We have a nice looking 11 game NBA slate to work with tonight. Most of the highest scoring games are predicted to stay fairly close, making it a much easier decision when it comes to rostering top tier players for a change. I know one guy I'm building around tonight is James Harden. Whomever anchors your lineups tonight, you'll need a few good value plays to surround them with and we have plenty of options tonight. I try to keep these plays under $5500 on FanDuel if possible. Good luck tonight!
Langston Galloway ($4800): Once again, Langston Galloway makes the value plays for me. He's signed with the Knicks for the remainder of the season, which comes as no surprise as he's been playing better than any other Knicks PG in recent memory. In 30 mpg, Galloway is averaging 28 fantasy points. His two off games came against the solid defense of Brandon Knight and the Bucks, and at Charlotte. Tonight he takes on the Thunder, allowing the 5th most fpts to PG (6th worst in defensive efficiency to PG). Galloway will be a popular play in all formats, and should easily pay off this meager salary.
Brian Roberts ($4100): If you want to be more contrarian with your value PG and save a few bucks, consider Brian Roberts. With Kemba Walker set to have surgery, Roberts should continue to see 30+ minutes at the point. He's a frustrating player to roster, as many of us remember a couple of games we'd rather forget from last week... In 33 minutes against NY on Saturday, Roberts appeared to find his shot again with 17 points. The upside with Roberts is low, as he contributes very few rebounds, steals, and assists, though that could improve with Al Jefferson set to return to the starting lineup tonight and Gerald Henderson shooting well over the past month (minus two off games). The matchup isn't great, it's a low scoring game, and if you go by Roberts' performance off the bench two weeks ago when they played SA, you'll be passing him by tonight. However, he was still dealing with an elbow injury then, and has had more time to play with the starters since. I think he's a lock for 20 fpts tonight which is all you need at this near-minimum price.
Advice: With Russell Westbrook (minus Durant), Chris Paul, John Wall, Damian Lilliard, Kyle Lowry, and every other expensive PG on the slate tonight, you're going to have some hard choices. On nights like this, I tend to go high-low at the position, pairing a bunch of different elite PG with one of these value plays.
Kyle Korver ($4900): Kyle Korver is having one of the most up and down months I can remember from him and is still ranked 3rd in the league in 3P% (53%). The fact that he's posted a couple of sub-par games is keeping his salary low is great, in my opinion. Against Brooklyn's 28th ranked SG defense, Korver should get the chance to take as many open 3's as he wants. Regardless of his performance or the game flow, Korver plays 29-33 minutes a night, which is one thing I always look for in a value play. More often than not, Korver is a guy that returns on that opportunity.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4700): Recommending Caldwell-Pope isn't something I do often, but when he's facing the 76ers, who are the league's best fantasy matchup for SG, it must be done. He will typically provide double digit scoring and minimal peripherals for about 17-21 fantasy points. Given his role on the team and his opponent, I like him as a safe, medium floor play at SG tonight.
Advice: As indicated above, I'll be using one of the SG slots on James Harden. Korver is my preferred value play at SG in GPPs, but Caldwell-Pope has a decent floor for cash games. You might also consider the Clippers guards ($5200 for Jamal Crawford, $4600 for JJ Redick) in a nice matchup at Utah, which Vegas has at 200 with only a 6.5 pt spread. Eric Gordon ($5600) is another option if you have a bit more to spend, as he's been really solid for the Pelicans since Jrue Holiday went down.
Joe Ingles ($4100): Joe Ingles was still under 20% owned the last time I used him on Monday night, but I expect that to change tonight. As the starting SG for the Jazz, Ingles has played over 30 minutes and scored 22.3, 26.7, and 20.3 fantasy points. He's a great play because not only is he locked into the minutes but he can get you fpts in a variety of ways. Monday night he scored only two points, but racked up four steals to pad his stat line. Saturday he scored 16 points and added a few rebounds and assists. Minutes and peripherals are the key to SF value, and Ingles at this low price is almost a must play in a reasonably close and high scoring game with the Clippers.
Wilson Chandler ($5900): If you are inclined to spend a bit more here, Wilson Chandler is an excellent play. He's slightly more than my threshold salary for bargain bin, but I just really don't like anyone cheaper. Chandler gets the sweet SF matchup with New Orleans, who are ranked 28th in defensive efficiency to the position. More importantly, Chandler is playing a really complete game right now, with 19 rebounds in his last two games and averaging almost 8rpg over the last five. Not to sound like a broken record, but Chandler pretty much plays 36 minutes every night.
Advice: All things considered at a pretty ugly SF position tonight, these two guys are going to be in most, if not all of my lineups. I'd prefer to spend elsewhere than on LeBron James, and the other higher priced mid-range guys don't have much more upside than Chandler.
Ryan Anderson ($5100): Ryan Anderson is a streaky, and therefore risky play probably best reserved for GPPs. In his favor are back to back 18 and 19 point games, suggesting that he's really feeling it again, and a matchup with Denver's generous frontcourt. The Nuggets allow the 4th most fantasy points to opposing PF and C (I like Omer Asik at $4800 tonight too). He padded his fantasy numbers Monday with three steals, but that came against the 76ers, who lead the league in turnovers...I wouldn't expect a repeat tonight. That said, Anderson does have 30 fpt upside, and I prefer to use him while he's hot from behind the arc like he is right now.
Brandon Bass ($5100): I feel like there should be a lot more Celtics in this write up today, but alas, the rotations are too variable to have a ton of confidence in anyone except Evan Turner, who is priced out of this column, and Brandon Bass. With Kelly Olynyk out, Bass has seen his minutes jump to an average of 30 mpg, and his fantasy production has followed suit. With a 20 fpt floor and 40 fpt upside, Bass is okay to use in both cash games and GPPs tonight at his salary. Minnesota just doesn't play defense at all...they are literally bottom five in defensive efficiency against every position. Vegas has this as a close, high scoring game that DFSers should definitely take advantage of.
Advice: With Anthony Davis ($11,400) the top play at the position, if not the day, you'll probably want some exposure to him. Unfortunately, it seems like we're forced to choose between Harden and Davis all too often lately... LaMarcus Aldridge ($9600) played admirably with his dangling thumb against Washington on Saturday and gets the Cleveland frontcourt's lack of defense tonight in a high scoring affair if you want to save a couple grand at the top. I also like Paul Millsap ($8100) and Thaddeus Young ($6800) tonight in the mid-range.
Henry Sims ($4000): Detroit ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing C, and gives up the 7th most fantasy points to the position. Henry Sims is all over the place stat-wise, and hasn't even approached a double double in his last three games. He's scoring well, though, with 11-14 points in five of his last six games. With both Detroit and Philadelphia in the bottom five in eFG% and bottom ten in offensive efficiency, there should be plenty of rebounding opportunities to go around. Sims has that double double potential, and a good chance to reach it tonight for near minimum price.
Tyler Zeller ($4500): As a punt play, Tyler Zeller makes for an interesting option. He's played at least 20 mpg in the last three, off the bench, but what I said above about Boston still applies. The Celtics are actively "figuring things out" right now. Zeller has seemingly earned the court time, with 40 points and 18 rebounds in those three games, for an average of 23 fpts. Facing the Timberwolves (see above) bodes well for a similar, if not better performance tonight.
Advice: There are several higher priced C that I prefer to these guys, though I'll be prioritizing other positions over C tonight when building my lineups so I'm liable to end up punting here. If you have money to spend, Andre Drummond is a nice play vs Philadelphia. Jonas Valenciunas continues to take advantage of plus matchups such as the Kings allowing the 6th most fantasy points to C. Both Rudy Gobert and Enes Kanter should reach value against the Clippers, but I'd probably go with the cheaper Kanter there. Gorgui Dieng continues to outplay Nikola Pekovic, but both guys are arguably in play as you know I like to attack the Boston frontcourt at every opportunity.