It’s the last slate before the All-Star break, and it’s a small one. Oklahoma City is in New Orleans while Boston hosts the LA Clippers. Make sure the stars are starting tonight, as many teams try to eek out a couple extra days’ rest around the break. Injuries to worry about include Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown while Patrick Beverley will miss tonight's game as expected. In this column, I generally set $6000 FD/$5000 DK as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate. Tonight’s slate tips at 8:00 pm EST.
Landry Shamet, LA Clippers at Boston ($4300 FD, $4800 DK(SG/SF))
Options are limited tonight, and if there’s one guy I’m paying for at PG, it’s Chris Paul. I don’t mind saving on a second guard, and Shamet has met value in three of his last four games. He’s at his fantasy best when he takes at least 10 shots from the field, and the fact that this should be a close and high scoring game bodes well for him to do so tonight.
Brad Wanamaker, Boston Celtics vs. LA ($3900 FD, $4000 DK)
Teams make late, last minute decisions around the All Star break to get certain guys extra rest. Boston is one such team that has been dealing with various injuries, so while everyone should be able to play tonight, if they decide to rest Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart or even Kemba Walker, you could consider Wanamaker. He’s been able to put in around 20 fantasy points (15-30 range) over the last couple weeks, which isn’t bad for the price tonight. If all the starters start, however, I’m steering clear.
JJ Redick, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City ($4500 FD, $4400 DK)
Consider Redick an affordable option here, even if the rest of the Pelicans are healthy. He’s been in a nice scoring groove, and has produced between 20-40 fantasy points in his last four games. He averages 25 fantasy points in three games vs. the Thunder this season. Vegas has this game at a nearly 230-point total and the Pelicans are narrowly favored at home. It’s a great environment for Redick, but also consider Josh Hart ($5000 FD, $5600 DK), especially if Brandon Ingram is out again.
Marcus Morris, LA Clippers at Boston ($5200 FD, $5000 DK)
Morris’ salary has come down as he acclimates to his new team, but I suspect that his contributions may go up as he and his teammates figure out how to best take advantage of his skill set. You have your choice of expensive options at SF (Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both appealing), so you could take advantage of the lower price tag on Morris as your second on FanDuel and hope for a modest double-double with a block or two tonight. What I really like is using him at PF on DraftKings.
Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics vs. LA ($5300 FD, $4600 DK(C))
Theis is the Boston big man you want tonight, as it is clearly Enes Kantor who takes a backseat when both guys are healthy (and Kanter only played 12 minutes the last time they played the Clippers). Theis has been terrific in his last two games, and earlier this season put up 40 fantasy points against the Clippers. That effort included 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals. He’s laid out the blueprint, can he do it again? At this salary, I’m willing to try, especially on FanDuel, where I can fill a PF spot with him.
Also consider: Nicolo Melli ($4000 both) As the newest member of the World Team in the Rising Stars Challenge, he might get some extra run tonight, and he has been solid without Ingram and/or Zion Williamson lately.
Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers at Boston ($5600 FD, $4500 DK)
Harrell has had some duds lately, but at this price, DraftKings is almost demanding that you slot him in tonight. He is much better than this salary, or than a few of his recent box scores. His blocks are down, and he’s just barely keeping that double-digit scoring streak alive. It’s a stacked team, sure, but Harrell can and should pay off this low DK salary tonight.
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans ($5400 FD, $5300 DK)
Adams came through for the bargain hunters on Tuesday with a small double-double, and gets a fantasy-friendly matchup tonight. New Orleans ranks eighth in overall fantasy points allowed to opponents, and Adams is averaging about 26 fantasy points per game against them this season. He’s a solid play for the price in what should be a close and high scoring game.