Tier 1 – James Harden, PG, Hou
We get to choose from James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in tier 1, and I would take Harden here. He scored 73 fantasy points on Monday with 37 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Quite simply, Harden gives you the highest ceiling of any fantasy player right now. Chris Paul hasn’t had a negative effect on his fantasy output and he’s starting to heat up from 3-point range, hitting a season-high 8 of them on Monday.
Tier 2 – LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SAS
We get a lot of options in tier 2, including Steph Curry (Questionable with a hand injury) and Karl-Anthony Towns. I like Aldridge here who went off on Monday against the Mavs. He scored 34 points (13-19 FG, 7-7 FT), grabbed 10 rebounds, and added three assists, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes. You’d be crazy to expect him to come close to these stats again, but anywhere close to it will be above his season average of 40.1 FPPG. His opponent tonight, Memphis, ranks 29th against opposing power forwards.
Tier 3 – Jimmy Butler, SG, MIN
Butler has played better as of late, including 25 and 17 points in his last two games. What I like out of Butler is his APG have been increasing including 10 last night against the Wizards. This suggests he’s getting more comfortable with his teammates and he’s starting to play a more balanced game which is good for fantasy scoring.
Tier 4 – Lonzo Ball, PG, LAL
As I mentioned, Steph Curry is questionable tonight, and both he and Durant missed the last game for the Warriors. If he is out tonight, that will help ease things for Lonzo Ball on the defensive end, and possibly allow him to use more energy piling up points and assists. Lonzo has continued to struggle so far (just 3 points and 3 turnovers on Monday), but at tier 4 he could bounce back and get you solid value.
Note: All tiers are from Draft Kings.
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