Though there are only four games on the schedule, FanDuel is still offering huge contests for tonight’s NBA action. Below are my top players to target.
Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat, $4,500 - The Heat will be without starting point guard Goran Dragic and backup Beno Udrih, so they will once again turn to combo guard Tyler Johnson to run the point. He’s been a productive player on a per-minute basis this season, and projects to see 35+ minutes tonight at home against the Bucks. He may not have extreme upside in DFS, but he’s one of the very safest players on the slate and should be a staple of your cash game lineups.
Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans, $4,100 - The pick is contingent on Tyreke Evans missing out, but he did sit out yesterday and also sat out of this morning’s shootaround, so his absence looks likely at this point. If he’s out, Cole should assume the starting point guard duties in what is a solid home matchup against the Timberwolves. Cole has been solid in his minutes so far this season, and is likely to see at least 30 minutes with a chance to hit 40 if he plays well. At a near-minimum price tag, he’s a tough fade in all formats due to his high floor and decent ceiling.
Monta Ellis, Indiana Pacers, $6,300 - Ellis took a while to while to gel with his new teammates in Indiana, but he’s playing good basketball right now and his role has been further solidified with the injury to Rodney Stuckey. He’s got a cake matchup against a Suns team that is completely in shambles right now and should have no trouble reaching 25-30 fantasy points.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $6,700 - Barton went absolutely nuts when Danilo Gallinari was out injured, and since has seen his minutes reduced. But he’s picked up his play over the past few games, is at home tonight in a fast paced matchup with the Thunder, and should thrive against the poor defending second unit of OKC. Barton’s price has also fallen to a reasonable point where he is once again very much in play at a thin shooting guard position.
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, $7,000 - Gallinari played well last time out against the Indiana Pacers but had limited minutes due to extreme foul trouble. Typically, he plays 35+ minutes and that should be more than enough to be productive in a home matchup against the fast-paced Thunder. Gallinari is the clear #1 option on offense for the Nuggets, and does enough in the peripheral categories to easily deliver value on this mid-priced salary on most nights.
Kevin Durant, Denver Nuggets, $9,900 - Choosing between Durant and Westbrook is always a difficult proposition, but on this night we can let optimal roster construction dictate our selection. While there is plenty of value at point guard, it’s much harder to come across at small forward, so while Durant may have a slightly tougher matchup than Westbrook, I’m more willing to spend up on Durant tonight. He should see close to his full allotment of minutes in a tough game playing in Denver. When he sees 35+ minutes he rarely disappoints, and that should be the case tonight.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, $4,900 - Morris has reclaimed his starting role for the Suns, who seem to be showcasing him for a likely trade in the next month. He’s a somewhat risky play - he could get benched for any number of reasons at any time, but he’s also much better than a $4,900 price tag if he’s seeing starter’s minutes. So I’m willing to take the risk on him for the significant upside he presents, even in a relatively tough matchup with the Pacers.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, $10,300 - While this is a surprisingly tough matchup for Davis, as the Timberwolves have been very stingy against opposing power forwards, Davis is still so far ahead of the pack of the other available power forwards that he makes for a tough fade. He’s always performed better at home, and the Pelicans should control this game. He’ll also benefit if Tyreke Evans misses out. I’m not in love with him today, but it’s hard not to project him far above his contemporaries at this position.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, $7,800 - Whiteside has seen his minutes tick upward lately, and with the Heat a bit shorthanded tonight he should stay on the court. He should also be able to collect a good number of blocks against Greg Monroe and the Bucks. Karl-Anthony Towns is another solid option at center, but I give the slight edge to Whiteside, who should see a few more minutes than Towns.