Here are the top high-salary daily fantasy options for this week in the NBA:
Tuesday – PF Draymond Green, Warriors (at Wizards)
Choosing the Golden State player with the highest ceiling can be a frustrating exercise, but this particular matchup favors Green more than any of the other Warriors stars. Washington is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to power forwards – and with Otto Porter offering league-average defense and John Wall expected to make things difficult for Stephen Curry, Green should be able to return big value on his salary. And his statistical versatility only enhances his profile.
Wednesday – C Hassan Whiteside, Heat (vs. 76ers)
You might be tempted to roll with New Orleans big man DeMarcus Cousins at home against the Detroit Pistons, but there’s a far better option available up the middle – at least, if recent history is any indication. Whiteside entered Monday averaging 16.9 points and 15.5 points in February, and has been lights-out in three meetings with Philadelphia this season, posting averages of 24.7 points and 17.3 rebounds. Add in the absence of Joel Embiid, and Whiteside should eviscerate the 76ers frontcourt.
Thursday – PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (at Trail Blazers)
You really don’t have a choice here; with just three games on the schedule and this game expected to generate the highest total of the night, fading Westbrook isn’t a viable option. And you probably shouldn’t, anyhow; Westbrook is an absolute beast, and has extra motivation in this one after averaging “only” 31 points, seven assists and five rebounds in his first two meetings with Portland. Look for him to build on each of those marks, making him a no-doubt play on a short slate.
Friday – PF Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks (at 76ers)
If it sounds like we’re picking on the Philadelphia frontcourt, we are – but there’s more to this pick than the 76ers’ struggles to contain opposing big men. With the Knicks’ season spiraling out of control, look for them to lean on Porzingis as much as possible – and that should include plenty of time at center, with Joakim Noah likely out for the season. Porzingis should see a boost in usage rate, and should lead to an increasing in scoring; look for him to break out in Philly.
Saturday – C Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (vs. Hornets)
Jokic remains one of the most expensive frontcourt options on the DFS ledger, even though he hasn’t quite been able to match his sensational January showing. Still, his February averages of 16.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists coming into the week make him an attractive daily fantasy play in all but the least favorable matchups. Saturday’s encounter with a Charlotte team allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers makes him one of the top options at any position.
Sunday – PF Anthony Davis, Pelicans (at Lakers)
Take your pick – both Davis and Cousins have tasty matchups with the Lakers allowing the second-most fantasy points to both opposing power forwards and centers. With both players expected to put up inflated stat lines – and both carrying a salary north of $10,000 – you might as well flip a coin. Davis is the slightly better option due to Cousins’ volatility; there’s no telling when he might fly off the handle, and that kind of uncertainty makes Davis the stronger play.