I’m here to break down tonight’s seven-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 7:00 ET. Keep in mind that this column was created earlier in the day, meaning injury information could change the fantasy landscape throughout the afternoon. Obviously you’ll want to keep track of any developments through Rotoworld’s NBA Headlines & Injuries Feed as we move closer to tip-off.
With that, let’s dive into each position while mining for the best value and overall plays in this slate.
Eric Bledsoe – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $7,000)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is out tonight, and this entire NBA DFS slate revolves around that piece of news. Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton will be the primary beneficiaries of his absence, profiling as confident plays considering enhanced usage rates at their current salary levels. Bledsoe has been an erratic DFS commodity since joining the Bucks, but he’s still capable of the occasional 40-45+ FP game. He should have a clear path to hit that range tonight.
Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $7,400)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, Giannis Antetokounmpo is out this evening. That means more usage, shots, rebounds, and subsequent fantasy production for Middleton. In fact, Middleton would probably stack up as a solid play even if Giannis was fully healthy, as the sheer minute totals and fantasy-friendly arsenal looks good compared to the mid-range salary. Throw in an elevated workload and Middleton becomes a no-brainer across all formats.
Dillon Brooks – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Don’t look now, but Dillon Brooks has been on a nice little heater as of late. He has notched 25+ fantasy points in each of his past three games, looking more confident in his scoring ability through each performance. He’s getting rewarded with 30+ minutes as well. Despite that, the salary still hovers around minimum salary. His playing time becomes more stable if James Ennis III (questionable) misses this game, but I believe Brooks is playable either way. Playing up in pace against the Pelicans doesn’t hurt either. He’s a nice value filler to help you reach for Kevin Durant at your other small forward position.
John Henson – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
While Middleton and Bledsoe are the primary beneficiaries of Giannis’ absence, secondary players like Henson and Snell (Brogdon is out too) should see marginal boosts as well. Henson has been playing quality minutes as of late, and now he’ll have a chance to snag more rebounds with a few extra shot attempts as well. I believe he can represent fine value with at least 25-27 fantasy points.
Rudy Gobert – Utah (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
Full disclosure: I had Joel Embiid written-up in this spot. I love his matchup against Milwaukee, who ranks dead last vs centers and 29th in rebound rate. Having said that, Rudy Gobert meshes better into a quality lineup. Taking Gobert at $6500 allows you to reach for Kevin Durant at small forward. I’ll take that combination over Embiid and a mid-range SF.
Gobert returned from injury to post a remarkably efficient 47 fantasy points in 29 minutes last night. He could feast again tonight, as DeAndre Jordan’s expected absence gives the Utah center better matchup potential.