Basketball has started early this morning, but the fantasy fan has only just begun. Today’s slate of NBA games is incredible, and with a late 12:10 pm start-time, the four games included in the Tuesday Swish are four of the best. Everyone should be itching for the GSW vs CLE rematch, and Chris Paul’s return to L.A. But how does that impact on your fantasy lineups? Who are the plays for today?

Point Guard

Chris Paul $10,800
Chris Paul in great form, without James Harden, and against his former team? This seems like an easy yes. CP is averaging 56.2 over his last three games and will have some extra incentive in his first return to LA since the move. It’s also one of his last chances to enjoy running his own show before Harden returns, so let’s hope he makes the most of it.

Shooting Guard

Donovan Mitchell $7,100
To be perfectly honest, I love recommending Donovan Mitchell every chance I get. Before the draft he was one of my favourite rookies and as the season’s come along he’s firmed into my favourite of this class. His play in Utah has been incredible and he’s starting to garner Rookie of the Year consideration from media members. Simmons has a solid lead, but Mitchell has been coming for a while now and if he keeps it up the race isn’t over just yet.

It’s his usage that continues to rise, and in general his numbers AND efficiency have risen with it. He’s had a usage rate of 30% in his last 3 games, and it was 37.7% in his last game. It’s hard to ignore that kind of usage, especially when it comes with the ceiling that Donovan provides. Spida Mitchell makes for a great tournament play today given his usage/price ratio.

Lou Williams $9,500
Lou Williams is getting to that price point where it’s hard to play him, but fortunately a good matchup can be the deciding factor in daily fantasy. You’re no doubt aware of what he’s been doing in LA and he’s moved into the starting lineup over the final 4 games which has led to an even greater increase in play.  He’s averaging 45.9 in that four game stretch and has the matchup to repeat those performances today. He’s playing Houston – the team that recently traded him away in the Chris Paul deal – and they are a bottom ten defense at his position. Both of those points, as well as his form, bode well for another big Lou Williams performance. My one concern is CP turns back the clock in a semi-personal matchup and plays the sort of defense that might slow him down. That’s easier said than done, though.

Small Forward

Joe Ingles $4,800
Joe Ingles is a safe value play, with a little more upside than you might imagine. He rarely falls below 20 fantasy points, and he can score as high as the 30’s. He’s a great cash play to open up room for one of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The real question is, does LeBron’s worst performance of the year against GS last time scare you off? Or make you think he’s coming for revenge this time? He’s not usually one to let a team get the better of him twice.

Power Forward

Skal Labissiere $3,800
Skal Labissiere is slowly trending upwards, both in minutes and fantasy points, but it feels like he’s primed for a breakout. He had 29.9 in 21.7 minutes in the last game, and all he’s waiting for is the minutes’ opportunity needed to land a big fantasy score. Today against OKC the Kings may struggle to defend with their two-big lineups, which might finally open the door for the young Kings big man,

Derrick Favors $6,000
Injuries and returning from injuries has had Favors value fluctuating all season. But with Gobert out, he’s consistently finding big fantasy scores once he’s in a rhythm. He played well in his last game, but with that game under his belt, he should perform even better in this one. Especially given Indiana have the second worst Centre defense in the league (Favors will start at centre and play his minutes there).


Steven Adams $6,000
Steven Adams has been in great form this season, besides from a two-game slide just recently. However, for fantasy players that slide bodes well as it decreased his value. He bounced back with 46.7 in his last game and now looks extremely underpriced, especially against the league’s third-worst centre defense.