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    Welcome to another edition of exciting NBA content, featuring the largest slate of games we have seen in one night, a whopping 13 scheduled! 

    Bing Bong, it is time to get into some of my favorite matchups tonight including some former MVP candidates who will not be making an appearance in my recommendations (Nikola Jokic) as well as some highly valuable players that may get lost in the sauce when it comes to lineup building. Looking at the early slate of games, the matchup that intrigues me right off the bat is the Hornets traveling to take on the Grizzlies. The game features the highest game total from all the games, and features plenty of young talent on both sides of the ball. Game-stacking is certainly in play for this game. From the late games, the Timberwolves traveling to take on the Warriors provides the most intrigue as D’Angelo Russell returns to face his former team. Despite a high game-spread of seven points, I expect a hard fought battle featuring superstars who will make the necessary plays to win and provide plenty of DFS goodness. 

    With so many great options to choose from, allow me to dive into some of my absolute favorite plays tonight, along with some names to consider for your player pools! 

    Player Tiers

    Expensive Tier

    Stephen Curry ($11,700) – Coming off one of Curry’s signature performances where he dropped a cool 50/10 double-double, I am going right back to the well here as the Warriors host the Timberwolves tonight. Despite a very high price tag, Steph has 70-point upside tonight with a defense known for giving up points in bunches. Look for Curry to keep the pedal to the metal here. 

    Anthony Davis ($11,100) – Facing a tough Heat defense might provide potential ownership favoritism here, going with other options once we cross through the $11K price threshold. With that said, I love Davis here, as a smash play given his defensive prowess and high minutes usage needed with LeBron James out of the lineup. 

    Jayson Tatum ($10,400) – Opportunity breeds daily fantasy glory, making Tatum a great value play despite the elevated price tag. With Jaylen Brown being out for the next couple of games, much of the offensive load is going to fall squarely on his shoulders. Coming off a 30/10 game, Tatum is locked in for 55 fantasy points in this matchup against the Raptors. 

    LaMelo Ball ($10,000) – LaMelo Ball has quickly ascended the fantasy ranks into the high-priced tier. For the first time in his very young career he is priced at $10K, but I am not scared at all of the price bump. He has a great matchup against the Grizzlies, ripe with opportunity to flirt with another triple-double. 

    Ja Morant ($9,900) – As I said earlier, this is one of the games to target from a DFS perspective. On the other side of the ball, we have Ja Morant going head-to-head with Ball, making him a wonderful high-priced game stack. Coming off a massive 56-fantasy point effort in his previous game, Morant is the clear alpha dog on this team, and should continue to put up massive numbers all season long. 

     

    Mid-Tier

    De’Aaron Fox ($8,200) – Finally we have a player who has failed to live up to the immense preseason hype thus far in the young fantasy season. Fox showed signs of life in the last game against the Suns, where he dropped a cool 46 fantasy points. I believe Fox continues to put his struggles behind him here in a matchup against the Spurs, plugging him in at low ownership.  

    Anthony Edwards ($8,000) –  The second year breakout continues for Edwards, as he has put up between 40-50 fantasy points on a consistent basis this year. Coming off a 44 point fantasy effort against the Grizzlies, he has another fantastic matchup as he travels to take on the Warriors. Taking a few cues from Curry on the other side of the ball should only help his fantasy outlook. 

    Zach LaVine ($7,600) – LaVine has had a fairly consistent level of production this season, averaging over 40 fantasy points a game. Despite his consistent play, the price tag is down to only $7.6K tonight as the Bulls host the Mavericks. This is a great opportunity to add him up into lineups for cash and tournament games to boot. 

    Jaren Jackson Jr. ($6,100) – The biggest risk to Jackson Jr. from a fantasy perspective is his propensity to get into foul trouble. A wonderful high-paced game environment and potential for increased center minutes make him a great option tonight. I am going to continue and stack this game whenever possible and Jackson Jr. belongs in lineups. 

    Ricky Rubio ($5,200) – With Sexton being out for the foreseeable future with a torn meniscus, Rubio should be able to get all the minutes he can handle alongside Garland in the Cavaliers’ backcourt. His price tag remains the same even though he is coming off a massive 61 fantasy-point effort, and that will likely change after tonight so please lock him in as a core lineup build. 

     

    Value

    Daniel Theis ($3,700) – Although Theis plays for one of the worst teams in the league, he still starts making him an immediate value play. Coming off a game where he only saw 21 minutes he still put up 26 fantasy points. Despite an inconsistent role on the rebuilding Rockets, he is still a great value at only $3.7K tonight. 

    Cameron Payne ($3,500) – After coming back last game from a five-game hamstring injury absence, Payne is locked in as Paul’s backup night-in and night-out. While his minutes off the bench are inconsistent, Payne is still a great value play as someone who can lead the second unit and put up 25-30 fantasy points. 

    Jeff Green ($3,400) – While there is no official word on who will replace Nikola Jokic in the starting lineup, the newest addition to the Nuggets in Green should see plenty of minutes regardless of starting position. Without any real centers to back up Jokic, Green becomes a fantastic value on tonight’s massive slate. 

     

    Honorable Mentions: Bradley Beal ($9,500), Miles Bridges ($8,100), Myles Turner ($6,900), Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800), Norman Powell ($5,600), LaMarcus Aldridge ($4,200), and Duncan Robinson ($3,700)

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