We’re back with a big slate of games tonight. Let's dig in deeper and find some top FanDuel plays at each position.
Mike Conley: $7,200 (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)
With so many great point guards in the NBA these days, narrowing down to one or two at this position each night is very difficult. I would have loved to put in some of those shiny toys in this spot, like Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook, but the truth is they are tough to squeeze in on a salary cap game. I think the price tag on Conley is extremely reasonable and ultimately helps strengthen the rest of your team. Over the last five games he’s averaging 37.5 FanDuel points per game, and on today’s slate of games, Oklahoma City gives up the most raw points per game to the point guard position. It’s a favorable matchup, and Conley is a good player and has an attractive price tag. Unless there are injuries that open up significant value later on, rolling out a player like Conley at this price tag enhances the overall performance of your NBA lineups.
Evan Fournier: $5,800 (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)
The five players I am talking about in this article are all going to be affordable. The highest priced guy is going to be $8,000, with a wide range of salaries in between. Fournier sits at $5,800 on FanDuel tonight and occupies a position that I typically find hard to fill out, if I’m not paying up for James Harden. By rostering someone like Fournier, you can pay up in a couple of spots for some superstars. He recently missed five games with an injury and then returned on January 4th to play 29 minutes. Since that game he has seen his fantasy point totals rise in each of his three appearances, all the way up to 29.5 in his last outing against the Lakers. Basically what he does is fill a spot on your roster that would otherwise be difficult to fill at this position, for a cheap price while also not sinking your team. He has a very high floor for his price tag. Options like Fournier are so underrated, and necessary, in cash games.
Carmelo Anthony: $8,000 (vs. Philadelphia 76ers)
The small forward position on FanDuel is thin tonight. You have LeBron James as the only elite player at this position, but he is coming into the second game of a back to back. After LeBron and Carmelo, there is a significant drop-off in fantasy performance. If there was one option on this entire slate that would absolutely be locked into my FanDuel team, it would be Melo. I’m not going to pay the extra $2,100 for LeBron, and anybody below Carmelo is a total coin flip. You get Anthony well rested and angry after he was ejected from the last game. Any time Carmelo is motivated these days, that’s a good day to roster him. It’s a matchup in which New York has a Vegas point projection of slightly over 106, so we should see plenty of offense out of this team, and Melo is their number one offensive player.
Ryan Anderson: $5,200 (vs. Minnesota Timberwolves)
This pick is going to be, barring a late scratch, the shakiest pick of the bunch. Obviously you cannot fill your roster with nothing but stars, so at some point you have to start saving some money. I think power forward is a great position to save at tonight, as I don’t like many of the options classified near the top. The overall performances of Anderson recently don’t look great, but there are a few blocks to build on with him tonight. First of all, he’s had six straight games of at least 31 minutes on the court. If you keep on giving him the minutes, there will be a time when the outside shot is falling and he has a monster game. Also, his recent history against Minnesota tells us that this is a matchup he can win. Just last month he dropped 41.2 FanDuel points on this team. The meeting before that, he put up 31 points and 14 rebounds, and prior to that he dropped 32.6 FanDuel points against the Timberwolves. So, we have had three straight games against this same core of players in which he’s gotten significant minutes and has capitalized with big games.
DeAndre Jordan: $7,500 (vs. Orlando Magic)
Jordan has been somewhat of the forgotten man at the center position in recent weeks. When Blake Griffin went down with an injury, it was assumed that Jordan would be the biggest beneficiary of that injury. However, Chris Paul also went down injured at the same time, and it led to an incredibly inefficient Clippers offense. Now Paul is back and Jordan is starting to put up big numbers. He’s averaged 35.7 FanDuel points per game over his last five and has a solid matchup tonight against Orlando. As an added bonus, he is coming off of two full days of rest, which is phenomenal for a big man and rare in today’s NBA.