NBA $10,000 SUNDAY SPECIAL

Today’s ten game slate has $10,000 in prizes up for grabs. Games start at 9am (AEST) – get your lineups in before then for your chance to win. If you need help picking your squad for today, here are a few places to start:

Point Guard

Bryn Forbes $3,800

Bryn Forbes is the next man up for the Spurs. After losing both Dejounte Murray and Derrick White to injury, Forbes is the unlikely starter. In their opening game he tallied 21.6 fantasy points with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He also played 30 minutes, which is the most important determining factor. None of Forbes numbers jump off the page, which means to me that they are very repeatable. If this is the new norm for Forbes, as the spurs starting man, then his price needs to make a little jump before we stop considering him for out fantasy lineups.

Rajon Rondo $5,000

The Lakers have some questions to answer in regards to their rotations, but for now Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard. The veteran guard did his usual stat accumulation thing in the Lakers opening game and feels set to do it again when the Lakers take on the Rockets today. Rondo had 34.3 fantasy points with 13 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal. Those numbers might be slightly overs, but his low $5,000 price will accommodate for a decent sized dip in production today (if there is one).

Shooting Guard

Rodney McGruder $3,500

McGruder has hustled his way into the Heats starting lineup and now he’s starting to reap the rewards thanks to his all around play. McGruder had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes in the Heats win over the Wizards the other day. All of those numbers make him a must play until his price increases.

Devin Booker $9,000

Booker had an incredible last quarter performance against the Mavs to carry them home, but it wasn’t those fourth quarter buckets that should have fantasy players excited. Booker is going to score. He will almost always get his 20+ points a night. But if 7 assist nights are the new norm (I think they will be), then Booker will have a much safer fantasy floor. Given he has the fire power of all of the top stars, this new floor makes him a great option in both cash and tournament games given his cheaper price (for a high end guy).

Small Forward

Andrew Wiggins $7,200

Call me crazy for this, but I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns today. Wiggins form hasn’t been too bad, so this may not come as a massive surprise. With Butler sitting out today (rest), Wiggins will want to show what he can do in his absence. These young Timberpups have a lot to prove and even if it’s not reflected in a win, I believe it will be reflected on the fantasy scoreboard.

Josh RIchardson $7,400

Josh Richardson is firmly shaping as one of the favourites for Most Improved player after an incredible start to the season. Most of us probably saw this coming, and guys like ESPN’s Zach Lowe have been talking about Josh Richardson as one of those breakout guys for a while now. For fantasy players, Richardson’s time is finally here. He’s had 34.5 and 44.3 fantasy points in his first two games and most importantly he’s looked great with the ball in his hands. 8 assists across two games and increasing opportunities out of the Pick and Roll are giving Richardson much more value – both on the court and in fantasy

Power Forward

Jayson Tatum $7,100

Oh boy has Jayson Tatum looked good! He looked so good in that first game that people started asking whether or not he was the Celtics best player now. That’s definitely getting ahead of yourself – he’s their best player, at least not yet. But he is still a great fantasy option, especially with Hayward missing today’s game for rest.

Bobby Portis $6,200

I’m still not sold on Portis’ production as an NBA player, but those fantasy numbers don’t lie. Portis played 33 minutes and had 42.2 fantasy points in the Bulls season opener vs Philly. Portis is hitting threes and he’s going to grab boards, which means he’s a fairly safe bet of returning value at his current salary.

Centre

Karl-Anthony Towns $10,200

As I mentioned before, I’m going out on a limb here and ‘stanning’ for my boy Karl Anthony Towns. He’s been terrible so far this season, but there are reasons for it. Towns really doesn’t like Butler, and I’m sure he doesn’t enjoy playing with him The wolves and Thibs are wasting one of the best offensive big men of all time, and he needs to be utilised properly. Without Butler today, there’s far more chance that happens. Just like Wiggins, Towns will want to show what he can do once Butler is out of town.