• These slates are often the weirdest. With only five games to choose from, you’re going to have to be contrarian in a few spots if you want to take down a GPP. It’s tough to do but sometimes it’s as easy as picking a player coming off a poor performance. Recency bias kills DFS noobs and we can take advantage of that in GPPs i.e. Gordon Hayward and Markieff Morris.

    Point Guard

    Stud: James Harden ($12,200)

    The most disappointing DFS plays in yesterday’s slate had to be the duo of Harden and Westbrook. Neither exceeded value while both had solid matchups and multiple narratives to hype the crowd up. Despite Harden’s awful performance yesterday, you have to play him against the Blazers – especially in cash games. The Blazers have struggled to guard opposing backcourts this season and Harden is a monster. The price is intimidating but he should still be able to exceed value in the highest scoring game of the night. Lock in the beard tonight.

    Value: Jerian Grant ($3,500)

    The matchup is disgusting. The Bulls and Jazz game is by far the lowest scoring game of the night but there are still a few solid options in the game. With Rondo listed as doubtful, I’m expecting another start from Grant and he will look to build off his 35 fantasy point performance. 25 fantasy points is a fair expectation to have for Grant heading into tonight.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: Jimmy Butler ($8,400)

    Once again, the matchup is nothing to write home about. However, we all know how Butler performs without his side-kick point guards around (check Butler’s splits when Rose sat). This should be a very slow-paced game but I’m still expecting a 20-6-6-2 type of game out of Butler. Despite the matchup, I’m a fan of Butler tonight and still think he has a solid chance of exceeding value.

    Value: Josh Richardson ($5,200)

    Richardson’s value hinges on the availability of Goran Dragic tonight. If Dragic plays, the $5,200 price tag will be a bit too much for me even if he still starts with Justise Winslow already ruled out. Richardson has played just fine as the starting PG but Dragic did participate in the shootaround this morning so his return is imminent. If Dragic starts, Richardson is still a decent play but loses some upside.

    Small Forward

    Stud: Carmelo Anthony ($7,400)

    The Cash Game Staple himself. No, I’m not officially coining that term and it’s for obvious reasons, it’s unoriginal. However, it’s the truth. Melo is one of the safest options on a nightly basis, as you can almost lock in 35 fantasy points with the potential for a bit more. I can’t remember the last time I’ve rostered Melo and had him miss value. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend playing him in a GPP but he has a good matchup against the Wizards and he could very well eclipse 40 fantasy points tonight.

    Value: Uhhhhh

    Yeah, don’t save on SF tonight unless some crucial injury news pops up. The SF value lies in the $6-7k range tonight and that’s where you should find your guy. If you wanted to take a chance on a guy like Evan Turner or James Johnson in a GPP, I wouldn’t fault you for that decision. As of right now, Evan Turner is the sneakiest play but limited exposure is recommended due to his volatility.

    Power Forward

    Stud: Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800)

    Oddly enough, Porzingis’ price has actually dropped $100 after dropping 85 fantasy points over the last two games. Thank you, DraftKings. He’s had some rough patches to start the season but the NYK coaching staff finally realized they need to feed Porzingis if they want to win a game. He’s been rolling lately and I don’t see much changing against the Wizards, we also get him at a discount so no complaints here.

    Value: Trey Lyles ($4,100)

    I was one of the lucky ones to roster Lyles the other night despite Favors playing. I really didn’t expect Favors to play despite the signs pointing to it and I was wrong. But as you know, he left the game early, AGAIN. Now that he’s out indefinitely, Lyles should get some extra burn. I don’t love Lyles here and I hate that Boris Diaw is back and starting but it’s not the end of the world. He should still hit value but I may fade him in a few GPP lineups.

    Center

    Stud: Hassan Whiteside ($8,700)

    It’d be nothing short of disrespectful if there was someone other than Hassan Whiteside here. He’s been on fire lately and his price is reflecting that. He’s had two poor matchups in a row with the Hawks and Spurs, yet he still managed to combine for 111 fantasy points. Milwaukee’s frontcourt is weak and Whiteside is a near must-start.

    Value: Clint Capela ($5,100)

    The minutes are never where we want them to be with Clint Capela but his price takes that into account. He has nine blocks over his last three games and he’s facing a Portland frontcourt that has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers thus far. He’s a good bet for a double-double and h may even rack up a few blocks for you. The Whiteside-Capela stack on DK may be something to explore in GPPs.

    Good luck tonight and feel free to hit me up with any lineup questions you may have.

     

Fantasy News

  • Henry Ellenson
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have acquired the rights to Henry Ellenson from the Nets for Justin Anderson.

    This trade was made through each team's G League affiliation, and Ellenson is likely to stay down there while the Raptors are healthy. Ellenson remains off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Coach Mike Miller said on Monday that Dennis Smith Jr. would be re-evaluated within the next few days to get a feel for how close he is to returning to game action.

    Smith, who's been in and out of the lineup all season, hasn't played in a game since December 23rd. Even when Smith returns to health, he is presumably the third-string PG for the Knicks, though his name has been floating around in possible trades. Keep an eye on this situation as a change of scenery and return to health could do wonders for Smith's fantasy value. This is all speculation for now.

    Source: Northjersey

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings announced this morning that the trade that sent Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel to the Blazers for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks has been officially finalized.

    Bazemore will be asked to be a glue guy for the Kings but his fantasy value is likely to take a big hit. We should get an idea about his minutes starting tomorrow when the Kings face the Pistons.

    Source: Kings PR on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza is expected to serve as the Blazers' regular starter at small forward according to Terry Stotts.

    Ariza, as expected, will fill in the void left by Kent Bazemore and his fantasy value looks to be on the rise as the minutes will be there. This looks to be a situation similar to when the Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony earlier this season. Both veterans have their flaws but the Blazers have to use them cause they run out of healthy bodies. You can feel free to add Ariza but his percentages are likely to hurt your team.

    Source: Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris said after Monday’s game that his ankle was still sore and he would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Morris came off a Taj Gibson screen and knocked down a three-pointer four minutes into the final period to put the Knicks up by 11. He landed awkwardly on Kevin Love's foot and fell to the court holding his ankle but he eventually got up and stayed in the game. He recently came back from a neck injury and has been excellent but we shall have to wait and see whether he misses any more time going forward.

    Source: NorthJersey.com

  • Theo Pinson
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have assigned Theo Pinson to their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

    Garrett Temple has returned to action so there are really no minutes available for Pinson. He can remain on the waiver wire.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving was a late scratch on Monday with a tight hamstring after not appearing on the initial injury report, but Kenny Atkinson admitted that the issue has been nagging his point guard for a few days.

    Playing it safe with Irving might be wise, considering his health history. He has missed 26 games this season with a shoulder impingement and now the hamstring. It goes without saying that Spencer Dinwiddie should be owned in all formats and we just hope that Irving will be back sooner than later.

    Source: NY Post

  • Justin Anderson
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Five days after releasing him following the expiration of his 10-day deal, the Nets are bringing Justin Anderson back to the organization, this time by trading for his G League rights.

    The Long Island Nets are acquiring Anderson in exchange for the rights to Henry Ellenson, who had been on a two-way deal with the Nets but was waived on January 3rd so the Nets could sign Chris Chiozza. Anderson appeared in three games for Brooklyn, posting averages of 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 5.7 minutes.

    Source: Kelsea O’Brien on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Andrew Lopez of ESPN is reporting that the plan is for Zion Williamson to start on Wednesday night against the Spurs.

    The report adds that the Pelicans want to play him in short bursts and he won’t have a hard minutes restriction. Still, it’s likely that he plays closer to 15-20 mins instead of 30-35. Owners should be excited for his return but expectations should be lowered until we get an idea about his minutes going forward.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Steve Kerr said on Monday that he still doesn’t have a timetable for Kevon Looney, but he is hopeful he will return sometime this week.

    Nothing seems to be official yet but this is an encouraging update for Looney who has been sidelined for almost a month now. His minutes are likely to be monitored upon his return while his role is unclear with Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman playing well right now.

    Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter