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5. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers

Allen is only $6,500 and projects for 38.5 fantasy points. He has a goal of 35.5 points and is in the optimal lineup 29% of the time. In his last game, he played 37 minutes and scored just over a fantasy point per minute. The Cavaliers are known to play their starters for massive minutes, and as long as Allen stays out of foul trouble, he is expected to play a ton. Allen has a massive ceiling for playing time and projects for a usage rate of 17%, 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two stocks. His price tag is what makes him appealing, and he is easily affordable on today’s slate.

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4. Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers

Mobley is slightly more expensive than Allen at $7,100, but Mobley is eligible as both a power forward and center, providing valuable flexibility. He is projected to score 41 fantasy points, with a goal of 38 points, and he is in the optimal lineup 32% of the time. Mobley is expected to play 38 minutes, with the possibility of increasing that number as the day goes on. He projects for 1.09 fantasy points per minute, with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and 2.5 stocks. With his solid performance and versatile position eligibility, whether players want to go for Allen, Mobley, or both, this is a great spot due to the massive playing time they are likely to receive.

3. Al Horford, Boston Celtics

Horford is eligible at power forward and center, and his price tag is mid-tier at $5,500. He is projected to score 29.5 fantasy points, with a goal of 30.5, and he is in the optimal lineup 33% of the time. Horford played big minutes in Game 1 and could do so again in Game 2, as the Celtics do not have many other options. He is projected to play 34 minutes, but that number could go up. Horford’s fantasy points per minute is 0.88, and he has a 13% usage rate. He projects for 10.5 points, seven rebounds, three assists and basically two stocks.

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2. Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

As a point guard, Garland is projected for 43.5 fantasy points and a goal of 40. Garland is in the optimal lineup 37% of the time and is expected to play 40 minutes, with the possibility of playing 42 to 44 minutes in this game. With a strong average of 1.09 fantasy points per minute, a usage rate of 26% and the ability to score and assist, Garland has the potential for a big day. He projects for 23 points, eight assists, 3.5 rebounds, and a stock and a half. He faces a good matchup against the Knicks and should have plenty of opportunities to get more involved in this game.

1. Derrick White, Boston Celtics

White is eligible as both a point guard and shooting guard and priced at $5,300. He is projected for 30.5 fantasy points, and the goal is 29.5. White is in the optimal lineup 39% of the time and played massive minutes in Game 1, with 34 projected here. He could easily play more. He has a strong defensive skill set that matches up well against the Hawks. White has a 17% usage rate and 0.9 fantasy points per minute. In his 34 projected minutes, he projects for 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and two stocks. He is in a pace-up spot and has a great matchup.

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