Tuesday’s NBA slate features four games. Portland at New Orleans features the highest point total of the night, and both teams are fantasy-friendly. Golden State and Memphis rank third and fourth in overall fantasy points allowed to opponents, providing another great source of bargain options for tonight. The major injury-related news we’re waiting on is the Pelicans, as is becoming the norm. 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 8:00 pm EST.
Ky Bowman, Golden State Warriors at Memphis ($4700 both)
Bowman’s value has been all over the place this season, but with D’Angelo Russell firmly out for a couple weeks, look for more of the 30-minute, 30-fantasy point kind of games from Bowman. That starts tonight with Memphis playing at the seventh-fastest pace in the league and offering the fourth-most generous PG matchup.
Cory Joseph, Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix ($4500 FD, $4300 DK)
Joseph hasn’t been a reliable option with De’Aaron Fox out, but he hasn’t been and won’t always be as bad as he was Sunday vs. Boston. Look for a modest bounce-back game in a much better matchup tonight. The Suns are improved, for sure, but still play fast and this game is expected to be close and high scoring. Use Joseph for tournament differentiation as his recent disappointments will have most of the field off of him.
Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors at Memphis ($3800 FD, $3900 DK)
I can still barely get my head around all the Warriors value this season after never going there for this article last year. Poole is coming off two horrific shooting games, but if you need to save big in a multi-entry tournament, I like getting some exposure to Poole at this price. It’s a great spot for him to get right as the Warriors are shorthanded enough that he will still see 20-plus minutes. If he can drop a couple threes and get to the line a few times, he can get back in the 18-22 fantasy point range I’d be happy with. Of course, Alec Burks ($5600 FD (SF), $5000 DK) is going to be a very popular and more reliable play on the higher end of the bargain spectrum as well.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland ($4500 FD, $4900 DK)
The optimism I had on Saturday that at least some of the injured Pelicans would return over the weekend has waned considerably. If they’re back (they being Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, Lonzo Ball), forget NAW, but if not, he’s in a great spot to exceed value. Portland allows opponents the fifth-most fantasy points overall, ranking 18th in defensive efficiency. In over 30 MPG in the last two games, Alexander-Walker has dominated with an average of 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns at Sacramento ($3900 FD, $4800 DK)
Johnson isn’t an exciting value play, but for deep savings on FanDuel, isn’t going to tank a lineup either. He’s played at least 19 minutes in each of the last five games, and is averaging about 18 fantasy points in that span. It’s not bad production, spread across a variety of statistical categories, in a good matchup with the Kings for the price.
Glenn Robinson, Golden State Warriors at Memphis ($4900 FD, $3700 DK)
Robinson’s efficiency might leave a lot to be desired, but when he’s playing over 30 MPG at this price (DK especially) getting to 20-ish fantasy points isn’t so hard. He’s been a little steadier in the rebound, assist and steal departments, making him slightly less dependent on a high FG percentage
Jae Crowder, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State ($5000 FD, $5200 DK)
Hopefully you’ve been doing this long enough that Crowder is always on your radar as a jack of all trades-last spot in the lineup-and I have enough salary to fit him-kind of player. He gets a quick mention here because I think this could be an especially nice matchup for him.
Dario Saric, Phoenix Suns at Sacramento ($5300 FD, $5500 DK)
Saric is becoming a cash game staple, and if we continue the trend of drawing from the high scoring, fantasy-friendly games, he’s a natural fit. He’s shown off some consistency during the Suns’ recent home stand, but actually averages five more fantasy points in road games so far this year. Like Crowder, he’s usable in any format if that salary fit is there, especially on FanDuel.
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City ($5600 FD, $5300 DK)
I’m not super high on finding bargains in this game because it has the lowest point total and the Lakers are such big favorites. Anthony Davis is probable with his sore shoulder tonight, but he hasn’t been a player to pay up for since missing a game with the injury. In combination with the wide spread, motivation to get Davis additional rest could work to Kuzma’s favor. Kuzma is functioning well off the bench, with five consecutive double-digit scoring games and about five rebounds per game in 25 minutes.
Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland ($4800 FD, $4900 DK)
Hayes’ spot in the rotation is secure as the frontcourt is without Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor for the near future. He’s been steadily playing more and doing more, which isn’t a trend that should continue forever, but it’s worth noting that Portland is the league’s fourth-best center matchup. Hayes is coming off his first double-double and has five blocks and three steals in the last three games. High floor with some upside for a great price; there’s no one playing tonight that makes such a compelling case that I mind using the lone C spot on FanDuel on Hayes.