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Kemba Walker – After taking price into consideration, Kemba Walker is the best guard option on the board tonight. In his last game, which was against the Atlanta Hawks, he did not look all that great. He posted 26 fantasy points in 42 minutes of action. The game prior, he posted over 45 fantasy points in 37 minutes of action. He has actually been rather consistent of recent, and tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who are currently ranked dead last in the league against opposing point guards. The Hornets might not blow the Suns out. If they don’t, Walker is going to have a heck of a game.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I like Walker in GPPs because of his upside combined with the matchup tonight. He’s a bit too risky for cash games, though.
Shaun Livingston – This is completely speculative at this point, but Stephen Curry is currently questionable with an ankle injury. The injury looked pretty bad in his last game, which was against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Curry did return to the court. He may want to take a game off in order to give his ankle a rest, and if he needs the night off, the Warriors really don’t need him to beat the Atlanta Hawks. If he does decide to sit out, Shaun Livingston is going to step into the starting point guard role. He does have solid upside, and he will easily hit value if he sees around 30 minutes of action, which he will if Curry is not available. Again, this is entirely speculative at this point in time.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I personally believe Curry will play tonight, but if he’s out, Livingston is a great option.
Draymond Green – Draymond Green is a freak of nature. There is absolutely no way to get around that. In his last game, which was against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he posted over 60 fantasy points in 44 minutes of action. What is really impressive about his numbers is that he posted over 60 fantasy points without hitting a shot from the field. He shot 0-of-8 and only scored two points the entire game. He had 14 rebounds, 14 assists, 4 blocks, and 6 steals. If he can post over 60 fantasy points without scoring, imagine what he can do when his shots are falling. Due to his high price tag, I would focus on tournaments tonight with Green.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m only going to be using Green in tournaments tonight, unless Curry is ruled out. Then he can be used in all leagues.
David Lee – David Lee is supposedly in the best shape of his life right now. He is playing extremely well in limited minutes for the Dallas Mavericks. I highly doubt that the Mavericks are going to increase his minutes, but they really don’t have to. Lee is entirely too cheap right now. He has over 30 fantasy points in two straight games now, and he has 25 or less minutes in both of those games as well. Tonight, he gets a solid matchup against the Orlando Magic, who love to push the pace of the game. That will open up more rebound and shot opportunities for Lee. Until his price tag comes up, he can be used in all formats.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I agree. Lee is a great option tonight.
Hassan Whiteside – Hassan Whiteside has over 40 fantasy points in all of his last four games. He also has over 50 fantasy points in two of those last four games. He is a very effective fantasy center, and that is not going to change any time soon. Tonight, he gets the matchup of a lifetime. The Chicago Bulls are one of the worst teams in the league against opposing centers. Whiteside should be able to take them to town rather easily. He is a blocking machine, which increases his upside tenfold. He also has double-doubled in five straight games now, so using him in 50/50 contests is entirely acceptable.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Whiteside has been on fire, and he can be used in all leagues.
Robin Lopez – Robin Lopez makes for a solid tournament option tonight, as he plays the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers are horrendous against opposing big men, and Robin has been channeling his inner-Brook of recent. He has over 40 fantasy points in two of his last four games. In his last game, which was against the Miami Heat, he posted 41.5 fantasy points in 36 minutes of action. The New York Knicks are starting to get him more involved in the offense, so it makes sense to fire him up tonight. His price tag is still rather low. Unfortunately, he is not very consistent, so using him in 50/50 contests is a no go.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I love picking on the Blazers big men, and RoLo makes a good option in GPPs.
Stephen Curry – As I mentioned before, I believe Curry is going to be playing tonight, which means he has to be considered. He has been on fire recently, as he’s averaging 67.8 fantasy points per game over his last four games. He gets a great matchup against the Hawks tonight, who he scored 63 fantasy points against earlier this season. Curry is matchup proof, and he’ll continue to dominate for as long as the game stays close. That could be a bit of a problem tonight, which is why Curry is best suited for GPPs if he suits up.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not big on Curry. Even if he does play, he could play less minutes, or he might be impacted by his injury. Too much risk here.
Markel Brown – The Nets recently cut Joe Johnson, which opened up a few minutes in their rotation. Those minutes went to Wayne Ellington, but he’s now dealing with a concussion, and Brown is the next man up. He has the ability to fill the stat sheet, and he’ll have great upside if he’s given a full game worth of minutes. It also helps that he’s playing the Lakers tonight, who have arguably the worst defense in the NBA. Again, Brown is only in play if Ellington is out tonight, although he could be a sneak GPP option for his price even if Ellington is able to suit up.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Brown makes for a solid GPP option if Ellington is out tonight.
Thad Young – I absolutely love taking players against the Lakers, and that’s going to continue tonight. Young is one of the leaders for the Nets, and he has flashed tremendous upside recently. He tends to play well in fast paced games, and the Lakers love to push the pace. They don’t have anyone that is going to be able to guard Young, and both teams are bad enough that this game could stay close. There should be plenty of points scored here, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use a few players from this game.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I never say no to Thad Young.
Mike Dunleavy – Dunleavy has been extremely consistent recently, as he has scored 20+ fantasy points in four consecutive games. He’ll continue to play big minutes for the Bulls, and he will continue to be a big part of the offense if Derrick Rose is ruled out again. He gets a great matchup against the Heat, who have been one of the worst teams in the NBA against the small forward this season, and Dunleavy makes a good option in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Dunleavy has been consistent, but he is nothing special.
Brook Lopez – Lopez will be the last Net I’ll be recommending tonight, but he could be the best option. He has tremendous upside, as he is consistently scoring over 50 fantasy points, but he also comes with a bit of risk, as well. He gets a great matchup against the Lakers, who have been the second worst team in the NBA against the center this season, and they don’t have anyone that is going to be able to slow Lopez down. His price tag isn’t quite as high as some of the other center options, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I love BroLo.
Alex Len – Len certainly comes with a ton of risk on any given night because of his constant foul troubles, but he also has great upside. He’s coming off a 50 fantasy point game against the Grizzlies and he gets a significantly easier matchup against the Hornets tonight. Len has been starting at power forward, which is a position the Hornets have struggled against this season. He’s a player that is like going to either win you a GPP or sink your team for the night, so be wise with how much you play him.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Alex Len is too risky for me tonight.
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