There are only five games on the NBA schedule tonight, but FanDuel is still offering massive contests with a lot of money up for grabs. Here are my top targets at each position for Tuesday night.
Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, $4,700 - Emmanuel Mudiay and Danilo Gallinari remain sidelined, and that means Nelson will once again be running the point of the Nuggets tonight as they host the Cavaliers. Nelson is past his prime, and he hasn’t been terribly productive in the staring role, but the price point is very enticing in a decent matchup vs. a Cavaliers team that should be very tired playing their fourth game in five nights and traveling to the thin Denver air.
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, $6,100 - While the defense of Patrick Beverley is somewhat concerning, the pace of this matchup and the general lack of team defense played by the Rockets means Teague is firmly in play. I believe this is the lowest price we’ve seen on Teague all season, so it’s a great time to take advantage of a depressed price. Teague typically goes overlooked, making him especially appealing for tournament play.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $6,800 - To put it simply, Barton remains very underpriced and until that is adjusted he remains a near must play in every matchup. Especially with Mudiay and Gallinari out injured, Barton is thriving with increased minutes and usage, and will almost certainly reach value once again tonight at home vs. the Cavaliers. Don’t get cute here: play Will the Thrill and move on.
James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,500 - Harden’s production has dipped lately, but it’s mostly been due to some shooting struggles that will regress back to normal shortly. The Beard should have his way with a Hawks team coming off a tough game in Indiana. The Hawks also lack rim protection, so Harden should be able to finish in the lane or get to the free throw line. Teague is a solid defender, but it’s behemoth centers that really slow down Harden’s production, and the Hawks don’t have anyone that can slow him down at the rim. Look for James to return to hitting 45+ fantasy points tonight.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, $8,600 - Melo is playing like a superstar for the Knicks right now, but he’s not priced like one. He’s topped 40 FanDuel points in four of his past eight games, with his worst game during that time period resulting in 29 fantasy points. While the pace of this game and the individual matchup with Marcus Morris is not ideal, Melo is mostly matchup proof, and is not a player that thrives in a transition anyway. The likely slow pace of the game should not hold back his production, and he’s an elite small forward target that comes at a nice discount to LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Jeff Green, Memphis Grizzlies, $4,500 - The Grizzlies seem committed to their new small-ball approach, and with Matt Barnes suspended for this game, Green becomes a critical component of the Memphis attack. The Grizzlies need his outside shooting and he should see some time at the four after he starts the game at small forward. The matchup is not ideal vs. the Heat, but Green’s low price and minutes bump with Barnes out make him a top point per dollar play.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $6,500 - The only consistent thing about Faried’s play is his inconsistency. We truly never know what to expect from Faried, but I do believe he’s in an especially good spot to succeed tonight. The Nuggets will host the traveling Cavaliers, who are playing their fourth game in five nights and have to play in the absolute toughest place to end such a stretch - the thin Denver air. Faried has historically performed much better at home and should thrive against a weary Cavs squad. I like him much more for tournaments tonight given his extreme volatility, but he’s in play in all formats.
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, $6,200 - The Knicks’ rookie is another player who has extreme swings in terms of his production. That said, he’s been much better at home and has a nice individual matchup tonight against the Detroit Pistons and Ersan Ilyasova, who struggles on the defensive end of the court. Porzingis is simply too cheap at $6,200 for the upside he brings to your lineup.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $5,000 - Kanter’s minutes have stabilized over the past few games, as he’s played at least 22 minutes off the bench in each of the last three games, topping 30 fantasy points in each contest. He should feast on the weak interior of the Bucks and is a solid play at a weak center position on this five-game slate.