Russell Westbrook (vs DET, DK - $11,100, FD - $11,600) – Westbrook was a bit too expensive when Durant first returned, but his price dropped, and he’s coming off a 60+ fantasy point game. Westbrook is a triple double threat in every game, although his stats may take a small hit with KD back. He’s an elite scorer, as he’s averaging 28.1 points per game this season, but he’s also averaging 7.4 rebounds, 10.3 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. He gets a great matchup against the Pistons tonight, who have struggled defensively this season. Westbrook can be used in all leagues tonight.
Ish Smith (at LAC, DK - $6,400, FD - $6,300) – Smith looks like he has solidified his spot in the Pelicans rotation, as he has been playing huge minutes with Holiday back. If Evans returns tonight, Smith’s value will take a small hit, but he’ll still likely playing 25-30 minutes. In his last three games, he’s averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He has been crushing value on each site, and he gets a good matchup against the Clippers tonight. This game should feature a ton of points, and Smith is a huge part of the Pelicans offense. If Evans is out, Smith can be used in all leagues, but he’s a GPP only option if Evans is able to suit up.
Evan Turner (vs WAS, DK - $5,000, FD - $5,400) – Turner has been playing big minutes for the Celtics because of the injury to Marcus Smart. Turner has flashed tremendous fantasy upside when given the minutes throughout his career. He played 36 minutes in his last game, and nearly double doubled with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a few extra peripheral stats. His price is extremely low on both sites, which is a bit surprising, as he’s been playing fairly well recently. The matchup against Washington isn’t ideal, but they should push the pace, which is the type of game Turner excels in. He can be used in all leagues for his price.
Kevin Durant (vs DET, DK - $9,600, FD - $10,200) – Durant is a bit underpriced on DraftKings, and he’s right around where he should be on FanDuel. KD has flashed superstar potential since returning from injury, and his price hasn’t caught up to that upside. He has an ability to contribute in all five categories, and he gets a good matchup against the Pistons tonight. Even with Durant being matchup proof, the game should be fairly high scoring, and Detroit will likely keep this game close. Durant has quickly returned to form, and he can be used in all leagues for his current price tag.
Tristan Thompson (at CHA, DK - $6,000, FD - $5,700) – Thompson has been starting for the Cavs, and playing heavy minutes, because of the injury to Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov isn’t very close to a return yet, which means Thompson will continue to start tonight. He gets a great matchup against the Hornets, who have really struggled against opposing big men this season. In Thompson’s last three starts, he averaging 8.7 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 block per game. He has already proven throughout his career that he has the ability to score, which is why his shots have been so surprising since he entered the starting lineup. Still, his price is low and he has 40+ fantasy point upside. He’s a fairly safe option for all leagues.
Robert Covington (at HOU, DK - $5,100, FD - $5,700) – Covington’s price is ridiculous, and he should be the first player you enter into each of your lineups tonight. In three games without a minute’s restriction, Covington is averaging 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.0 block, and 3.7 steals per game. He gets another great matchup against a fast paced Houston team, and Covington’s minutes will continue to hold steady around 35 with Nik Staukas out. He has been exceeding value on a nightly basis, and he should be used in all leagues tonight.
Dwight Howard (vs PHI, DK - $7,200, FD - $8,100) – Howard has really had some bad games recently because he hasn’t been shooting the ball. While I don’t believe that will change tonight, Howard should be able to grab a few offensive rebounds for some put backs against a weak Sixers frontcourt. Howard is still an elite center in the NBA, and his price doesn’t represent that. On the season, he’s averaging 13.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 0.8 steals in 32.4 minutes per game. While Okafor has dominated on the offensive end, he’s a liability on defense, and Howard should be able to take advantage of that.
Nikola Vucevic (vs MIL, DK - $6,600, FD - $7,300) – Vucevic was on a minute’s restriction over the last few games, which is why his price is so low. He finally played a full games worth of minutes in his last start, and he recorded 22 points with 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. He’s one of the best centers in the NBA when given the minutes, which should be the case tonight. He’s averaging well over 1 fantasy point per minute this season, and he should have very little problems hitting value tonight.