Damian Lillard (vs SA, $8,900) – Lillard has yet to let me down this season, and I’m going back to the well tonight. He is playing extremely consistent basketball, scoring over 40 fantasy points in all but one game this season. He gets a good matchup against the Spurs, who have really struggled to defend the point guard this season. Lillard is averaging over 20 shots per game, and he’s also playing 36.4 minutes per game. These two factors make him a safe option, while his ability to score, rebound, and assist the ball gives him great upside. He’s an extremely safe play, and he can be used in all leagues.
Kent Bazemore (vs NO, $5,200) – Bazemore is a guy who has been producing at an extremely high level, but his price hasn’t quite caught up to it yet. Over his last 7 games, he is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Pelicans team, and there should be plenty of opportunities for Bazemore tonight. He has been producing at some level in all five categories, including an elite amount of steals recently. Jeff Teague may miss this game due to suspension, and if he does, Bazemore will see more minutes and a higher usage rate. Regardless of the Teague decision, Bazemore can be used in all leagues.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (at HOU, $3,200) – RHJ has been starting the last couple of games for the Nets, and he has been playing well. While his minutes aren’t all that high at only 24.5 per game, he has produced 24.25 fantasy points in each game, which well exceeds value at his current price tag. He came into the NBA this season as a defensive specialist, and he’s getting the majority of his points with rebounds and steals. He’ll get a great matchup against the Rockets, who will be playing at a fast pace this game, which will only help RHJ’s consistency and upside. He’s best suited for GPPs, but he isn’t the worst cash game play for his low price tag.
Paul George (at BOS, $8,800) – At this point, it’s difficult to avoid PG13. He isn’t priced with the other elite options, but he’s producing just as well. He has scored 50+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, and he has been dominating all season. On the year, he’s averaging 23.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. He gets a great matchup against the Celtics, who haven’t been a great defensive team this season. PG13 moves back and forth between small and power forward, which gives him a great opportunity to face different types of players to score fantasy points in different ways. He can be used in all leagues tonight.
Dwight Powell (vs LAC, $4,900) – It’s tough to avoid Powell right now. He has been playing unbelievably well this season, and his price doesn’t quite represent that. His only issue is minutes, as he is only averaging 22.4 minutes per game on the season, although that is trending up right now. He’s a huge part of the offense when he is in the game, which gives him good upside, but he’s also a great rebounder. In those 22.4 minutes per game, he is averaging nearly a double double with 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds. He gets a matchup against the Clippers, who are a fast paced team, which will give Powell plenty of opportunities tonight. He can be used in all leagues
Joe Johnson (at HOU, $4,800) – Johnson has had some struggles this season, but it hasn’t been as bad as people are making it out to be. He has scored 29.25 and 33.75 fantasy points in his last two games, which is well over value for his current price tag. He gets a great matchup against the Rockets tonight, in what could be a decently high scoring contest, for the Nets. Johnson is playing nearly 40 minutes a game right now, which should be more than enough time for him to hit value. As much as it pains me to say this, JJ can be used in all leagues.
Andre Drummond (at SAC, $9,400) – Drummond’s price has shot up, but it doesn’t match the production he is consistently putting out. He should be used in all of your lineups, as he’s averaging 19.4 points and 19.6 rebounds per game. He has scored more than 20 points with more than 20 rebounds in three games this season, and he has scored 68 or more fantasy points in two of his last four games. Drummond has also double doubled in every game this season, and he can be used in all leagues.
Dwight Howard (vs BKN, $7,200) – I generally like to give an expensive and a cheap option at center, but I would be doing you an injustice by not recommending Howard. He is entirely too cheap, as he’s averaging 17 points and 12.3 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game this season. Those numbers are a bit skewed because he is likely going to play over 30 minutes this game, as his season average is lowered by his minute’s restriction when he was hurt. In his last three starts, he has scored 50.5, 43.5, and 37.5 fantasy points. He can be used in all leagues, and a Howard/Drummond combo is one of the best options on the slate tonight.