The Tuesday night NBA slate provides us with a modest six games.
As it currently stands on Tuesday morning, we are still awaiting quite a bit of injury information. Anthony Davis, Derrick Favors, Chris Bosh, Mo Williams and J.R. Smith all have undetermined playing statuses. These injuries could change the entire roster construction process for this six-game slate, so make sure you’re tracking the updated news throughout the day.
If you have any additional questions prior to tip-off, feel free to contact me via Twitter. With that being said, let’s take a look at some players to target on FanDuel.
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Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,100 – As it currently stands, there is no better NBA fantasy player than Russell Westbrook. Since returning from injury, Russell has been on fire, as he has produced at least 35 fantasy points in every single game. In his last six games, Westbrook has exceeded 40 fantasy points in every game, which includes back-to-back 50 fantasy point outings in his last two contests. The guy is an absolute freak right now and provides such a high floor that he should be considered every night.
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, $7,300 – The Tuesday night matchup between Memphis and Golden State will be featuring the top two records in the Western Conference. This game should be a great battle and the Vegas odds agree, as they show a 202 over/under with a pick-em spread. As for Memphis, they will be playing way up on pace (GS fastest, MEM fifth slowest), which means they will have more appeal from a DFS standpoint in this matchup. Mike Conley has a nice price and his recent production has been on the incline with three straight games with at least 32 fantasy points. Conley is a very solid second-tier point guard option.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans, $7,500 – Evans is definitely in play whether or not Anthony Davis suits up, however if he does sit out, Evans becomes a near must play. In the Pelicans’ last two games without Davis, Evans has produced 50 fantasy points in each contest. In these games, Evans has played at least 40 minutes as well, which is just the icing on the cake. Don’t over think this one. If Davis is out, plug in Evans.
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks, $4,000 – This recommendation also requires some monitoring of injury news. J.R. Smith did not practice on Monday, and if he is unable to go, Hardaway Jr. will draw the start and becomes an elite value play. Hardaway has played at least 29 minutes in the Knicks’ last three games and has produced at least 23 fantasy points in each contest. Hardaway Jr. has been scoring the ball quite well during this three game span as well with actual point totals of 16, 18, and 23. Additionally, the Mavericks have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to the shooting guard position on the season.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $9,600 – The $9,600 price tag is probably the cheapest we will see on Durant this season. Head coach Scott Brooks indicated prior to Sunday’s game that he would begin to increase the minutes for his superstar. Durant ended up only logging 24 minutes of action on Sunday due to the Thunder blowing out the Phoenix Suns. During his 24 minutes of action, Durant was able to produce a very impressive 37.6 fantasy points. Assuming that the Sacramento Kings can keep this game within striking distance at home, Durant should be in for an increase in minutes, which will certainly lead to some additional production.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves, $5,500 – Brewer has a nice price on FanDuel at just $5,500. In his last four games, Brewer has produced at least 28 fantasy points. The matchup on Tuesday night is less than ideal versus the Wizards, as the Timberwolves are 13-point underdogs. Brewer becomes a much safer play if Mo Williams remains sidelined (questionable), as he will continue to serve as the backup point guard and will have the ball in his hands quite a bit. Brewer makes for a solid price point play on FanDuel.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies, $7,500 – Randolph is not a guy I commonly target in NBA DFS due to the fact that he is so dependent on points and rebounds. However, I really like his matchup tonight versus the undersized Draymond Green. Randolph should have a great rebounding game due to his size advantage on Green. Also, Randolph has been performing rather consistently as of late with at least 33 fantasy points in three straight games. The Grizzlies starters as a whole are in a good spot simply based on the pace differential, which should lead to some extra possessions.
Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks, $6,200 – At this point in Stoudemire’s career, it is very important to check out the Knicks schedule before considering him for DFS. If Stoudemire is on either side of a back to back I think you should simply avoid him. However, if the game is surrounded by off days, Stoudemire is in play. Throughout the season, in this exact situation, Stoudemire has commonly seen at least 30 minutes of playing time, which is vital for his level of production. In the last six games that Stoudemire has seen at least 30 minutes of action, he has produced no less than 29 fantasy points. That alone puts Stoudemire in play tonight.
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets, $4,900 – Plumlee will continue to see extended playing time until Brook Lopez returns from injury. The Nets have shown that they are not willing to stretch out the minutes for Garnett, meaning Plumlee will soak up the majority of the excess time. Plumlee has produced over 30 fantasy points in back-to-back games and will have a great opportunity to build on those performances tonight against the banged up frontcourt of the Miami Heat. If Mirza Teletovic if also out, this would further solidify the security of Plumlee’s minutes. He’s a great center value play tonight.