NBA $6,000 Thursday Special

Today’s nine-game slate should be a great day of basketball! Most games are expected to total between 220-230 points and none are expected to be blowouts (at least according to Vegas). The only game you should probably avoid is Orlando @ Chicago, which doesn’t promise much in terms of basketball aesthetic. In terms of fantasy, Atlanta @ Washington, New Orleans @ Brooklyn and Philadelphia @ Phoenix are a few of the games you should target today. If that’s not enough to help you build your Thursday Special lineup, then here are a few guys to get you started.

Point Guard

Terry Rozier $4,600
Terry Rozier is expected to get the call up to the starting lineup today with Kyrie Irving out. We all know what Rozier can do and many consider him to be one of the more overqualified bench guards in the league. In his last two starts he has had 32.4 and 33.7 fantasy points, and although those games have been few and far between, they are great signs for fantasy players taking a chance on Rozier today.

Ben Simmons $9,500
Ben Simmons isn’t someone whose form validates his selection here today. Simmons has his ups and downs, and his dominance seems to be very dependent on the day. Today he has one of the league’s best matchup for point guards and I don’t feel like there is anyone on Phoenix who can stop him. Simmons definitely has his ups and downs, especially since butler’s inclusion. But today feels like one of the ups.

Shooting Guard

Jaylen Brown $4,800
With kyrie Irving out, it definitely shouldn’t hurt Browns cause as he attempts to return to form. Brown needs shots and touches to be effective, and coming off a 43.8 fantasy point game his confidence should be high. This seems like a great chance for Brown to get back his mojo, and I think the Celtics coaching staff and players know it. I think Brown is given every chance to succeed today and against a good matchup he should make the most of it.

Josh Okogie $4,200
Josh Okogie is expected to start for the timberwolves today with Jeff Teagye and Derrick rose inactive. You have to go back a long way, to the first 10 games of the season to find a time when Okogie started snd did it well. However, as a rookie he never looked out of place and if he receives the right opportunity today he should fill the stat sheet in enough ways to exceed his $4,200 price tag.

Small Forward

Paul George $10,000
After an insane run of form, Paul George has come back down to earth. But he hasn’t crashed back down, he’s descended nicely. His last two games have been 45 and 40.3 fantasy point performances. That’s not quite the 83.8 he had in late December, but it still means its been 5 games since he’s fallen below 40. That type of consistency needs to be rewarded and at his current price tag there’s almost no reason not to pick him. He’s underpriced given his current season form.

Power Forward

John Collins $8,400
John Collins status is one to watch today as he is coming into the game under an illness cloud. But if he’s healthy enough to play, he will most likely take advantage of a good matchup. Collins has had 37.1 and 40.3 in his two most recent games against Washington, despite not playing more than 32 minutes in either game. Collins has played 37 and 39 minutes in 2 of his last 3 games, so if he sees as much court time today against Washington, (health permitting) I expect a big fantasy score.

Anthony Davis $12,500
Anthony Davis against the Nets is just begging to be picked. The Nets are the league’s worst defense against opposition big men, and today they come up against arguably the best big man in the game. Davis had 65.3 fantasy points last time against the Nets and I would be shocked if he doesn’t match or exceed that again today.

Centre

DeAndre Ayton $7,900
DeAndre Ayton doesn’t have the math on his side against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, but does he have the narrative? This matchup is an important one for Ayton, and we see time and time again that up-and-coming players always give just that little bit extra against the established guys at their position. They don’t like to be showed up, and they like the box score to reflect that they can hold their own. Personally, I think Ayton will struggle at times against Embiid, but I think he will insert himself on the game enough to provide a strong fantasy score. A 20/10 against one of the league’s best big men will really help his ROY campaign, so I believe that’s what Ayton will be shooting for today.