Tuesday’s eight-game NBA slate provides us with some very appealing matchups that we will look to exploit on FanDuel.
You will find a common theme throughout this article as far as specific teams that we will be looking to pick on. Let’s hop into the action.
Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings, $7,600 – The price on Collison is starting to creep up due to some solid performances in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. It appears as though Cousins is going to miss some significant time, which means Collison will continue to see an increase in usage. From a DFS perspective, the Lakers/Kings game has the most appeal. The game is expected to be high scoring (over/under 206.5) and should remain close (LAL favored by 2.5). Collison will likely surpass 35 minutes of playing time, and his individual matchup versus the combination of Price and Lin is elite. Collison is a great building block for your Tuesday lineups.
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Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, $6,800 – The Grizzlies’ matchup with the Dallas Mavericks is another great opportunity for us from a DFS standpoint. The Grizzlies will be playing way up in pace, as the Mavericks rank as the 11th fastest team, while the Grizzlies are the 5th slowest. Looking over the NBA Vegas odds, this game has over/under of 203.5, which is definitely high for a game involving the Grizzlies. Additionally, Dallas ranks as the second worst team in the NBA for defensive efficiency versus the point guard position. Conley has some serious upside on Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, $8,700 – I must preface this by admitting Kobe Bryant is more of a feel pick than anything else. When considering Kobe, I feel that it is important to pick your spots – with that said, I strongly feel that Tuesday game is a great spot to utilize the Black Mamba. The Lakers were manhandled by the Pelicans on Sunday night and now have a home matchup with the Kings in game that they are actually favored by 2.5 points. I think Kobe really asserts himself here to ensure a Lakers victory. If you are looking for numbers to back up this pick, the Kings have surrendered the sixth most fantasy points to the shooting guard position this season.
Courtney Lee, Memphis Grizzlies, $4,900 – When I’m having difficulty finding a comfortable play at the shooting guard position, Courtney Lee is always a guy I look to. The main reason for looking Lee’s way is the fact that his minutes are very safe and always above 30. In the Grizzlies’ last ten games, Lee has surpassed 30 minutes in all but one contest. The ceiling is relatively low on Lee, but he provides a great floor. Lee is coming off back to back games in which he saw 37 and 38 minutes of playing time.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, $8,300 – Rudy Gay will most likely be a popular play on Tuesday night when the Kings face off with the Lakers. As mentioned in the Collision writeup, this game has an appealing over/under of 206.5 and is projected to remain close. Gay has a very nice usage rate of 27.3 without Cousins and his minutes will most likely settle in the mid 30s. The Lakers rank 21st in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency versus opposing small forwards. Gay is a core cash game play on Tuesday night.
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,700 – Batum is a safe DFS player each and every night regardless of the matchup. First off, Batum plays so many minutes on nightly basis (at least 35 in six straight games). Batum is also valuable due to his ability to contribute in every single category. From the small forward position, it’s rare for a guy to be a triple-double threat, but this is exactly the case with Batum. I really like Batum as a safe play at a difficult position to fill.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings, $5,000 – And, we are back to picking on the Lakers. The Lakers rank as the third worst team at defending the power forward position, which puts Jason Thompson on the DFS map for Tuesday night. Thompson has seen an increased role with Cousins sidelined. As we’ve already discussed on a couple occasions, the game is appealing based on the Vegas line that has been set. Thompson has played at least 32 minutes in three straight games and has produced a minimum of 23.3 fantasy points in these contests.
Ed Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, $4,600 – Same game, opposite side of the ball, as now we have Ed Davis. Davis was inserted into the starting lineup on Sunday and his price does not yet reflect this promotion. Davis was solid in his first start (12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks). I think this is the type of game you can expect from Davis on a nightly basis with the potential for much more. Take advantage of this price point on Davis, as it will most likely be rising in the near future.
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers, $5,000 – The center position is absolutely gross on Tuesday night, so I think it makes sense to find the cheapest option that you are comfortable with rostering. For me, that guy is Anderson Varejao. As expected, Varejao’s minutes have been significantly decreased with the arrival of Kevin Love. However, Varejao has still managed to average slightly above 22 fantasy points on the season, which puts him right around his value threshold for his current price. Varejao makes for a solid value play at the difficult center position.