This article aims to highlight some of the alternative plays at each position for tonight’s main NBA slate. These are some potentially lower-owned, higher risk/reward options for use in large field GPPs. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop. Today’s main slate includes two games starting at 6:30 ET.
Lou Williams – LA Clippers (at Denver) – Yahoo: $20, DK: $5800, FD: $5500
Williams is also a possible second PG or G in cash games, an affordable counterpart to one of the Top 3 at his position. Given questions or scarcity at other positions, however, many will choose to roll with two rock solid stars at PG tonight (Kyle Lowry, Jamal Murray or Kemba Walker). Williams has come on slowly in these playoffs, but showed off his 50-fantasy point upside in Game 4 of Round 1 vs. Dallas, and has at least put up double-digit points and enough peripherals to average about 25 fantasy points per game in Round 2.
Gary Harris – Denver (vs. LA Clippers) – Yahoo: $12, DK: $4600, FD: $5300
It’s not quite time to really believe in Harris, but that’s why he’s a pivot, rather than a top play. Those honors still belong to Fred VanVleet and Paul George. Harris has been creeping along since his return from injury, and in Game 3 he finally sort of busted out. He played 35 minutes, a great sign, scoring only 10 points but padding his fantasy line with four steals and six assists. If the upward trajectory continues, and Denver needs it to, he could be a low-percentage difference maker in tonight’s tournaments.
Jaylen Brown – Boston (vs. Toronto) – Yahoo: $27 (SG), DK: $7600, FD: $7800
Brown is certainly capable of being the player this salary dictates, but frustratingly, he often isn’t. He’s hardly strung two great games together since the beginning of the playoffs, but is coming off what is arguably his best effort of the series so far. Entering a key Game 6, here’s hoping he backs off the three-point line and drives to the basket – conditions under which he not only is more efficient, but also puts himself in position to bump his offensive rebound numbers.
Jayson Tatum – Boston (vs. Toronto) – Yahoo: $40, DK: $9300, FD: $9400
It’s possible to roster a star PG, Nikola Jokic, and Tatum, but there are sacrifices to be made (see next). I think Tatum might be the majority fade among those options, making him a nice pivot play in large field GPPs. The improving play of Michael Porter and Daniel Theis’ continued solid run provide far cheaper alternates to Tatum at this position. The value of Tatum relative to those guys is he’s most likely to finish in the 40-50 fantasy point range, while the others could fall under 20 fantasy points. We like to think the opposite but sometimes the pricey consistency is the pivot opportunity.
Chris Boucher – Toronto (at Boston) – Yahoo: $10, DK: $3000, FD: $3900
If Serge Ibaka sits out with an ankle injury tonight, Boucher will be the most popular play of the day. I think even if Ibaka starts, and a player like him will almost certainly try to give it a go in this must-win Game 6, Boucher could be in for increased usage. He played 11 minutes in Game 5, but managed an impressive three points, four rebounds and two blocks in that brief span. Even an increase to 18-19 minutes could net you 20 cheap fantasy points tonight. It’s not easy to fade Jokic on FanDuel, but if you can use Boucher in a utility slot on the other sites, he opens up a lot of possibilities.