The final day of the regular season is upon us. There are quite a few teams with nothing to play for, as they gear up for the playoffs.
In these situations, it’s tough to predict minute distributions, making players from these teams risky fantasy options on FanDuel. Try to target players from teams that are either still fighting for playoff positioning or are already out of the playoff picture.
Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers (Salary: $8300, FPPG: 21.5, MPG: 24, Usage Rate: 22.9)
The Lakers and Kings have nothing to play for at this point of the season, but both teams are very short-handed and this game features two of the worst defensive teams in the entire NBA. Clarkson is an elite point guard option in all league types tonight. He has scored at least 37 fantasy points in seven of his last nine games. He also draws a favorable matchup against the Kings, who have struggled to contain opposing point guards this season.
Ray McCallum, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $5200, FPPG: 14.8, MPG: 20, Usage Rate: 17.7)
The Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay tonight and Omri Casspi (questionable) could be out as well. McCallum should see an uptick in both minutes and usage, as the Kings take on the Lakers, who have been atrocious defensively this season. McCallum has played well recently, with at least 23 fantasy points in six of his last eight games, and he is one of the few players on the board that could potentially reach 6x-7x the production for his salary.
Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $4600, FPPG: 18.6, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 16.8)
With Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins out, McLemore should see an uptick in both minutes and usage rate. He also draws a fantastic matchup against the Lakers, who have really struggled against shooting guards this season. McLemore should push for 40 minutes of playing time and his price is still listed at a bargain-bin price of only $4,600. He struggled against the Lakers on Monday night, but I’m expecting a nice bounce-back effort from him tonight.
Jabari Brown, Los Angeles Lakers (Salary: $4100, FPPG: 16, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 16.7)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is yet another player from the Lakers/Kings game tonight. Starters from both teams are going to play huge minutes and that includes Brown, who scored 30 fantasy points in 46 minutes in his matchup against the Kings on Monday night. Brown’s price is still too cheap on FanDuel, making him the top play at the position for both cash games and tournaments.
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $7400, FPPG: 20.1, MPG: 23, Usage Rate: 21.7)
Gallinari was rested on Monday night, but is expected to be back in the lineup for the season finale. Gallinari has been terrific over the last month of play, and with the Warriors having nothing to play for, he may be playing against their backups for a large portion of the game. He has averaged 47 fantasy points per game over his last three outings. Gallinari’s elevated price point makes him a great tournament play, as most people will overlook him tonight.
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz (Salary: $4700, FPPG: 14.7, MPG: 20, Usage Rate: 19)
Hood struggled against the Mavericks on Monday night, but don’t let that take you off of him tonight. He has averaged 29 fantasy points per game over his last six games and he should see a sizable fantasy boost with Gordon Hayward listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Rockets. Hood is very affordable on FanDuel at a price of only $4,700. He has the potential to reach 6x-7x the production for his salary.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (Salary: $11800, FPPG: 47.3, MPG: 36, Usage Rate: 27.6)
The Pelicans need a win to get into the playoffs. If they lose, they will likely miss out, as the Thunder have a cupcake matchup against the Wolves tonight. While their matchup against the Spurs is less than ideal, Davis should push for 40+ minutes of playing time tonight. He has as much upside as any player on the schedule tonight, and with all of the value out there, it’s very easy to fit him into your tournament lineups.
Derrick Williams, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $4300, FPPG: 12.6, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 18)
Williams has played well over his last five games, averaging 26 fantasy points in 29 minutes per contest. He could see even more playing time tonight if Omri Casspi is unable to suit up. Williams is cheap and he draws one of the best matchups on the board in the Lakers. He’s a low-risk, high-reward fantasy option for tournaments tonight.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $8500, FPPG: 30.3, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 26.5)
With all of the value out there tonight, center may be a position that we should look to spend up on. Lopez is a great candidate for that, as he has been terrific over the last month of play. The Nets are in a must-win game tonight and they draw a favorable matchup against the Magic. Lopez has topped the 40-fantasy point mark six times in his last 10 games and he has a good chance to reach that mark again tonight.