Tuesday’s NBA slate features six games. The LA Clippers take on Phoenix in a game with a high point total, but is also the biggest blowout risk (minus-12.5). Brooklyn at New Orleans features two of the fastest teams in the league and carries a 230 point total. The Knicks and Kings also should be able to take advantage of fantasy matchups that rank second and sixth, respectively. Look for the possible return to action of Mike Conley, De’Aaron Fox, and Caris LaVert tonight, while we’ll keep an eye on the status of Anthony Davis, Patrick Beverley, and Lou Williams. 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 7:05 pm EST.
Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks vs. Atlanta ($5500 FD, $5200 DK)
With several Knicks in good positional matchups tonight, including R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle, you could either spend or save with this team. Payton has been playing in a straight upward trajectory since returning, notching a double-double in the most recent game in Denver. He should be a lock for 5-6X value tonight on both sites.
Landry Shamet, LA Clippers vs. Phoenix ($3700 FD, $3400 DK)
If Williams and Beverley are both out again for the Clippers, the cheap guards will again be a thing. Between Shamet, Jerome Robinson and Derrick Walton Jr., I’m going with Shamet. The team seems to prioritize him, and although he didn’t do much in the last game, it was also his first game back from the ankle injury, and he at least got the start. I’d expect improvement, but not anything super crazy; I’d say 18-25 fantasy points is a reasonable expectation.
Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn ($5000 FD, $4700 DK)
With Redick ruled out again tonight, Hart will be a super-popular play, but it’s not wrong. He’s been excellent whenever he gets a chance, including a 31-fantasy point performance vs. Orlando on Sunday. Expect more of the same or better in a more favorable guard matchup for Hart tonight.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings at Charlotte ($5500 FD, $5300 DK)
Charlotte has been a great matchup for fantasy this season. With Fox potentially returning tonight, the rotation could be shaken up a bit, but after such a prolonged absence, I wouldn’t expect Fox to play 30 minutes or more. Bogdanovic is coming off an especially nice game vs. Golden State, but is generally a high floor guy with nearly 30 MPG, and this is as good a matchup as that was.
Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns at LA Clippers ($4500 FD, $4400 DK)
With Devin Booker out, Bridges is getting a chance to start and he has played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games. He has 10 rebounds in both those games, along with meaningful points, assists and two steals per game. The Suns are big underdogs here, but the Clippers may not be full strength tonight either. Cameron Johnson ($4100 FD, $4100 DK) is another candidate for minutes and may be more of a factor in a blowout. He’s a lower floor option than Bridges, and that’s reflected in his price.
Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento ($3700 FD, $3400 DK)
If you really need a deep saver, Williams should return tonight after missing five games with a knee injury. He is having his worst season in my memory, but is capable of the big game now and then. With P.J. Washington set to be out a while, Williams joins only Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo in the frontcourt. Consider Williams a risk/reward salary saver for tournaments tonight.
Frank Kaminsky, Phoenix Suns at LA Clippers ($4900 FD, $5000 DK)
Even with Aron Baynes back in the lineup, Kaminsky is retaining some value. Over the last three games, he’s averaged over 20 real points per game with about six rebounds and four assists per game. Baynes is himself not a bad bargain option tonight, in what should be a fast and high scoring game.
Dwight Howard, LA Lakers at Indiana ($4400 FD, $4000 DK)
If Davis were to miss tonight’s game, Howard and perhaps JaVale McGee would pick up some extra usage. They get a favorable frontcourt matchup here, as Indiana ranks sixth in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. Howard is significantly safer than McGee, who could be used as a multi-entry tournament lineup differentiator.
Jaxon Hayes, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn ($5100 FD, $3800 DK)
Hayes is another guy who is retaining some value despite the return of the starter, Derrick Favors, to the lineup. Favors also makes a good play tonight, but especially on DK, Hayes’ salary is much more favorable (pun intended). Hayes has scored double-digit points in five of his last six games (Philadelphia is the miss), usually with about five or so rebounds, and a smattering of assists, blocks or steals. His range of outcomes is a bit wide, but I like him to hit value in this plus matchup with the Nets.