It may be a small slate of games tonight, but FanDuel is still offering big contests. Below are my top targets at each position.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, $8,700 - On a relatively small slate that is mostly devoid of star power, Lowry can make a case as the top overall option on the board, rivaled only by Andre Drummond. While he hasn’t been quite as dominant in the box score recently as we’re used to seeing this season, those performances can be explained by blowouts leading to a lack of minutes, and poor shooting performances. In general, though, Lowry has been nothing short of spectacular and should have yet another big game in what should be a closely contested game against the Mavericks in Toronto.
Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, $4,600 - With Emmanuel Mudiay sidelined, Jameer Nelson has stepped into the starting point guard role for the Nuggets and performed admirably, averaging well over 20 FanDuel points per game and nearly 35 minutes per game in his starts. With a beautiful home matchup against the defenseless Lakers, Nelson should have no trouble delivering on his modest salary. If you’re playing cash games, Nelson should likely be the first player into your NBA lineups.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $8,100 - With Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll out over the last couple of weeks, DeRozan has had to play huge minutes and has also experienced a usage and rebounding bump. He hasn’t played fewer than 34 minutes in any of his last 10 games, and his worst fantasy output during that time is 25 FanDuel points. He’s a good bet for 35+ FanDuel points even against a possible tough matchup against Wesley Matthews.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $6,400 - Barton is coming off his best game of the year, where he dropped 32 actual points to go along with 10 boards and 6 dimes vs. the Pelicans. Don’t expect a repeat performance tonight, but he should still be very good once again coming off the bench in a 6th man role for the Nuggets. He’ll be going against the Lakers’ reserves, who offer little rim protection (or any other resistance), and Barton should easily reach 30+ fantasy points in this cake matchup.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, $4,300 - Parsons is starting to have his minutes limit increased, and is now expected to see around 30 minutes per game. That’s enough court time to reach value at this low price point, and many of those minutes will come as one of the offensive fulcrums of the second unit for the Mavericks. He’s proven to be a productive player, and should see his price rise over the next couple of weeks. He’s a strong play at a nice discount tonight in a matchup vs. the Raptors.
Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies, $4,900 - Barnes has stepped into the starting power forward role for the Grizzlies and besides one poor performance, has generally been very good in that role, providing some outside shooting for the Grizzlies who are desperate for it. In a matchup vs. the 76ers, Barnes should have no trouble flying past his value threshold as he has done in four of the past five games. Small forward is very ugly tonight, and Barnes is almost certainly the best option, especially in cash games. There may be some merit to fading him in tournaments as he’s likely to be very heavily owned.
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, $7,300 - Bosh has been too cheap on FanDuel all year long, and comes with the added benefit of often being overlooked. He doesn’t carry extreme upside, but he’s consistent and despite a somewhat tough matchup against the slow-paced Pistons, Bosh should deliver on his price point. He’s my top power forward on the board tonight in what should be a close game that requires Bosh to play 30+ minutes.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $6,500 - Faried is one of the least consistent players in the league, partly due to varying performance levels but also unpredictable minutes. What has stayed relatively consistent, however, is how matchup dependent Faried is and how much better he is at home. He’s got both going in his favor tonight with a matchup in Denver against the woeful Lakers. While he still worries me for cash games, Faried is a phenomenal tournament play as he’s got tremendous upside in this particular spot.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, $7,500 - Whiteside has been incredible on a per-minute basis for the Heat this year, with his only issue being inconsistent minutes due to foul trouble or coaching decisions. But he’s played over 30 minutes in each of his last three games, and the Heat will need his size and shot blocking against fellow behemoth Andre Drummond. If Whiteside can stay on the court tonight he’s got as much upside as anyone on the slate and he makes for a great target, particularly in your tournament lineups.