The NBA is back!
We have a two-game appetizer to start with on Tuesday night before diving into the main course on Wednesday. Due to the brevity of this slate, I’ll be highlighting a single option from each position to have confidence in. These plays are good for both FanDuel and DraftKings unless otherwise specified.
Markelle Fultz – Philadelphia (at Boston)
Fultz will get the starting nod for Philadelphia tonight, which puts him into DFS consideration on this two-game slate. He’s reasonably priced on FanDuel and DraftKings as well. I’m pegging Fultz for somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 minutes this evening, which should be more than enough to pay off this mid-range salary. The former top overall pick has looked good in the preseason, and he has a well-rounded game to contribute in almost every statistical category.
Dennis Schroder – Oklahoma City (at Golden State)
Schroder is probably one of the easier picks on this slate. Similar to Fultz, he has a moderate salary that should make it relatively easy to provide a solid return. On top of that, Russell Westbrook has been ruled out for tonight’s game, so expect Schroder to see a ton of minutes as OKC’s primary ball-handler. The former Hawk will likely be very popular on both FanDuel and DraftKings, but I believe he’s an essential building block in tournaments and cash games alike.
Paul George – Oklahoma City (at Golden State)
Truth be told, I’m trying to squeeze both Paul George and Kevin Durant into my lineups. George is somewhat of a higher priority with a shorter price tag and potentially higher-than-usual usage rates with Russell Westbrook out. Expect George and Schroder to do the heavy lifting for Oklahoma City in an attempt to keep pace with the Warriors in this high-scoring game. Both make for cornerstones in my lineup configuration tonight.
Dario Saric – Philadelphia (at Boston)
The power forward position is a difficult one to peg tonight. On DraftKings, I’ll be looking to take advantage of multi-position eligibility with George, Durant, or Covington. On FanDuel, we don’t have that luxury. Over there, I’m leaning towards Dario Saric and Jayson Tatum for a mid-range salary. Of those two, Dario Saric gets the nod with a chance at higher upside. Philadelphia is somewhat thin at forward with backups Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala both ruled out tonight. That could push Saric to a few more minutes than usual, potentially unlocking his upside and DFS viability at a tough power forward position.
Al Horford – Boston (vs Philadelphia)
Horford is a safe mid-range option to utilize through all formats tonight. Looking towards Joel Embiid at center isn’t a bad idea either, but he’ll likely stretch your cap space too thin. That’s what has me looking towards Horford with a strong floor and some upside if the shot is falling. He’s more of a “price play” than anything, but I’m willing to accept that in this two game slate.
Draymond Green likely on a minute-restriction. This makes him a risky fantasy play when considering his high salary. I’m expecting him to be under 30 minutes tonight, which pretty much pushes him out of DFS consideration.
Russell Westbrook is out. As mentioned earlier, Dennis Schroder and Paul George stand to benefit from a DFS perspective. Take note that Andre Roberson is unavailable in the OKC backcourt as well, opening Terrance Ferguson and Raymond Felton as value plays to consider in tournaments.
Steven Adams questionable. This is the biggest injury news of the night, but there’s a chance we won’t know Adams’ injury status until closer to tipoff at 10:30 ET. If Adams is out, Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant become confident value choices through all formats.