Victor Oladipo (at PHI, $7,700) – Oladipo has been enjoying a great season, as he’s averaging 16+ points, 8+ rebounds, and 4+ assists per game. He’s also averaging over 40 fantasy points per game, and he gets arguably his best matchup of the season tonight. He will face off against the Sixers, who have one of the worst defenses in the NBA. This game should be extremely high scoring, and that means Oladipo will have more opportunities than normal to exceed value. He has played heavy minutes in each of the Magic’s game this season, and he has yet to get into foul trouble. He’s a low risk, high upside play, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Ty Lawson (at LAC, $6,100) – It took a couple games, but Lawson looks like he has found his place on the Rockets. He has been playing heavy minutes all season, and he is finally producing the fantasy numbers many people were expecting. He may see a few extra minutes tonight with PatBev injured, which can only help his fantasy outlook. He gets a matchup against the Clippers, which may seem tough at first, but CP3 has been injured this season, and he has struggled at his defense. In this situation, I’m taking Lawson’s opportunity over the defense of an injured Chris Paul. Lawson can be used in all leagues, but he’s best suited for GPPs.
Darren Collison (vs GS, $4,800) – Collison has been the definition of consistency this season, and that will likely continue tonight. His price has also steadied itself out, and he has been priced between $4,600 and $4,800 in every game this season. He’s playing over 30 minutes per game, which has resulted in fantasy points in the 20s in every game. The matchup against the Warriors is less than ideal, but Collison will likely continue to play in a blowout, and he may get a few minutes against the Warriors backups. If this game stays close, it will likely have to do with his scoring, as he has flashed a bit of a scoring prowess this season.
Paul Millsap (vs WAS, $7,600) – Is it just me or does it always seem like the Hawks and Wizards always put on a show against each other? Millsap is arguably the most consistent player in the NBA, as he shows up night in and night out, scoring 30+ fantasy points and contributing in all five categories. He gets a great matchup against the Wizards, who will be using a combination of big men to guard Millsap. He doesn’t shoot all that much, and he somewhat lacks the upside of some of the other big name players, but he is a constant double double threat with a few extra stats. Millsap can be used in cash games and a few GPPs tonight.
Marvin Williams (at SA, $5,400) – Throughout his career, Marvin Williams has been an extremely streaky fantasy player, specifically over the last two seasons. That’s why now is the perfect time to use him, as he has scored over 30 fantasy points three of his last four games. He’s coming off a huge double double against the Mavericks, and he gets a tough matchup against the Spurs tonight. Even with the tough matchup, Williams should see more than enough minutes to hit value. His price is fairly low, and he’s on fire. There isn’t much more you can ask for.
Dwight Powell (vs NO, $4,500) – It’s tough to ignore someone playing as efficiently as Powell is right now. In his last three games, he has recorded 32 points, 27 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals (87.75 fantasy points) in 76 minutes. He’s averaging around 25 minutes per game right now, but he’s quickly working his way into the rotation more. He gets a good matchup against a weak New Orleans frontcourt, and Powell has flashed tremendous upside. He’s continuously exceeding value while playing minutes in the mid-20s, and it’s only a matter of time before they jump. When that happens, he’ll be the best value play on the board. For now, expect him to exceed value with a chance for much more in a plus matchup tonight.
Dwight Howard (at LAC, $7,000) – People seem to forget that Howard is an elite center in the NBA when he’s healthy, and that includes the people that made his price tag. On the season, he has dominated in somewhat limited minutes, and after getting last night off, he should be a full go for tonight’s game. He has loads of upside, as he’s a constant double double threat with the chance for blocks. He’s coming off a nearly perfect game against Orlando, and he gets another good matchup tonight. He’ll be playing against the Clippers, who have struggled against opposing centers this season, and Howard is priced at a discount tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Dewayne Dedmon (at PHI, $3,800) – While it isn’t certain that Vucevic will miss this game, it’s extremely likely. Dedmon would then draw the start against a weak Sixers defense. Any time you can get a starter for under $4K against the Sixers, it’s almost a must play. Dedmon is coming off two solid games, in which he saw extended minutes because of the injury to Vucevic. He’ll likely play around 30 minutes again tonight, which should be more than enough time to exceed value at his current price tag. Dedmon can be used in all leagues if Vucevic is ruled out tonight.