This article aims to highlight some of the alternative plays at each position for tonight’s main NBA slate. These are some potentially lower-owned, higher risk/reward options for use in large field GPPs. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop. Tonight’s main slate starts at 2:30 ET.
Kyle Lowry- Toronto (at Orlando) – Yahoo: $36, DK: $8400, FD: $7900
PG is a great place to differentiate lineups tonight. Chris Paul will be super popular in a faster-paced game with the Lakers, who should bring out his competitive edge. Alternatively, you can continue to save at the position with someone like Monte Morris (assuming Jamal Murray is out again). So paying up a bit for Lowry is a contrarian choice, but his ability to rack up stats in every category usually makes it worthwhile. Given that he is coming off a game where he didn’t shoot great, his ownership should be even lower. Look for a nice bounce-back from the veteran guard.
Also Consider: Ben Simmons
Marcus Smart – Boston (vs. Brooklyn) – Yahoo: $27, DK: $6500, FD: $5800
With Kemba Walker out tonight, several Celtics become interesting options. I love Jayson Tatum, and Smart is awfully hard for me to fade, especially on FanDuel. If you’re a long-time reader in this space, you know I love this guy. He’d be a more obvious option tonight if he weren’t coming off such a stinker – a nine-fantasy point effort where he fouled out in the third quarter. In a much better guard (and overall) matchup tonight with the Nets, Smart should post a more typical stat line equaling about 30 fantasy points.
Also Consider: Fred VanVleet
Evan Fournier– Orlando (vs. Toronto) – Yahoo: $19(SG), DK: $5200, FD: $5300
Fournier started out hot in the bubble, with a 24-point effort in the Magic opener Friday night. Since then, he’s shot incredibly inefficiently (4-of-16 from the field) but was able to contribute a notable six rebounds and three assists Monday. I expect his shooting to rebound here as he is averaging close to 32 fantasy points in three games vs. the Raptors this year. His bargain salary could yield one of the better points per dollar plays tonight at SG/SF.
Also Consider: Tobias Harris, Troy Brown
Al Horford – Philadelphia (at Washington) – Yahoo: $21, DK: $6600, FD: $5400
The 76ers have the highest team total of the night and are big favorites over the poor Wizards. Philadelphia not only gets the 29th ranked team in defensive efficiency, but the worst rebounders in the league. Plus, Washington plays at the sixth-fastest pace. This is a great matchup for any 76er you like, but I think Horford flies under the radar most. He’s capable of much more than he’s shown in the two bubble games, but also has a statistical profile that almost guarantees a decent floor. Horford is pricey on DraftKings, which should further drive down ownership there as people scramble to chase Michael Porter Jr.’s huge game (something I’ll avoid in large field tournaments).
Jonas Valanciunas—Memphis (at Utah) – Yahoo: $27, DK: $7400, FD: $7200
Rudy Gobert—Utah (vs. Memphis) – Yahoo: $28, DK: $7300, FD: $7500
Paying up for Joel Embiid or Nikola Jokic certainly isn’t a bad way to go tonight, but these mid-range centers could easily provide just as many fantasy points for less. Both Gobert and Valanciunas offer a solid floor with significant upside. Their salaries are very similar so this is a case where you might just hedge. I will note that the NBA DFS Optimizer prefers Gobert tonight, thanks to the faster pace of the Grizzlies and their overall generosity in terms of fantasy points allowed. However, Utah turns the ball over at the second highest rate, and Valanciunas will likely be the lower owned of the two.
Also Consider: Jarrett Allen