John Wall (vs NY, $9,200) – Wall is quickly becoming one of the safest fantasy players in the NBA, and his price isn’t quite as high as some of the other elite options on the slate. He has the ability to contribute in all five categories, but he’s a specialist in points and assists. He is a double double threat every time he steps on the court, and he can also triple double on his best nights. He gets a great matchup against Calderon, who isn’t athletic enough to keep up with him, and Grant, who isn’t experienced enough to stop him. Wall should be able to do anything he wants on the court tonight, and he can be used in all leagues.
Eric Gordon (vs GS, $5,300) – Gordon was on the wrong side of a Steph Curry beat down in his last matchup against the Warriors, but he still managed to score 26 fantasy points. He’s playing heavy minutes for the Pelicans this season, as he has averaged 37.1 minutes per game through their first two. He’s also shooting the ball at a high rate, and this game will likely be extremely fast paced again. The matchup against Thompson isn’t ideal, but the fast pace of this game will give Gordon looks against different defenders as the game progresses. His price is still fairly low, and he has yet to hit his true upside this season. He’s a great GPP option with some cash game appeal tonight.
Jerian Grant (at WAS, $3,600) – Grant was one of the best players in the NCAA last season, as he filled the stat sheet game in and game out, and those skills have transitioned well to the NBA. He isn’t scoring a ton of points, but he’s assisting the ball well, and has shown the ability to grab rebounds and swipe a few steals in a game. After playing only 24 minutes in the season opener, his minutes rose to 29 in the Knicks second game. He’s a clear upgrade over Calderon, and Grant is the Knicks only hope at slowing down Wall. It wouldn’t surprise me if Grant plays 30+ minutes to try to neutralize Walls athleticism. Grant is a safe play with extremely high upside tonight.
Paul George (vs UTA, $8,100) – PG13 is back and his price hasn’t quite caught up to his production yet. In two games this season, PG13 is averaging 17.5 points, 10 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 2.0 steals (44.3 fantasy points) in 35.4 minutes. He has always been a great player when given the minutes, and he’ll get all he can handle this season. He gets a tough matchup against a slow paced Jazz team, but PG13 dominated the Grizzlies elite defense the other night, and he’s essentially matchup proof. George can be used in all leagues tonight.
Otto Porter Jr. (vs NY, $4,800) – Porter was a sexy pick as a breakout candidate this season, including in my own preseason rankings. The Wizards are giving him every chance to prove everyone right, as he has played 30+ minutes in each of his first game. He’s a player that isn’t elite in any category, but he has the ability to contribute in all five categories. That makes him an extremely safe player, but he does have great upside, as well. Porter will get a good matchup against the Knicks, who haven’t played much defense this season, and this game should feature a ton of offense. Porter’s price is slowly on the rise, and that isn’t going to stop any time soon. He can be used in all leagues.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (at MEM, $3,000) – RHJ came into the NBA this season as a defensive specialist, and he has quickly made his way into the Nets rotation. He has played 24 and 26 minutes in the Nets first two games, respectively. In those two games, he has combined for 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. He isn’t going to blow you away, but he does have enough defensive ability to have a good ceiling, especially for his minimum price tag. The matchup is anything but ideal, and RHJ isn’t anything outside of a salary relief GPP option tonight.
DeMarcus Cousins (at LAC, $10,000) – For whatever reason, Cousins price has dropped a couple hundred dollars for tonight’s slate. In two games this season, Cousins is averaging a robust 26.5 points with 12 rebounds and 3 assists. He’s one of the safest centers in the NBA, but he also has one of the highest ceilings. He has already dominated the Clippers once this season, and it would be a shock if he didn’t have another big game tonight. His price is the second highest on the slate, and for good reason. Boogey can be used confidently in all leagues.
Festus Ezeli (at NO, $3,100) – Ezeli is seeing a bit of an expanded role with Andrew Bogut out, and he’s going to miss the game tonight, as well. Ezeli’s minutes jumped to 25 in his last game, and he posted a solid 9-point, 7-rebound, 1-assist, 2-block line. His upside is even higher if he continues to play minutes in the mid-20s, which is great for his low price tag. In his first game, he played extremely well against the Pelicans, who he will play tonight, recording 23 fantasy points in only 17 minutes. Keep in mind, Ezeli has always had trouble with fouling, so he may be best suited for GPPs.