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FanDuel NBA Plays: Tuesday

by David “headChopper” Kaplen
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Trying to build a better lineup for Tuesday’s NBA daily fantasy contests on FanDuel? Here are some options to consider for tonight’s slate.




Point Guard


Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $10,900


I think, because the game has a Vegas NBA odds total at around 230 points, it is wise to find plenty of roster spots for these Golden State and Houston players tonight. Steph Curry is the premier player going, and I think Houston is just competitive enough in this game to keep him playing into the fourth quarter.



Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, $8,000  


Isaiah Thomas has scored 36.5 FanDuel points per game over his last five and he’s been extremely consistent all year long. As I look on this slate of games tonight, it appears to me as though Isaiah Thomas is the second-best option at point guard position. Roster construction tonight on FanDuel is tricky and I think it would be wise to load up on studs from the Golden State game and save some money on certain positions like the second spot at point guard, perhaps with a guy like Marcus Smart or Deron Williams.



Others to Consider: John Wall, Deron Williams




Shooting Guard


James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,800  


Harden is definitely a guy I’m looking to roster at shooting guard. He thrives in games against Golden State. He’s crept up around the 50 FanDuel point mark in three of the last five games against the Warriors. Harden loves these kind of games in which there’s a fast tempo and he can take advantage of the defense in transition.



Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $6,900  


So, I just mentioned the success James Harden has had on Golden State in recent history, and the same can be said for Klay Thompson against the Rockets. In the last five games versus Houston, Thompson has averaged 35 FanDuel points, and that includes a dud back in October of this season (13.4 FD points). He’s demolished this team over the course of the last two seasons, and in addition to that he’s averaged over 35 FanDuel points over his last five games, so he’s starting to heat up.



Others to Consider: Khris Middleton, Dwyane Wade




Small Forward


Evan Turner, Boston Celtics, $5,900  


Okay, so we played some studs from the Golden State game and will have some more good players later on, so at some point we need to dive down and save money. I think small forward makes for a solid position to go cheaper tonight. The obvious studs are going to be guys like Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard, but I’m going to choose to save some money here. The first guy I’m looking at is Evan Turner. He has averaged 31 FanDuel points per game over his last five and is seeing an uptick in minutes recently. This matchup against Milwaukee is extremely favorable to wing players. I think he’s worth the risk because of the salary he saves you.



Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, $6,700  


Another guy at small forward I’m looking at is Chandler Parsons. This is a fairly difficult matchup against a good defensive team. However, Parsons is a very versatile scorer and I think that’s going to come in handy tonight. I see the Jazz frontline shutting down the Mavericks’ bigs and then the guards having a difficult time also. I think Dallas could turn to Parsons to be their leading scorer tonight, and as an added bonus for your roster, he should be an extremely low-owned player in tournaments.



Others to Consider: Carmelo Anthony, Giannis Antetokounmpo




Power Forward


Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, $7,300  


Favors is still a tad bit underpriced on FanDuel. He’s averaging nearly 33 FanDuel points per game over his last five, and this matchup is slightly above average against Dirk Nowitzki. If you’re choosing to play a more balanced roster tonight, I think this is one of the first guys you start with when building said roster. This game sits at a two-point spread in favor of Dallas as an opening line, so this game should come down to the wire, and each stud player should see a full allotment of minutes.



Josh Smith, Houston Rockets, $3,900 


If you’re not looking at a balanced approach to roster building tonight, you need to have some really cheap options you can take a chance on in order to fit in the studs. For me tonight, one of the first guys I’m looking at with an ultra-cheap salary is Josh Smith. All the numbers for Smith line up pretty consistently: his career fantasy production, his fantasy production with Houston, and his fantasy production against Golden State in recent history all dictate that he is slightly over one fantasy point per minute scoring (a solid number). So, now all we need to do is get him the minutes and he’s going to be productive. With Terrence Jones already out of this game and an opposing team that loves to run a high pace, which favors having a guy like Josh Smith on the floor if you’re Houston, I think Smith will get a decent amount of playing time tonight and exceed fantasy production on that small price tag.



Others to Consider: Draymond Green, Kristaps Porzingis






Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks, $7,900  


On paper, Greg Monroe looks like the best center playing tonight. He’s typically an offensive machine and tonight gets to play the Celtics at home. The Celtics are very good at defending the opposition’s backcourt, but they leave a lot to be desired defensively against centers or power forwards. I think Milwaukee will look to take advantage of this with their best offensive player and feed Monroe often tonight. He is another player who is probably best suited to be on your roster if you’re choosing a more balanced approach.


Others to Consider: Dwight Howard, Rudy Gobert


David “headChopper” Kaplen
David “headChopper” Kaplen is one of the godfathers of Daily Fantasy, having been near the top of the rankings since DFS emerged in 2010. Nearing double-digit live final qualifiers, David’s crowning achievement is winning the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Champion in Las Vegas. HeadChopper can be found on twitter @headChopper.