Tuesday’s main slate features a star-studded seven-game slate with some intriguing matchups loaded with fantasy options to consider. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
Target worth paying up for: Luka Doncic ($11,300) at NO (30th)Doncic put the finishing touches on an eye-popping November and followed that up by leading his Mavericks to a 114-100 win over the Lakers on the first day of December. Doncic has averaged 32.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 65.2 DKFP per contest over his past 15 games. He produced at least 59 DKFP in 11 of those 15 contests and in six of his past seven. He didn’t face the Pelicans during that run but did tear them up for 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 61 DKFP when he faced them earlier this season. Doncic has shown no signs of slowing down and the Pelicans’ struggling defense is unlikely to shut him down on this slate either.
Best value: Markelle Fultz ($5,500) vs. WAS (27th)Fultz has had a very nice run with the Magic and is starting to deliver on the potential that saw him drafted No. 1 overall. He is still just 21 and is starting to look like the Magic’s point guard of the future. Fultz has scored double-digit points in eight straight, averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 27.5 DKFP per contest. He had 26.75 DKFP against the Wizards when the teams met last month and is much more established in his role now than he was then. Fultz comes into this favorable matchup off a 34.5-DKFP performance against the Warriors in which he fell just one assist short of a double-double.
Positional StrategyPG is incredibly deep and loaded with elite talent. After the three megastars at the top-Doncic, James Harden ($12,500) and LeBron James ($10,200) there are plenty of solid mid-range plays like Damian Lillard ($8,400), Jamal Murray ($6,600) and Lonzo Ball ($5,400). There aren’t any great ultra-cheap plays that jump off the page, so I’d lean toward paying up at this spot and finding your bargains at other spots.
Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($12,500) at SA (12th)It’s a long way up to pay well over $12K for Harden, but he has continued to shine and get extremely high usage even after the addition of Russel Westbrook ($8,800). Yesterday, I warned you off of Giannis because I was afraid of a blowout, and the same could definitely be true here. The reason I trust Harden more, though, is that when he’s on the floor he gets such heavy usage even in blowouts he goes off. In his most recent contest, he only needed 31 minutes to drop 60 points on the Hawks and ended up with 85.25 DKFP without playing the fourth quarter. Harden has over 55 DKFP in 12 of his past 13 games while averaging 67.2 DKFP per contest.
Best value: Luke Kennard ($5,900) at CLE (27th)Kennard has at least 20 points and over 30 DKFP in three of his past four games coming into a great matchup with the Cavs. He has been a streaky scorer throughout the season but seems to have found his groove again. He’s carrying a big part of the Pistons’ offense and usually contributes multiple three-pointers and a few assists and rebounds to go with his point total.
Positional StrategySG doesn’t have quite as many elite or upper-mid tier options as PG, but it does offer some more cheap plays. Bradley Beal ($8,600), Jimmy Butler ($7,600) and Fred VanVleet ($7,500) can save you some salary from Harden, but there aren’t the plethora of options like at PG. With cheaper options like Patrick Beverley ($4,500), Tyler Herro ($4,300), Bruce Brown Jr. ($4,200) and Jordan McRae ($3,800) all offering solid upside, SG could be the place to go low if you can’t get all the way to Harden at the top. Make sure to keep an eye on the status of Danuel House ($4,600; illness, questionable) since Ben McLemore ($5,100) and Austin Rivers ($4,000) could be solid plays if he’s out.
Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($8,100) vs. DAL (26th)Ingram was held under 40 DKFP for the first time in 10 games on Sunday against the Thunder when he shot just 8-for-18 but still had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and 39.25 DKFP. In his nine games previous to that, he averaged 45.8 DKFP on 27.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. Ingram has shown vast improvement in his first year with the Pelicans, and he should continue to get heavy usage until Zion Williamson (knee) is ready to return, which is still a ways away.
Best value: Moe Harkless ($3,300) vs. POR (11th)Harkless looks lined up for plenty of run in the late game against his former team, the Trail Blazers. He has started in each of his past 11 games but only averaged 22.9 minutes per contest. However, with JaMychal Green ($3,500; tailbone) questionable, plus Rodney McGruder (hamstring) and Landry Shamet (ankle) out, Harkless should get extra minutes. He almost always provides great defensive numbers and has shown to can contribute points and rebounds when given the chance. He doesn’t have to do much to be worth his minimal $3.3K salary, and given his expected opportunity and revenge game narrative, I gotta go to Moe.
Positional StrategySF offers plenty of good options throughout the upper tiers of the salary structure and thins out a bit in the middle before offering plenty of potential value plays at the bottom. There are lots of stars besides Ingram to consider led by LeBron James ($10,200), Kawhi Leonard ($8,700) and Paul George ($8,200). At the other end of the salary spectrum, Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4,600), Duncan Robinson ($4,500), Jordan Clarkson ($4,400) and Kyle Kuzma ($4,000; ankle, probable) offer some potential salary relief.
Target worth paying up for: Pascal Siakam ($8,500) vs. MIA (19th)Siakam has taken exactly 22 shots from the field in three straight games and made 14 of those attempts (64%) on Sunday for 35 points to go with five boards and five assists on his way to an impressive 53.25 DKFP against Utah. He has at least 25 points and over 44 DKFP in four of his past five games with the one outlier an off night in Orlando. Spicy P is averaging 48.3 DKFP in his nine home games this season and will keep carrying the load on offense until Kyle Lowry ($7,900; thumb, doubtful) is ready to return, which should be soon, but doesn’t look like it will be in this contest.
Best value: Rui Hachimura ($4,200) vs. ORL (13th)Hachimura has been given plenty of minutes with the rebuilding Wizards, and the No. 9 overall pick in this past draft is starting to deliver. He had a pair of excellent games in Los Angeles, posting 29 DKFP against the Lakers on 16 points and eight rebounds and followed that with an even more impressive game on Sunday against the Clippers, producing 48.75 DKFP on 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. With Moritz Wagner ($4,300; ankle, questionable) banged up, Hachimura should see big minutes again in a good matchup against the Magic. The rookie has an extremely high ceiling and is starting to establish his fantasy relevance.
Positional StrategyPF is a little short on mid-range options with a few notable exceptions like Montrezel Harrell ($6,800) and Carmelo Anthony ($6,300). You can look at Christian Wood ($4,400), who produced when given the minutes but doesn’t always get them, or potentially see if Maxi Kleber ($3,700) can keep it going if you need to go ultra-cheap. Keep an eye on Blake Griffin’s ($6,700) status since the Pistons start a back-to-back with the second game at home tomorrow. If he sits, Wood would seemingly have a clear path to minutes.
Target worth paying up for: Hassan Whiteside ($8,000) at LAC (14th)Whiteside took a while to settle in but seems to be thriving in the Blazers’ rotation now, especially since the addition of Carmelo Anthony ($6,300). In the four games that he has started next to Melo, Whiteside has averaged 14.0 points, 14.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 40.6 DKFP. Whiteside swatted a season-high 10 shots in his most recent game against the Bulls and added 15 rebounds on his way to 50.75 DKFP. He played 30 minutes in that contest, as well, showing his hip issue that cost him some time is firmly behind him. He had 17 points, 19 rebounds and 48.25 DKFP the first time he faced the Clippers this season.
Best value: Khem Birch ($4,700) at WAS (27th)Birch has started five straight games with Nikola Vucevic (ankle) out, and after a slow start he’s found a nice groove. He had 26.0 DKFP against the Raptors on Friday and followed that with 29.5 DKFP against the Warriors Sunday. He pulled down double-digit rebounds in each of those games while contributing solid defensive numbers and a few points in each contest. In a good matchup, Birch should be able to keep rolling and provide solid value if he keeps getting 25-plus minutes per contest.
Positional StrategyAndre Drummond ($9,100) and Clint Capela ($7,800) are also probably worth paying up for in this spot and Bam Adebayo ($7,400) has been extremely reliable. There is actually quite a bit of depth at center with options all across the salary spectrum. If you want to go extremely cheap, Dwight Powell ($4,000) has been trending up, JaVale McGee ($4,100) finds ways to contribute, and Jerami Grant ($3,500; illness, probable) has double-digit points in back-to-back games.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEJohn Henson (hamstring)
Cedi Osman (back)
Moritz Wagner (ankle)
Danuel House Jr. (illness)
JaMychal Green (tailbone)
PROBABLESvi Mykhailiuk (knee)
Jerami Grant (illness)
Anthony Davis (shoulder)
Kyle Kuzma (ankle)
Gary Trent Jr. (hamstring)
DOUBTFULKyle Lowry (thumb)
OUTAl-Farouq Aminu (knee)
CJ Miles (wrist)
Derrick Favors (personal)
Kenrich Williams (ankle)
Goran Dragic (groin)
Stanley Johnson (groin)
Rodney McGruder (hamstring)
Landry Shamet (ankle)
LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh)
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