Today’s Saturday slate is broken down into two major divisions: the “early” games and the main slate. The main slate contains six games, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. The tip sheet for today will focus on those games. The only game excluded from that slate is the Kings at the Magic.
Here are my favorite plays at each position, should you find yourself stuck on a lineup for that contest.
PG: Elfrid Payton (ORL)
SG: Ben McLemore (SAC)
SF: Omri Casspi (SAC)
PF: DeMarcus Cousins (SAC)
C: Nikola Vucevic (ORL)
Here is today’s news and notes before we dive into the main slate:
- Bradley Beal (shoulder) is questionable to go tonight against the Pistons. If he sits, I like Garrett Temple as a cheap play at shooting guard.
- Luol Deng (illness) will reportedly be active against the 76ers. It doesn’t make much sense to me, and I’m not ruling out the possibility of Deng sitting, but I like Justise Winslow even if Deng plays.
- Rodney Stuckey (ankle) and George Hill (illness) are both likely to play against the Bucks. This dings Monta Ellis’s value.
- Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out against the Magic in the early game. Omri Casspi is a nice play in Gay’s stead.
- Mo Williams (ankle) and Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) are both out against the Hawks. More on their replacements below.
Make sure to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Matthew Dellavedova, PG, CLE ($4,100): Mo Williams is out for tonight’s contest, which means Delly re-emerges as a value option. You can bet he’s going to be a highly-owned player in cash games, so it makes sense to save some coin and put him in your lineup as well.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA ($8,100): For cash tonight, Leonard has to be one of the top options to look at. He’s affordable, consistent and could get a bump in usage if LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is limited or doesn’t play. It’s the second night of a back-to-back, and it’s the Spurs, so triple-check the news on the lineup, but I think Leonard should be good to go tonight.
Tristan Thompson, PF, CLE ($4,800): Timofey Mozgov will join Mo Williams on the Cavaliers’ bench, so Thompson immediately becomes a value play in his stead. Anderson Varejao could start, but I wouldn’t touch him in cash games as Thompson is the candidate to soak up the majority of the minutes.
More studs to consider: James Harden, SG, HOU ($10,100) – Paul George, SF, IND ($9,700) – Carmelo Anthony SF, NY ($8,500)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players and Punt Plays
Jose Calderon, PG, NY ($3,600): Calderon is another cheap option to turn to if you don’t like Dellavedova. He’s played well recently (21 DraftKings points/game over his last six), but he’s coming off of 30 minutes last night, so be careful.
Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL ($5,600): If Jeff Teague is ruled out – Schroder has appeared in this tip sheet for each start he’s had this season, and I still like him if Teague is ruled out again.
Arron Afflalo, SG, NY ($4,300): The Rockets have been putrid defensively and just played last night, so it’s unlikely to get any better with no rest. Afflalo is the clear starter at shooting guard for the Knicks, making him a cheap option in a plus matchup.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET ($5,000): Caldwell-Pope hasn’t played well lately, but the matchup with the Wizards is a good one. I prefer Afflalo, but 25 DraftKings points is surely within Caldwell-Pope’s reach.
Justise Winslow, SF, MIA ($4,000): I like this play even if Luol Deng plays, but if he sits this one out, Winslow is a tremendous value. He should see plenty of run, and against the 76ers that could mean huge profit.
Terrence Jones, PF, HOU ($5,700): With Dwight Howard out, Jones should be the focal point of the Rockets’ efforts down low. He has big upside most nights, and I don’t mind taking a flier on him as a mid-tier option here.
Greg Monroe, C, MIL ($7,600): The Pacers don’t have anyone all that great defensively on the interior, so Monroe could have a monster game tonight. He’s the main cog in the Bucks’ offense, and he’s coming at a discount here.
Marcin Gortat, C, WAS ($5,500): The matchup with Andre Drummond isn’t a favorable one, but if you want to go mid-tier at center tonight, this is probably your best bet.
LOTTERY TICKETS – 5 Tournaments Options
Goran Dragic, PG, MIA ($5,200): Maybe Dragic just isn’t that good, but if the Heat want to get him going, there’s nothing quite like a matchup with the 76ers to do just that.
Langston Galloway, SG, NY ($4,300): I like Afflalo tonight, the guy starting over Galloway, but the backup has some upside here. The matchup with the Rockets is good, and Galloway has shown the ability to contribute across the board.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL ($7,200): If you want to be contrarian, grabbing Antetokounmpo in a sea of good small-forward options could pay dividends if he goes off. People are going to be off of him because of a matchup with Paul George, so ownership will be low in GPPs.
Kevin Love, PF, CLE ($8,100): With people flocking to Tristan Thompson, Love could be the forgotten man for Cleveland’s fantasy prospects. He’s been a stud so far this season, and the price is still reasonable in a good matchup.
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA ($8,300): If you guaranteed me that Whiteside would play 30 minutes tonight, he’d be in every lineup I make. The 76ers want to force feed the post, so a massive night of blocks could be headed his way.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
LeBron James, SF, CLE ($10,100): LeBron is awesome, but I’d rather pivot to either Paul George or Carmelo Anthony for a discounted price.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE ($3,000): He’s cheap, but I just don’t believe he can hold up. Play him in tournaments if you want, but I just can’t do it.