These fantasy basketball picks will help you cash in big tonight!
Last night was an exciting small slate, with quite a few high scorers and of course a few letdowns.
Studs: Blake Griffin (50.50), LeBron James (57.00), Zach Randolph (45.00), Brandon Knight (35.25)
Duds: Tony Wroten (25.75), Ed Davis (16.75), Eric Bledsoe (28.75), Alexey Shved (8.50), Robin Lopez (22.75), Boris Diaw (22.50)
Rajon Rondo ($14,450) at Houston – Rondo is a double-double machine, and on a site that rewards bonus points in such cases, he is a potential top play every night. Facing the tough defense of Patrick Beverley is never an ideal situation for any opposing PG, but when healthy, Rondo is matchup-proof. Coming off a 13/12/7 line in just 30 minutes against the Nets, Rondo is poised for another big night. He is one of the few players in the league who can pay off his salary even without scoring many points. Rondo is the ideal tournament option.
Jeff Teague ($12,250) vs Indiana – With George Hill on the shelf in Indiana, their perimeter defense has been atrocious. Teague is the type of player who can exploit weaknesses in a big way. He posted 20/8/3 in the opener against Kyle Lowry and the Raptors, and I expect even more from him tonight. He is capable of a 20/10 night any time out, and in a plus matchup against an inexperienced Indiana backcourt, he could easily reach that mark tonight.
Isaiah Thomas ($10,300) at Utah – To say that Thomas has been a spark plug off the bench for the Suns would be an insult to his production thus far. He has put up 46 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds in just 49 minutes over the first two games. He is averaging nearly 1.3 FP per minute of court time, and I’ll be riding the hot hand in a crowded Suns backcourt until I’m given a reason not to.
Donald Sloan ($9,550) at Atlanta – Sloan has filled in admirably for the injured George Hill (on the offensive end at least), averaging 34.5 minutes per game. He has totaled 28/15/13 over two games, which equates to nearly 1 FP per minute. He has been effective when on the court, and his minutes are safe with Indiana’s roster riddled with injuries. If he posts 30 FP at this price, he is a phenomenal bargain.
Klay Thompson ($12,250) vs Los Angeles Lakers – I know Thompson is a SG, but fortunately for you, he is SF eligible as well. You think he wants to put on a show for the home crowd following his big contract extension? I’m all-in on Klay tonight, and expect the Splash Brothers to show up in a big way. I’m taking advantage of multi-position eligibility here and rostering Thompson at SF.
Anthony Davis ($21,200) vs Dallas – If you are new to daily fantasy basketball, there is one thing that is always certain. “The Brow” is a must-play nearly every single night. A matchup with Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler down low doesn’t intimidate me in the least. Davis had a HUGE opening game, with 26 points, 17 boards, and 9 blocked shots, ending with 72.50 FP. While you can’t expect 70+ each night, he is certainly capable of 50+ in any matchup.
Markieff Morris ($11,650) @ Utah – Morris showed up in a big way last night against the Spurs, leading the Suns to a big win over the defending champs with a solid 20/11/3 line and 40 FP. A matchup with Derrick Favors inspires confidence in “Chief Kieff” tonight with his ability to stretch the floor and contribute in multiple categories. This price is a bargain for Morris tonight.
Perry Jones ($9,950) vs Denver – I’m the furthest thing from a Perry Jones fan, but the Thunder are nothing short of desperate for production at this point. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both sidelined, Jones had a huge 32/7/3 game against the Clippers. A lack of scoring options leaves Jones in a great spot tonight against Denver, as he instantly becomes the Thunder’s best offensive weapon outside of Serge Ibaka, and will see all the minutes he can handle. I’m hesitant to use him in cash games however. He is a GPP-only option for me.
Nikola Vucevic ($15,550) vs Toronto – One of the unsung heroes of daily fantasy basketball since the beginning of last year is off to a great start. 38/35/4 over 73 minutes of play through the first two games was good for an average of 48.75 per contest. Toronto is a decent defensive team down low, but Vucevic looks like a man on a mission. I’ll be playing him with confidence tonight.
Alex Len ($5,350) @ Utah – This is merely a price-point play. At near minimum salary, Len went for 10/11 last night against the Spurs in 32 minutes. Anywhere near this type of production tonight against the Jazz will make him an excellent source of cap relief and fantasy points..