James Harden (at MEM, DK - $10,400, FD - $10,300) – There are a few great elite options tonight, but Harden is my favorite of the group. The Rockets recently fired their head coach, Kevin McHale, and Harden thrived in his only game with McHale’s replacement. In that game, Harden scored 45 points with 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 block, and 5 steals. Harden shot the ball a ridiculous 29 times with 20 added free throw attempts. If this continues, Harden will have tremendous upside for the rest of the season, and while he likely won’t be scoring 85 fantasy points again, he could score over 50 again, and exceed value.
Kemba Walker (vs PHI, DK - $6,700, FD - $7,400) – Walker’s price is a bit low, as Walker is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over his last four games. He gets a great matchup against the Sixers tonight, who play at a fast pace, but also play very little defense. While Walker hasn’t been known for his triple double ability, he has been somewhat close to triple doubles in two of his last four games. He’s a great scorer, who can be a five category contributor on any given night, and the only problem in this game is a potential blowout. Even with that potential, Walker should be safe enough for all leagues.
Avery Bradley (vs BKN, DK - $4,700, FD - $5,700) – Bradley has been given the green light since returning from injury, as he has taken 43 shots in three games. He has been scoring extremely well, and he also adds stats in a few other categories. Bradley also played 31 minutes in his last game, which is higher than most of his games this season. He also gets a great matchup against the Nets, who have had one of the worst defenses in the NBA this season. If Bradley continues to shoot the ball, he’ll have a great floor/ceiling combination, but his minutes and role are a bit undefined right now, which makes him best suited for tournaments.
Blake Griffin (at POR, DK - $9,600, FD - $9,700) – Griffin has been playing extremely well this season, as he’s averaging well over 1 fantasy point per minute. He has triple double potential, and he’s an elite scoring big man. He’ll be the focal point of the offense is Chris Paul is out again tonight, and that would keep this game a bit closer. Portland has really struggled against big men this season, and Griffin will be one of the best they will have to face. He has elite upside, but his price isn’t quite as high as some of the other elite players. Griffin makes a great play in all leagues, as he’s an extremely safe player with great upside.
Thaddeus Young (at BOS, DK - $6,400, FD - $6,300) – Young has been on fire recently, scoring over 40 fantasy points in three straight games. His price is on the rise, but it is nowhere near his recent production. He gets a great matchup tonight against a weak Boston frontcourt, and Young has been scoring, rebounding, and stealing the ball at a high level recently. He’s going to play big minutes, and he has been looking for his shot the last couple of games. He’s a fairly safe option tonight, and he also has tremendous upside. He is one of my favorite players for his price tonight.
Jeff Green (vs HOU, DK - $3,900, FD - $4,300) – Green is in a similar boat as Young, as his price is going up, but it’s entirely too low for his recent production. Green has played 30+ minutes in each of his last three games, and he’s one of very few scorers on the Memphis team. His minutes aren’t likely to drop anytime soon, and he has averaged right around 30 fantasy points per game over those three games. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Houston team, and Green can be used in all leagues.
Andre Drummond (at MIN, DK - $9,900, FD - $10,100) – Drummond has been playing at another level this season, as he’s nearly averaging 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. He has double doubled in every game this season, and his floor is right around 40 fantasy points each night. He also has the potential to score upwards of 70+ fantasy points, and he gets a good matchup against a young and fast paced Minnesota frontcourt. Drummond isn’t going to come cheap, but he has one of the best floor/ceiling combinations of anyone on the slate, and he can be used in all leagues.
Brook Lopez (at BOS, DK - $7,200, FD - $8,200) – Lopez is another Net who has been playing extremely well, and his price hasn’t quite caught up to his production either. Over the last 10 days, Lopez is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game, and he gets a good matchup against an undersized Boston defense. Lopez is a good scorer, who can rebound well and block shooters at an elite level. His price is still too cheap for how well he has been playing, and Lopez can be used in all leagues tonight.