Trying to build a better lineup for Tuesday’s NBA daily fantasy contests on FanDuel? Here are some options to consider.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, $8,600 - The obvious guy at this position that everybody’s going to want to roster tonight is Russell Westbrook. However, if you wanted to save a few dollars and play Walker or even play both of these guys in the same lineup, I think it could be a very profitable situation. Kemba Walker struggled last night, but I’m not going to let that deter me from playing him tonight. He’s a very good fantasy point guard who has a great matchup against Brooklyn tonight, and that is reason enough to have him in your lineups. Brooklyn is terrible on defense and Charlotte is still scrapping for playoff position.
Ray McCallum, Memphis Grizzlies, $3,700 - If you wanted to punt a position on FanDuel tonight, I don’t think you’re going to find a much better option at this salary than Ray McCallum. I don’t think he’s going to set the world on fire with much upside, but this is a very solid matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers and he did rack up nearly 24 FanDuel points last night as the starter. If I could be guaranteed of a 24 point performance out of a $3,700 player, I would take that in my cash games every single night. His salary opens the door for us being able to roster Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the same team.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, $7,700 - The obvious play at shooting guard is going to be James Harden. And if Harden plays, I think he’s going to be a phenomenal option once again. However, if you didn’t want to take a chance on James Harden sitting out with an injury at this price tag, I think the next guy in line is going to be Holiday. He is going to see, and has seen, an uptick in usage with Anthony Davis out for the year. The matchup is not ideal, but the volume should be so heavy that it offsets that worry.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $7,200 - Next in line for me would be Dwyane Wade. The only things that ever really shut Wade down are injuries and fatigue. He’s coming into this game against a weak New Orleans team having a full two days of rest since his last game. I would expect a solid game out of Wade regardless of how incompetent New Orleans is tonight, but he also has a hint of upside if somehow the Pelicans keep this thing close through the fourth quarter.
Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, $8,000 - You won’t see the name Kevin Durant listed anywhere here, but make no mistake about it he is the number one option at small forward tonight. As of right now, he says he is going to play but there are questions about his health. So, for those reasons, I left them off this list, but if there is definitive word that he is starting tonight, he’s the number one option. After that I think there are some question marks at this position. I think the guy with the least amount of question marks after Durant is Nicolas Batum. He typically plays heavy minutes and has a sweet matchup against Brooklyn this evening.
Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets, $5,200 - After a couple of the big names at this position, it starts to get really dicey tonight. You have the Memphis guys in the second game of a back to back, so we really don’t know how those minutes are going to play out tonight. You’re going to see Michael Beasley be a popular option, but that has a real chance to be a fantasy killer because he is not a guy I’m willing to trust just yet if there are no other Houston Rockets injuries. For a price tag of $5,200, I’ll take a chance on Bogdanovic. He’s averaged slightly over 35 FanDuel points in the last four games, and that combined with the salary should leave you with pretty decent value.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies, $6,900 - It was another solid game last night for Zach Randolph, and the only thing that can really hold him down tonight in this fantastic matchup against the Lakers is his minutes. I don’t think we really have a solid idea of what Memphis is going to do with their veteran players in this back to back situation. However, if we are assuming that Zach Randolph can get 25 to 30 minutes tonight, I think it makes sense to have him in your lineups against this weak inside defense of the Lakers. There’s just not any exciting options at the power forward position tonight on FanDuel.
Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets, $7,800 - Thaddeus Young has seen his price tag grow on FanDuel recently and that’s about the only negative thing I can say about him. He’s just had a fantastic season and keeps on turning out nice games. I’m definitely not scared of this matchup against Charlotte tonight because I think he can take advantage of it. He’s just been very consistent lately and is getting plenty of opportunities on this bad Brooklyn team. Because of the unknown with Zach Randolph’s minutes tonight, I would initially list Thaddeus Young as my number one power forward on FanDuel.
Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans, $3,800 - This is strictly a salary move here. As far centers go, it’s actually a very deep position tonight. I love guys like Brook Lopez and Hassan Whiteside, but with Anthony Davis injured and Omer Asik filling in very nice last game, I think he makes for an intriguing option. He scored 31.8 FanDuel points per game last time out, and if you were to put roll with his $3,800 salary at center and Ray McCallum’s $3,700 salary at point guard, you can absolutely load up the rest of your roster on this small slate of games.