We have a somewhat intriguing six-game NBA slate to examine for NBA DFS on Tuesday night. We have a few key injuries that could really change the landscape of roster construction tonight. I will do my best to cover the main injury situations with the information that is currently available.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite FanDuel plays.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $8,100 – The main injury situation for tonight’s slate revolves around the Portland Trail Blazers, who could be extremely shorthanded for tonight’s game. In addition to Wesley Matthews being out for the year, Aldridge, Batum and Kaman are all listed as doubtful for tonight’s tilt with the Golden State Warriors. With these guys likely out for tonight’s game, Lillard will be asked to do it all. Although the sample size of 45 minutes is small, Lillard has posted a usage rate of 40.8 with all four of these players off of the court (Matthews, Aldridge, Batum and Kaman). He is an excellent PG play tonight due to these injuries.
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, $5,500 – Lin is being inserted back into the starting lineup for tonight’s game. While he has been a very volatile player throughout his career, I’m willing to give him a look tonight due to his new role and low price. Lin is coming off a solid 29/5/5 game Sunday night against the 76ers, which was good for 42.5 fantasy points. He is a fine PG value option this evening.
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DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $7,600 – Kyle Lowry is questionable for tonight’s game, and if he were to miss, it will be safe to continue targeting DeMar DeRozan. He is coming off three straight games with at least 36 fantasy points. The matchup tonight is a plus one, as the Pistons do not have a strong wing defender. As long as Lowry is out, DeRozan will remain a fine option.
Arron Afflalo, Portland Trail Blazers, $4,000 – Afflalo never received the substantial offensive boost that many people assumed would occur when Wesley Matthews went down with a season-ending injury. However, with Portland potentially very shorthanded, they will have no option but to get Afflalo more involved in the offense. Assuming all the doubtful players are indeed out, I expect Afflalo to take between 12-15 shots and play at least 35 minutes.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8,500 – The price on Kawhi Leonard is starting to rise, but I expect him to be worth every penny tonight. The projected game environment is appealing to Leonard’s skill set (over/under 205.5, SAS -2.5). Kawhi is coming off back-to-back strong outings of 39.4 and 46.5 fantasy points, and he is a solid top end SF option tonight.
Wesley Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, $4,000 – Wesley Johnson provides a fine spot to go ahead and save some of your salary cap. He has played at least 33 minutes in four of his last six games and is projected to remain in the shuffled starting lineup for the Lakers. The game against the Thunder will be played at a fast pace, which suits Johnson’s style of play and will give him the opportunity for some additional peripheral statistics, which are a big part of his normal production.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, $7,700 – Power forward appears to be the most difficult position to fill tonight. That being said, Duncan has quietly put together a solid stretch of games with at least 31 fantasy points in six out of seven games. Luckily for Duncan, he will be matched up with a player in his age bracket, Dirk Nowitzki. I like this game from a DFS perspective (over/under 205.5, SAS -2.5 on the NBA odds board) and Duncan appears to be in good spot for exposure.
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,600 – As I mentioned, power forward is a tough position to fill tonight. Ilyasova is a guy that has logged at least 33 minutes in four straight games. The only thing that really threatens his playing time on the court is the fact that he frequently lands in some foul trouble. The Miami Heat do not have any sort of threatening player at the power forward position, therefore I think it is safe to assume a full allotment of minutes for Ilyasova.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $6,900 – Enes Kanter is underpriced on FanDuel. He returned from a one-day injury absence and picked up right where he left off with a 41.4 fantasy point performance. The matchup is excellent as well against the frontcourt of the Los Angeles Lakers, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season. Kanter is an elite price point play tonight.