Trying to build a better lineup for Tuesday’s NBA daily fantasy contests on FanDuel? Below you’ll find some options I’m considering strongly tonight.
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Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, $7,800
Over the course of the last 10 games, Walker has seen his price tag drop $1,300. Over that span he’s averaged 31.1 FanDuel points per game. That’s not a terrible number, but it was just low enough to drop that price tag significantly. With Charlotte much healthier now than they were a month ago, when Walker went on that big time run and was posting incredible fantasy games, I would not expect him to go back to being a 50+ point scorer every night. However, this price tag is low enough to go along with this fantastic matchup that I think he is one of the better point guard plays tonight. Charlotte is still jockeying for playoff position, and with this game being at Philadelphia, the 76ers may be just competitive enough to keep Charlotte’s starters on the court for all four quarters.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $6,000
Revenge game. Narrative Street. Whatever your term is, this is that game for Reggie Jackson. He gets a crack at his old team, the one that gave him away because they just didn’t have room for him. Jackson has turned into a very solid fantasy performer for Detroit, and this price tag is so low that he’s almost a must play for me tonight in this scenario. The numbers have dipped for him over the last month, as he seems to have taken a backseat to other players in this offense, but if there was ever a night where he was going to revive his fantasy stardom and get back up into the high 30s or low 40s for a fantasy total, it is tonight against his former team.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $8,000
Jimmy Butler is starting to play more and more minutes every game for the Chicago Bulls. They have eased him back into his role after the knee injury. Now they’ve raised his minutes limit, and this is a back to back for Chicago. I think the second game of a back to back is going to hurt guys like Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol more than it will hurt Butler. Chicago is still trying to get themselves into the playoffs, and Butler has averaged 32.7 FanDuel points per game over his last 10.
J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, $4,300
LeBron is going to sit out tonight for Cleveland, and that’s going to open the door for several players to get a bit of a boost. Now, most people are going to look at the two big studs on Cleveland and roster them first. However, shooting guard is a thin position tonight outside of James Harden and Jimmy Butler, and we’ve seen in the past that J.R. Smith is a guy that can benefit when one of the big three decide to sit. This price tag is very attractive on a night like tonight, when there are so many stars playing. If you combined Smith with another value play that opens up later on, you have an opportunity to possibly grab three expensive studs in your lineup.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers, $8,700
The small forward position is tough to navigate through tonight. Per usual, Kevin Durant is your number one option. However he’s coming off of a game last night in which he worked extremely hard to help OKC defeat the Toronto Raptors. This is not the best matchup for small forwards, and remember LeBron James is sitting tonight, so that takes a lot of firepower away from this position. I think the next in line is Paul George. His price tag is extremely reasonable and he’s up at that 40 point per game mark over the last five games. With both of these teams still having unsettled issues with their playoff positioning, I could see this game being ultra-competitive for all four quarters.
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers, $6,100
After the guys I previously mentioned, I think Covington deserves some attention at this position. His price tag of $6,100 is right in line with what I would expect his fantasy output to be tonight. Philadelphia should get a tad bit healthier, but he is still going to benefit from the absence of Jahlil Okafor. Since he has returned from his injury recently, he has been a 30 point per night fantasy scorer.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $8,500
Over the last 10 games, Green has averaged over 40 FanDuel points. During that span his lowest output has been 31.8, so he’s been very consistent with his game lately, and tonight he gets a solid matchup in my opinion. The overall numbers for Washington against power forwards are actually pretty good. However, the Golden State Warriors are a different beast. Washington doesn’t mind pushing the pace, but there is no way that they can keep up with Golden State. It’s going to allow for a guy like Green to excel at home. If you’re building a more balanced roster tonight and want the safety of a high floor in a cash game, I think Draymond makes a ton of sense.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $6,900
I mentioned earlier that LeBron James is expected to miss tonight’s game against Houston in order to rest. It definitely seems as though getting one of the two Cleveland studs in your lineup, if not both of them, is a smart play. I give the advantage to Kevin Love in this matchup because Houston has been terrible against the power forward position all year long. They are a bottom three team this year versus power forwards. I still think Irving has an opportunity to have a nice game, but on paper his matchup against Patrick Beverley is much tougher.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, $8,100
Lopez makes for a solid play in any format on FanDuel tonight. He’s an exceptional large field tournament play because he’s constantly underowned on FanDuel at his price tag and his position. People just tend to play other guys rather than spend this kind of money on Lopez, so his ownership percentage along with his upside puts him squarely in play in tournaments. What puts him in play in cash games is his overall solid body of work as a fantasy producer this year. Over the last 10 games he’s averaged 36 FanDuel points, and he’s also got a great matchup tonight against Orlando.