John Wall (at MIL, $9,100) – When healthy, John Wall is one of the elite point guards in the NBA. His upside is impossible to deny, as he has the ability to triple double any time he steps on the court. In his only game this season, he recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 5 blocks. He also played a team high 39 minutes, which is more than encouraging for his fantasy upside. He gets another great matchup against the Bucks tonight. While Michael Carter-Williams can generate a few steals each game, he has a lot of holes in his defense that Wall will likely pick apart. Wall can be used in all leagues tonight.
C.J. McCollum (at PHO, $$6,400) – I have been touting McCollum since the offseason, and it paid off big on Opening Night. He likely won’t go on a scoring rampage like he did against the Pelicans, but McCollum has been a certified scorer dating back to his days at Lehigh University. He gets a great matchup against the Suns, who are one of the faster paced teams in the NBA. That means there will be a few extra opportunities for McCollum to score tonight. He is another guy who played a team high in minutes, which is encouraging, and McCollum also shot a team high 22 times last game. I wouldn’t anticipate McCollum shooting more than Lillard, but he is a focal point of the offense, and he’s a safe option for his current price tag.
Isaiah Canaan (vs UTA, $4,800) – Canaan doesn’t get a favorable matchup tonight, as the Jazz are a good defense and they love to slow down the pace of their games. Still, Canaan is extremely cheap and doesn’t need many fantasy points to hit value. Along with that, Canaan played nearly 38 minutes in the Sixers opener, and he is far and away their best option at point guard. In his last start, he scored 32 fantasy points, which is well over value for his price tag. I have very little doubt that he hits value again tonight, and he makes a great play in all leagues.
Greg Monroe (vs WAS, $7,700) – Monroe was always a dominant player at center, while he had his struggles at power forward. Luckily for his fantasy value, he’s playing center for the Bucks this season. He isn’t priced quite with the elite players in the NBA, but he’s one of the most consistent big men in the league. He can nearly be penciled in for a double double each night with the ability for much more. He’s coming off a great 22-points, 14-rebounds performance against the Knicks. He can also add in other categories, and he’s one of the focal points of the Bucks offense. Monroe is one of the safest options on the slate.
Danilo Gallinari (vs MIN, $6,300) – Gallinari’s price is an absolute joke to me right now. He’s one of the first players I will be inserting into my lineups, regardless of whether I’m playing in cash games or tournaments. He is coming off a great game against the Rockets, and he was clearly a much bigger part of the Nuggets offense than he was last season. He gets a great matchup against the Wolves tonight, and this game should be a fast paced, high scoring outing. The only way Gallinari doesn’t hit value is if he gets in foul trouble, and I’m not one to project fouls before a game.
Al-Farouq Aminu (at PHO, $4,600) – Portland made Aminu a priority free agent, which means he’ll likely work himself into a bigger role on their team. He’s dealing with the after effects of an injury, but he was able to play 31 minutes on Wednesday, recording 9 points and 8 rebounds. The majority of the scoring was done early and often by Lillard and McCollum, but Aminu should have a few more opportunities tonight. He has historically been a great fantasy asset when he gets the minutes, and he should see 30+ minutes again tonight. He gets a fast paced matchup against the Suns, and Aminu is cheap enough to take a GPP flier on.
Andre Drummond (vs CHI, $8,100) – Drummond has looked like he has taken the steps forward that everyone was expecting of him last season, and it’s only a matter of time before his price works it’s way into the elite category. He has looked dominant in his first two games this season, averaging 18 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.0 blocks. Those were in matchups against two of the toughest defenses in the NBA. He’ll get another tough matchup tonight, but it will be a bit easier than the previous ones, and he has essentially proved to be matchup proof at this point. Drummond is nearly a lock for a double double, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas (at BOS, $6,200) – Valanciunas has always been a talented player, but his lack of offensive production and his foul trouble have frustrated fantasy owners for years. This may be the season that he put his entire game together, as he’s coming off a huge 21-point, 15-rebound double double. He gets a great matchup against the Celtics tonight, who were recently torched by rookie Jahlil Okafor. If Valanciunas can stay on the court, he’ll have great upside again tonight, but that’s a big if. He’s best suited for tournaments tonight.