Kyle Lowry (at ORL, $7,900) – Stephen Curry is the best guard tonight, but we’re going to skip passed him and get to the Bulldog. Lowry is enjoying somewhat of a breakout season, as he is averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. That’s good for 41.8 fantasy points, and he’s averaging only 34.4 minutes per game. He gets a great matchup against the Magic, who have played in a few shootouts this season, and Orlando has also struggled to guard the point guard. Lowry is the focal point of the Raptors, and he can be used in all leagues.
Jordan Clarkson (at BKN, $5,500) – Clarkson took a few games to find his role in the offense, but the Lakers have decided he’s best with the ball in his hands. That’s what happened in the last game, and he went off for 30 points (40.75 fantasy points). He gets another great matchup against an old and sluggish Nets team, who have allowed some big games to opposing point guards. Clarkson should continue to play big minutes for the Lakers, and he’ll continue to provide a high upside play, as long as he continues to control the ball on offense. He may be best suited for tournaments, but he isn’t an awful cash game play, either.
T.J. McConnell (at CLE, $4,000) – It’s difficult to avoid McConnell tonight, as he has scored 34.75 and 36.25 fantasy points in his last two games, and he’s still sitting at only $4k. He earned the starting point guard job, and he’s coming off a game in which he played 35 minutes. He should play nearly as many minutes tonight, and he has nearly triple doubled in each of his last two games. He’s a player that can contribute in three categories at an extremely high level. He has yet to attack the basket like he did at times in college, but he’s shooting 75% in his last two games, and it’s only a matter of time before he looks for his shot more. He’s a great play in all leagues.
Greg Monroe (at NY, $8,500) – Greg Monroe is finally playing his natural position, which is center. He’s also thriving in it, as he’s averaging 19.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.8 steals per game this season. Aside from one game, in which he was in foul trouble, Monroe has been playing minutes in the high-30s, and that will likely continue tonight. The Knicks don’t have anyone who is going to be able to slow the big man down, and he has been a safe play all season. He can be used confidently in all leagues tonight.
Julius Randle (at BKN, $6,400) – I have been all over Randle this season, and his price is still too low. He certainly comes with a bit of risk, as he is young and tends to foul too much. Still, he has loads of upside, as you could see from his 22-15-4-1-4 line against the Mavs just two games ago. He’s coming off another good game, which may have been a bit better if he wasn’t poked in the eye in the second quarter and forced to the locker room. The Nets are an old team, who likely won’t be able to keep up with Randle’s fresh legs. His price is still too low for his upside, and he makes a great tournament option tonight.
Evan Fournier (vs TOR, $5,200) – Fournier’s price really doesn’t make much sense, as he has been dominating everyone he has been playing recently. If you take away his first game, Fournier is averaging 39.5 fantasy points per game, which is the sixth most of any forward on the slate, yet his price tag is less than half of Anthony Davis’. Fournier has earned his role in the Magic’s offense, and he’s playing huge minutes. His minutes shouldn’t be in trouble tonight, as the Magic will be looking for offense with Vucevic out, and Fournier should be used in all leagues for his low price.
Andre Drummond (at PHO, $8,900) – This pick shouldn’t need much of an explanation, but I’ll give a quick one anyway. On the season, Drummond is averaging 20.3 points, 19.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks (53.1 fantasy points) per game. He has recorded 19 or more rebounds in three of his four starts, and he has double doubled in every game. He hasn’t struggled with foul troubles this season, and he is bringing down enough offensive rebounds to nearly guarantee a double double each night. He should be used in every league tonight.
Dewayne Dedmon (vs TOR, $3,000) – Dedmon’s role is going to expand tonight, as Nikola Vucevic is going to miss this game. After Vucevic was injured, Dedmon turned 26 minutes against the Rockets into 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. He’s a fairly versatile player, especially for the minimum price. He gets a good matchup against the Raptors, who have struggled at times against opposing frontcourts. Dedmon is a great value play at center tonight.