We've got another big slate of games tonight. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top FanDuel plays at each position.
Kyle Lowry: $8,000 (vs. Phoenix)
Lowry travels to Phoenix tonight to take on the Suns. The fact that this is a road game for Toronto helps to, theoretically, keep this game closer. Earlier this season Lowry dropped a 44.2 fantasy point game on this team in a blowout at home, while his price tag was $8,500. Now it’s only $8,000 and he gets this same team in a scenario in which it could be a more competitive game through the fourth quarter. Lowry has played at least 34 minutes in six straight games, and over that stretch he has averaged over 14 shot attempts per game. Those shots and minutes tonight will come against Tyler Ulis and Mike James, two guys who will physically have trouble dealing with Lowry. Those same two guards just allowed George Hill to drop 36.9 FanDuel points in 28 minutes last night. As always, point guard is loaded with talent and it's tough to choose which stud to play. On pure points, guys like Russell Westbrook and Damian Lilliard are set for higher projections than Lowry. However, when you factor in the solid discount in price, Lowry jumps near the top of the list for me on FanDuel tonight.
Jeremy Lamb: $4,900 (vs. Houston)
Nicolas Batum is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game and will almost certainly sit out again. When that happens, Jeremy Lamb becomes a top play at shooting guard. In fact, he may be the top point-per-dollar play on the entire board for me. With Batum out last game, Lamb didn’t have the desired outcome we wanted, but he still saw 33 minutes and took 17 shots. Those same minutes and shots against the Rockets tonight would be golden. Although the Rockets are winning games, they are also giving up a lot of points. They have allowed an average of 120 points against Charlotte over the last two games, and Lamb already dropped 32.1 FanDuel points on them in only 29 minutes earlier this season. This is an easy play to start your rosters off tonight.
Paul George: $7,600 (vs. Indiana)
Small forward is a tough spot tonight on FanDuel. The cream of the crop is Giannis Antetokounmpo, but you have to stretch your budget to get him in there. Then there is a major drop off, and guys like Warren and Porter have tough matchups at elevated price tags. Paul George has struggled lately, but those last three disappointing games came in very difficult matchups. The positives are that the minutes are still there, and the shot attempts aren’t leaving any time soon either. The biggest appeal to PG13 tonight, aside from the scarcity at the position, is the return to his old stomping grounds in Indiana. Narrative Street, baby! This is his first trip back to his old city since he got traded in the offseason, and I’m sure he wants to show out for his old fans. With the NBA odds showing the Thunder with a 105 team total, and the small forward position being so thin, PG13 is my top option at the position tonight.
Others to Consider: TJ Warren, Otto Porter
Jayson Tatum: $6,100 (vs. Denver)
Tatum is already a solid option and a player worth rostering before considering any injury news. He averages over 30 minutes per game for the Celtics and takes 9.1 field goal attempts. Now we get the news that Al Horford is going to sit out tonight, and that bumps up Tatum even more. Horford out means that nearly 33 minutes and 10.4 field goal attempts have to be divided up amongst the remaining Celtics, and Tatum stands to gain a good chunk of both. Also playing into this decision is the weak nature of this position tonight. The top two options at power forward are both major injury risks (Anthony Davis and Aaron Gordon), and the third-best option is Carmelo Anthony (no thanks). It’s a total mess out there, but by picking Tatum we can lock up a young stud that is going to get a big bump due to the absence of a veteran in the lineup.
DeAndre Jordan: $7,900 (vs. Orlando)
The first game Blake Griffin missed, DeAndre Jordan only scored 28.7 FanDuel points against Utah. After that he has really prospered with Griffin out of the lineup. He’s averaged 40 FanDuel points per game in the five games since. Tonight Jordan takes on Orlando and Nikola Vucevic. This is a team Jordan averaged 46 FanDuel points against last season and a solid all-around matchup for centers. The production is stable for Jordan, as he has done this without needing the big scoring games. He is soaking up all the extra rebounds without Griffin in the lineup, averaging 16.7 rebounds over the last six games, and I don’t see that ending tonight. With salaries factored in, Jordan is my favorite center to roster on FanDuel.