NBA $7,000 Thursday Special

It’s that time of the year again where injuries are starting to take its toll on certain teams and players. For us that means new guys are getting their opportunity. For fantasy purposes, that means we can find a lot of value today – if we pick the right guys. Today’s ten-game slate has a lot of great options, so make sure you get your team in before the 11:10am lockout for your chance to claim your share of the $7,000 in prizes on offer in today’s Thursday Special.

Point Guard

De’Anthony Melton $4,500

As a Rockets fan, De’Anthony Melton is the one that got away. I expected big things from Melton this season, and I was really upset when the Rockets traded him to the Suns. However, I’m glad to see the guy playing well, and he’s been in good form over the last 6 games. With Booker out, there will be a recurring thread of Phoenix guys whose usage should make a nice jump in today’s game, with Melton being one of them. Melton had 40.8 in the last game without Booker and given that he’s only scored below 20 fantasy points once in 6 games, he looks like a great play in both fantasy formats.

Ben Simmons $9,300

The Sixers have a home and away against the Wizards and Simmons should be well rested, having only played 27 minutes. Despite shortened minutes (blowout), Simmons still had 43.5 fantasy points. With the Wizards playing at home today, the game is expected to be much closer. The over/under is only 3.5 today, so if it does stay close Simmons could have a big score. If it is another blowout, at least you know that Simmons can produce a big score in limited time.

Shooting Guard

D’Angelo Russell $7,700

D’Angelo Russell has the much desired guard matchup against the Hawks today. If you haven’t noticed yet, opposition guards score a lot of fantasy points against the Hawks. Russell is coming off a shocker (7.7 fantasy points), which might scare a few people away. That’s a good thing. Russell. Russell averaged over 45 fantasy points per game in the three games before that, so if he can return to that form fantasy players will be laughing all the way to the top of the standings.

Alec Burks $4,800

Alec Burks is producing well for the Cavs in the starting role. He is averaging 26.9 over the last three games and playing over 30 minutes. With those type of minutes and usage Burks is a must consider every game until his price reaches somewhere in the high $5,000’s. With a great matchup against the Pels he’s a strong selection in any fantasy format.

Small Forward

Kelly Oubre Jr $4,000

With Booker listed as doubtful, Kelly Oubre Jr is worth playing against the Dallas Mavericks. He’s coming off a massive 48 fantasy point performance without Booker, in a game where he totaled 30 minutes against the Kings. Before that his performance was nothing to write about, but with his most recent game and the potential opportunity available to him today, Oubre might be one of the better bargain options available.

Power Forward

Domantas Sabonis $7,000

Sabonis is another guy who gets the bump due to injuries today. With Myles Turner out, Sabonis has been starting and taking advantage of every opportunity. He’s played well in limited minutes all season, but with Turner out Sabonis sees the floor for over 30 minutes a game and has responded with 36.2 and 40.8 fantasy point performances. I expect those type of numbers again today.

Josh Jackson $5,100

Another Phoenix Sun on the list, this time one that should be starting. Jackson started in the last game and dropped 30.3 fantasy points, following on from a strong 32.2 fantasy point performance in the game before (which he did not start in). Jackson has quietly been in really good form across the last 4 games, averaging 29 fantasy points per game. At his current price, Jackson should not be ignored in any fantasy format.

Centre

DeAndre Jordan $7,800

DeAndre Jordan walks into the best fantasy matchup in the game today when he comes up against the Phoenix Suns and their centre rotation. The Suns give up over 60 points a game to opposition centres, and Jordan will know doubt take the share of that for the Mavs today. Jordan has been up and down like a yo-yo, but with the great matchup and a couple of recent 42 fantasy point games I believe he makes for a very nice tournament play. He certainly has the upside.