Tuesday’s NBA slate features eight games, a rarity this season! In this column, I generally set $6000 FD/$5000 DK as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate. DraftKings’ pricing is notably sharper than FanDuel’s tonight, so I tried to provide a couple extra options to consider where it was feasible. Tonight’s slate tips at 7:00 pm EST.
Cory Joseph, Sacramento Kings ($3700 both)
Joseph can expect 100 percent ownership tonight as D’Aaron Fox has been ruled out for the next few weeks with a bad ankle sprain. Joseph was already playing well in the last two games; with 18 and 28 minutes he’s produced a full stat line for about 25 fantasy points per game. Even if he doesn’t improve on that, and it’s likely he will in the night’s highest scoring game (224.5 point total) in a Top 6 matchup for point guards, he exceeds value with ease.
Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks ($5200 both)
As long as Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton are off the court, Ntilikina has been playing over 35 minutes and filling the stat sheet, with a notable eight blocks and seven steals in his three most recent games. Chicago is overall the ninth-most fantasy-friendly opponent so far this season, and using a couple cheap Knicks to take advantage of that isn’t a bad way to fill out a lineup.
Also consider: Goran Dragic
Jordan Clarkson, Cleveland Cavaliers ($4800 FD, $4900 DK)
Clarkson isn’t the most exciting choice but there’s something to be said for his consistency. Scoring double-digit points in eight straight games, Clarkson has a solid floor and a tiny bit of upside (like 28 fantasy points). If you’re rounding out a cash game lineup, I’m almost always going to be ok with Clarkson under $5K.
Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers ($4200 both)
Korkmaz is rather the opposite of Clarkson; he’s been up and down with the 76ers this season. Recently his playing time has stabilized at a relatively high level which is great to see (24-33 MPG in the last four games), and he’s responded with a couple really nice, well-rounded games. Cleveland is a plus matchup for opposing two-guards, and allows the 10th overall most fantasy points this season.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets ($5500 both)
Dinwiddie has really come on strong the last couple games, but he’s been pretty consistent with these upside flashes all season. That comes at a bit of a price, as he certainly isn’t the cheapest SG you could consider, and the matchup makes him something more of a tournament play, but if he puts up another 35-40 fantasy points at low ownership he could be a difference-maker.
Chandler Hutchison, Chicago Bulls ($3600 FD, $4000 DK)
Continuing to take advantage of Otto Porter Jr.’s absence, Hutchison put on a fine fantasy performance Saturday night and his salary didn’t budge on FanDuel. Ok by me… With 13 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals, he easily returned 8X value. He has the chance for more of the same tonight as the Bulls host the Knicks, who are dealing with injuries of their own. The Bulls are 5.5-point favorites in what should be a fairly high scoring game.
Kent Bazemore, Portland Trail Blazers ($4400 FD, $4700 DK)
With the highest total of the night and one of the narrowest spreads – my favorite game situation to target for value – you have to consider Bazemore if Rodney Hood is inactive tonight. I’m tempted to recommend him regardless, as the back injury Hood is dealing with is one that can re-aggravate easily. With Hood out on Sunday, Bazemore narrowly missed a double-double but made up for it with two blocks and two steals.
Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat ($3800 FD, $3700 DK)
I was interested in Robinson based on the matchup (Detroit’s wing defense is one that can be exploited) and the absence of Justise Winslow (concussion), but now that James Johnson is also questionable with an illness, I like it even more. Robinson would normally be a risky option – he’s had games where he’s barely stepped on the court, but I think the Heat will give him around 30 minutes tonight and under that condition, he’s come through with solid production.
This position isn’t one I’m excited to save at. Or spend. I’d like to reject it completely, as a matter of fact. However, if you’re inclined to save here, you could consider the relatively safe plays like Richaun Holmes, Dario Saric, Markieff Morris or Thad Young, , who probably won’t tank a lineup. You could use Nerlens Noel if Steven Adams is out, or maybe roll the dice with Mike Scott, given that Al Horford will rest tonight or T.J. Leaf, with all the Pacers’ frontcourt injuries. I just don’t love any of them enough to devote a blurb to, sorry!
Bobby Portis, New York Knicks ($5600 FD, $5500 DK)
Portis is on the expensive side of bargain, but this is a good on-paper matchup and Portis is sporting back-to-back 30-plus fantasy point games. With Mitchell Robinson on the bench with a concussion, Portis is starting and has played a bit more than his average over the past two games. He should be a solid C (or PF on DraftKings) play tonight, with both a higher floor and ceiling than Gibson.
Dewayne Dedmon, Sacramento Kings ($3900 FD, $3400 DK)
Dedmon is dealing with a sore knee, playing only 11 minutes in the Kings’ last game Nov. 8 against Atlanta. Having three full days of rest seems to have him in good shape tonight, and I’d expect him to play somewhere around 24 minutes again. Portland plays faster than Sacramento, and despite a good defensive efficiency ranking (eighth), gives up a lot of fantasy points to opponents, including the fifth-most to opposing centers. Provided Dedmon is active and starting, he’s a great way to save tonight.