NBA $15,000 Thursday Monster

With a week of play officially in the books, our favourite day has rolled around again. This week there’s an 11-game slate and $15,000 in prizes available in the NBA Thursday Monster. Get involved in the action by submitting your team before 11:00am AEST. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few names to consider:


Point Guard

Michael Carter-Williams $3,800

The Rockets haven’t looked like the same team this season. One of the reasons is the roster changes, and the other reason is the injuries. However, these injuries have opened up time for MCW. He’s not really deserving of real minutes, but he’s going to get them with all of the Rockets PG’s and Wings unavailable. Ennis, Paul and Knight will all miss tomorrow, so MCW will get plenty of time between positions 1-3. 

Cameron Payne $4,000

Kriss Dunn will miss tomorrow’s game and Cameron Payne is the projected starter. Payne is another guy who may not make the most of his opportunities, but he did have 26 fantasy points in 28 minutes just two games ago. The Bulls run a high octane offense, so Payne will be put in a strong position to succeed. The Bulls may give up 150 points on the other end, but at least that won’t hurt Payne’s fantasy score.

Steph Curry $10,000/John Wall  $9,800

Curry and wall are both at a great price points tomorrow. The two are capable of putting up big scores and going up against each other might be enough motivation to see them go all out. If either guy brings his best, they will provide massive value to fantasy players.

Shooting Guard

Josh Hart $6,700

Josh Hart Played 38 mins the other day in the Lakers overtime game against San Antonio. He also had 38.5 fantasy points to go with it, in the absence of Rondo and Ingram. Hart can fill it up, he gets steals, and he looks like a much better option than KCP at the two-guard right now. Regardless of injuries to other guys, Hart may continue to track up as it becomes undeniable that he’s one of the Lakers best options. The guy is a stud.

JJ Redick $5,500

Redick is massively underpriced after two big fantasy scores. He clearly deserves the minutes over Fultz. Don’t be surprised if the minutes continue to trend up and he takes the starting spot back from the young fella. He’s still in incredible form and he’s still one of the teams most important offensive players, especially with Simmons out.

Small Forward

Justin Jackson $4,200

Justin Jackson has been a favourite of mine since his days in college, so it feels good to see him trending in the right directions. His minutes have increased into the high twenties in the last couple of games and he has produced two scores in the twenties to go with it. This pick is a bit of an obscure one, but it’s that point of difference that can help you in tomorrow’s Thursday monster.

Giannis Antetokounmpo $12,000

Giannis is reaching 55+ far too consistently to ignore him in DFS right now. The price tag is high, but when you can basically guarantee a near 5x return at that price, you definitely have to heavily consider him – especially in cash games.

Power Forward

Dario Saric $6,100

Dario Saric has had back-to-back 35 + fantasy games, with the last one coming in the absence of Simmons. Because it’s only been two games, his price has yet to rise in line with his new form. This is a discount that won’t be available for much longer, so take it while you can.

Centre

DeAndre Ayton $8,000

Ayton has had two great games and one bad one so far in his NBA career. However, the bad one was because of foul trouble and there’s no worry of that vs these Lakers. In the same vein, there’s no one on their roster who can guard him, so a 20/10 night and another 45+ fnatasy point game doesn’t seem out of the question. Ayton is a beast, and it looks like he will be extremely consistent. I think he should be odds in favourite for ROY and he’s going to be a very consistent fantasy performer all season – especially against bad defensive teams like the Lakers.