Now that the NBA trade deadline has come and gone, we should start to see some more consistent rotations, especially from the teams that are jockeying for playoff positioning.
We have an eight-game slate on tap for tonight with some terrific fantasy options at each position. Here are my favorite FanDuel targets for cash games tonight:
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6500, FPPG: 29.5, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 22.1)
Now is the time to strike with Rubio. His minutes are trending upward and his price is still sitting at a very playable $6,500 on FanDuel. Over his last two games, Rubio has nearly averaged a triple-double with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists. He has also played 34.5 minutes per game during that stretch. While his matchup against Patrick Beverley is tough, he’s still a very strong play tonight against the Rockets.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $5300, FPPG: 26.2, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 22.4)
Jarrett Jack is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Nuggets, which means Williams, will likely draw another start at point guard. Williams is coming off of his best game in months, scoring 12 points and dishing out 15 assists on his way to a 40 fantasy point outing. He should see all of the minutes that he can handle tonight against a Nuggets team that has all but given up on the season.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (Salary: $10600, FPPG: 45.7, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 31.2)
Harden has only topped 40 fantasy points one time in his last four games. Tonight’s matchup against the Wolves provides him with a terrific bounce-back opportunity. Not only are the Wolves one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, but they have also allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to shooting guards this season.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6800, FPPG: 28.7, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 26.2)
Over his last 10 games, Martin has averaged 30 fantasy points in 36 minutes per contest. He has scored at least 20 fantasy points in every single game during that stretch. He has a high usage rate in the Wolves’ offense and he draws a favorable matchup against James Harden and the Rockets, who have struggled to contain opposing shooting guards.
Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets (Salary: $5400, FPPG: 25.1, MPG: 36, Usage Rate: 17)
Once again, there are very few options that stand out at small forward tonight and unfortunately on FanDuel, we have to roster two of them. Ariza is a strong mid-range play against an up-tempo Wolves’ team that is ranked dead last against small forwards this season. Ariza has also played well recently, averaging 27.8 fantasy points in his last eight games.
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $3600, FPPG: 14.4, MPG: 20, Usage Rate: 20.2)
With Arron Afflalo in Portland, Gallinari is now the starting shooting guard for the Nuggets. He has seen an uptick in both minutes and production and his price on FanDuel is still close to the bare minimum. Based on his salary, Gallinari would reach and exceed value if he can score 20 fantasy points tonight. He’s certainly capable of that feat in a home matchup against the Nets.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $8500, FPPG: 34, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 24.5)
Randolph should be the Grizzlies’ go-to player offensively tonight. Mike Conley will have to lock horns with Chris Paul, while Marc Gasol has to deal with the very athletic DeAndre Jordan. Randolph, on the other hand, draws an extremely favorable matchup against Spencer Hawes. Randolph has scored at least 34 fantasy points in each of his last four games and should extend that streak tonight against the Clippers.
Brandon Bass, Boston Celtics (Salary: $4600, FPPG: 17.3, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 21)
Jared Sullinger is out for the season and Kelly Olynyk is doubtful for tonight’s game. That means Bass is going to see all of the minutes that he can handle against the Suns. Over his last two games, Bass has averaged 28 fantasy points in 38 minutes per contest. He’s still affordable on FanDuel and is a low-risk option at power forward with decent upside.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (Salary: $7800, FPPG: 25.8, MPG: 20, Usage Rate: 21.3)
There are so many options at center tonight, but none better than Mr. Whiteside. He may draw the best matchup on the board, as the Sixers are ranked 30th against power forwards and 29th in rebounding differential this season. If he plays 30+ minutes in this one, he has a realistic chance to reach the level of great vision, aka 20/20. He should also add a few blocks, as the Sixers have allowed the 10th-most blocks per game this season.