There are six games on the schedule for Tuesday night. Let’s look at the FanDuel player pool and see which options stand out most at each position.
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic, $6,800 - Both Payton and his former running mate Victor Oladipo (more on him later) have thrived since Coach Scott Skiles moved Oladipo to a sixth-man role off the bench. It makes sense, as the two guards have overlapping skill sets that resulted in them eating into each other’s production while sharing the court. Now given the reigns to run the offense with the first team, Payton is performing extremely well and flashing significant upside. He’ll get a great matchup tonight against Emmanuel Mudiay and the defenseless Nuggets, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards.
George Hill, Indiana Pacers, $6,000 - The big game of the night, of course, is in Indiana as the Pacers try to knock off the still undefeated Golden State Warriors. Expect all the key Pacers to play big minutes tonight, in a game that will be played at a high pace and that features a 216 total - the highest of the night on the NBA odds board. The Pacers are likely to try and Make Steph Curry work on the defensive end, and that should mean a lot of George Hill pick-and-roll as they try and tire Curry out so he’s not quite as effective on offense. I think Hill and the Pacers get up for this game and deliver a great performance.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $5700 - Barton has been nothing short of spectacular off the bench of the Nuggets, playing nearly 30 minutes per night while pouring in fantasy points. While it still feels a bit risky to pay this elevated price tag for a player in a bench role, Barton has proven to be an exceedingly safe play, scoring over 25 FanDuel points in seven of his last ten contests. He’s a high usage player anchoring a bench unit that does not feature much scoring, and he should continue to do the job tonight at home in what should be a close game against the Magic.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $6100 - After a slow start to the season, Thompson has finally got it going from deep, scoring over 20 actual points in his last four games. He should be matched up against Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey for large portions of this game, and that’s the best place to attack the Indiana Pacers. His price has also declined to a level we never saw it last season, and Thompson makes for a great high-upside bargain that won’t crush your cap space.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $6,700 - Hayward, like Klay Thompson, had a slow start to the season but is just now really finding his groove. Despite some tough matchups, Hayward has averaged over 35 FanDuel points over his last five games, and will have a great opportunity to extend his run of good play as the Jazz head to Sacramento to take on a Kings team that is yielding the second-most fantasy points to opposing teams of any team in the NBA. Hayward should go to work early and often in this one, which features a 205 total and is expected to be closely contested. Hayward offers both a high floor and a high ceiling, and that’s tough to find at this price tag.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,100 - Coming off a slow game against the Kings, I expect Durant to be overlooked by most users tonight, which makes him an absolutely fantastic tournament option. The Thunder will take on the Grizzlies, who of course play solid defense and also play at one of the slowest paces in the league. Nevertheless, they don’t have anyone to slow down KD, and he should see big minutes as this is expected to be a close game that both teams will really want to win. Expect a bounce-back game from one of the best player in the NBA, who should be relatively low owned as well.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, $8,300 - While some may avoid Favors due to a perceived tough matchup against DeMarcus Cousins, and there is indeed some risk of foul trouble here, the truth of the matter is that opposing big men have done very well against the Kings, and the pace of this game and the lack of defense from the Kings outweighs the risk. Favors has had to step up his game in a big way with the absence of Rudy Gobert, and I’m not going to allow the small chance of foul trouble for Favors scare me off of what is otherwise a very enticing matchup.
Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets, $6,800 - The Rockets remain an absolute train wreck defensively, conceding more fantasy points per game to opposing teams than any other team in the league. Young does it all for the Nets, and give the Rockets specific struggles against opposing power forwards (second to last in the NBA in FPPG given up) we have to think Young will thrive in this pace-up game. Young should stuff the staff sheet tonight in a closely contested, high-scoring affair in Brooklyn.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, $9,800 - Cousins has fallen below the $10K threshold on FanDuel for the first time all season, and this is great spot to take advantage of his recent poor play. He is too talented not to turn it around soon, and a matchup with a Rudy Gobert-less Jazz team is not as scary as it might look on paper. Expect Cousins to return to his usual ways and post a monster performance at home.