Today’s 8-game slate hosts a bunch of great fantasy games, so make sure you get your team in before today’s 10:10 am lockout for your shot at $7K in prizes. NBA DFS Tips:

Point Guard

Trey Burke $5,100

I’m kicking myself for not recommending Burke on Tuesday, so I won’t make that mistake again today. For those that don’t know, Burke had 42 and 12 in an overtime loss to the Hornets. In that game, he played 40 minutes and took 31 shots. Before that game, he was also coming off of a good run of form, including back to back 30+ point games. At his current salary, he still looks like a great play, even if he can’t repeat those career highs again.

Shabazz Napier $3,600

Shabazz Napier scored 30+ fantasy points in his last seven fantasy games. And guess what, he’s pencilled in as a starter again today in Lillard’s absence. It’s hard to know if he will repeat the performance again today with the opportunity presenting itself, given he’s been seeing consistent minutes and not showing much. However, the upside of those numbers is too hard to ignore in today’s Thursday Swish.

Shooting Guard

CJ McCollum $7,500

When Lillard goes away, McCollum comes to play. This one is obviously pretty explanatory; when the highest usage guy is out, the second highest usage guy becomes the highest usage guy. Usage is a great indicator for fantasy points, so yeah, it’s just that easy.

Small Forward

Evan Turner $3,800

Evan Turner had 24.2 in his last game (starting). Given he has the start again today, we can hope for a similar return on his near basement value. This is one of those safer bargain plays, but it does lack some of the upsides of others with McCollum and Napier seemingly taking the brunt of the responsibility in Lillard’s absence

Mario Hezonja $4,300

I feel like we’ve been in this position before, but I truly am shocked by the resurgence of Mario Hezonja. I, like most people, though he was left dead in the water, with no chance of making anything out of his NBA career. But this year, he’s somewhat turned it around to the point that he’s at least a good fantasy play in tournament games. He has a chuckers mentality, but when he’s hitting, it’s rewarding. He had 44.6 in his last game, just in time for a great matchup against the Nets.

Power Forward

Julius Randle $8,100

Julius Randle vs the Dallas Mavericks is a matchup I love. The Mavs just don’t have a guy to stop him, especially not the decrepit Dirk Nowitzki who he’ll no doubt lineup on for some time (if Dirk plays -GTD). Randle has had 45.5 and 41.1 in his last two games against the Mavs, so look for that trend of 40+ to continue.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $6,500

RHJ has scored 30+ in 5 of his last 6 games starting, and that one ‘down’ game was a 25.2 point performance. I guess you could say the guys in form. He’s playing 30+ minutes a night and filling the stat sheet, which really bodes well for his fantasy floor. Giving the attractiveness of his matchup, that also raises his floor, which is the type of play we want for today’s tournament.

Centre

Karl-Anthony Towns $10,600

There are a lot of good options at Centre today, but it’s hard to go past Karl Anthony towns (even if he was up late last night playing video games with Ben Simmons – who cares, it’s only the Hawks, right?). Without Butler, Towns has had a higher usage, resulting in a 44 last game and two 55 point performances in 2 of his other last four (he had weaker 30 point game in between). But regardless, Towns is positioned well for a big game today against the Hawks, so make sure you take advantage.

 

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