I’m here to break down tonight’s six-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 7:30 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.
Also, please take note that FanDuel’s main slate doesn’t include the Lakers @ Sacramento, so players from that game did not factor into the analysis of this article.
With that, let’s dive into each position while mining for the best value and overall plays in this slate.
Mario Chalmers – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Tyreke Evans has been ruled out, meaning Andrew Harrison and Mario Chalmers will see more opportunities in Memphis’ backcourt. Chalmers owns a near-minimum salary that should be easy to satisfy. He averaged 22 minutes and 25 fantasy points in five recent games without Evans, which should be considered his baseline for tonight. Throw in the fact that Wayne Selden is also sidelined for the Grizzlies, and Chalmers has a realistic chance to see around 30 minutes.
Andrew Wiggins – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
It appears that Jimmy Butler will miss some time moving forward, creating a buy-low opportunity for Wiggins. If you recall, Wiggins poured in some nice fantasy performances with Butler sidelined in late January. He averaged 36 FPPG through that stretch, clearly noticing more scoring opportunities. Facing a Chicago team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards doesn’t hurt.
Nemanja Bjelica – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Bjelica is the easiest pick of the day, and I wouldn’t recommend fading him. He’ll likely start for Minnesota with Jimmy Butler out. That was the case through a four-game stretch in late January, where Bjelica averaged a healthy 34 minutes and 27 fantasy points in the expanded role. The matchup is favorable as well, given that Chicago ranks 26th vs opposing small forwards.
Also Consider: Paul George, TJ Warren
Carmelo Anthony – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Carmelo’s salary is artificially low due to him only playing six minutes (1.5 fantasy points) at Golden State on February 6. His ankle has since healed, resuming a full workload in the past three games; resting through the All-Star break helps too. I’m guessing Anthony should have a better outing against the Warriors this time around (not a bold prediction by any stretch of the imagination). He should fall into his value threshold of 28-30 fantasy points.
Alex Len – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Tyson Chandler is doubtful tonight, meaning Alex Len will continue to see plenty of work in Phoenix’s frontcourt. That has been the case over the past two games, where Len poured in 46 and 37 fantasy points respectively. The matchup isn’t great vs Portland, but Len has always been an efficient FP/minute producer. He finally has a clear path to keep making fantasy noise.
Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns