Here are the top high-salary daily fantasy options for this week in the NBA:
Tuesday – PF Richaun Holmes, 76ers (at Warriors)
This might seem counterintuitive, but there’s a reasonable explanation for this pick. The host Warriors are likely going to do one of two things Tuesday: a) give their star players additional rest in an easy matchup, or b) trounce the 76ers by 25+ points. In either scenario, Holmes becomes a terrific option with tournament scoring potential at a reasonable price. Holmes is seeing more playing time in the second half of the season, and should easily return value on his salary in this one, no matter how it plays out.
Wednesday – SG James Harden, Rockets (vs. Lakers)
The only real worry here is whether the Rockets will build up a big enough lead against visiting Los Angeles to allow head coach Mike D’Antoni to rest his starters. That’s exactly what happened last time out, as Harden was limited to a 25-6-7 line in 30 minutes of a 39-point blowout. But even if the Rockets make it a laugher, Harden should see 30 minutes as a baseline – and what he did against the Lakers last time out is still a terrific cash-game baseline. Avoid him in tournaments, however.
Thursday – PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (at Raptors)
Westbrook has traditionally been a much stronger play at home than on the road this season, but there’s no way you can fade him in a Thursday night matchup that could have an impact on the playoff fortunes of both teams. Westbrook will enjoy a significant edge in this one, with Raptors all-star point guard Kyle Lowry still out of action. Westbrook might not have the ceiling for tournament play in a tough road game, but he still has far and away the highest floor of any player in the league.
Friday – PG Isaiah Thomas, Celtics (vs. Nets)
Brooklyn has had a whole of trouble guarding any position this season, but has been particularly inept against point guards – surrendering an average of 52.5 fantasy points per game to the one-guard spot. And while that average dips to a less absurd 47.1 points per game over the last 10, it could be a rough night for the Brooklyn backcourt against Thomas and the up-tempo Celtics. Look to him in cash games, but avoid him in GPPs due to his lower ceiling as a shoot-first point guard.
Saturday – C Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (vs. Rockets)
Jokic has been one of the most frustrating players in daily fantasy so far in 2017, mostly because a litany of injuries has made it difficult to know if he’ll suit up from one game to the next. If he’s in the lineup against Houston, he’ll have a sensational matchup against a Rockets team surrendering the third-most fantasy points to opposing centers – and with the game being played at the Pepsi Center, he’ll have an altitude edge, as well. Lock him into every one of your lineups – if, of course, he plays.
Sunday – PG Seth Curry, Mavericks (at Nets)
Seth Curry has emerged as the go-to play in the Dallas lineup now that he’s the man running the point on a full-time basis. And while he’s prone to the occasional dud game – see Saturday’s 1-for-8 shooting performance against Phoenix for proof – he has been mostly reliable since taking the reins from Deron Williams. Brooklyn’s aforementioned dismal defense against point guards will only work in Curry’s favor, as will his still-reasonable salary. Use him in all lineup types and enjoy the solid return on investment.