With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, we are in the stretch run of the regular season. This is the time of year where players are going to sit out often for either rest or injury. Checking player updates throughout the day is absolutely critical to success in daily fantasy basketball.
Featured below are my favorite FanDuel targets for cash games tonight, but as always, they could change based on injury news that comes out throughout the day.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 32.1, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 26)
Walker has started each of the last two games for the Hornets and has performed admirably, scoring 33 and 44 fantasy points. Now that he is back in the starting lineup, he is no longer on a minute restriction. Tonight is a great opportunity to buy low on Walker, as his price is depressed and he draws a fantastic matchup against the Bulls, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing point guards over the last three weeks.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $5000, FPPG: 14.9, MPG: 21, Usage Rate: 21.1)
Ricky Rubio has only played one time in the Wolves’ last five games. Odds are he will sit out another game tonight, as the Wolves head to Utah to take on the Jazz. If Rubio is unable to suit up, LaVine would offer terrific value at point guard. In his last four starts, LaVine has averaged 26.3 fantasy points in 35 minutes per contest. The Jazz have been tough against point guards this season, but LaVine’s ability to fill up all areas of the stat sheet makes him a strong play tonight.
Evan Turner, Boston Celtics (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 22.3, MPG: 27, Usage Rate: 19.3)
Marcus Smart will return from his one-game suspension, but the Celtics will still be without Isaiah Thomas. That solidifies the minutes for Turner, and Coach Brad Stevens has recently mentioned that he wants Turner to be more aggressive offensively. That bodes well for his fantasy outlook tonight against the Nets. Turner should head into tonight’s game with plenty of confidence after posting a terrific stat line of 23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals last night against the Pistons.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $4800, FPPG: 19.7, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 16.6)
Allen has flown under the radar for weeks. This may be our last opportunity to take him at this price point and with a low ownership percentage. Over his last six games, Allen has averaged 26 fantasy points in 32 minutes per contest. He will draw another start tonight, regardless if Courtney Lee suits up or not. Allen may be limited offensively, but he is great without the ball in his hands. He gets plenty of open looks around the rim, which should continue tonight against a bad defensive team in the Knicks.
Additional Plays: James Harden, Brad Beal
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz (Salary: $8000, FPPG: 32.6, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 26.1)
Small forward is a thin position on Monday night. Hayward is the elite play at the position, as he draws a fantastic matchup against the Wolves, who are ranked dead last in points allowed per game this season. Hayward has scored at least 35 fantasy points in five of his last eight games. He should continue his high level of play tonight against a Wolves team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $4400, FPPG: 20, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 14.9)
Klay Thompson is questionable for tonight’s game against the Wizards, but don’t be surprised if he sits out another game, as the Warriors have no reason to rush him back. If Thompson is unable to play tonight, it will solidify the minutes for Barnes. Harrison has played well over his last four games, averaging 26 fantasy points per contest. He also has terrific splits at home, where he has averaged nearly four more fantasy points per game this season than he has on the road.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz (Salary: $7500, FPPG: 32, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Favors is another Jazz player that is in a great spot tonight. While Rudy Gobert may draw the attention of some, Favors is my favorite target in the Jazz frontcourt. He has an equally juicy matchup and he has a much more polished game offensively. Favors has scored at least 33 fantasy points in six of his last eight games. He should find success against a Wolves defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season.
Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets (Salary: $5600, FPPG: 22.5, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 19.2)
Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones have both been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Pacers. Josh Smith may also sit out, after injuring his calf in Saturday night’s game against the Suns. These injuries should open up a ton of minutes for Motiejunas. While the matchup against the Pacers is less than ideal, Motiejunas has scored at least 25 fantasy points in four straight games. He should be able to keep the streak alive tonight.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers (Salary: $5300, FPPG: 23.3, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 21.9)
You may think I’m a little crazy with the Hibbert recommendation (believe me, I thought I was crazy too), but trends are converging for a big outing from Hibbert. His minutes are trending upward and so is his production. Over his last four games, he has averaged 28 fantasy points in 31 minutes per contest. He also draws a terrific matchup against the Rockets, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.