Welcome back for another night of action in the Association. Let’s jump in and take a look at some of my core plays at each position and then make sure to check out all our top plays on the Members-Only DFS NBA cheatsheet available in chat.
TRAE YOUNG – BUCKS
Trae Young has gone over 60 fantasy points in back to back game after dominating the Cavs and Nets on the road. The Hawks now face off with a much tougher team in the Bucks, but they’ll let them play fast. The Bucks actually play at the fastest pace in the league (104.96), so Young is going to see even more possessions than he’s already used to. They’re also missing Eric Bledsoe, and it’s left a defensive hole in the lineup. The Bucks have plenty of solid individual defenders, but their pace makes it tough for anyone to cover Trae Young. There’s no doubt that there’s blowout potential in this game, but there’s also a good chance it stays close and Trae Young would have to have a huge day if that’s the case. I’d rather play Giannis all day, but Trae Young is the no-doubt top point guard on the slate.
AARON HOLIDAY – PACERS
Malcolm Brogdon is officially a GTD for this one, so make sure he’s ruled out before you deploy Aaron Holiday. If Brogdon is out, Holiday will slide in for 28-34 minutes and he’s extremely active when on the floor. He put up 39 fantasy points against a tougher Raptors squad and the Heat don’t offer nearly as much resistance. Holiday is too cheap on both sites and an auto-play in my book if Brogdon is ruled out.
DEVIN BOOKER – SUNS
Devin Booker is priced down on both sites and for good reason. He hasn’t been great since returning from injury, failing to eclipse 35 fantasy points in three games. He draws a great match-up with the Golden State Warriors, who rank 20th in defensive efficiency and 26th against opposing shooting guards. They play at a fast pace and give up the fourth-most open threes in basketball. Devin Booker is priced down on both sites and I fully expect him to get over 40 fantasy points.
KEVIN HUERTER – HAWKS
The Hawks are a team I like a lot tonight at a few different positions. Trae Young and John Collins are the expensive two, but Kevin Huerter is a great value play in his own right. He’s locked into 30+ minutes and he’s been over 29 fantasy points in three of the last four. He does a lot more than just score and the Hawks will lean on him as a complementary piece to Young and Collins. Expect Hueter to come on under 15% owned as one of the best value options on the slate.
GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO- BUCKS
Giannis is easily my favorite way to pay up on this slate. While we expect the Bucks to take care of the Hawks (MIL -11.5), the starters will play their full allotment of minutes if this is anything less than a 20-point blowout. Giannis is going to crush while on the floor against the fast-paced Hawks and 32-34 minutes isn’t out of the question. There isn’t a ton to pay up for tonight and Antetokounmpo has far more upside than anyone on the slate.
DERRICK JONES JR. – HEAT
Jones has quietly been over 30 minutes in three of the last four games and he doesn’t sit in the corner when on the floor. He’s averaged six rebounds a game over the last three on top of 10+ points. The Pacers play fast and give up plenty of peripherals in the paint. If you’re looking for value at small forward, Derrick Jones Jr. is as good as it gets.
JOHN COLLINS – HAWKS
There isn’t a ton to love at power forward and John Collins is my highest projected raw-scorer at the position. Bam Adebayo and Domantas Sabonis are both in play, but Collins is cheaper and he showed how healthy he was the last game. In his first game back from injury, Collins played 34 minutes and put up 51 fantasy points. The Bucks are susceptible down low and Young showed his willingness to get Collins involved against the Cavs. It won’t be long until we’re looking at a $9k John Collins, and we should take advantage before then.
DRAYMOND GREEN – WARRIORS
Draymond has now been over 30 fantasy points in back to back games and it sure seems like he’s settling in as the secondary option to D’Angelo Russell. The Suns play fast and this game is going to be one of the higher-scoring of the slate. Green thrives in high-scoring games as there are naturally more peripherals to go around. Green has the upside to go for 50 if he puts it all together and with a floor of 30, I love him in all formats in this match-up.
ARON BAYNES – SUNS
With DeAndre Anton already announced out for this game, we get at least one more game with free-square Aron Baynes. He played 32 and 29 minutes in each of the last two games and we know what Baynes is capable of in big minutes. The Warriors are one of the weakest teams in the league against big men and Baynes will be in there to deal with the size of Cauley-Stein. I love him in all formats.