We’ve got a five-game slate this Saturday for our FanDuel contests as the regular NBA season winds down. We already have news of players getting the night off, but, as I’m sure your accustomed doing at this time of the year, be sure to monitor the news cycle for any additional players being rested, and check the NBA Starting Lineups page prior to lock to ensure your selections are playing.
Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings, $5,800 - Rajon Rondo will get the night off for rest tonight, so Collison should step into the starting lineup. With DeMarcus Cousins also out, he’ll shoulder a big offensive load and will face a Denver team that is just 21st in DVP against PG on the season.
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, $6,800 - I think he’s in play even if Dwyane Wade plays, but if Wade is ruled out, then I love Dragic in this spot. He disappointed with Wade out last night, but I’ll go right back to the well. Outside of last night he’s been terrific with both Bosh and Wade out, and he’ll draw a matchup with a very poor defender in Damian Lillard.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $7,800 - This isn’t a great DVP spot as the Pistons have defended SG well this year, but Butler will be very motivated and has played well against Detroit this year. He’s averaged 27.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 3.7 APG and 2.3 steals per game in 45 MPG (high minutes due to overtime games), and will pick up extra usage with Rose doubtful for tonight. The Bulls are currently sitting 1.5 games behind the Pistons and one game behind the Pacers, so this game has huge playoff implications.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $5,400 - He’s not a guy that I can trust in cash games, but I want tournament exposure to him tonight. He was terrible last game, but he once again played 30 minutes, which is an encouraging sign given Mike Malone’s inconsistent rotations. The Nuggets have the highest team total on the night, and the Kings have been a team to target SG with as they were just exposed once again by Gerald Green last night.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers, $9,200 - The Pacers are in a must-win mode as they are sitting in the 7th spot in the East just ahead of the Bulls and the Pistons. That should mean they are fully engaged in this one, even against a terrible 76ers team. The 76ers have struggled across the board defensively this year, and George should be able to feast on their weak defense. He struggled against them last game, but ripped them apart in the first meeting for 34 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, $6,000 - His fantasy production has actually been down with Cousins out this year, but that is somewhat to due to a low FG%, as he averages 2.5 more FGA with Cousins out of the lineup. He finally looked engaged again last night, and will be in line for big usage and minutes with Rondo, Cousins, and Omri Casspi all sidelined.
Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls, $6,300 - Power Forward is really thin tonight, so this is by far the toughest position to fill on the board. If Wade is ruled out, then I’ll be locking Deng into one of my spots as he’s been really good when both Bosh and Wade have been out. He’s really taken to the stretch PF position for the Heat and is still fairly priced.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings, $4,900 - We’re going to have to monitor an injury here as he left the game last night and was unable to return, so he’s questionable for tonight. If he plays and is a full go, then he’s someone I’ll look to at a very weak position. He drew the start for DeMarcus Cousins last night and has played very well recently. He also draws a plus matchup with a weak Denver interior. If Willie can’t play, then I’d consider a guy like Kenneth Faried for tournaments, or Tobias Harris for a cash game.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8,100 - All three of the high-end centers are in great spots tonight, so I don’t mind either Hassan Whiteside or Pau Gasol either. However, I’m liking Drummond at his reduced price point. At his current salary he’s averaging almost 5x value on the season and he draws a premier matchup against a Bulls team that is 24th in DVP against centers on the season. His numbers are somewhat inflated due to overtimes between these two teams, but he’s averaging 22 PPG, 19 RPG and over three combined blocks and steals, albeit in 42 MPG.