James Harden (vs SAC, DK - $10,500, FD - $10,800) – Harden is playing too well to avoid right now, especially in a matchup against the Kings. SacTown has been the worst defense in the NBA against shooting guards, and Harden has been on fire recently. He’s averaging well over 50 fantasy points per game over the last 10 days, and he should have no problems scoring tonight. He has great triple double potential, but he also has the ability to contribute in all five categories. He’s one of the safest options on the board, but he also has as much upside as anyone playing tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Damian Lillard (at MIN, DK - $8,900, FD - $9,500) – Lillard is far and away my top point guard option tonight. He has been playing incredibly well this season, as he’s averaging 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He has also been on fire recently, aside from one game in which he was injured and only played 17 minutes. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Minnesota team, and there should be no shortage of points in this game. Lillard is as consistent as any point guard on the slate and he has as much upside as any point guard. That’s a great combination, and he can be used in all leagues.
Jamal Crawford (vs ORL, DK - $4,900, FD - $4,200) – Jamal Crawford will likely play heavy minutes tonight, as J.J. Redick is doubtful and Chris Paul is questionable. In his last game, Redick was injured and Crawford scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. He gets a great matchup against the Magic, who love pushing the pace and have an atrocious defense. Orlando has been susceptible to big game to scorers and shooters, which is what Crawford is. If Redick is out, Crawford will likely see enough minutes to hit value, and if Paul is out, he should easily exceed value.
Kristaps Porzingis (at MIL, DK - $8,100, FD - $7,300) – It’s impossible to ignore Porzingis at this point. He has been on absolute fire recently, as he has now double doubled 10 times in his last 20 games. He’s making a real case for his Rookie of the Year campaign, as he’s averaging 15.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 3.4 blocks per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against the Bucks, who have a solid defense, but have really struggled to guard opposing power forwards. Porzingis tends to get in foul trouble, which makes him a bit risky, but he has tremendous upside, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
C.J. Miles (at UTA, DK - $5,800, FD - $5,300) – Miles recently requested that he be moved to power forward to allow Paul George to play small forward, which is his more natural position. Miles is a matchup problem for any power forward in the league. This can be seen in his last game, in which he played quite a bit of power forward and shot 8-11 from beyond the three-point line. In that game, he totaled 27 points with 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal. His role isn’t quite as cut and dry as that game makes it seem, so he’s best suited in GPPs until he gets a few more games at power forward under his belt.
Trevor Booker (vs IND, DK - $4,400, FD - $3,800) – Like everyone the other night, I was also burned by Booker, who surprisingly only played 15 minutes against the Magic. Honestly, I have no idea why the Jazz opted to play small ball, but I do know that Booker is the best power forward option on their roster with Favors at center. Gobert will be out again tonight, and Booker will likely draw the start. He has flashed big play ability when he is given the minutes, and he gets a good matchup against the Pacers tonight. He’s a great GPP option, but he does come with quite a bit of risk.
Nikola Vucevic (at LAC, DK - $6,800, FD - $7,300) – Vucevic’s price tag still represents his production while he was on a minute’s restriction, which is now up. He has played 32, 37, and 32 minutes in his last three games, and in those games, he’s averaging 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. This is as low as his price will likely be this season, and he gets a great matchup against the Clippers tonight. Los Angeles has been one of the worst teams in the NBA against centers, and Vucevic can be used in all leagues.
Gorgui Dieng (vs POR, DK - $4,500, FD - $4,600) – Dieng’s price is on the rise, but it isn’t near where it should be for his recent production. Over the last 10 days, Dieng is averaging 11.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.4 steals in 26.6 minutes per game. For comparison, he is better than Karl-Anthony Towns, who starts and is significantly more expensive, in all five categories. People tend to overlook Dieng because he’s the backup, but he has been heating up recently. He gets a great matchup against the Blazers, who really struggle against opposing big men. Dieng can be used in all leagues for his low price tag.