A perfectly-sized eight-game slate awaits us DFS NBA fans on Tuesday night. Below are my top FanDuel targets at each position.
Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns, $4,100 - The Suns remain very shorthanded in the backcourt, missing their starting tandem of Eric Bledose and Brandon Knight once again. Goodwin will draw the start vs. the weak defense of the 76ers in what should be a competitive, high scoring game. Goodwin has played a whopping 41 and 39 minutes in the last two contests, putting up very solid FanDuel scores of 35.2 and 26.6 in two tough matchups vs. the Hawks and Spurs. With a much easier matchup on tap tonight in Philadelphia, Goodwin should have no trouble smashing value and is probably the best point-per-dollar option on the entire slate.
Ish Smith, Philadelphia 76ers, $6,900 - Ish has injected much needed life into the 76ers and been one of the top fantasy performers for the better part of the last month. What is especially impressive is he’s performed so well despite a run of tough matchups. While he did struggle last time out against the Celtics, expect Smith to bounce back in a big way tonight against the woeful defense of the Suns, who are allowing among the most fantasy points to opposing point guards of any team in the league and will continue to struggle, with Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker defending the backcourt for the Suns.
C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, $7,700 - The Blazers’ shooting guard will have just about everything going for him in a home matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who are coming off a double overtime loss last night and had to catch a late flight to Portland. The Kings, of course, will be exhausted as most of their team played heavy minutes last night, but beyond that the Kings have had some of the worst shooting guard defense in the entire league for a couple of years now as Ben McLemore and company simply do not get the job done. Expect McCollum to perform well early and often at home tonight and perhaps have one of his biggest games of the season.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, $4,500 - Along with Archie Goodwin, Booker also stands to benefit from the Suns being without their two starting guards in Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Booker, a rookie, has flashed an impressive jump shot and looks like a natural scorer. He should be able to get plenty of open looks tonight in Philadelphia and at $4,500, with him likely logging 35+ minutes, he’s an excellent play.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,200 - There is solid value at literally every position tonight, but we’ve got to spend somewhere and Durant is one of my favorite plays on the slate. The Knicks don’t have anyone who can keep up with him defensively and KD should be up for this game and a chance to play in the Garden. The value plays at small forward have more question marks than those at other positions, so this is a good spot to spend up on a stud.
Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings, $5,300 - When given a starting role, Casspi has performed very well for the Kings, and he’ll start for the injured Rudy Gay tonight in Portland. As one of the few Kings who did not play massive minutes last night, expect Casspi to carry a bit larger of an offensive load than he typically does against the Trail Blazers. He’s a great bargain at $5,300 and will benefit from the poor defense and fast pace of the Blazers.
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers, $4,900 - This play is completely contingent on Ian Mahinmi missing out once again, but we should have that news prior to lineup lock so I feel comfortable recommending Turner here. He’s been a fantasy beast in each of the past four games, averaging 30 minutes and over 35 fantasy points, and tonight will get the benefit of facing a weak second unit of the visiting Clippers. Even though he’ll come off the bench again and his salary has risen significantly, he remains a fantastic play if indeed Mahinmi can’t go.
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,300 - Parker has really solidified the power forward role for the Bucks and has a nice matchup tonight against the poor rim protection of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Parker’s price has not yet risen enough to match his minutes and production, and he remains a solid mid-range play who may lack a bit of upside but will rarely hurt your lineup.
Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks, $8,000 - While I do prefer Monroe in my GPP teams, he’s a solid play in all formats in a great matchup for him against the porous rim defense of Nikola Vucevic. Monroe should be able to score all day long in the matchup and have his way on the glass as well. While his lack of big minutes can be a little bit scary, Monroe has nonetheless been extremely productive in his plus matchups this year, and certainly has one tonight at home against the Magic.