An 11-game schedule offers a little bit of everything. OK, almost everything when you consider DeMarcus Cousins is sitting out tonight’s tilt against the Pistons due to excessive misbehavior. Still, this is a strong night for DFSers, especially the Rockets-Clippers matchup that projects to be a high-scoring affair most will want in on.
Two of DailyRoto’s highest projections square off in a game that will keep East Coasters well past midnight. James Harden ($20,900 at FantasyDraft.com) has nine straight games of least 40 Fantasy points and expected to easily clear the ball, as DR has him projected for 57.75 FP. Chris Paul‘s 56.25 FP gem in Sunday’s win over the Hornets in just his second game back from thumb surgery emphatically shows he’s back into form.
At $16,400, Paul also projects to be money well-spent. He’s projected for 46.65 FP tonight and could exceed that as he gets back in tune with Blake Griffin ($16,800), who comes off a 69.50 FP outing against the Hornets. Griffin has scored at least 40 FP in seven of his last eight and should be considered a great add.
The rest of the night’s schedule:
Knicks at Magic, 7:00 PM: Two teams going nowhere fast. Carmelo Anthony ($14,700) has averaged 39.8 FP per game in his last five and his usage rate has been high over the same span, coming in at 33.4. Kristaps Porzingis ($12,700) comes back after missing the last two with an ankle sprain. It’s best to avoid him. Willy Hernangomez is out with an ankle injury.
Nikola Vucevic ($14,000) is the only Magic player to seriously consider.
76ers at Heat, 7:30 PM: With news of the Sixers shutting down Joel Embiid for the rest of the season, the onus is officially on Robert Covington ($13,800) and Dario Saric ($14,300), who have combined for 83.4 FPPG in the last five. Saric has four double-doubles in his last five, while Covington has four straight games of at least 15 points and eight rebounds.
Hassan Whiteside has a been a beast in his last five, averaging 15.6 points, 15.8 boards and two blocks a night. Even with a relatively low usage rate, Whiteside does more than enough to justify his $15,300 at FantasyDraft.com. Goran Dragic ($13,000) has been a mark of consistency, averaging at least 30 FP in 19 of his last 20.
Mavericks at Hawks, 7:30 PM: This shapes up to be a low-scoring affair, as the Hawks are fifth in defensive rating while the Mavs are a lowly 24th in offensive rating. The battle between Nerlens Noel ($10,500) and Dwight Howard ($12,400) offers intrigue. Howard comes into tonight with five double-doubles in his last seven. Noel hasn’t looked overly impressive from a Fantasy sense in his first two games with the Mavericks, but with the team looking at him as a long-term chip, that will soon change.
Dirk Nowitzki ($11,300) has averaged 34.6 FPPG in his last five, yet it’s hard to see him continuing that run against a stubborn Hawks D.
Wizards at Raptors, 7:30 PM: Now is not the time to install Cory Joseph into your DFS lineup. This could be a high-scoring game, but Joseph ($10,600) has been south of 30 FP since a 44.50 outburst on January 17. Expect DeMar DeRozan ($17,200) and his 34 UR to dictate the Toronto offense along with an increased presence from Serge Ibaka ($12,300).
John Wall ($18,300) has averaged 52.8 FP per game in his last five and you know his usage rate will run high. He’s also looking for his 12th straight game of at least ten assists. Washington’s diverse offense is good, yet also has potential for DFSers to swing and miss if you don’t get the right Wizards player outside of Wall.
Cavaliers at Celtics, 8:00 PM: The usual cast of must-start characters will be in for the offing. LeBron James ($19,500) has at least 40 FP in 19 of his last 20. Al Horford ($11,200) has been in a long-term skid, having failed to score at least 30 FP since February 11.
Nuggets at Bucks, 8:00 PM: Monster matchup between Nikola Jokic ($16,300) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,900) highlights this contest. Wilson Chandler‘s usage rate has climbed recently and as diverse as the Nuggets are with Fantasy standouts, Chandler ($12,600) might be the best option in what’s expected to be a slugfest between two of the worst teams in defensive rating.
Pistons at Pelicans, 8:00 PM: Anthony Davis ($18,500) is a strong must-start as he goes back to his high usage rate for at least one night. Also doesn’t hurt that he’s scored at least 29 points in five of his last seven while also pulling down at least nine boards in that same span. Andre Drummond‘s your man if you want surefire high rebounding totals. Drummond ($13,900) has recorded at least 11 boards in nine of his last ten.
Pacers at Spurs, 8:30 PM: Stay away from Paul George ($14,000). In ten previous games against the Spurs, George averaged just 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and three assists. San Antonio also leads the league in defensive rating and is more vicious at home. You don’t need to be told that Kawhi Leonard ($15,900) merits strong consideration into your lineup.
Timberwolves at Jazz, 9:00 PM: Few big men matchups are as huge as Karl-Anthony Towns ($17,900) versus Rudy Gobert ($13,700). KAT has averaged 57 FPPG in his last five while Gobert’s 39.6 FPPG in the same span is nothing to sneeze at. However, the play of Andrew Wiggins ($14,000) and Gordon Hayward ($14,000) could steal the show.
Nets at Kings, 10:30 PM: Only by an act of Congress do we mention this game. Brook Lopez ($12,300) has hovered near 38 FP per game over his last five for Brooklyn. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($9,800) is an intriguing gamble. As for the Kings, you’re being advised to go nowhere near them.