There are many big names in the fantasy basketball pool tonight. However, Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant ($9,300 FantasyScore salary; 18.6% of your cap) didn't look healthy Thursday, and Charlotte defends the position well. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook ($9,000; 18.0%) continues to be a must-start.
Houston Rockets SG James Harden ($9,300; 18.6%) has a decent matchup against a Toronto Raptors team that has struggled in two of its last five games. Chicago Bulls PF Pau Gasol ($8,200; 16.4%) has a so-so matchup against Phoenix.
New Orleans Pelicans PF Anthony Davis ($9,400; 18.8%) is coming off a disappointing 30.3-point effort on FantasyScore Friday, but he faces the reeling Miami Heat. As usual, undervalued players will be critical to allotting space for all the available studs.
G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings
$8,500 salary | 17.0% of cap
The loss of Blake Griffin (elbow) hasn't hurt Paul's fantasy value at all. CP3 has recorded four double-doubles in a row, including a robust 22 points and 16 assists on Thursday. Sacramento has struggled to defend point guards the last 10 games. Paul could match the 48.4 FantasyScore points he has averaged the last five games.
C DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap
Try this on for size: Jordan has averaged 60.4 FantasyScore points the last three games. Sacramento is in the lower third at defending the center spot the last five games. Try to find room for both him and CP3 Saturday.
G Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
$3,500 salary | 7.0% of cap
Henderson was one of the hottest midrange commodities before the break, averaging 35.8 fantasy points in his last four games. A long layoff and the acquisition of Mo Williams could change some things, but he provides the best bang for the buck in the midrange tier.
G Goran Dragic, Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap
Dragic is expected to be ready to make his first start for his new team, which always adds an element of risk for fantasy owners. However, Dwyane Wade is always iffy in back-to-back games. Dragic will be needed badly in the offense with Chris Bosh (lung) out. New Orleans is in the lower third of the league in defending the point the last five games.
C Alex Len, Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls
$3,400 salary | 6.8% of cap
If you opt for a value pick at center, Len had 11 points, 10 boards and six blocks Friday night. Chicago isn't a good matchup, but the Suns traded Miles Plumlee to open up more minutes for Len. He's at a crisp price right now and should at least approach the double-double mark — maybe not a lot more.
F Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat
$4,700 salary | 9.4% of cap
He's simply not right. His 40.7% shooting percentage from the floor and 34.4% from 3-point distance are the lowest since his rookie season in '08-'09. He's a very good midrange forward when he rights the ship, but wait until he finds his stroke.
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