The first round of the playoffs are still going strong, and we have a solid four-game slate to attack tonight for our FanDuel contests. There is some injury news to monitor with Deron Williams and Ian Mahinmi, while Nicolas Batum will miss the game for Charlotte. Check the NBA Starting Lineups Page before lock to ensure your guys are starting.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, $8,300 - After an uncharacteristic poor start to the series, Lowry has bounced back strong with two solid performances. He’s still struggling with his shot so his elbow injury could be lingering, but he’s playing 40 minutes a night and is back to contributing in every stat category. At just $8,300, he’s pretty affordable and has hovered right around 40 FD points in each of the past two games.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,500 - Depending on the injury status of Deron Williams, Raymond Felton is someone we can look to for value. However, J.J. Barea is expected to play so if Williams suits up then Felton’s minutes and usage aren’t as secure. If Williams does play, then I’ll spend up at the position with Chris Paul and Westbrook being the primary targets. I’ll give Westbrook the edge as he’s been the most dominant force in fantasy basketball this year, and has a floor of 45 FD points with upside into the 60s.
Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets, $4,200 - Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for today’s game and possibly for the rest of the series and it appears that Lin or Frank Kaminsky will draw the start. We’ll have to monitor the news to see who does draw the start, but Lin certainly benefitted from Batum’s absence in the regular season. In twelve regular season games with Nicolas Batum sidelined Lin averaged 34.9 MPG, 16.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 4.7 APG (27.25 FD PPG).
Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks, $5,000 - I really like Dwyane Wade as well, especially because he could see lot of Jeremy Lin defense in this one (if I was Charlotte I’d stick Lin on Johnson and just make him beat me). If you have the cap room for Wade, then I do like him a lot but value is tougher to come by today and there are two solid value options at SG in Lin and Matthews. Matthews is playing big minutes and with the Mavericks returning home, his shot finally started to fall. He was 1 for 13 from three-point land in OKC, but he poured in 22 points in Game 3 and produced 34 FD points, which easily pays off his salary.
Also Consider - Dwyane Wade
Paul George, Indiana Pacers, $9,000 - The Pacers gave back home court advantage in Game 3 and this is a must win for them as they’re heading back to Toronto for Game 5. George has a tough defensive matchup with Carroll, but he also made some comments post game about Carroll hitting his elbow. Sometimes we see those comments result in more foul shots the next game, and George has been great in two of the three games in this series.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,500 - SF is a weak position and if you can’t squeeze in both George and Durant then Aminu is a guy I’m looking towards. He’s been very active in this series averaging 11 RPG and his minutes jumped up to 35 last game. He’s hit 5x value in each of the first two game and will be returning home to Portland for a must win Game 3.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, $6,000 - Ibaka has continued to take advantage of a weak link in Dallas’ defense as he’s averaging 31.8 FD PPG and hasn’t scored less than 27.6 FD points in any of the three games. Dirk was never a great defender and at this point in his career he really struggles badly so he’s a guy to attack.
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers, $5,500 - Ian Mahinmi is questionable for today with a sore back so Turner could pick up some extra run. Even if Mahinmi plays, Turner’s role off the bench seems secure as the Pacers really need his offense. They are struggling to score the ball and Turner played 31 minutes last game and has played well in two of the three games in this series. He is a guy that can disappear so he does have bust potential so for cash games I’d try to find the extra $1,500 for Deng or Dirk. However, for tournaments he offers similar upside to Dirk and Deng at a much cheaper price point.
Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,600 - For a four game slate center is absolutely loaded as there are five centers on my radar. In the expensive range, Whiteside and Jordan are certainly in play, and Jonas Valanciunas has shown big upside - if he can avoid foul trouble. I certainly don’t mind any of those three options, but there is also some value where we can save so that we can fit in more expensive plays at weaker positions. Plumlee is coming off of a monster Game 2, and the Clippers have struggled with centers this season. Minutes can be a concern with him, but he’s performed very well against the Clips this year averaging 13.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 2.3 APG to go with 1.8 combined blocks and steals.
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, $5,800 - He’s more of a GPP option as he’s really struggled for the majority of this season and Miami is certainly not a team I go out of my way to pick on. However, he exploded out of the blue for 25 points last game, and with Nicolas Batum sidelined the Hornets are going to need find someone else to score besides Kemba Walker. Jefferson has proven to be a very capable scorer in the past so maybe we see him match the 17 FGA from last game. I’d lean to a guy like Valanciunas in cash games, but for tournaments Jefferson is an intriguing pivot from the higher ownership of Valanciunas.