted a $1.75 million Disabled Player Exception for DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL).

    This now officially rules DeMarcus Cousins out for the season. The Lakers will now have the ability to go out and acquire a player that will in all likelihood occupy the end of their bench. Because they signed Dwight Howard, using this cap space on a center isn't necessarily as big a priority as it once was when Cousins initially went down.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba will enter training camp second on the depth chart behind Nikola Vučević.

    Head coach of the Magic, Steve Clifford, told a reporter that he plans on having Bamba as his primary backup center while Khem Birch will be third on the depth chart. The Magic also have Vučević, who was re-signed in the offseason to a four-year, $100M contract. As long as Bamba is backing up Vučević, his fantasy ceiling is capped outside of standard redraft leagues.

    Source: NBA