Welcome to a big 11 game mid week NBA DFS slate. There are definitely some good games to watch tonight, including the premium matchup between Golden State and Atlanta. Will either, or hopefully both, teams come out ferocious tonight? Basketball can be simultaneously so good and so bad this time of year. Look, you can make a case for not even playing NBA DFS cash games at this point in the season. Even GPPs are filling slowly if at all lately. You just have to be twice as diligent in making smart plays and checking last minute news. Avoid questionable situations and teams known for or in danger of resting players. Playing conservatively at this time of year can pay off big time. Unexciting, but good, players that actually play 36 minutes are a lot more valuable than late scratches or studs that play only 24 minutes. Anyway, you can always use some value plays, so here are a couple guys at every position priced around $5500 or less on FanDuel to complement your smart and savvy lineups tonight!
Marcus Smart ($4900): Marcus Smart is one of the best value plays on the day, facing the Thunder who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to PG this season. Smart will continue to see decent run while Isaiah Thomas is still out this week. He contributes a little bit of everything; we'd like to see his assists go up a bit, but he's giving you multiple steal games and has been solid on the boards. This is expected to be the highest scoring game of the night, so you definitely want exposure to both sides.
Ray McCallum ($5100): The Kings take on the LA Clippers tonight, not a matchup I'd typically target but Ray McCallum has put up some of his best fantasy performances against tough defenses like Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte. This is another high scoring game as predicted by Vegas; both teams are top 10 in pace of play. McCallum, like Smart, contributes in multiple categories, and is capable of delivering those valuable 8-9 assist games.
Advice: The other options, barring any late scratch news, include the 76ers guards and Dennis Schroder. Schroder's price has risen a bit but I think he's still a fine play here. There's no decrement in performance with him on the floor and after what we saw vs the Lakers the other night, this should be another competitive game at Oracle. Between Isaiah Canaan and Ishmael Smith, I still prefer Smith. His salary now reflects that he is the more consistent player, particularly in terms of assists but at $5300, he's still very affordable. Due to the difficult matchup with Detroit, I'd only use either of the young 76ers in tournaments.
JR Smith ($5600): All the Cavs need a big bounceback game and Brooklyn is a likely team to deliver it. Allowing the 4th most fantasy points to SG this season, it sets up well for JR Smith to be able to take...and hopefully make...plenty of shots tonight. While Smith does occasionally post a peripheral stat or two, like all true shooters, he's a GPP play for me.
Jodie Meeks ($4100): If you want to take advantage of the premier matchup with the lowly 76ers, consider Jodie Meeks. He's $500 cheaper than Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and has basically been the same player in terms of fantasy production (19.5 vs 19.7 fpts/game in March) despite averaging about 10 mpg less than Caldwell-Pope. There's inherent variability in this price range at this position, so I'll always take similar production at a discount.
Advice: Lou Williams is in the mix tonight, as the Raptors get the Timberwolves, but the Raptors wing rotations give me a headache... There are a few mid-range guys like JJ Redick, Avery Bradley, Kevin Martin, and Giannis Antetokounmpo that I like, and if you're paying up I believe Victor Oladipo and DeMar DeRozan are both safe options. Dwyane Wade is just on a tear right now. I used him Monday. I personally don't dare to try to benefit twice in a row, but I sure don't hate the looks he'll be getting tonight vs Portland.
Justin Holliday ($3800): With Klay Thompson out, it looks like Justin Holliday will be moved into the starting lineup. We haven't seen too much of Holiday but he impressed in 36 minutes in Denver when the starters all rested (23/3/1/1/1) and followed that up with 13 pts, 4 reb, and 2 steals vs NY. Perhaps getting a little more confident, or perhaps thanks to the Lakers, Holliday had 3 steals in just 11 minutes Monday night. If he's getting close to 30 minutes, he's a must play in this offense at this price.
Rodney Hood ($4600): I'm not sure why Rodney Hood's price hasn't risen more. He's starting and playing solid ball, with at least 20 fantasy points in the last four, including a 34 fpt game vs Charlotte last time out. Washington is tough, I'll grant you that, and it's the lowest scoring game of the night, but Hood appears to be legit for the surging Jazz.
Advice: I don't mind using two super value 2 guards in these SF slots tonight. There are some decent mid-range options at the position tonight too, including Chandler Parsons in the #1 SF matchup against the Magic. Rudy Gay, who is questionable tonight is also in a good spot against a soft Clippers wing defense. I'm continuing to use Jae Crowder regularly and don't mind him in the high scoring affair with OKC as another value option.
Amir Johnson ($4600): I hate using Amir Johnson for DFS, I really do. It so rarely works out....so if some of you do it too, we can commiserate together later ok? Using him at $4600 is a lot easier to take however, particularly when he's taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are near the bottom in defensive efficiency to PF and give up the 5th most fantasy points to PF. The reality is that 18-23 fpts should be your expected outcome tonight, but know that the 35 fpt upside is there.
Mitch McGary ($3800): Purely a GPP play, Mitch McGary can apparently deliver anywhere between 2 fpts/minute and 0.1 fpt/minute. It's really quite a range. With Serge Ibaka out, I do expect McGary to see more playing time, but this pick is more about the Celtics. I say it whenever I can: they're one of the best frontcourt targets in the league.
Advice: Theres not a lot in the value PF department tonight. Anthony Tolliver would be a great option vs Philadelphia if Greg Monroe sat out again but that's up in the air at this point. Kevin Love is playing tonight in a great matchup with the Nets; feel free to deploy him after a couple games' rest. Nerlens Noel continues to be a pretty safe, if low upside, cash game play in the mid salary range.
Stephen Adams ($4600): Stephen Adams is the safer way to take advantage of Boston's frontcourt tonight but I'm okay with using both OKC bigs if you really want to pay up for guards or something. Adams had a nice double double vs the Bulls over the weekend, and can really boost his fantasy value with 2-3 blocks per game.
Advice: There are a lot of ways to go at center tonight, starting with Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan at the top. Tyson Chandler is great mid-range C option tonight, and if you want another cheap option to gamble on, try Justin Hamilton ($5600), depending on the news out of Minnesota closer to tip off of course.