• 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

  • Kenny Wooten
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.

    Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post

  • Oshae Brissett
    SG-SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

    McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.

    All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.

    Source: NBA.com

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Mason
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.

    Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.

    Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.

    Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.

    Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.

    Source: Bulls.com