Stephen Curry (vs LAC, $10,100) – Curry has been playing at an unbelievable level this season. He’s averaging 1.9 fantasy points per minute, which is significant because the Warriors have been blowing teams out and Curry hasn’t been playing that many minutes. He’ll get a much tougher matchup against the Clippers tonight, who should be able to keep this game somewhat close. I never love attacking Chris Paul, but Curry is matchup proof, and this could be the first game he played 40+ minutes this season. Curry is about as safe of a play as it gets, and he can be used in all leagues.
Brandon Knight (vs SAC, $6,700) – Knight has been playing well this season, averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 1.8 steals (36.5 fantasy points) per game. Knight is showing a surprising ability to rebound the wall, as he’s coming off a near triple double against the Clippers. Knight is a huge part of the Suns offense, as he has taken at least 13 shots in every game this season, including 39 shots over his last two games. He’s also playing heavy minutes, which keeps him a fairly safe option, and his price tag hasn’t caught up to his production yet. The cherry on top is a great matchup against a weak SacTown defense, who will be playing in the second game of a back to back. Knight can be used in all leagues.
Matthew Dellavedova (vs NY, $3,800) – Dellavedova is going to be playing heavy minutes for the Cavs tonight, as J.R. Smith is out with a knee injury. Dellavedova is coming off a great game, in which he played 34 minutes and recorded 30.75 fantasy points. He has recorded 19 assists over his last two games, and he’ll likely be playing minutes in the mid-30s tonight. He gets a good matchup against the Knicks, who have really struggled on defense this season, and there is no reason to avoid Dellavedova for his price tag.
Blake Griffin (at GS, $9,600) – Golden State is a great defense, but the Clippers will likely be able to keep this game close, and that will start with Griffin. He is averaging 29.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 0.8 steals (48.6 fantasy points) in 33.5 minutes per game. He tends to play higher minutes in more competitive games, which should be the case tonight. Griffin has recorded at least 15 shot attempts in every game this season, including 22 shot attempts against the Kings. His upside is as high as any forwards on the slate tonight, and he can be used in all leagues, even with the tough matchup.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (vs PHI, $6,900) – Since his suspension for the first game of the season, Alphabet has been on an absolute tear. He is playing heavy minutes for the Bucks, and he’s averaging 22.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.0 steal per game. It seems as if he’s just scratching the surface of what he can accomplish, and he’s quickly becoming one of the safest forward options on any slate. He gets a great matchup against the Sixers, who have one of the worst defenses in the NBA, and The Greek Freak should have no problem scoring fantasy points against them. The only problem is that Jabari Parker will likely play tonight, and that may take a few minutes away from Antetokounmpo. Because of that, he’s best suited for GPPs, although he isn’t a bad cash game play by any means.
Rodney Hood (vs POR, $4,600) – Hood was named a starter for the Jazz right before the season, and he has played extremely well in that role. He’s averaging slightly under 1 fantasy point per game this season, and he has played 29 minutes in two of his three starts. He’s shooting the ball around 15 times per game, and he’s a shooter that can catch fire and light up a game. He’s also contributing a bit in the other categories, which is encouraging for his fantasy value. The Jazz are an extremely slow paced team, but their possessions should see an uptick with the matchup against a much faster paced Blazers team. Hood has great upside, but he also comes with a bit of risk, and for that reason, he’s a GPP only option tonight.
Dwight Howard (vs ORL, $6,900) – Howard’s ongoing injury issues have kept his price fairly low, essentially because no one knows how much he’s going to play each night. He rested last night, though, and he’s coming off a 35-minute game against the Thunder on Monday. That’s enough of an indicator that Howard should be okay to continue to play big minutes, and he’s averaging over 1 fantasy point per minute this season. Obviously, the more minutes Howard gets, the more upside he has, and he should be chomping at the bit to play his former team. If a minutes restriction is announced before the game, he can be avoided in all leagues, but if one isn’t, he is a great tournament play.
Willie Cauley-Stein (at PHO, $4,600) – This pick is for both Cauley-Stein and Koufos, but since I like WCS’s upside much more than Koufos’, he gets the write up. Boogey Cousins is out tonight, and WCS will be splitting the minutes with Koufos. WCS has already flashed great upside this season, recording over 35 fantasy points in 30 minutes against the Lakers. He tends to get caught up in foul trouble because of his attempts at blocks and steals, which makes him an extremely risky play. Regardless of his price and situation, Cauley-Stein is a tournament only play, while Koufos is the better cash game play of the pair.