John Wall (at MEM, DK - $9,700, FD - $9,900) – At this point, there is just absolutely no reason to avoid John Wall. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 26.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 11.0 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Wall has double doubled in three consecutive games with at least 26 points and 12 assists in each game. Wall’s price is still too low, as he has displayed as much consistency and upside as anyone on the slate. He gets a good matchup tonight against the Grizzlies, who have struggled against opposing point guards this season. Wall is taking on more of an offensive role with Bradley Beal out, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Elfrid Payton (at BKN, DK - $6,500, FD - $6,700) – Payton’s price was quickly on the rise, but he played limited minutes in his last game, and his price dropped back down. Everyone on the Magic played limited minutes, as they were blown out midway through the second quarter, and that is unlikely to be the case tonight. Payton was on fire before that game, consistently hitting value while contributing in four of the five categories. Payton should be playing heavy minutes again tonight, and he has great upside. He gets a great matchup against the Nets, who have struggled against point guards this season, and Payton can be used in all leagues, as his price is likely going to shoot back up when he plays full minutes again.
Wesley Matthews (vs PHO, DK - $5,600, FD - $5,600) – It’s really only a matter of time before Matthews price gets in a respectable range for his recently production. Over the last 10 days, he is averaging 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. He has flashed tremendous scoring upside, and he gets a great matchup against a fast paced Suns team tonight. Matthews has also been contributing in a few peripheral stats, as well, which has helped his floor recently. Matthews should have a few extra opportunities tonight, and he continues to be underpriced on both websites. He can be used in all leagues.
Gordon Hayward (at SA, DK - $7,500, FD - $7,100) – Hayward is coming off somewhat of a poor performance, but he has played exceptionally well with Rudy Gobert out. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 21.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.0 steals. The matchup against the Spurs tonight isn’t ideal, but Hayward is going to play huge minutes and he’s the focal point of the Jazz offense. He’ll likely continue to lead the Jazz in scoring, while adding other peripheral stats. He’s still priced a bit too low, and Hayward can be used in all leagues tonight.
Kenneth Faried (vs HOU, DK - $5,900, FD - $6,400) – Faried is finally playing heavy minutes for the Nuggets, but he’s still priced as if he were on a minutes restriction. In his last two games, he’s averaging 10.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 37.0 minutes per game. Those numbers are a little low for the amount of minutes he has been playing and the production throughout his career. He gets a great matchup against the Rockets, and this game should be extremely fast paced and have plenty of opportunities for Faried to score fantasy points. I generally only use him in tournaments, but at this price, he also makes a good cash game play.
Matt Barnes (vs WAS, DK - $4,300, FD - $4,100) – Barnes was inserted into the starting lineup yesterday, and he thrived with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. The Grizzlies announced that it was a “matchup based” move, but Barnes has been playing extremely well recently and Zach Randolph has really struggled. The Wizards will likely use a small lineup tonight, as well, so Barnes could stick in the starting lineup again tonight. Even if he is benched, he should be playing fairly big minutes off the bench. His price is extremely low on both sites, and he can be used in all leagues as a salary relief play.
Pau Gasol (vs PHI, DK - $7,900, FD - $8,500) – Gasol is coming off his worst game in a while, but he still managed a solid double double in that game. Over his last six games, Gasol is averaging 19.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.5 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. Gasol is one of the best centers in the NBA, and he has flashed tremendous consistency and upside over his last few games. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Sixers, who recently struggled against Boban Marjanovic in limited minutes. Gasol may only play 25-30 minutes tonight if the game is a blowout, but he should be able to hit value in that time with the ability to exceed value, as well.
Nikola Vucevic (at BKN, DK - $6,800, FD - $7,300) – For everyone wondering, Vucevic did not only play 22 minutes in his last game because of a restriction, but rather because the game was out of hand in the second quarter. His price dropped because of that minute reduction, but he’ll be playing over 30 minutes again tonight. He gets a great matchup against the Nets, and he has consistently been exceeding value when he plays a full games worth of minutes. He can be penciled in at a double double tonight with the ability for much more. The Nets have really struggled against centers this season, and Vucevic can be used in all leagues.