There are two Game 2s on the schedule for Tuesday, with Atlanta at home to Boston and San Antonio taking on Memphis. Here are my top FanDuel plays at each position.
Isaiah Thomas - $8,800 - Every spot is tough today because we have just two games on tap for this Tuesday. As for point guard, Thomas is a key cog in the Boston offense, and he put up a very respectable 27-3-8 line in the first game of the series. He will need to have a big game for Boston to stay in this series, especially with Avery Bradley on the sidelines. If you’re spending at point guard, Thomas is the play.
Jordan Farmar - $3,500 - As I mentioned, point guard is not that exciting this evening. I am more than willing to punt with my second spot, as this will allow you to spend up at other positions. Farmar is in a time-share at point guard for Memphis, but he is more likely to get the crunch time minutes if this game stays close. I don’t love the matchup with the Spurs, but there are only two games tonight, so we must play the cards we are dealt.
Evan Turner - $6,000 and Marcus Smart - $5,600 - Both players should soak up extra minutes in the absence of Avery Bradley, and they are ironically the most expensive shooting guard options on the slate despite costing less than the average per-player salary on FanDuel. I wouldn’t fault you for taking both of them, because the rest of the options are less than appealing. Kyle Korver and Danny Green are having terrible years, the Memphis guys have to face San Antonio, and that’s about it.
Lance Stephenson - $5,100 - If forced to pick someone else, I guess I will take Stephenson. He has been heavily involved in the Memphis offense over the past two months because of all their injuries and should see plenty of volume tonight. The matchup is less than ideal, but there aren’t many straws to grab at this shooting guard spot.
Kawhi Leonard - $9,600 - Finally, we have someone we can pay up for. The likely defensive player of the year is shining as the new superstar in San Antonio, and he still put up a decent fantasy line despite having just two rebounds and no assists in game one – thanks to 20 points, four steals, and three blocks. He has monster upside if this game stays close, and it’s pretty easy to fit him into a FanDuel lineup.
Jae Crowder - $6,300 - He should also see some ancillary benefits from Avery Bradley’s absence. With Evan Turner playing more at the two spot, Crowder should see a few extra minutes tonight. He is having a breakout year in Boston and is a fine mid-range play on a two game slate. He put up a very strong 14-10-4 line in just 33 minutes in the opening game of the series.
Thabo Sefolosha - $3,500 - He becomes a very strong play if Kent Bazemore sits, though it looks like Bazemore is going to give it a go once again tonight. Even if Bazemore plays, you can still take a look at Sefolosha for minimum salary. This would basically allow you to get the highest-priced players at every other position (especially if you play Farmar), and Sefolosha should play around 25 minutes tonight even if he doesn’t start. He doesn’t fill up the stat sheet, but he is capable of getting to 20 fantasy points if he gets some extra run.
Paul Millsap - $9,500 - I don’t love this price tag, but FanDuel had to inflate the prices of some players to make the pricing work on this two game slate. I do love targeting big men against Boston, and Millsap put up 31 points and 16 rebounds in the final regular season meeting between these two teams. Despite the elevated price point, it’s a good idea to get some exposure to Millsap in all formats tonight.
Jared Sullinger - $6,500 - If only we could trust the minutes. Sullinger is a fine per-minute player, but the minutes are always a moving target with Brad Stevens. The good news is that Kelly Olynyk is currently limited by injury, which should mean a few more minutes for Sullinger and Amir Johnson in tonight’s key contest.
Al Horford - $8,500 - He is almost the play by default. I could maybe see giving Tim Duncan a look in a GPP, but there are few other options to trust. The place to attack Boston is on the interior, and Horford was fantastic in the opening game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Take the safe production for your cash games and lock Horford into your lineups.