I’m here to break down tonight’s 10-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.
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Quinn Cook – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Cook really stepped up for the shorthanded Warriors last night, posting 42 fantasy points in 40 minutes. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet value again tonight. Omri Casspi will join Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry on the bench, thinning Golden State’s rotation even more. The matchup is terrific with playing a fast-paced Phoenix team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards. Roster Cook with confidence, as he should easily outperform this near-minimum salary.
JR Smith – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Injuries to Cleveland and Golden State provides a myriad of value this evening. Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver have been ruled out for the Cavaliers, meaning JR Smith should see plenty of minutes. Smith is a streaky shooter that usually makes DFS backers feel nervous. However, the near-minimum salary combined with more opportunities and a “green light” matchup (Chicago is dead last vs opposing shooting guards) is enough to outweigh that sentiment.
LeBron James – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $12,700)
The small forward position is pretty straightforward in my opinion. For cash games, I’ll be looking to LeBron James and Andre Iguodala without much hesitation. The seemingly endless supply of value plays makes LeBron and easy lift despite the cumbersome salary. Small forward seems a bit lower on opportunity cost as well, making LBJ even more of a priority. Facing a Chicago team that ranks 26th vs small forwards in one of the highest scoring games of the night (225 over/under) doesn’t hurt either.
Draymond Green – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $7,800)
You could argue Draymond Green as the best “per dollar” play on this slate. He’ll continue to see a massive workload with Golden State’s other starters sidelined. A fast-paced matchup against a bad Phoenix defense does nothing to dissuade his fantasy prospects. Green is definitely a building block in your FanDuel lineups, and you should strongly consider him through all formats despite the expected heavy ownership rate.
Rudy Gobert – Utah (FanDuel Price: $10,200)
There’s a number of different ways to approach the center position tonight. We have enough value plays at our disposal to roster LeBron, Gobert, Draymond, and a quality shooting guard (Batum, Booker?) in the same lineup. Here’s the case for Gobert: 1) He has been on fire lately while hitting 40+ FP in seven of his past eight. 2) He has legitimate 50-60 FP upside, as displayed on this recent run. 3) The matchup is incredible, facing a Sacramento team that ranks 28th vs centers and 27th in rebound rate … I’m fully expecting another fantasy feast from Gobert this evening.