Trying to build a better lineup for Tuesday’s NBA daily fantasy contests on FanDuel? Here are some options I have picked out to consider tonight.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $10,400 - Steph Curry has averaged over 53 FanDuel points per game against Minnesota in his last few meetings against this team. These games are typically very competitive and entertaining, and I’ll get into more of that later. The fact is Golden State wants to break this record for wins in a season. They are going to play the same way that they have played all year long. I don’t see a whole lot of resting their star players as long as the games are competitive. So, there’s a couple of guys I don’t mind spending money on tonight and Curry is one of them. By the time of tipoff hits tonight, there will be a ton of value plays and you should easily be able to get two stars in your lineup on FanDuel.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $8,000 - If you want to save a significant amount of money and still roster a stud point guard, Damian Lillard would be my next guy up. He had been slumping lately but really broke out last game with a 46.7 point outing. Now tonight he takes on Sacramento. Portland is still out here trying to win games and Sacramento is going through the motions on defense. I think Lillard has an easy 40 point game in him with 50 point upside.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $8,700 - As much as I didn’t want to put Jimmy Butler in this article because of the rise in the price tag and the possibility that Derrick Rose is back tonight, when looking at the overall options at this position tonight, I had no choice. This Chicago team needs to win just about every game from here on out and they will put forth all the effort with their stud players to do so. That means a ton of minutes for a guy like Jimmy Butler, and this matchup is one that I would have avoided three months ago but am now elated to get into. Memphis is another team that is in the playoff hunt and they are trying to win games, so with this game being at the Grizzlies’ home court, I think it has the potential to be a competitive game for all four quarters.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, $5,200 - On March 26th, the price tag on Zach LaVine sat at $6,300. Now tonight we get a $1,100 discount on that because he’s struggled lately. However, this Golden State game has the potential to reap serious fantasy rewards for us tonight. Minnesota is young and extremely athletic, and perhaps that’s why they always compete so well against Golden State. Golden State will force the tempo and push to have a very high pace in this game. That plays right into the hands of the athletes on Minnesota, including LaVine. So, although he is no longer a consistent option at shooting guard, I think this price reduction and matchup suit LaVine extremely well.
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers, $6,200 - Covington is never going to be a guy that really helps a team in real life. However, under the right circumstances, he can be an extremely valuable fantasy player. When you have a situation late in the year like this, when two extremely terrible teams are squaring off, guys like Robert Covington will thrive. There’s no boundaries for him in a situation like this, meaning he can take all the shots he wants and won’t be punished for it. I definitely have him on my radar for tournament plays tonight, and if we get the announcement before the game that he is a starter, he becomes a very nice cash game play also.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,400 - There are several superstar small forwards tonight you could choose to roster for high salary. That’s never a terrible decision, but if you’re looking to save money I might look in this direction right here. I’ve already touched on the fact that Sacramento has mailed in this season and is refusing to play any type of defense. Aminu has been very solid lately and is averaging over 31 FanDuel points per game in his last five. For a cheap price tag of $5,400 I could see another 30+ point performance on the box scores tonight, and that’s perfectly acceptable for me.
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, $8,500 - It’s late in the year and I am of tad bit leery of San Antonio Spurs pulling back the reins on their superstars. However, that hasn’t happened yet, so I guess we can keep riding them until it comes to fruition. Aldridge has averaged nearly 41 FanDuel points per game in his last five games, so he is playing and getting fed the ball quite a bit as of late. In a position that has been really difficult to judge all year long, I think he makes for one of the elite plays tonight. I will touch on the matchup when I speak of the next guy on the list, but in my opinion a game against Utah is not something I want to shy away from if I’m looking at LaMarcus Aldridge tonight.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, $7,000 - Speaking of that matchup, Derrick Favors is a guy who I will be featuring on several teams tonight, for a couple of different reasons. First of all in tournaments is going to come at a low ownership percentage because people are scared of the matchup against San Antonio. In his case, and in the case of LaMarcus Aldridge, I think that the pace of this game being so slow really favors these guys. They are big guys and they can walk up the court, get in position to post up and then get the ball fed to them while they make their moves in the paint. Utah is in a position where they need to win games in order to secure a playoff spot, and at this time of the year that type of motivation becomes invaluable for our fantasy teams.
Alexis Ajinca, New Orleans Pelicans, $4,300 - I have been burnt by this guy several times over the past few seasons. He has a lot of talent but, even with situations where it seems like he’s going to get a heavy dose of minutes, he always seems to be pretty inconsistent. In this situation though I cannot avoid mentioning Ajinca. This New Orleans team is just too devastated by injury right now, and this matchup against Philadelphia is so solid that I would expect a couple of guys on this team tonight have extremely good fantasy games for low price tags. Alexis busted out a 32.7 FanDuel point performance last game out, so he is on the top of my radar for New Orleans players that I want to take tonight.