After last night's disastrous seven-game slate (that turned into a five-game set), Tuesday's six-gamer is looking very nice. As of this writing, not one of the six games has a double-digit spread, which makes each game appealing.
The following DFS player recommendations are specific to FanDuel's scoring system and player pricing.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,100 - John Wall continues to be priced much cheaper on FanDuel than around the rest of the industry. He has been playing some excellent basketball as of late, with three straight games of at least 42 fantasy points. Wall now lands the best possible matchup for a point guard on Tuesday night when the Wizards travel to take on the Lakers. The Lakers rank as the worst team in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency against PGs and have allowed the most fantasy points to the position. Price considered, Wall might just be my favorite play of the day.
D.J. Augustin, Detroit Pistons, $6,000 - FanDuel made the right move and bumped Augustin's price over $2,000. This move will eliminate the free value that would have been given away with a slow-rising price. With that being said, I still believe he is a solid play at $6,000. His new price requires right around 30 fantasy points, and he is in a great matchup with Kyrie Irving, so I believe that number is obtainable.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, $6,000 - Beal is a guy that you really need to pick your spots with. He is definitely not a guy that you should be considering on a daily basis. In most cases it is safe to only consider Beal for your GPP lineups, however, Tuesday night looks like a solid spot to consider Beal for your cash game lineups. If you’re a DFS player that really relies on defense versus position rankings, you will be surprised to see that that Lakers actually do not rank that poorly against opposing shooting guards. This is a ranking that you should not buy into, as the Lakers have a horrible overall team defense, so I would not count on them limiting any one position on a nightly basis.
Jodie Meeks, Detroit Pistons, $4,000 - Although it was not evident in the Pistons’ first game without Brandon Jennings, I believe Meeks will benefit from the loss significantly moving forward. Meeks is one of the few veteran players on the Pistons roster that is capable of handling the ball. He did manage to log 28 minutes on Sunday, and this is something that you expect to see on a frequent basis moving forward.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $11,000 - LeBron is my number one overall play on Tuesday night in his matchup with the Detroit Pistons. LeBron will cause some major matchup problems for the Pistons, as they do not have any type of player on their roster that is capable of slowing down LBJ. Additionally, LeBron has really been taking control of the Cavs offense since returning from injury. He has exceeded 48 fantasy points in three straight games. If you have the cap space, LBJ is the guy you want to spend on.
Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards, $5,100 - Paul Pierce has recently looked like the Paul Pierce of old. He has played at least 30 minutes in three straight games and has exceeded 27 fantasy points in each contest. Like the previous Wizards mentioned, Pierce receives the benefit of playing against the terrible defense of the Los Angeles Lakers. The price on Pierce ($5,100) only requires around 25 fantasy points, which is something we should easily receive given the recent increase in minutes.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $8,600 - The price on Monroe has been on the rise lately due to his very consistent, elite production. Monroe has exceeded 40 fantasy points in three out of four games, and tonight will be matched up with Kevin Love, who usually gives much more effort on the offensive end of the court. Monroe will be asked to carry a bigger portion of the offensive load with Brandon Jennings out for the season. This game has a solid over/under of 204.5 as well, so assuming Detroit can keep it close at home, Monroe will be in line for another good performance.
David West, Indiana Pacers, $6,500 – West is certainly not a flashy DFS player by any means. And, for that reason, he is a guy you probably should not use in tournaments. However, West is a player that I do not mind targeting in my cash game lineups when the Pacers are projected to play a close game. In close games, West will typically play over 30 minutes, and on Tuesday night the NBA odds board shows that the Pacers are 3.5-point underdogs at home against the Toronto Raptors. In his last five games, West has exceeded 30 fantasy points on three occasions, so he is a solid cash game option tonight.
Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, $5,100 – Since being traded to the Cavaliers, Mozgov has been on somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as far as his recent performances go. The good news for DFS purposes is that fact that his price has remained low at just $5,100, which means a bad performance will not crush your lineup. Much like his time in Denver, Mozgov still has the ability to get into early foul trouble which will derail his night. Tonight he draws a matchup that is difficult to ignore against the awful defense of Andre Drummond. Drummond frequently looks completely lost on the defense end of the court, which is something that Mozgov will be able to take full advantage of tonight. He is a solid center bargain play.