There are six games on the schedule tonight, so we’re here to break down the slate to see which DFS plays on FanDuel we should be targeting.
Isaiah Canaan, Philadelphia 76ers, $4,400 - Since entering the 76ers starting lineup, Canaan has delivered value in every game, despite a few tough matchups. He’s scored at least 20 FanDuel fantasy points in each contest, and gets the Lakers at home tonight in a game the 76ers are favored to win (!). The Lakers are conceding the second-most fantasy points of any team in the league to opposing point guards, and Canaan’s price remains extremely affordable. He’s a plug and play tonight.
Raymond Felton, Dallas Mavericks, $3,700 - I’ll admit to cringing as I recommend rostering Raymond Felton to my loyal readers. But point guard is not the spot I want to spend at tonight, and with JJ Barea again expected to miss out for the Mavericks, a very solid matchup against a defensively weak Portland backcourt, and the Mavs on the second half of a road back to back, the minutes and production should be there for Felton tonight in Portland.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, $8,700 - Shooting guard is a very tough position to confidently fill today, so paying up for the safest option on the board is a sound strategy. Bledsoe, who shares ball-handling duties with backcourt mate Brandon Knight, will have the pleasure of taking on the Nets defense which is yielding the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards and the fifth most to opposing point guards. The Nets’ guards do not have the athleticism to stay in front of the explosive Bledsoe, and he should get to the rim at will in this matchup.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, $6,700 - The Black Mamba returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to take on a winless 76ers squad. Bryant is averaging 32 minutes in his last 10 games, and continues to fire away despite all the bricks. Expect more of the same tonight as he tries to lead his lowly Lakers to a rare win. Maybe a few more of his shots will go in tonight against some of the worst defense in the league. If they do, Kobe could be in store for a big night.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $10,100 - The visiting Washington Wizards continue to push the pace despite zero evidence they’re a better team when they do so. They rank among the top teams in the league in pace and are one of the worst in defensive efficiency, and have given up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing small forwards. LeBron hasn’t flashed a huge ceiling much yet this year, but his floor is incredibly safe and this sets up to be a game where we see him truly go off.
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers, $6,400 - Covington’s price continues to rise, but the production continues to be there, and he should have no trouble reaching value once again against the Lakers and the (non) defense of Kobe Bryant. Covington should be able to get his three-point shot away whenever he wants which should lead to a big game. He’ll also have the opportunity to pick Kobe Bryant’s pocket on the defensive end, and he has an incredible 21 steals over his last three games.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $8,300 - It’s taken a bit of getting used to, but Kevin Love is looking more and more like the version we saw for years in Minnesota, dominating the glass and shooting efficiently. He should have no trouble posting yet another big game against the Wizards, who aren’t defending any position well and should allow a ton of transition three point opportunities for Love. Expect an easy double double here for the ultra-consistent Kevin Love. We’ll see his price rise above its current $8,300 in the near future, so take advantage while you can in what is a fantastic matchup.
Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets, $6,700 - The Nets’ power forward is quietly putting together a very solid fantasy season for the Nets, playing big minutes most nights and scoring 30+ FanDuel points in eight of his last nine games. That’s great production and consistency at a moderate price tag, and against a Phoenix team that is playing at the fastest pace in the NBA, Young should find plenty of opportunities in transition which fits his game perfectly.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, $8,400 - The Suns will be without Tyson Chandler for this matchup and instead will start Alex Len, who is a poor defender that Brook should have no trouble scoring against. Rebound opportunities should be plentiful here as the Suns play at an incredible pace, and the Vegas total of 207 on the NBA odds board certainly agrees that this will be a high scoring game. Lopez is, by far, the top center play available tonight and is worth paying up for.