With the extra half an hour until roster lock we figured we had a little extra time to bring you the NBA Daily Plays for today’s 8 games. We will go position by position to give you the top play along with some other position specific plays for FanDuel and DraftKings.
There are several good options at the point guard position tonight. Chris Paul is the most expensive point guard tonight and is always in play. However, I’m leaning towards starting Ty Lawson against Brooklyn. This game should be high scoring as neither team is really known for their defense. Lawson has scored 40 or more fantasy points on DraftKings in three of the last four games. The Nets allow nearly 50 fantasy points per game to opposing guards on DraftKings and 40 fantasy points per game on Fan Duel. Tyreke Evans is also a solid play. His usage rate should increase with the absence of Anthony Davis. Evans has scored more fantasy points than his season average in six of the last 10 games. If you’re looking to spend a tad less, someone to consider is Ricky Rubio. He’s played really well in the last two games and is still priced low enough to make him great value. He’s capable of putting elite like numbers. This game should be a fast paced game with a lot of points scored which benefits Rubio. Another point guard I’m targeting is Deron Williams. With Jarrett Jack out again on Monday night, Williams should be in for another heavy workload. In the last game he started he got a double-double and scored over 40 fantasy points. He faces the Nuggets which don’t defend well against point guards, allowing more than 40 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards on both sites. I recommend Isaiah Thomas against the Suns, but I’m apprehensive because there’s uncertainty in the minutes he’ll see. He’s worth a shot in tournaments because of the upside he offers, but don’t feel comfortable playing him in cash. Some inexpensive plays that can be plugged in tonight are Trey Burke and Jerryd Bayless. Both are very cheap and should see a good amount of minutes.
The play at this position is James Harden. In fact, he is the best option of tonight’s games, but comes at a high price. With that said, the Timberwolves allow the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. Harden is averaging 50.3 fantasy points per game against Minnesota. He offers a high-ceiling and high floor. He should be in just about all cash games lineups and will likely be heavily owned in tournaments as well. If you’re not looking to spend too much on shooting guards then there’s a ton of other options that are in play. Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade, DeMar Rozan, and Eric Bledsoe are all less than $8,000 on DraftKings. If I’m taking a pick it would be Dwayne Wade. He has the best matchup of the bunch and is the team’s first scoring option at this moment. He has struggled since returning from his hamstring injury, but should be able to bounce back against the Sixers who allow 50.8 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards on DraftKings and 40.9 on Fan Duel. If you’re looking for an even cheaper option, Eric Gordon is the perfect candidate. He’s $5,800 on DraftKings and $6,300 on Fan Duel. What I love is that his usage rate should be high tonight since Anthony Davis isn’t playing. He’s a great tournament play because of the upside he offers. J.J. Redick is another great value play. He’s $4,700 on both sites and has scored more than 22 fantasy points in the last four games.
While Gordon Hayward and Giannis Antetokoumpo are playable options tonight, I’ll save some money and plug in Andrew Wiggins. He’s more than $1,000 cheaper than both of them. As I mentioned above, this should be a high paced, high scoring game, both of which should benefit Wiggins. The Rockets allow the second most fantasy points on per game to opposing small forwards and the third most on DraftKings. Josh Smith is a tad more expensive and also makes a solid play tonight. A more economical option is Luol Deng. He is $5,600 on both sites tonight and has a great matchup against the Sixers. He struggled last game, but prior to that had a huge game. With Chris Bosh out, Deng should see a higher usage rate and capitalize on that this evening against a poor defense. My value play at this position is P.J. Tucker. He has scored more fantasy points than his season average and exceeded value in six consecutive games. The great news is that he’s cheaper than $5,000 on both sites. I’m riding this hot streak so long as I can.
With Anthony Davis out, Pau Gasol becomes the best play at power forward. On paper this doesn’t appear like a great matchup, but Gasol has had his way against the Bucks this season. He is averaging 59.3 fantasy points per game in two games against them, along with 34 real points and 16 rebounds. He’s all but guaranteed a double-double and should continue to have his way against the Bucks tonight. Tim Duncan and Derrick Favors are two cheaper options that make solid plays. Duncan has played well against Utah this season averaging 41.3 fantasy points per game and Favors has done well against the Spurs averaging 35.6 fantasy points per games. Both have played above their season average in the two games. On DraftKings, neither of them will make a huge dent on your salary cap as they are both less than $7,100. If paying up for one of these three guys isn’t in your plans this evening, I recommend Terrence Jones. He is $5,200 on Fan Duel and $4,600 on DraftKings. Based on price alone, I obviously prefer playing him on DraftKings, but he is still good value on both sites. He’s posted two solid games in a row. He’s grabbed nine boards in each game, seven blocks, and 20 points. Tonight’s matchup is a good one for Jones as the Timberwolves are vulnerable against power forwards. They have allowed 50.5 fantasy points per game on DraftKings over their last five games. He should have no problem hitting value once again tonight.
My favorite play at this position tonight is Hassan Whiteside. We can’t ignore what DeAndre Jordan has done over the last four games, but he has a tough matchup tonight against the Grizzlies a team he struggled with earlier this season. Whiteside on the other hand has a favorable matchup against the Sixers. They allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing centers and have been getting crushed even more over the last 10 games. Whiteside offers both a high floor and a high ceiling at a price that won’t put a dent in your wallet. He should have no problems grabbing boards against a team that allows almost 16 rebounds per game to centers. Marc Gasol is also a good option at this price. He’s cheaper than $8,000 on both sites and has already torched the Clippers once this season. In the one game they played this season, he scored 30 points, grabbed 12 boards, and blocked two shots. That was good for 51.5 fantasy points on DraftKings. Some other economical plays are Brook Lopez and Rudy Gobert. Both make better tournament plays because of they don’t offer a consistently high floor. If you keep scrolling down in the center position you’ll run into Alex Len at $4,000 on DraftKings and $4,500 on Fan Duel. He has been playing high minutes in the last two games after the Suns made all their trades. He faces the Celtics tonight who are down two big men. Len should easily have his way against the Celtics under the rim and should not have trouble hitting value.
Good luck to all tonight!