Chris Paul (at UTA, DK - $8,700, FD - $9,000) – Paul’s price is on the rise, but it’s still a bit too cheap for his recent production. He has been on fire recently, and he gets another good matchup against the Jazz. Utah will be without their best defensive player in Rudy Gobert, which means it will be much easier for Paul to score and assist the ball. He’s consistently playing big minutes for the Clippers, and he has been playing exceptionally well recently, while scoring, rebounding, and stealing the ball at an elite level. He also adds a few rebounds per game, and he’s an extremely safe option. Paul isn’t going to break your bank, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Will Barton (at SA, DK - $7,000, FD - $6,700) – Barton’s matchup is a bit worrisome, but he generally still plays big minutes in blowouts. He has been on fire recently, as he’s averaging 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game over the last 10 days. His numbers may be a bit skewed because of the injury to Danilo Gallinari, but he was on fire before Gallinari’s injury, and Barton has a tremendous floor/ceiling combination. The Spurs will be looking to slow down the pace of the game, which will limit Barton’s opportunities tonight. For that reason, he’s best suited for tournaments, but he certainly isn’t the worst cash game play on the board tonight.
Ish Smith (at PHO, DK - $4,500, FD - $4,400) – Smith was recently traded to the Sixers, and he should immediately be penciled in as their starting point guard. He already knows their system because he was on the team last season, and he has flashed great upside with the Pelicans, as he is averaging 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 22.5 minutes per game this season. Smith’s minutes are far from guaranteed tonight, and he could see anywhere from 10 – 40 minutes tonight. It’s really a guess, which is why Smith is a tournament only option tonight. He could be the key to winning a GPP if he ends up playing big minutes tonight, though.
Anthony Davis (vs HOU, DK - $10,200, FD - $10,400) – Davis is back on fire, and it would be wise to use him before his price goes back up. He’s coming off a great game against the Heat on Christmas, in which he scored 29 points with 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. He was scoring well over 1 fantasy point per minute in the couple games before that, and he gets a great matchup against the Rockets tonight. This game should be extremely fast paced, which will give Davis plenty of opportunities for fantasy points. He’s a five category contributor, and Davis can be used in all leagues tonight.
Jon Leuer (vs PHI, DK - $5,500, FD - $4,400) – Leuer’s price is on the decline, as he had a few games in which he played limited minutes. That likely won’t be the case tonight, as Markieff Morris’ temper got him suspended for tonight’s game. Leuer should see minutes around the 30s tonight, which is more than enough time for him to hit value. Over the last 10 days, Leuer is averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in only 23.2 minutes per game. He gets a great matchup against the Sixers, who have been one for the worst defenses in the NBA this season, and Leuer can be used in all leagues tonight.
Taj Gibson (at DAL, DK - $4,900, FD - $4,700) – Gibson is as close as it comes to a must start tonight. He’s playing big minutes because of the injury to Joakim Noah, and he has strung together two good starts in a row. He has always been able to post big stat lines when given the minutes, but those have been hard to come by in a stacked Chicago frontcourt this season. Mirotic recently has been playing minutes at small forward, while Gibson has been forced into big minutes at power forward and center recently. He gets a good matchup against the Mavs, and Gibson is about as sure fire of a play as there is on this slate.
Andre Drummond (vs BOS, DK - $9,200, FD - $9,400) – Drummond has been a double double machine this season, and he has also been on fire recently. Over the last 10 days, Drummond is averaging 21.0 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game. He gets a great matchup against a small Celtics frontcourt. Drummond has already dominated the Celtics once this season with an impressive double double, and he should have very little trouble doing that again tonight. He’s flat out bigger than the Boston players, and Drummond can be used in all leagues.
Hassan Whiteside (at ORL, DK - $7,200, FD - $7,700) – Whiteside is in the doghouse once again for the Heat, as his “childish” antics were on full display on Christmas. Earlier in the season, he was forced to play limited minutes as a punishment, and that may be the case again tonight. If it isn’t, he is entirely too cheap, as he has been on fire for the Heat and he gets a great matchup against the Magic tonight. Whiteside is as talented as any center in the NBA, aside from Andre Drummond, but his minutes will be unknown until the game plays out, which makes him best suited for GPPs.