We’ve got a big, 11-game NBA slate on deck for tonight. Some of the game’s top players sit atop the board salary-wise. There are two marquee matchups tonight: The Bucks and Celtics play in Boston and Clippers and Jazz play in Utah. The Rockets-Wizards game has the highest total on the night, followed by Suns-Warriors.
Let's take an early look at my favorite potential plays on Fantasy Draft:
PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks ($19,000)
The league's reigning MVP travels to Boston for one of tonight's marquee matchups. You have to pay up for Antetokounmpo, but that's what happens when you average over 60 fantasy points per game. If you go with the stars and scrubs approach, you can't ignore "The Greek Freak."
SG James Harden, Houston Rockets ($17,800)
James Harden is off to a slow start this season, swishing just six of his 40 three-point attempts. Harden's price and recent struggles may drive his ownership down, but he is well worth the risk against the Wizards tonight. In the game with the highest implied total, expect the sharpshooter to get back on track.
SG Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns ($14,400)
Booker may be my favorite play of the night. The upstart Suns travel to Golden State to take on the defensively challenged Warriors. The Suns have a top 10 offense early on in the season. After adding Ricky Rubio, Booker may not get as many assists, but the Suns will play with a quicker pace and Booker will get much better looks. With Deandre Ayton suspended, Booker is the clear-cut top option on the Suns. He could go off in what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring affair.
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PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder ($12,700)
Gilgeous-Alexander has looked very good to start his tenure with the Thunder. The second-year guard is logging a ton of minutes and averaging 23 points per game. SGA gets a cupcake matchup tonight against a Trail Blazers' defense that ranks 20th against opposing guards. Look for the Thunder to run the offense through Gilgeous-Alexander in order to keep up with Damian Lillard.
C Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers ($12,500)
Tristan Thompson has been dominating to start the season. He is playing over 30 minutes per contest and has produced a double-double in each of his first three outings. The big man doesn't quite fit with the rebuilding process that Cleveland is going through, but after three games, Thompson is averaging 19.3 points per game. It may be a small sample size, but if his quality of play is sustainable, that number would be a career high by a significant margin. Tonight the Cavs take on a Bulls team that ranks 21st against opposing centers. Lock him in your lineup.
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