Damian Lillard (at DEN, $8,500) – With the season Curry is having, Lillard has gone a bit overlooked at point guard. He is averaging over 25 points per game with over 7 assists, and 3 rebounds, as well. On the season, He is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game, and he gets one of his best matchups tonight. The Nuggets and Blazers both run fast pace offenses, which means this game should be high scoring and have plenty of opportunities for fantasy points. Lillard is fairly priced, and he tends to play heavy minutes in close games and blowouts. The Nuggets aren’t a great defensive team, and Lillard should be able to shine again tonight.
Rajon Rondo (vs SA, $6,500) – Rondo’s price is a bit high because of the monstrous game he’s coming off of, but he has that potential any time Collison is out of the lineup. Rondo flashed the talent he displayed on the Celtics, as he posted a huge triple double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists, and 4 steals against a tough Warriors defense. Again, this pick is based on Collison’s health, as Rondo will play minutes in the 40s if Collison is out. If he plays, Rondo’s minutes and usage rate will drop significantly, which would make him a GPP only option. Monitor the situation closely.
Kent Bazemore (vs MIN, $4,900) – Bazemore is a streaky player, but since the second game of the season, Bazemore has averaged over 31 fantasy points per game. His minutes fluctuate between the high-20s and low-30s, which has been enough time for him to consistently exceed value. This game will likely be fast paced, as the Wolves love to run, which will give Bazemore more opportunities tonight than most nights. He’s coming off a great game against the Wizards, and Bazemore has been a player that has gone of hot streaks at points in his career. He’s a good shooter that can add a few more stats in each category. His price will only be this low for so long, so get him while he’s cheap.
Pau Gasol (at PHI, $7,300) – Gasol has displayed great upside this season, but he hasn’t been playing as well as some people would expect. This season, he’s averaging 13.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.0 steal (33.6 fantasy points) per game. While those numbers don’t stand out, his price also isn’t as high as it was last season. Gasol plays heavy minutes in close games, and he tends to play extremely low minutes in blowouts. For that, Gasol is best suited for GPPs. If this game stays close, the Sixers have struggled against opposing big men, and Gasol will be one of the best they face. He has great upside, which the blowout factor also makes him fairly risky.
Kenneth Faried (vs DEN, $6,400) – Faried has been enjoying a great season, as he’s averaging a double double in only 27 minutes per game. He’s one of the elite rebounding power forwards in the NBA, and he gets a great matchup against the Blazers, who allow huge rebounding games to opposing big men. Faried’s biggest problem is that he isn’t a big part in the offense, but he does have good offensive potential because of his rebounding ability. This game will likely be high scoring, as both teams are fast pace and barely play defense. The last time that was the cash, Faried scoring 28 points with 15 rebounds against the Lakers. His floor is right around a double double tonight, and he can be used in all leagues for his price.
Nemanja Bjelica (at ATL, $4,300) – Bjelica is quickly working his way into big minutes for the Wolves, and he’s showing why he was the MVP of the Eurolegaue last season. He has the size to play power forward, but he has the skill to play point guard. That allows him to pick up minutes at every position, aside from center, similarly to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bejlica’s minutes are far from certain, but his upside is through the roof. He has the ability to contribute in all five categories at a high level, which gives him great upside, and he’s coming off a huge game that may get him a few more minutes tonight. For his price, I don’t mind him in any leagues. He isn’t quite a lock for a big night, though.
Andre Drummond (at GS, $9,100) – There is absolutely no reason to avoid Drummond at this point in the season. His price is getting high, but it isn’t near where it should be. He’s averaging over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. He has now double doubled in every game this season, including three 20/20 games. It’s only a matter of time before he goes for a 30/30 game. Seriously though, part of me does believe he could do that. He gets a somewhat tough matchup against the Warriors, but he’s matchup proof, and he needs to be in your lineups tonight.
Jahlil Okafor (vs CHI, $6,300) – Okafor has looked impressive this season, as many people expected he would. He’s a force down low, as he’s averaging 19.7 points per game, and scoring is clearly his best asset. He’s playing heavy minutes for the Sixers, and he’s the focal point of their offense. He has been extremely impressive in all but one game this season, and he gets a good matchup against the Bulls, who have been one of the worst teams in the NBA at covering the center. Okafor is fairly cheap still, but he should only be used in the utility spot with Drummond on the board.