The NBA returns with a monster 12-game schedule before a day off on Thanksgiving Thursday, so tonight is the night to get your DraftKings fix before stuffing your face with food and kicking off the holiday season.
The game I am most thankful for tonight in fantasy? It’s looking like the Kings at the Bucks, despite DeMarcus Cousins likely sitting this one out with a back injury. Both teams have been bad on defense, so there should be plenty of opportunity for everyone to get theirs tonight.
As far as you getting yours on DraftKings tonight, there are plenty of players that can be had at Black Friday-esque values and they are waiting below.
Today’s news and notes:
- Scott Skiles is going insane and has decided to bench Victor Oladipo for tonight’s game against the Knicks. Unless you would like to go insane as well, I would stay away from the situation in Orlando.
- Matthew Dellevadova (ankle) is a game-time decision tonight, but Mo Williams will return for the Cavs. I am not all that interested in the Cleveland point guard situation tonight.
- Luol Deng (hamstring) is out tonight, giving a boost to Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson.
- Hassan Whiteside (illness) is questionable tonight. If he sits, Andre Drummond of the Pistons becomes one of the top plays of the night.
- Nik Stauskas (knee) is out for the 76ers tonight, so Hollis Thompson should play the lion’s share of minutes at the shooting guard slot. He is a fine punt play.
- DeMarcus Cousins (back) is doubtful to go tonight against the Bucks, as I mentioned above. Rudy Gay, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos all have the arrow point up for the Kings. Greg Monroe is one of the biggest beneficiaries for the Bucks.
- Zach Randolph (knee) is a game-time decision once again for the Grizzlies. Jeff Green is the most intriguing option if he sits.
- LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is expected to play against Dallas, but I wouldn’t use him in cash tonight.
- Tyson Chandler (illness) and Eric Bledsoe (knee) are both game-time decisions tonight. It sounds like Chandler will play while the jury is still out on Bledsoe. If Bledsoe doesn’t play, I love Brandon Knight as the primary ball handler.
- Rudy Gobert (tailbone) is likely to play against the Clippers, but he is a game-time decision.
Make sure to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Rudy Gay, SF, SAC ($7,000): With DeMarcus Cousins likely out for this game, Gay ascends to the role of lead-dog in the scoring department for the Kings. The Bucks have also been putrid against opposing forwards and are one of the worst teams in terms of rebounding.
Greg Monroe, C, MIL ($7,200): Another beneficiary of DeMarcus Cousins potentially sitting tonight is Monroe, who should have a free run of things in the paint. He is criminally underpriced at only $7.2k, and should be able to destroy the Kings on the inside with their franchise pillar sidelined.
More studs to consider: James Harden, SG, HOU ($10,300) – Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA ($8,400) – Anthony Davis, PF, NO ($10,800)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players and Punt Plays
Jose Calderon, PG, NY ($4,000): If you want to punt at point guard, Calderon offers a combination of solid workload and good matchup. There isn’t a ton of upside here, but he can still get it done as far as value in cash games.
Brandon Knight, PG, PHX ($8,200): If Eric Bledsoe is ruled out or limited, Knight becomes a piece of each and every one of my lineups. The matchup with the Pelicans is phenomenal, and becoming the primary ball handler for the Suns would vault him to the top point guard play of the night for me.
Rodney Hood, SG UTA ($5,200): Hood has been receiving consistently high minutes, and should have a good advantage against the defense of J.J. Redick. There is a ton of value at shooting guard tonight, but Hood offers a solid cash game floor.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN ($4,000): Have the Nets finally figured out that they should play the only intriguing piece they have for the future? It appears so! Hollis-Jefferson has a diverse skill set and contributes everywhere, so $4k is simply too low if he is going to see 30 minutes a night.
Robert Covington, SF, PHI ($4,800): Covington is the best wing play on the 76ers, and it’s not even close. At $4.8k, you are likely getting 30 minutes and at least 20 DraftKings points. Even with a ton of value at small forward tonight, he is going to be in almost all of my lineups.
Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA ($6,300): I think I have recommended Hayward in half of my columns this season, but the price is just too low for a player of his caliber. A matchup with the up-tempo Clippers should allow him to shine.
Derrick Favors, PF, UTA ($7,400): Maybe I just love the Jazz, but Favors is a solid play tonight as well as the other Utah starters I mentioned. With the power forward position looking top-heavy tonight, I like saving a little bit on Favors.
Nerlens Noel, PF, PHI ($5,900): He might be better suited for tournaments at this point, but the Celtics are weak down low, and Noel is at one of the lowest prices we will see him all season. I don’t mind playing him in cash if he fits your utility spot.
Marcin Gortat, C, WAS ($5,500): If you want to punt center for whatever reason tonight, look Gortat’s way. He doesn’t have all that great of upside, but he has been fairly consistent with his minutes (25-27 per game) and his scoring production.
LOTTERY TICKETS – 5 Tournaments Options
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, MIL ($5,600): The Kings have been kind to point guards this season, and Carter-Williams’ lower price tag makes him a great option to target. His upside is a triple-double in this spot.
Andrew Wiggins, SG, MIN ($7,100): Wiggins has been on a scoring tear, which has propelled his fantasy value forward. If the scoring dries up, it’s difficult to see him making value, but if it doesn’t, he makes for a fine play.
Jae Crowder, SF, BOS ($5,600): The 76ers are bad at basketball, and Crowder is a guy that can contribute in every category in fantasy. There is major upside here on one of the most unsung players on the Celtics.
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY ($7,000): Porzingis has burst onto the scene, and a matchup with the Magic should allow him a little more time in the spotlight. There is still risk here considering his relatively unstable minutes situation.
Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN ($7,400): He burned everyone by getting in foul trouble against the 76ers, but the matchup at home against the Hawks is phenomenal. He would be a cash play if the center position weren’t so loaded tonight.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
The Orlando Magic: Scott Skiles is mad and is already reportedly moving Victor Oladipo to the bench. I am very far off of this situation.
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA ($8,300): Whiteside is battling illness, and will see a ton of Andre Drummond even if he plays. No thanks.