On Tuesday’s NBA schedule we have a small two-game slate, and I would highly recommend playing a much smaller portion of your bankroll than you normally do.
It’s almost a certainty we’ll see an extreme amount of overlap (common players), which eliminates most of the edge you may potentially have over your FanDuel opponents.
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Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks, $7,100 – Your best bet for value on Tuesday night will be from the Milwaukee Bucks roster, mainly due to the pace differential. The Suns play at the fourth fastest pace in the NBA, which should provide some additional possessions for the Bucks. The PHX/MIL game features a high over/under of 209.5, with Phoenix favored by 3.5 on the NBA odds board. Additionally, Phoenix is ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency against point guards, so the individual matchup for Knight is nice as well. He is a great building block for your Tuesday lineups.
Cory Joseph, San Antonio Spurs, $5,500 – This recommendation is dependent on the health of Tony Parker. If he remains sidelined, Joseph will become an elite value play, as he’s surpassed 27 fantasy points in five out of his last six games. If Parker is indeed out, Joseph would be a safe play due to his secure minutes on the court.
UPDATE: Tony Parker will start Tuesday, diminishing the value of Joseph.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, $8,900 – Bledsoe will be the best fantasy player to take the court on Tuesday night, so it makes a lot of sense to lock him in. He has surpassed 37 fantasy points in five straight games. With more than enough lower-salary options on this two-game slate, fitting in Bledsoe should not be an issue whatsoever. Bledsoe is most likely your safest bet for guaranteed production.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $6,300 – Opposite of Bledsoe, Giannis makes for a great SG play as well. He has played at least 30 minutes in four straight games, and during that stretch, he has surpassed 35 fantasy points on three occasions. The Greek Freak provides a great opportunity to get exposure to this projected high-scoring game.
Gerald Green $4,900/Khris Middleton $4,900/P.J. Tucker $4,600 – The small forward position is just about as dirty as it gets. The position does not offer a healthy player over the $5,000 price point. I listed these three guys together (Green, Middleton, Tucker) together, because you will most likely need to choose two out of the three to fill your Tuesday NBA lineups. All three guys have a very low ceiling, which basically leaves you hoping for anything close to value.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $6,300 – Monroe has been producing nicely in limited playing time. Many people assumed that when Josh Smith was released, he would be locked into heavy minutes, but that simply has not been the case. With that being said, Monroe has produced over 20 fantasy points in seven straight games, and his price on FanDuel remains friendly at just $6,300.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, $6,100 – Morris has been relatively disappointing as of late, but on a two-game slate we do not have the option to be picky. His price of $6,100 requires an output of right around 30 fantasy points, which is something he has accomplished in two out of his last three games. Additionally, Morris has shown the ability to put up some monster performances. And, don’t forget that Milwaukee is a team that historically has been bad at defending opposing bigs. Morris is a solid play on Tuesday night.
Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,400 – Pachulia is the easiest recommendation of any here on Tuesday. With Ersan Ilyasova sidelined with an injury and Larry Sanders attempting to quit basketball, Pachulia will continue to start and he should receive consistent playing time. Zaza has exceeded 30 fantasy points in four out of his last six games, and the matchup is elite, as Phoenix is ranked 24th at defending the center position. Do not overthink this one – lock the big man into your lineups.