• Russell Westbrook is finally averaging a triple-double and the NBA world will be keeping a close eye on him to see if he can maintain such an incredible feat. There’s no Russell Westbrook on tonight’s slate; instead, it’s his lesser competitor James Harden who’s having an incredible season himself but has fallen a bit under the radar.

    Point Guard

    Stud: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,200)

    If you’ve been reading my stuff on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this was to be expected. The Freak is always on my radar and usually finds his way onto most of my lineups. He’s always a threat for a massive line due to his ability to rack up each and every statistic. He’s playing the Cavs in what should be a fairly high scoring game so I expect The Freak to be a much better play than James Harden tonight due to the price difference.

    Value: Matthew Dellavedova ($4,100)

    I’ll be honest, I’ve only rostered Delly once or twice this entire season and I’m surprised it actually worked out. He’s rarely going to exceed 30 fantasy points but that’s not what we need from him. The revenge game narrative is going to drive up his ownership so he’s a bit less appealing for that reason in GPPs. Delly should hit 5x value in this one as he has done in 5 of his last 7 games.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: James Harden ($11,300)

    The Beard gets a solid matchup with the Utah Jazz and while many including myself tend to shy away from picking players against the Jazz, Harden is an exception. He’s essentially matchup-proof and they only reason I won’t have much Harden tonight is because of Giannis. Harden has slowed down a bit as of late but you know he’s going to pick it up sooner rather than later.

    Value: Jamal Crawford ($3,700)

    Crawford’s minutes have continued to rise over the last few games, yet his price continues to decline. He hasn’t been playing very well so he’s tough to trust on any given night. Though, he should see some heavy burn tonight against the Nets so he should be able to hit value. In his last game against the Nets, he scored 17 points with 5 assists. While it’s unfair and a poor move to expect a player to duplicate production against the same opponent, it’s still worth noting considering the Nets backcourt is atrocious sans Jeremy Lin.

    Small Forward

    Stud: LeBron James ($9,700)

    I hate picking the most expensive guys as my ‘stud’ for any given night but in this case, I have to. LeBron has been a DFS darling lately and nothing will change against the Bucks. It’s only a seven point spread so expect LeBron to see his usual workload assuming this game stays close. James only disappoints owners if it’s a blowout so it’s fair to expect the usual LeBron James tonight.

    Value: None

    The cheap SF plays are filled with poor matchups and unappealing players so I’d recommend looking elsewhere for value and just locking in one of the more expensive SF options (LeBron, Hayward, Leonard). Solomon Hill gets the Lakers and he’s the only one I’d consider after a 40 minute, 20 fantasy point performance in his last game.

    Power Forward

    Stud: Anthony Davis ($11,600)

    Davis is the most expensive player on the entire slate and it’s easy to see why. The decision between LeBron, AD, Giannis, and The Beard will be extremely difficult as all of them have fairly enticing matchups. Davis has scored over 60 points in three straight games and he now will face the Lakers. He’s going to be around 25-30 percent owned as this is the highest scoring game of the night. I wouldn’t recommend playing Davis everywhere but fading him completely is a bit too bold for me. Make sure you have at least some exposure in GPPs.

    Value: Frank Kaminsky ($5,400)

    I don’t love Kaminsky in this spot because this game is just flat-out ugly. He’s almost a lock for 30 minutes and he’s been extremely consistent lately. He’s scored over 23 fantasy points in eight straight games and he’ll look to make it nine tonight. He doesn’t have a ton of upside but he’s a good bet for 5x value if that’s what you’re looking for in a cash game .

    Center

    Stud: Rudy Gobert ($6,500)

    Gobert has been rolling lately and he’s scored over 35 fantasy points in five of his last seven games. He comes with some inconsistency though and should mainly be played in tournaments. As long as he’s not in any foul trouble we can basically chalk him up for a double-double with a couple blocks. Gobert will need to be on his A-game today as Clint Capela has been on fire lately, I’d bet Gobert slows him down a bit.

    Value: Nikola Vucevic ($6,300)

    He’s a bit more expensive than my typical value play but Vuc is pissed about his new role and I love this narrative. Obviously, the narrative logic is not one to follow whole-heartedly but he’s clearly in prove-it mode. His minutes haven’t changed and he may actually be a better play off the bench because he gets an easier matchup against the opposing team’s bench players. If you’re not feeling Vucevic, save some salary and go with Biyombo who is still very cheap for his new 30-minute role.

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Dewayne Dedmon
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Kings center Dewayne Dedmon’s days in Sacramento could be numbered as the February 6th trade deadline draws near, but there might be a chance for the two sides to salvage their relationship, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.

    The NBA fined Dedmon $50,000 after he went public with his trade demand in an interview a few weeks ago. The Kings reportedly would listen to offers for Dedmon, but they won’t agree to a deal unless it makes sense for the team. Dedmon has struggled to fit it with the Kings this year but recently returned to coach Luke Walton’s rotation due to injuries to Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley III. He is still not getting enough minutes to become a fantasy contributor and a trade could have a positive effect for him.

    Source: The Sacramento Bee

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have recalled guard Jacob Evans from the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz on Tuesday.

    In 22 games with Golden State this season Evans is averaging 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. He is not a fantasy consideration as long as D'Angelo Russell is healthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    The Blazers will entertain offers for center Hassan Whiteside and chances of him being dealt are at 50/50, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic.

    Whiteside is averaging 15.6 points (on 59.8 percent shooting), 14.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and a league-leading 3.0 blocks this season but that doesn’t make him untouchable. Big man Jusuf Nurkic is recovering and making positive strides from a devastating leg injury last season and there has been speculation that he could be back after the All-Star Game in February. Whiteside might turn out to be surplus to requirements upon Nurkic’s return, which makes selling high now a pretty attractive option.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have recalled Romeo Langford from the Maine Red Claws of the G League on Tuesday.

    The rookie has failed to gain any playing time with the Celtics and doesn’t belong to any roster in redraft leagues.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Third-year forward Josh Jackson might make his Grizzlies debut when the Grizzlies face the Suns on Tuesday.

    Jackson’s long-anticipated elevation comes in the wake of an injury to second-year wing player Grayson Allen, whom the team separately announced on Monday will be out indefinitely with a hip injury. The Grizzlies had grown satisfied with Jackson’s on- and off-court work but had been reluctant to bring him up without a clearer path to playing time. With Allen our and starting small forward Jae Crowder limited due to knee soreness, the time might have come for Jackson to play again. He deserves a speculative add in deeper leagues until we have a better idea about his role moving forward.

    Source: Daily Memphian

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell did his best to carry the Jazz in Monday's 117-126 loss to the Rockets with 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting to go with three boards, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Mitchell tried to keep the Jazz in the game and the lack of numbers outside of scoring were due to the fact that no one on the Jazz had it going on offense besides him and Bojan Bogdanovic. The good news is that he kept up his efficiency with his high-volume scoring tonight. The rest of the stats will trickle in soon.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert double-doubled on Monday with 12 points and 14 rebounds to go with a steal and two blocks.

    Gobert did his best against a Rockets offense that sought to drag him out on the perimeter. He was still able to grab double-digit boards, but he didn't look comfortable all game against Houston's small ball lineups.

  • Joe Ingles
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Joe Ingles started on Monday, but his shot was off as he scored seven points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer.

    Ingles drew the start again on Monday, but was off the mark with his shot again. He's getting enough minutes to keep up his top-100 play, but he just isn't producing as of now. He's worth holding on to for a few more games as he was too good prior to this stretch to let go of after a few bad nights. Mike Conley () had a decent stretch as well, but the bench role will severely limit his upside. It's hard to imagine a world where both players produce high level fantasy lines.

  • Bojan Bogdanovic
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanovic was one of the few Jazz players to hit any shots on Monday, scoring 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with one rebound, two assists and seven 3-pointers.

    Bogdanovic was able to put up his usual scoring numbers alongside Donvoan Mitchell. He'll continue to be a solid source of points and triples.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon drew the start on Monday and responded by setting a new career-high with 50 points on 14-of-22 shooting (16-of-20 FTs) to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and six 3-pointers.

    Gordon was the trigger man tonight and did his best James Harden impersonation. The Jazz just couldn't stop him on the pick-and-roll dives and couple that with his hot shooting from deep and you have what may be his best game of the season. His value goes back to 3-point streaming specialist when the Rockets are healthy as Gordon usually doesn't handle the ball this much.