This week tips off with a six-game slate that features a lot of star power in the backcourt, but not nearly as much at power forward and center. We’ll look for savings in both of those spots tonight, giving us the freedom to roster two superstar players.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Marcus Smart ($5,300) @ HOU: Smart is back in the swing of things after missing three games, playing at least 30 minutes each of his last two times out. He set a career high with 26 points in his last outing, and the Rockets have allowed the seventh-most points per game to point guards.
SG: James Harden ($10,200) vs. BOS: This is the Harden we all know and love. He has at least 40 fantasy points in each of his last five games, and 48 or more in four of those five. Boston is relatively friendly to point guards, but that doesn’t matter for a player like Harden. The way he’s going, he can take advantage of any matchup.
SF: Paul George ($9,200) @ CHI: Get used to seeing George’s name in this column all season. He looks like every bit the star he was before his devastating leg injury, and is making the Pacers relevant this season. George is averaging 41.5 fantasy points per game and gets a matchup with a Bulls team that has allowed the sixth-most points per game to small forwards.
PF: Terrence Jones ($5,900) vs. BOS: Don’t get accustomed to paying just $5,900 for Jones. His price fell after he missed about two weeks due to injury, and it hasn’t yet caught up to where it should be. That won’t be the case if he continues scoring 37 fantasy points per game, as he does in each of his last two contests. After shaking off the rust in his first two games back, he played 42 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks.
C: Jahlil Okafor ($6,700) vs. DAL: Center is relatively thin tonight, and there are arguments to be made for even cheaper options, like Zaza Pachulia and Mason Plumlee. Okafor, however, has turned into a consistent scorer within his first few weeks in the league, and he still comes with an attractive $6,700 price tag. You rarely want to punt at center since you get just one, and Okafor is right at the confluence of high production and affordability.