We have a decent seven-game slate tonight that offers endless value options on FanDuel. The issue with all the value lies in the fact that there really are not many top-tier options to spend up on.
Let’s take a look at the schedule and see if we can find the proper balance for tonight’s slate.
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John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,100 – At the top end of the point guard player pool, John Wall is certainly a guy to give a look. Wall is coming off back to back games with at least 20 actual points. He draws a great individual matchup with Aaron Brooks, who is not known for his defense. Wall is guy that is usually better to target at home, but I’m willing to make an exception tonight in what should be a closely contested matchup, as Washington is favored by 1.5 points on the NBA odds board.
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, $5,200 – Don’t look now, but Jeremy Lin is actually relevant again for DFS purposes. Lin is coming off his best game of the season in which he put up 44.2 fantasy points against the Thunder. This performance marked the third time in four games that Lin has exceeded 29 fantasy points. As long as Nick Young continues to be sidelined, Lin is a guy to consider at the point guard position.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $6,400 – The FanDuel price of $6,400 for Giannis is just about the cheapest around the industry. His individual matchup versus the Denver Nuggets is elite, as they have allowed the third-most fantasy points to the shooting guard position. The playing time for Giannis has become very steady lately with at least 30 minutes in 10 straight games. O.J. Mayo has been ruled out for tonight’s contest, which only solidifies the playing time security for the Greek Freak.
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, $4,900 – With his price still under the $5,000 mark, Kyle Korver is a guy we need to consider in this up-tempo game. The Houston Rockets will be without their MVP candidate, James Harden, who was suspended for some foul play on Sunday. Korver has played at least 34 minutes in each of his last four games and has surpassed 26 fantasy points on two occasions during that stretch. He is a very intriguing price point play tonight.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, $7,600 – As long as DeMarcus Cousins remains sidelined, I will be all in on Rudy Gay. I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict Gay to be the highest scoring fantasy player of the tonight. Gay has a usage rate that settles in at right around 30 when he is on the court without Cousins. The Kings and the Knicks are both beat up right now and neither team is very good. If Cousins is out, fire up some Rudy Gay!
Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards, $4,700 – I normally would not recommend playing Paul Pierce in a matchup with the Chicago Bulls, but due to some injury situations, I’m making an exception. The Bulls lost their best defender, Jimmy Butler, for at least three weeks due to any injury. This injury really weakens the overall team defense for the Bulls. Pierce returned from injury on Friday night and was able to log 34 minutes on his way to 27.5 fantasy points. He is a solid SF option tonight.
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, $9,500 – No Rose. No Butler. No Gibson. That equals what should be a huge offensive role for Pau Gasol. The entire Bulls offense will likely be run through Gasol and he will have the full green light all game long. The Bulls’ best chance, by far, to score points is with the ball in the hands of their big man. In what should be a close, competitive game (WAS -1.5), Gasol is the clear cut number one PF option tonight.
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, $4,500 – With Taj Gibson out for at least another week, Nikola Mirotic will be the primary big man coming off the bench for the Bulls. He will also be coming off a solid 29 actual point performance in 31 minutes of action on Sunday. I think it is safe to assume that his playing time will remain right around that 30 minutes marker until Taj Gibson returns. Mirotic is one of the best value plays on the board tonight.
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, $5,500 – Gortat has been playing his best basketball of the season over the last five games. During this five-game stretch, Gortat has played at least 28 minutes and has surpassed 25 fantasy points in each contest. He peaked on Friday against the Pistons when he went off for 16/17 (47.7 fantasy points). At his $5,500 price tag, Gortat is a solid value option.