NBA SATURDAY SPECIAL

There isn’t many things better than a massive slate of basketball on the weekend, and today’s slate looks like one of the best in a while! We have Anthony Davis and LeBron James battling it out LA, and we have a massive all pace, no defense affair between New York and Atlanta in Madison Square Garden. If you’re looking to enjoy a couple of games and maybe win a couple of dollars, then the Saturday Special is a great place to start.

Point Guard

Fred Vanvleet $5,600

With Kyle Lowry out Fred Van Vleet has been more than serviceable as the Raptors starting point guard. Vanvleet has been averaging 12 pints, 6 assists and 4 rebounds over the last four games and is still priced like a bench player. With Lowry out again today, Fred Vanvleet is one of the no-brainer plays of the day.

Emmanuel Mudiay $6,700

I don’t feel good about this, but sometimes you have to trust the numbers. Mudiay has been in awesome form of late, averaging over 36 fantasy points over his last five. He also has the league’s best matchup today against the Atlanta Hawks. Mudiay is definitely a hit or miss player, but today looks like it should be one of those days where he hits.

Shooting Guard

Tim Hardaway Jr $7,300

Tim Hardaway Jr is a definite boom or bust candidate. Thankfully, we have the perfect matchup for THJ today when the Knicks take on the Hawks. The Hawks are the league’s second worst defense against shooting guards, which usually means that THJ will hit at the high end of the spectrum today.

Small Forward

Joe Harris $4,800

Surprisingly Joe Harris was a little quiet in his last game against the Chicago Bulls, but he’s been in great form outside of that. He was averaging 31 fantasy points per game in te three games before that, consistently providing a massive 6X return for fantasy players. It might be a tiny regression to the norm for Harris, but I for one am willing to give him another chance while he’s still averaging 30+ minutes per game.

LeBron James $11,200

Everyone knows by now that LeBron James coasts a lot of the regular season, so the key for fantasy is picking the games where he might take it up a gear. Personally I think this is one of those games. LeBron made recent comments about how great it would be playing against AD, so I’m sure he will be making a real attempt to show the big man what he’s missing out on in LA. I’d also guess that Davis himself will have a bit extra in this game, which would make both two of the better superstars to target.

Power Forward

John Collins $8,400

The Hawks big man has been as exciting prospect this season, earning himself a pretty hefty fantasy price tag. However, he’s definitely worth it, and I think he will be especially so today against the Knicks and their terrible defense. The Knicks give up a ton of points to big men, which seems to be a bit of a trend in New York these past few seasons. If Collins can continue his recent form against a good matchup then fantasy players will have no qualms with his price tag today.

Domantas Sabonis $6,800

I just got through bad mouthing the defense of New York teams, so there’s probably no time like the present to introduce Domantas Sabonis as my next pick. Sabonis is essentially a centre, and the Nets have the league’s worst centre defense, which I think means big things for Sabonis today. A score of 35+ would be a great return for fantasy players.

Centre

Enes Kanter $7,000

Like Devin Booker said – “run pick and roll at 00”. Enes might be the reason that we consistently play opposition big men against the Knicks, but he’s also a handy fantasy player himself. Against good two way players he will hurt you on the defensive end. But against a guy like Collins who’s still finding his feet on that end, Kanter will give back as much as he gets.