Only five games on tonight’s slate, yet the gold lies in the two late contests that are filled with potential money makers.
Nets at Pistons, 7:30 PM (Eastern)
Brook Lopez remains the only player on the Brooklyn roster worth investing in. Over his last five games, Lopez is averaging a reliable 34 Fantasy points per night and is a good play here at $13,300 over at FantasyDraft.com. If you’re a gambler, let me point you over toward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($10,800) and his three-game stretch of at least 30 FP. He’s a stat-stuffer who can over good numbers defensively. Andre Drummond‘s scoring has fallen off and with both his field goal and free throw percentage hovering in the 40s, Drummond’s rebounding may not be enough for you to invest $14,700 on him. Tobias Harris ($11,900) can give you FP totals in the upper 20s and will still produce despite returning to his sixth man role.
Cavaliers at Bulls, 8:00 PM
Enjoy playing LeBron James ($18,000) as much as possible. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has stated James and Kyrie Irving ($14,700) will be rested over the team’s final eight games. Both will play tonight, so take full advantage of their high usage rates (James, 30, Irving 31.2) as Cleveland seeks to avoid being swept by the Bulls this season. Jimmy Butler has been sizzling over his past five games, averaging 57.5 FP per game. He’s worth going ante up and paying the $18,000 price tag. Rajon Rondo comes off a 43.8 FP outing in Sunday’s win at the Bucks and is proving reliable since the loss of Dwyane Wade. He’s sitting at a reasonable $12,300 tonight.
Lakers at Timberwolves, 8:00 PM
This sneak preview of the 2020 Western Conference Semifinals may not have Brandon Ingram (knee) on the court, but it will feature D’Angelo Russell, who is playing his way into becoming a nightly staple for DFSers. Russell ($13,700) is averaging 40.6 FP per night in his last five, yet the fact he managing just 11 points while shooting 31.6 percent from the field in the Lakers’ two previous games against the T-Wolves this season might offer some pause. Julius Randle has been sluggish in his last two, producing just a combined ten points and 15 rebounds, so you might want to use your $12,600 elsewhere. Ivica Zubac ($9,900) is too risky a play going up against Karl-Anthony Towns, who rebounded from last Saturday’s 23.3 FP dog against the Trail Blazers with 60 FP in Tuesday’s win over the Pacers. He’s the most expensive F/C on the board (rightfully) at $19,500. Andrew Wiggins has owned the Lakers this season, averaging 41.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a block in the two previous meetings. Those numbers are why you should play Wiggins at $13,300.
Clippers at Suns, 9:00 PM
Devin Booker missed Tuesday’s loss at the Hawks with an ankle injury and is a gametime decision. At this stage of the day, he’s way too risky to play at $13,600. If Booker is indeed out, the usage rates for T.J. Warren ($13,800) and Marquese Chriss ($10,600) will climb along with that of Tyler Ulis ($13,600), who is averaging 8.4 assists in his last ten. DeAndre Jordan ($12,900) has averaged 11.3 points, 14.3 boards and 2.7 blocks in three previous games against the Suns this season, while Blake Griffin ($15,000) averaged 25-10-5 versus Phoenix. If they’re getting loose, it obviously means Chris Paul is doing damage and playing worth every penny of his $15,900 price tag at FantasyDraft.com.
Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 PM
Rest assured that East Coasters will be up well into Friday morning watching this shootout. James Harden remains downright lethal, averaging 67 FP in his last five and more than earning his $22.100 price. Clint Capela is quietly emerging as a must-start performer, averaging 31.2 FP in his last five while shooting a ridiculous 72 percent from the field. He’s undervalued at $11,200. Trevor Ariza ($11,300) is also pulling in more than 30 FP per in the same span. Damian Lillard is clicking at 48.2 FP per in his last five and at $16,900, he’s a must-play tonight. Jusuf Nurkic can afford to run smack these days, putting in 40.2 FP in the same span that includes 12.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Nurkic ($14,700) and Capela will make a great subplot beyond the Harden-Lillard headliner. C.J. McCollum ($13,900) is a good source for three-pointers, as he’s averaging 50 percent from beyond the arc over the last two weeks.