Rajon Rondo (vs BKN, $7,600) – Rondo signed a one-year deal this offseason while betting on himself, and he is capitalizing on it. He has two triple doubles in his last three games, and he has been dominating with Darren Collison out. Luckily for Rondo, Collison is expected to miss this game, as well, which means Rondo will be forced into minutes in the high-40s. He also gets a great matchup against the Nets, who have been one of the worst teams in the NBA against opposing point guards. Rondo has some of the highest upside of anyone on the board, but he is also extremely safe. He can be used in all leagues.
Marcus Thornton (at DEN, $5,500) – I have never been a huge fan of Thornton as a fantasy player, but it’s impossible to argue with his recent production. He was granted the opportunity to start with Terrence Jones injured, and he has now stolen that starting job. Jones returned last game, and Thornton played 35 minutes, while scoring over 45 fantasy points. He gets a great matchup against the Nuggets, in what should be an extremely high scoring game. Thornton is priced a few thousand dollars too low, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Ish Smith (at TOR, $5,300) – Ish Smith has been getting big minutes because of the minutes restriction on Jrue Holiday, and he has responded with averages of 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game. Holiday is expected to play tonight, but Smith should still see minutes in the low-30s, which will give him more than enough time to hit value. He has scored between 30 and 45 fantasy points in four straight games, which well exceeds what he needs for value. Tonight is a great night for guards, and Smith is another one who can be used in all leagues.
Paul Millsap (at BOS, $8,000) – If Millsap played on DraftKings, he would feel disrespected by his current price tag. He has scored 40+ fantasy points in four straight games, and he has yet to score under 30 fantasy points in a game. On the season, he has great averages of 17.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 block, and 2.4 steals per game. His floor is so high because he can contribute in all five categories at such a high level. He’s a big part of the Hawks offense, and he should be used in all cash games. He is also a great tournament option.
Ryan Anderson (at TOR, $6,000) – Anderson is an extremely obvious play tonight, but that doesn’t mean he’s the wrong play. Anthony Davis is listed as doubtful tonight, which means Anderson is going to soak up the minutes and opportunities. He’s a great scorer, who can add double digit rebounds when given the opportunity, as well. He likely isn’t going to add many assists, steals, or blocks, but he won’t need them to hit value at his current price tag. He gets a good matchup against the Raptors, and Anderson can be used in all leagues tonight.
Maurice Harkless (at MEM, $3,500) – Mo Harkless should be the biggest beneficiary of the Meyers Leonard injury, as Aminu will likely play more power forward, which will open up minutes for Harkless at small forward. He has flashed great potential when given the minutes this season, although he does come with quite a bit of risk. Memphis hasn’t been a great defense this season, and Harkless is only slightly above the minimum price. He doesn’t need many fantasy points to hit value, and he makes a high upside GPP option tonight.
Dwight Howard (at DEN, $7,400) – Howard might not play tonight, as the Rockets have said he will sit in one of the two back-to-back games. If he does play, his price tag is absolutely ridiculous, as he has been crushing value night in and night out. He’s one of the best centers in the NBA, and he’s priced well below the top guys. He also gets a great matchup against the Nuggets, who are dealing with a boatload of injuries to their frontcourt. If Howard is announced as the starter, he should be used in all leagues. If he isn’t starting, Clint Capela makes a good option.
Enes Kanter (vs PHI, $5,300) – As we all know, Kevin Duarnt is going to be out for 7-10 days, and Billy Donovan recently stated that Enes Kanter would be playing more to run the pick and roll with Westbrook that KD previously ran. Kanter has been great on a fantasy point per minute basis over the last two seasons, and his minutes should rise into the high-20s or low-30s tonight. If that’s the case, he should easily hit value in a great matchup against the Sixers. Kanter is best suited for GPPs, but he isn’t the worst cash game play on the board either.