NBA $3,000 THURSDAY SPECIAL
The Doldrums of the NBA season are here, where you look down at a teams starting lineup and think ‘Who?’. Some teams have cemented a spot and are resting for the playoffs, while others are doing their best not to win so that they have the best odds come draft time. Although it may not make the basketball product any better, it can mean good things for fantasy players who keep their fingers on the pulse. By mid-season it can get hard to find different plays to make your lineup stand out. But you will see by today’s picks that there are plenty of different options availlable if you’re willing to take a risk. Who knows, it just might be the risk that pays off in today’s NBA $3,000 Special.
Ryan Arcidiacano $3,900
We are well and truly into the part of the fantasy season where the fantasy teams are dominated by unheralded guys plugging away on tanking teams. Chicago – who are trying to lose as many games as possible – have sat out all of their key guys like Lavine, Dunn, Porter and Markkanen. As a result, someone needs to play minutes. The funny part about playing these guys is that in a game of basketball someone always needs to score fantasy points. There are rebounds and points that must be accounted for each game, so minutes in the NBA matter just as much as anything when it comes to fantasy. In his last game Arcidiacano played 30 minutes at point guard and managed 29.2 points.
Shaq Harrison $5,100
Like I was saying, Chicago is playing a ton of guys who a lot of NBA fans may have never heard of. Shaq Harrison is one of them who is playing big minutes and playing quite well. Over his last four games as a starter he’s averaging 30 fantasy points a game and is playing more than 35 minutes a contest.
Bradley Beal $10,000
Bradley Beal has been playing up and down basketball and the Wizards have struggled accordingly. However, today’s matchup should see him getting back to his best. Phoenix are one of the league’s best matchups, especially at guard, so Beal seems prized for another big one. He has struggled mightily in a couple of his most recent games, but he’s also had scores of 61.5, 54.9, and 46.4 which is the type of return I’ll be expecting from him today.
Devin Booker $10,700
Devin Booker is coming off his massive and much-debated 59 point game. Some people question whether or not Booker puts up empty stats, but I personally just think he’s a baller on a bad team. He’s making huge strides and he continues to show these flashes of brilliance while also consistently improving other areas of his game (like his play-making). Coming off a big game Booker will be on a high and with a great matchup against Washington today there’s every chance that Booker looks to prolong that high and post another big game.
Troy Brown Jr $3,500
It’s a wonder Brown Jr hasn’t seen at least a small price increase already. He has averaged 19.2 over his last four games and has been playing 25+ minutes as a starter across his last three games. When you have a guy starting and playing 25+ minutes against one of the league’s worst teams, he’s a must-play at the basement price.
Zach Collins $5,100
As unfortunate as it is, the injury to Nurkic will open up minutes for Enes Kanter and Zach Collins. In the long run, I think Collins has the opportunity to win out based on his two-way potential. Kanter is a reliable offensive big, but I think Terry Stotts will do his best to find who his best overall option is before the Blazers get to the playoffs. That should mean plenty of opportunity for Collins, who has certainly proven this season that he can do a lot with his chances. Collins has 36.6 in 23 minutes just over a week ago and has also had 37.8 fantasy point performance in 26 minutes against today’s matchup, Chicago.
Deandre Ayton $8,300
As you can see, today’s selections are very heavily focused on key matchups. Some of the worst defensive teams in the league are playing today, and in some cases, those teams are matched up against each other. The Phoenix @ Washington game is one of those instances. Washington have struggled defensively all year, but quite often the hole has been noticed most at centre. They’ve allowed almost 58 fantasy points per game to opposing centres, so if Ayton doesn’t take at least 40 of those points today, I’ll be very surprised and equally as disappointed.