Here are the top high-salary daily fantasy options for this week in the NBA:
Tuesday – PG Kyle Lowry, Raptors (vs. Pelicans)
Lowry is one of those nice cash-game plays because of his combination of lethal consistency and lack of elite ceiling. But Lowry has been more of a tournament play over the past two games, averaging a healthy 55.8 fantasy points per contest. His salary will climb if he continues playing like this, but you can take advantage of his red-hot play Tuesday in a matchup against a less-than-stellar New Orleans backcourt. Look for Lowry to return big-time cash value at the very least.
Wednesday – SF Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (at Nets)
It’s showtime – or rather, showcase time – for Anthony as he angles for a trade out of the Big Apple. And you can bet that means big-time performances against teams that present significant defensive mismatches. In that regard, they don’t come much better than a showdown against the Nets, who allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards (42.8). Anthony wants to show the league he still has plenty to offer – and he’ll do just that Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
Thursday – SG James Harden, Rockets (vs. Hawks)
As with many of the highest-salary players, you have to be selective about when to roster Harden. With a cost as high as his, only the best matchups can hope to yield tournament-level value. Thursday could be one of those nights, as Harden and the Rockets face off against a visiting Hawks team allowing a whopping 45.8 points per night to opposing point guards – the fifth-highest rate in the NBA. Load up on Harden in all formats and enjoy the show.
Friday – PG Isaiah Thomas, Celtics (vs. Lakers)
Thomas has become one of the most consistently valuable guards in daily fantasy, racking up at least 40 points in 13 of his last 15 games. That stretch includes three tournament-level returns, capped by a 63.6-point performance Saturday against Milwaukee. The Lakers haven’t been able to stop most opposing point guards, allowing an average of 45.6 points to the position on the season. Even at a price tag north of $10,000, Thomas represents a terrific value play in a great matchup.
Saturday – C Hassan Whiteside, Heat (vs. 76ers)
Whiteside hasn’t been the fantasy factor he was early in the season, registering just one DFS-worthy performance over his last 14 games. But if he’s going to return value again this season, it will be in a tasty home matchup against a Philadelphia frontcourt that is surrendering the most fantasy points to the position (50.2). He’ll need to stay out of foul trouble, but if he can, Whiteside’s upside and reduced price tag could result in a nice bounceback effort – and a solid DFS contribution.
Sunday – PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder (vs. Trail Blazers)
It wouldn’t be a daily fantasy post without some mention of the NBA’s resident triple-double machine – and this might be one of those times where Westbrook is actually a threat to return tournament value. Despite a salary that often resides north of $12,000, Westbrook has returned cash-game value seven times over his last 13 games – and having scored just 36 FanDuel points in his previous meeting with Portland, you can bet he’ll come out on fire. Roster him confidently.