Last night’s two-game slate was just an appetizer for tonight’s main course. There are 13 games on the schedule with plenty of options at each position.
Yesterday’s NBA trade deadline was one of the most exciting that we have seen in years. With plenty of players on the move, there are a multitude of value plays. Here are my top FanDuel cash game targets at each position:
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $10000, FPPG: 42.8, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 28.3)
Curry ended the first half of the season on a high note. In his last eight games before the All-Star break, he scored at least 45 fantasy points six times. He does draw a tough matchup against the Spurs, but we have seen the Spurs play up to the pace of their opponents. Point guard is a surprisingly thin position at the top and Curry is the premier target.
Tim Frazier, Philadelphia 76ers (Salary: $3600, FPPG: 21.3, MPG: 36, Usage Rate: 17.8)
The Sixers traded Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels. They brought back Isaiah Canaan, who is expected to be the starter moving forward. It typically takes a couple of days for players to pass physicals though, which means Frazier will likely draw the start at point guard tonight. He has great upside for a player at his price point and should see all of the minutes that he can handle in a matchup against the Pacers.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (Salary: $10800, FPPG: 46, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 31.2)
Dwight Howard remains out for Houston, which means Harden will continue to carry the load offensively. In his last six games before the All-Star break, he averaged 49.5 fantasy points per contest. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Mavericks, who play at a fast pace. They have also allowed the ninth-most points per game to their opponents this season.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6800, FPPG: 28.1, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 26.4)
Martin has played extremely well since coming back from injury. Over his last eight games, he has averaged 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per contest. Martin should also see a small fantasy boost now that the Wolves have traded away Thaddeus Young. Martin is now the clear number one option offensively. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Suns, who will be short-handed after trading away Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas.
P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $4700, FPPG: 19.7, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 12.4)
There is a lot of value at small forward tonight. My favorite two values at the position both play for the Suns. With Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas no longer in the picture, there are a ton of minutes open at the wing tonight. Tucker should see 35+ minutes of action in a favorable matchup against the Wolves. At his price point, he should meet and exceed value with ease.
Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $3900, FPPG: 18.1, MPG: 21, Usage Rate: 28.2)
Dollar for dollar, Green is one of the top plays at any position tonight. He is expected to enter the starting lineup and he’ll immediately push for 30+ minutes of action. Green is close to minimum salary on FanDuel ($3,900) and only needs to score around 20 fantasy points to reach value. There are plenty of values to choose from tonight, but few have the type of upside that Green provides.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (Salary: $11000, FPPG: 46.8, MPG: 36, Usage Rate: 26.9)
Davis is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight, after falling hard on his shoulder in a game before the All-Star break. He should be close to 100% for tonight’s contest against the Magic. He should be able to dominate both ends of the floor, as the Magic are ranked 24th against opposing power forwards and 26th in rebounding differential this season. With all of the value out there, it’s easy to fit Davis into your NBA lineups.
David West, Indiana Pacers (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 28.5, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 22.2)
West is a very safe cash game play tonight. He has a very high floor for a player at his price point and he draws one of the more favorable matchups on the schedule. The Sixers are ranked dead last against power forwards and dead last in rebounding differential. It also helps that this game will be played in Philadelphia, as it lowers the chance of this one turning into a blowout.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Salary: $5700, FPPG: 21.8, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 13.5)
The daily fantasy sports community loves Mr. Gobert. Everyone was excited to see Enes Kanter get dealt, as it finally opens up the minutes for Gobert that he deserves. He has been extremely productive this season, averaging 1.03 fantasy points per minute. He should see around 35 minutes tonight against the Blazers. Gobert is hosting a block party tonight and we are all invited.