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Most of the time, it’s wise to spread your roster out across a lot of games and teams. But sometimes if you find the perfect game against the perfect opponent with the perfect pricing, it just might be time to go all in. The Philadelphia 76ers are that team with bargain prices awaiting while Joel Embiid sits, and the Atlanta Hawks are that opponent. Let’s go crazy.
SF/PF Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL $10.8K vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Bucks are riding high after a win in Oakland, and hopefully they avoid the L.A. nightlife enough to take care of business on a back to back against the Lakers. Los Angeles has been pretty hopeless against most forwards this year, and Greek Freak has scored 25+ points in six of his last seven. The points are there, but the rebounds and assists have been hit or miss. This game is a good opportunity for an uptick, and Giannis is our pick for top play of the night.
PG/SG C.J. McCollum POR $7.7K vs Los Angeles Clippers
McCollum was a late add to our Wednesday lineup when Damian Lillard left to attend the birth of his child, and C.J. had a monster 42-point game. He’s scored 45 or more fantasy points in three of his last four and should be a great play against one of the league’s worst teams against wings, even with Lillard back for the game. It’s tough to say where Dame’s head will be at, but McCollum should be able to carry the day in a plus matchup either way.
PF/C Dario Saric PHI $6.8K vs Atlanta
Joel Embiid’s absence leaves Saric as Philadelphia’s lone big man of merit. Saric saw a minutes boost against New York Wednesday and put up a monster 26/14/5 line, and he’ll face a group of Atlanta big men that just gave up a Timberwolves franchise record 56 points to Karl-Anthony Towns. Saric probably won’t do that, but he’s got triple-double upside and the offense should flow through him. He’s taken a huge step forward in year two, and he’s ready to carry this team on the inside for a couple weeks until Embiid is back for the playoffs.
C Brook Lopez LAL $6.7K vs Milwaukee
Lopez has quietly been on fire over his past ten games, with six outings of 40+ fantasy points and six with 20+ points. Lately with the Lakers’ point guards all banged up, Lopez has become a facilitator, too. He’s had 13 assists the last two games, which almost makes up for his distinct lack of rebounding. The Bucks just don’t have any centers ready to step out and take on BroLo, so he could be in for a big game.
PG Isaiah Taylor ATL $4.8K vs Philadelphia
This worked well on Wednesday, so let’s go back to the well. Taylor keeps getting starts and putting up a lot of shots with Dennis Schroeder out, and though his DraftKings price is finally rising and this isn’t as great a matchup, he’s still a good bargain. In three games over the last week with 26+ minutes, Taylor has scored at least 18 points and over 40 fantasy points each time.
PF/C Noah Vonleh CHI $4.7K vs Orlando
The Bulls are firmly in tank mode now and this is a must-lose game against the Magic, so don’t expect many minutes for guys like Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday, and don’t be surprised if Markkanen, Felicio, LaVine, and Dunn are out or limited too. That should mean plenty of minutes for Vonleh again, and he’s been producing lately. Vonleh has 32+ fantasy points in three of his last five with the minutes boost, and he has two straight double-doubles. Here’s to a third.
PF/C Richaun Holmes PHI $4.2K vs Atlanta
We’re doubling up on Philly big men. Holmes has always flashed game when given opportunity, and he’s got plenty of opportunity now that Embiid is sidelined and Amir Johnson is out too. He should see 20 or 25 minutes against a porous Atlanta D and should be a good threat at a double-double. Ride those Sixers big guys.
PG/SG Markelle Fultz PHI $4.1K vs Atlanta
Yes, three Sixers! Fultz has played 14 minutes in each of his games back, but he’s filling up the box score in limited minutes. He’s scored 13 points on 18 shots but racked up an impressive 15 assists and 9 rebounds to go along with them. Philadelphia is giving Fultz every opportunity, and Atlanta’s weak defense will do the same as they tank toward the finish line. The Fultz breakout game is coming. You won’t want to miss out when it gets here.
The NBA season is winding down and many DFS players are shifting their attention to the MLB. With the focus now on another sport, this is a prime spot for NBA DFS players to win big. With 5 games on the slate tonight, teams are mainly focused on three things which are: resting players, fighting for playoff positioning, or evaluating young players for the future. These are all factors to take into consideration before hitting the submit button tonight.
PG Frank Mason III (SAC vs IND, $4,100)
The Kings have been in tank mode for quite some time now which means increased minutes for younger players. Mason has been a bright spot for this team coming off the bench. In his last 5 games he has been averaging nearly 24 minutes and he has shown that he can score in that time period. At $4,100, Mason is a bargain considering his 39 point upside that was flashed 3 games prior. Strong salary-saving GPP option tonight.
SG/SF Khris Middleton (MIL @ GS, $7,700)
This game will be my favorite game to target tonight. This leads me to Middleton who has been Mr. Consistent lately. Looking back at his game logs, he hasn’t dipped below 30 DraftKings points since March 5th. This is the definition of consistent and makes Middleton a fine cash play for the night. Additionally, given the Warriors pace of play, he could see more touches which expands his upside for GPP’s as well.
SF/PF Kevin Durant ($10,800)/Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,600) (GS vs MIL)
Both of the guys listed above have nearly the same salary and have eligibility in the same two positions. Durant is coming back from injury but has shown major upside when Curry is out of the lineup. The Bucks have been inside the bottom 10 against small forwards and I can’t picture anyone who can slow Durant down. On the flipside, Giannis has been doing everything for Milwaukee and it shows in his minutes log. He is a safe bet for 35 plus minutes and in a paced up game, he should dominate. He can be a bit more erratic than Durant when it comes to DraftKings points but still remains a solid cash/GPP play.
PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge (SA vs OKC, $9,000)
Aldridge insists on playing tonight in a big matchup against the Thunder. Once again, this is a very risky play due to the questionable tag that is on him. However, if he does play, he is San Antonio’s number one option by far. Excluding his last game, if you look at his last 5 game logs, he has been averaging 56 DraftKings points. At his current salary that is good for 6x value. The Spurs need Aldridge to deliver tonight in a big way to avoid matching up with Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. He is a fine option if he is playing. Otherwise, you can take a look at Pau Gasol who would start in his place at $5,400.
Game stacking options:
On a short slate, game stacking is an effective strategy to win the money. As noted above, I am very interested in taking players from the Golden State/Milwaukee game. The Warriors pace of play should allow more touches for Bucks players and I can see this game remaining close. I will also be taking a look at the Detroit/Washington game. There are plenty of value options on both sides that you can take a look at. Reggie Jackson and Reggie Bullock are just below 5k and in great spots. Marcin Gortat is only $4,500 and the Wizards will need him to matchup with Andre Drummond. Furthermore, Kelly Oubre ($5,100) has been playing great basketball lately off the bench and thrived in his last game against the Pistons. Use this strategy to your advantage!
As the season grinds on and reaches its final weeks, the injury toll is rising. The better teams are resting key players for the playoffs, and the worse teams are resting key players for tanking. That means huge minute loads for others and extra time for some of the younger players who still have some late-season energy in the tank. Tonight’s lineup is all about opportunity.
PG Lonzo Ball LAL $8.0K vs Dallas
Remember when everyone thought Lonzo Ball was a bust? That was a fun couple months. Now Ball is hitting step-back jumpers and filling up the box score on the nightly. Ball has at least 8 assists in seven straight games, and he’s added 8+ rebounds in five of those too. Add onto that 2.5 stocks (steals plus blocks) per game over his last 10 and you see why Ball can rack up the fantasy points even without being a consistent scorer. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Ball’s also averaging over 40 minutes a game the last two weeks while many key Lakers are out injured. He should be in for a big game against fellow rookie Dennis Smith Jr.
C Nikola Vucevic BKN $7.8K vs Brooklyn
Vucevic is one of those classic centers you play in the right matchup, and Brooklyn is pretty much always the right matchup for opposing big men. Vucevic makes a great GPP play because of his boom or bust nature. He’s had 36+ fantasy points in six of his last ten games but under 25 in all the rest, which helps keep his price in check. The Magic are missing several key options, so Vuc should get plenty of run. He’ll be a threat for a 20/10 game and should have high upside.
SG/SF Taurean Prince ATL $7.1K vs Minnesota
The Timberwolves are reeling, and the Hawks are missing half the roster to “injury.” All that tanking has to leave shots for someone, and Prince has been taking most of them lately. Prince is averaging almost 18 shots a game over the past eight games and he’s been over 37 fantasy points in six of those games and over 46 in half of them. Minnesota is #2 against small forwards in name only with Jimmy Butler out, so don’t be thrown off by the poor matchup rating. Prince has 7 or 8x upside.
SG/SF Nicolas Batum CHA $6.6K vs Cleveland
The Cavs looked lifeless Tuesday night in Miami and now face the Hornets after a quick turnaround and with several key wing players injured. The Hornets have been hot, and Batum should be ready for full minutes Wednesday after playing on a limit Monday in his return from an Achilles injury. That injury has bottomed up Batum’s DraftKings price, and that could turn into a huge bargain for a guy that had scored 49+ fantasy points three games in a row before the injury with a huge recent boost in playmaking and assists.
PG/SG D’Angelo Russell BKN $6.3K vs Orlando
Russell was a complete dud against Cleveland on Sunday, but that just keeps his price down for us. He had scored 33+ fantasy points in six of his previous seven outings and looks healthy again as the Nets have turned over the offense to him. Russell should approach 20 points and add in five to seven assists, and he has triple-double upside against some of the worst point guards in the league in Orlando.
SF/PF Al-Farouq Aminu POR $6.1K vs Memphis
Aminu’s price is finally starting to rise, but it hasn’t caught up to his production yet. He’s averaging 36 fantasy points over his last seven games with an increased scoring load, approaching double-digit rebounds most times out and adding a handful of bonus points on blocks and steals. He’s been especially hot from downtown of late and he should keep on scoring in a plus Grizzlies matchup.
PG/SG Markelle Fultz PHI $3.8K vs New York
The number one pick in the draft finally played again Monday night and he looked awesome, racking up 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds off the bench. He was given the ultimate green light, putting up 13 shots in just 14 minutes, and the Sixers could blow out the Knicks in an easy matchup so it’s a great chance to get Fultz some extra run and confidence. How can you not play this kid and root for him? It’s just too much fun, and the upside is through the roof if he gets a minutes boost.
PG Isaiah Taylor ATL $3.8K vs Minnesota
Dennis Schroeder is one of the many Hawks that will be out Wednesday night, and that should leave Taylor in the starting role with a bigger minutes load again. Taylor has hit 30+ fantasy points his last two games with over 25 minutes and, again, there are shots to be taken and points to be scored against this bad Wolves defense.
With ten NBA games Friday night and precious few tanking teams, there’s a lot at stake for these teams and should be plenty of scoring. Friday night is all about upside. We’re going to need a lot of points to place well in GPP, so let’s take a big swing at all eight spots and hope we gain enough points on our hits to make up for our misses. We’ll build our lineup tonight around a possible star homecoming for Jabari Parker.
PG/SG Bradley Beal WAS $8.3K vs Denver
Beal is a bit of a contrarian superstar play since Denver is #2 against shooting guards and Beal has cooled off a bit lately, but look at the big picture. The Nuggets are struggling and tired amidst a long road trip away from home, and Denver’s defense has been terrible. Beal is as much a point guard as a two with Wall out, and Denver is bottom five against PGs. Beal’s price has dropped during his cool stretch. If he can get to 25 or 30 points and add in 7+ assists, he could have a huge ceiling.
PF/C Kevin Love CLE $7.7K vs Phoenix
Love was in our lineup Wednesday night and showed up with a monster 49 fantasy points on just a $6400 salary, pouring in 23 points, 12 boards, and four assists. He’s still on a minutes limit but that won’t be an issue in a blowout against the Suns anyway. Love looks healthy and has been on fire, hitting four threes in three straight games with 30 rebounds in those games. He should be able to do anything he wants against Phoenix’s big men.
SG/SF Josh Jackson PHX $6.9K vs Cleveland
The Cavs should run away with this one, but that just leaves the Suns playing their young guys. Devin Booker hasn’t practiced this week and is listed as questionable along with T.J. Warren. If both are out, that leaves the scoring and creation load squarely on Jackson’s shoulders, and the rookie has stepped up to the plate. He’s not shooting well yet, but that doesn’t matter in fantasy. Jackson is averaging 38 fantasy points a game over his last four outings, scoring 22 points a game with a huge minutes load and filling up the box score. He presents huge multiplier upside.
C Jonas Valanciunas TOR $6.8K vs Brooklyn
When in doubt, start a center against the Nets. Brooklyn has been last in the league against centers all year, and Valanciunas loves to pile up numbers against bad teams. He had a monster 26/14 game against the Nets for 48 fantasy points just ten days ago. He’s the sort of guy who can present 7 or 8x value easily if he gets rolling in the right matchup, and this is it.
SF/PF Al-Farouq Aminu POR $5.6K vs Boston
Aminu has been absolutely blazing hot lately, with 12 threes, 28 rebounds, and 12 assists over his last three games. He’s getting open and hitting everything in sight right now, and he’s averaged 41 fantasy points a game over that span. Now with a plus matchup against a banged up Boston team, he’s too hot to leave out of your lineup.
SF/PF Jabari Parker MIL $5.4K vs Chicago
The Bucks will be missing Giannis Antetokounmpo Friday night, and a lot of GPPs will see Khris Middleton or Eric Bledsoe in lineups because of it. We’re going with Jabari Parker instead as the play of the night. Parker has seen his minutes slowly rise and is continuing to produce, and he’s sure to play a little extra with Greek Freak out. He’s coming off his best game of the season with 20/6/3 and he’ll be playing in front of a ton of friends and family back home in Chicago so he’s going to want to put on a show. If Jabari gets his shot to fall, he could be a night winner.
PG/SG Trey Burke NYK $4.7K vs Minnesota
Burke is the sort of boom or bust player that suits GPP lineups well, and Minnesota is the perfect matchup. New York is out of options and letting Burke fire away from the perimeter, so he has high scoring potential and should grab a few dimes too. He’s a bargain upside play.
SG Nick Young GSW $4.6K vs Atlanta
It looks like Steph Curry may finally return against the Hawks, but he’ll be playing without Durant, Draymond, and Klay, so there are plenty of shots to go around against a team that started Isaiah Taylor and Damion Lee in its backcourt last night. Atlanta is in full on tank mode, and this is the sort of game where Swaggy could catch fire and pour in a bunch of threes. He’s a high upside GPP play.
Tonight the NBA has 6 games on the schedule featuring the Pelicans who are playing their third game in a row, 7 teams that are eliminated from playoff contention, and injuries. I always encourage readers to check lineups up until tip-off for up to date injury information along with players who are being rested. With that said, let’s dive into the best plays of the night.
PG Dennis Schroder (ATL @ SAC, $6,500)
The Atlanta Hawks are injury-ridden and are far out of playoff contention. Without the injuries, I would have less exposure to this team but I’m interested in Dennis Schroder tonight. The last 2 games, he has reached 35 minutes and shattered value including one near 60 point performance. He may not reach 58 points again, but at this salary and with Atlanta lacking players, he is a strong GPP play.
PG/SG James Harden (HOU vs DET, $11,600)
Houston is fighting to remain as the 1 seed in the west. Tonight, the salary is up above 11.5k but I look for him to continue his current hot streak of 60 points performances. Also, it is worth noting that Chris Paul is currently questionable. If he misses, Harden is a must-play in cash games. If he plays, that makes Harden more of a GPP play given his massive upside.
SG/SF E-Twaun Moore (NO vs LAL, $4,300)
Small forward is an ugly position tonight. I do think Aaron Gordon and Ben Simmons are quality plays up above 7k. However, I will be paying down tonight and that leads me right to E-Twaun Moore who is a salary saver. The Lakers are bottom 7 against SF’s in the past 5 games. Moore doesn’t do anything flashy but is on the court frequently. With his consistent minutes, he is a strong cash play and can be used in GPP as well.
PF/C Blake Griffin (DET @ HOU, $8,600)
Griffin is priced up into the 8k range and rightfully so. He has been playing great basketball lately and publicly expressed his happiness in Detroit. Detroit still has a fighting chance for an 8 seed so they need Griffin to continue his stellar play. The matchup isn’t ideal but the pace of the game will provide more rebounds along with scoring opportunities. He has surpassed 50 points in the last two games and I think it continues tonight. He can be used in any format tonight.
PF/C Dewayne Dedmon (ATL @ SAC, $5,600)
Every time I play this guy, he ends up burning me. He can be extremely volatile but it is that wild upside that keeps me coming back for more. In his last outing, he scored 46 DK points which was 9.5x value. He is priced up more tonight given the matchup and John Collins’ injury status. The matchup is juicy as the Kings have been bottom 5 all season against the center position. If you’re looking for a GPP play with monster upside, he is your guy.
Wednesday is a reminder that it’s not always all about matchups. It’s easy to hunt the favorable green matchups on DraftKings, but everyone else is doing that too. Sometimes the bargain plays take a bit more digging, from guys playing out of position against a sneaky good matchup or a pair of Grizzlies whose salary is lower than it should be.
SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.7K vs Toronto
Perhaps you’ve heard of him? The Cavs have heard for weeks how the Toronto Raptors are the new class of the Eastern Conference, and now they’re playing with extra motivation as the team is playing for coach Tyronn Lue, sidelined with illness. Sometimes LeBron needs a little extra motivation, and that should be all the motivation you need to play him. That and the fact that James has gone over 70 fantasy points in four straight games with at least 12 rebounds in all four and double-digit assists in three of them while averaging 34 points. James is upping his game even further with half his team sidelined, and we’re building our lineup around him. All the better that Toronto should be tired after a comeback win last night in Orlando.
PG/SG Jamal Murray DEN $7.1K vs Chicago
This is not the first time we’ve played a point guard against the Bulls, and it won’t be the last. The Bulls always bleed points to guards, and they’re missing Kris Dunn, their only defensive hope. Murray has really turned a corner of late, with 35+ fantasy points in four of his last six, and he’s stepped up his scoring with Gary Harris sidelined. You’ll want at least one Nugget in this high-scoring must-win matchup, and he looks like the best bet.
PF/C Bobby Portis CHI $6.7K vs Denver
Most of the Bulls regulars are questionable or out Wednesday night in a game that should see plenty of points, and that means Portis is a top play once again. He’s scored at least 33 fantasy points in five straight games even without a heavy minutes load, averaging 17 points and almost ten boards a game. He should have a good shot at a double-double playing center minutes against a team that simply can’t stop productive big men.
PG/SG Andrew Harrison MEM $5.1K vs Philadelphia
Harrison is probable to play and has become a good value. He’s just back from three weeks away injured and hasn’t seen his DraftKings price recover yet, and he’s become a safe high floor play with 30+ fantasy points in six of his last seven healthy outings. Harrison is averaging seven dimes in his last four games, and he’ll get a boost if Tyreke Evans ends up a late scratch again like he did Monday.
PF/C Kevin Love CLE $6.4K vs Toronto
Sometimes the obvious play is the right one. Love played for the first time in seven weeks on Monday and looked great with 18 points, seven boards, four assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes. That makes three straight games at 37+ fantasy points, but Love’s DK price hasn’t bounced back yet to its usual $7.5-$8K range. But it gets better. With Larry Nance out and Tristan Thompson questionable, Love should soak up a ton of center minutes against one of the league’s worst teams against centers. He’s always been a problem for Toronto and is a must play.
PF/C Jarell Martin MEM $4.8K vs Philadelphia
Martin had been killing it before a huge dud Monday in which he was limited to 12 minutes and a terrible 7.5 fantasy points playing through a foot injury. Martin had averaged 30 fantasy points a game in his three outings before that one, and Monday’s dud makes him a bargain buy. Make sure he’s cleared on the injury report and get him in your lineup.
PG/SG Delon Wright TOR $4.7K vs Cleveland
Fred VanVleet is out, and DeMar DeRozan should be back but may be limited. That means a continued bigger role for Delon Wright, and he’s come through with the minutes increase lately, averaging 32 fantasy points over the last three games in 33 minutes. He’s a good threat for a 10/5/5 floor with a couple steals and a ceiling for much more against the Cavs’ ever porous defense.
C Willy Hernangomez CHA $3.4K vs Brooklyn
Hernangomez looks like a great bargain play as long as Cody Zeller remains out, so be sure to check the injury report. Brooklyn is last in the league against opposing centers, and Hernangomez has done well with the added minutes lately. He’s scored 48 fantasy points in 33 combined minutes the last two games and should be good for another 20+ fantasy points with a sneaky high ceiling.
After a fully stacked Thursday, tonight’s NBA action features 6 games. Tonight’s slate will be interesting for DFS players due to many players being questionable heading into the slate and many of the games with blowout potential. All players should be checking lineups as the day goes on for injury updates. Here are some of my best plays of the day.
PG De’Aaron Fox (SAC @ GS, $5,400)
In the past 5 games, the Golden State Warriors have been the worst team against the point guard. De’Aaron Fox is back healthy for the Kings and receiving over 30 minutes a game. At this salary, look for him to be a safe cash game play with the potential 35 point upside.
SG/SF Corey Brewer (OKC vs LAC, $4,400)
The 32 year old veteran has been huge for OKC lately. Flashing signs of his youth, Brewer has been destroying value recently. He is finally priced over $4,000 but he still remains a viable option tonight. The Clippers have been horrendous all year against the shooting guard position (bottom 2). Brewer could potentially see additional run if Paul George is ultimately ruled out as well. Fire him up with confidence in any format tonight as a way to save salary.
PG/SF Caris LeVert (BKN @ PHI, $5,000)
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, a Brooklyn Nets player? Hear me out. Allen Crabbe is currently questionable and if he misses, LeVert would be the one to get a major boost. Even if Crabbe plays, LeVert has been averaging just under 30 minutes a game while coming off the bench.He has recently shown 40 point upside twice out the past 5 games, which on this salary is good for 8-9x upside. Even when his game is off, he still reaches value which would be 25 points tonight. Given his upside and the quality matchup against Philadelphia, consider LeVert a GPP play only.
PF/C Bam Adebayo ($4,900) or PF/C James Johnson ($5,200)
Hassan Whiteside will be sidelined once again against the Lakers tonight. Both are expected to start in his place tonight against Laker bigs who this season have been last in DVP against the power forward position and bottom 5 against the center position. Both are relatively cheap and have shown major upside. Consider these two players low-risk, high reward GPP plays given their current salaries and the juicy matchup.
C Nikola Vucevic (ORL vs BOS, $8,400)
On paper, this looks like a difficult matchup for Vucevic. However, the Celtics just got destroyed by Karl-Anthony Towns and Vucevic has been the focal point of the offense without Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. If those two miss again tonight, I will have no hesitation starting Vucevic. He is more of a GPP play tonight for me because of the massive upside we saw early in the year.
Wednesday brings just four NBA games and a slew of injuries. It’s that time of year, but it’s especially bad for some of these teams. Names like Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, John Wall, and Aaron Gordon are all sidelined, and guys like Al Horford, Klay Thompson, and Kyle Kuzma could join them by game time. It’s a mess. But where there’s injuries, there’s opportunity for others. It’s time to line up The Replacements.
SF/PF Kevin Durant GSW $11.4K vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Warriors are a mess of injuries right now. Curry is out another week, Draymond Green is out, and about half the rest of the team is questionable. And that’s why you sign Kevin Durant. KD has put up 67, 61, and 69 fantasy points the last three games with at least 37 points in every game. He is putting this Warriors offense on his back, and against a tired and beaten up Lakers team, Durant is about the most obvious DFS play ever.
PG Lonzo Ball LAL $7.6K vs Golden State
Ball is such a unique player, but the guy racks up fantasy points and fills up the box score. Ball hits double digit points most games. He’s also had six or more assists in six of his last ten games and at least six rebounds in all but two of them. On top of that, he’s had at least three stocks (steals plus blocks) in six of the ten games. This dude still can’t hit a free throw to save his life, but he sure can rack up fantasy points. He’s at 35+ fantasy points in six of the last eight games, and he should be golden against Quinn Cook and Golden State’s backups.
PG/SG Terry Rozier BOS $7.1K vs Washington
Continuing our theme of ragged lineups, Terry Rozier looks like a must start with the Celtics missing just about every other guard on their roster. Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart are out, and DraftKings has already smartly boosted Rozier’s price, but not enough. In Rozier’s last four games without Kyrie Irving, he’s averaged 18 ppg and over 40 fantasy points, and that includes a 49 and a 59 point game, the latter of which was a triple-double. Rozier is an obvious play but a good one. He has huge upside.
PG/SG Tomas Satoransky WAS $5.7K vs Boston
Remember how all of Boston’s guards are out? That helps the other team too. Satoransky has been better than ever lately, with at least 31 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s especially racking up the assists of late and has a decent chance at a double-double here. He continues to be a solid value with John Wall out.
SF/PF Markieff Morris WAS $5.4K vs Boston
Morris led the Wizards in scoring Tuesday night, and that was the third time in four games he’s surpassed 33 fantasy points. He has taken a bigger offensive role with Porter struggling a bit and Wall still out, and you know he’s eager to show his twin brother Marcus who’s the better player in a sibling and team rivalry. Boston’s bigs are all banged up too, so Morris should have his way.
PG/SG Brandon Jennings MIL $4.4K vs Orlando
Maybe Monday night was a complete and total fluke, but we’re going to have to find out the hard way. Jennings played his first game in years off the bench for the Bucks and racked up 16 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds, coming just two boards away from a shock triple-double. That was good for 46 fantasy points, and that for a player that wasn’t even available to play on DraftKings. He is now, and though he’ll never score 46 again Wednesday night, he has a clear path to playing time with Brogdon and Dellavedova out and a great matchup against Orlando’s terrible guards. He’s a must-play at this price.
PF/C Bam Adebayo MIA $4.3K vs Sacramento
Hassan Whiteside is out Wednesday night, so you know what to do. Adebayo has performed well in backup minutes for Miami, and he’s had a few huge games when given starter minutes. He struggled against the Blazers Monday, going 1 for 10 from the field, but those minutes aren’t going anywhere, and Bam should bounce back against a team lacking in big men options.
SG/SF Garrett Temple SAC $3.9K vs Miami
We’re out of money, so we’re going to take a gamble on Temple, who scored 31 fantasy points in two of his last three games – and only 7.5 in the other one. You never know what sort of minutes Temple will get, but that marks four times in the last nine games that Temple has hit 27 fantasy points. His floor is very low, so look for someone like Sterling Brown or Tyler Zeller if you need more safe points, but Temple is an upside bargain play in a plus matchup.
The NCAA and NIT tournaments tip off Tuesday night, but you’ll forgive NBA fans if they’re a little preoccupied by 11 delicious games on the slate. Tuesday is highlighted by two late games featuring a lot of offense and not much defense, the Cavs and Suns in one and the Lakers and Nuggets in the other. Let’s load up on those games and grab a couple star rookies to anchor our lineup.
SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.5K vs Phoenix
LeBron might not make it into a ton of lineups today because he’s listed as a small forward, the one position Phoenix has been decent against this season, but LeBron is positionless and you can bank on him being hungry to silence the critics after an embarrassing loss against the Lakers Sunday night. He’s a lock for 50+ fantasy points and should threaten triple-double status if he gets enough assists. He could be the night’s leading fantasy scorer.
SG/SF Devin Booker PHX $8.6K vs Cleveland
We’re playing for a shootout in Phoenix. If the Cavs put up a big number, then Booker should be shooting all game. He’s scored at least 41 fantasy points in five of his last six and should have his way with an uber thin Cleveland wing unit. He should launch 20+ shots and hit 30 points easily, and he could find a 50 or 60 point fantasy nights if he gets hot and the shots start falling.
PG Dennis Smith Jr. DAL $6.6K vs New York Knicks
Smith comes at a slight discount after a rough outing against the Rockets, but what rookie point guard wouldn’t struggle against Chris Paul? New York offers no such obstacles, or any at all really at point guard. Smith averaged 38 fantasy points a game in his four outings before the Houston disaster, and he’s seeing the ball in his hands more than ever with Wesley Matthews now out for the season. Smith was drafted ninth by the Mavericks last June. The Knicks needed a point guard and passed on him one pick earlier. You think he’s eager to show Madison Square Garden what they missed out on?
SF/PF Kyle Kuzma LAL $6.4K vs Denver
We had to get at least one player from the high-scoring Lakers vs Nuggets game, even if most if the players are priced out of value. Kuzma is playing almost 40 minutes a game right now with Brandon Ingram sidelined, and that means he’s jacking up almost 13 shots a game, five from downtown. Even with his poor shooting of late, that’s meant a boost in scoring for the Lakers leader. He’s got high upside, especially if Denver focuses more of their attention on Julius Randle after Sunday’s explosion.
C Jonas Valanciunas TOR $5.9K vs Brooklyn
Brooklyn is worst in the league against centers, and that’s even with Jarrett Allen playing. Allen was questionable Monday, but it’s not questionable that you’ll want to get JV into your lineup. He’s averaging 36 fantasy points over his last five games with a trio of double doubles in that span. His price is on its way up but hasn’t caught up quite yet.
SG/SF Corey Brewer OKC $3.9K vs Atlanta
Brewer stepped into big minutes for the Thunder, and he is already scoring steady fantasy points just by being Corey Brewer. The Thunder won’t run many plays for him but they don’t need to, as he’ll jump into lanes to grab steals and then score most of his points on run outs against a Hawks team with so many guards injured there are guys on the injury report you’ve never even heard of. He’s still a huge bargain as DraftKings races to catch up to his value.
SG/SF Kyle Korver CLE $3.6K vs Phoenix
One more dip into the Cavs/Suns game with old man Korver. Korver has typically been inconsistent this season, but with so many Cleveland injuries on the wing, he’s getting steady rotation minutes. When he’s out there, he’s going to take a lot of threes, and Phoenix hasn’t played any defense all season so they’re not going to start now. Korver is an easy avenue to 20+ cheap fantasy points.
PF/C Dante Cunningham BKN $3.3K vs Toronto
Cunningham is getting extra run lately with the Brooklyn injuries piling up, and he has a shot to get starter type minutes if Jarrett Allen (questionable) misses this one. Toronto is bad against opposing fantasy centers, especially guys like Cunningham who can step out and hit the three. Keep an eye on the injury report, though. If Enes Kanter sits for New York, then Luke Kornet becomes a must play-addition in this salary slot instead.