PG – Elfrid Payton, Phoenix Suns @ Charlotte Hornets
After back-to-back monster performances to start the month, Payton put together back-to-back duds against the Heat and Thunder. However, the Suns point guard could have all the chances he needs to shine tonight against the Hornets. With TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, and Devin Booker all questionable to play, Payton could find himself as the team’s top option on offense, which is why he’s worth selecting on DFS.
Also consider: Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Mavs might be tanking, but Smith is at least giving the team something to be happy about. The young point guard has been on a roll, putting up 20.8 points and 7.0 assists in his last four games. He should continue to shine as he faces an equally awful Grizzlies team that’s rolling out Kobi Simmons and Xavier Rathan-Mayes at point guard given their multiple injuries.
SG – Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic
Shooting guard seems shallow tonight, especially if Booker has to sit out. If that is the case, Williams will be the second-best option behind Bradley Beal, but Sweet Lou will have a significantly better matchup against the Magic. Williams struggled with his shot last night against the Cavs as he went just 6-of-17 for 15 points and seven assists. However, look for Lou to bounce back against the Magic and their paper-thin perimeter defense. Lou burned the Magic for 31 points and eight assists in his first meeting against them this season.
Also consider: Troy Daniels, Phoenix Suns @ Charlotte Hornets
If Sweet Lou’s price is too steep, Daniels will be an intriguing long-shot play given all the Suns’ injury concerns. He could not capitalize on all his looks against Oklahoma City as he went a miserable 2-of-15 from the field. But he did still play 30 minutes, and if he can get a similar usage rate, he’s bound to knock shots down.
SF – Mario Hezonja/Jonathon Simmons, Orlando Magic @ Los Angeles Clippers
The Magic are once again shorthanded with both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier out. That’s bad news for the team but great news for the fantasy prospects of both Hezonja and Simmons. Simmons already capitalized on some added looks as he went for 25 points and five rebounds against the Kings.
The two will have another opportunity to do so against the Clippers, whose wing defense has been very shaky. In their first meeting against LA – which was also without Gordon and Fournier – Simmons had 20 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, while Hezonja had 17 points, nine boards, four assists, and three blocks.
Also consider: Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns
Lamb may be a long-shot bet, but here’s the logic on picking him. The Hornets could easily blow the Suns out tonight, which means a lot of garbage time for Lamb to feast upon. And with the Suns potentially trotting out the likes of Davon Reed and Shaquille Harrison for heavy minutes, Lamb should be able to put up numbers. He did so the last time he faced Phoenix as he had 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The Spurs really need a win right now. They didn’t get it at Golden State despite 30 points and 17 boards from Aldridge, but they might get it against an unconvincing Thunder team. They’ll need Aldridge to step up again to get that win, and he’s already shown he’s capable of doing just that. LMA lit up Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder for 26 points and nine rebounds in his lone meeting against them.
Also consider: JaMychal Green/Jarell Martin, Memphis Grizzlies @ Dallas Mavericks
Green had a big stinker last night against the Jazz as he had just two points on 1-of-8 shooting. But with Marc Gasol potentially sitting out the second night of a back-to-back, Green should continue to get big minutes against Dallas. The Mavs have had their problems against big men, so Green could have another shot at a double-double. The same logic applies to Martin, who will be a slightly riskier but significantly cheaper option.
C – Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards
Whiteside had an eight-point, six-rebound stinker when he faced the Wizards earlier in the week, but that was on the second night of a back-to-back. He was back to his productive self against the Sixers as he dropped 26 points, eight boards, two blocks, and a steal. Whiteside remains very reasonably priced and can provide huge value if he can hit his upside.
Also consider: Alex Len, Phoenix Suns @ Charlotte Hornets
Tyson Chandler is another of the handful of Suns questionable to play against the Hornets. His absence would be another big boost to Len’s fantasy prospects. Save for one stinker against the Hornets, Len has delivered when he’s been given 20-plus minutes. And given his cheap price tag, he’s worth taking a chance on if Chandler misses out.
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