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.