Tuesday’s six-game NBA slate is a huge change from what we saw Monday. Value will be much more difficult to come by, and there’s a pretty steep drop-off after the first couple of studs. Here’s your cheat sheet for each position:
Target worth paying up for: Kemba Walker ($8,500) at CLE (19th)
After a tough start from the field in his first two games with Boston, Walker’s heated up, scoring at least 32 points in three straight games. With 49 or more DKFP in each of the past three, Walker’s in a strong spot against an inexperienced Cleveland backcourt.
Best value: Markelle Fultz ($4,000) at OKC (25th)
Fultz has shown some promise this season and is in the starting lineup. On a thin slate for value at PG, Fultz has some upside in a good matchup for guards.
Fultz is the upside play at PG, but if you need more reliable options, consider paying up a bit more for Marcus Smart ($5,700) or Devonte’ Graham ($5,400). If you prefer the value at forward, you could lock in LeBron James ($9,600) at PG and use the frontcourt value.
Target worth paying up for: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($7,000) vs. ORL (26th)
SG offers even fewer options than PG, but Gilgeous-Alexander has been a bright spot for the Thunder this season. Gilgeous-Alexander has been the shot-maker for this team, hitting eight or more field goals in all but one of OKC’s games. The scoring upside gives him a safe floor, and we know the minutes will be there. The Magic are a good matchup for guards.
Best value: Jeremy Lamb ($6,100) at CHA (8th)
There are a lot of solid mid-priced plays and not much bottom of the barrel value on this slate. Lamb’s been playing a huge role for the Pacers on the perimeter and has a revenge matchup against his former team in this one.
The only place to pay down at SG will be with the Lakers. Avery Bradley (leg) has been ruled out. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($3,400) has some upside as the starter, and we could see some extra run for Danny Green ($3,900).
Target worth paying up for: LeBron James ($9,600) at CHI (24th)
We finally saw some vintage LeBron over the weekend. After the slow start, James went for 92.5 DKFP against the Mavericks and then 62.25 DKFP against the Spurs. His salary is down $300 from what he was priced at in Dallas, so there’s no reason to lay off rostering him, particularly on a slate lacking star power. The Bulls have been awful on defense so far this season.
Best value: Otto Porter ($4,300) vs. LAL (14th)
Porter is probable to play through an ankle injury, and assuming he does, he’s just too underpriced. The Bulls have been a disappointment so far, but Porter flashed in his past two games prior to getting hurt against the Pacers on Sunday. He was averaging 32 DKFP in 29 minutes in his previous two games, and we should see a fast-paced game here.
James should be a staple in lineups, but there are plenty of viable plays at SF. KCP and Green are both SF-eligible, and the Celtics still will be without Jaylen Brown (illness).
Target worth paying up for: Anthony Davis ($10,000) at CHI (30th)
Davis’ ceiling has been a little limited during James’ hot streak, but he still has yet to score fewer than 45 DKFP with the Lakers. The Bulls are terrible against big men, which should give Davis a higher ceiling in this one. AD shouldn’t be sitting at his cheapest price point of the season in this matchup.
Best value: Jabari Parker ($5,000) vs. SAS (27th)
Trae Young ($9,200) returns for the Hawks, which will take shot attempts away from the rest of Atlanta’s scorers. But the loss of John Collins to suspension opens up plenty of frontcourt minutes for players like Parker. Parker’s minutes should go up, and what he loses in scoring upside in Young’s return, he could gain in rebounding upside.
Normally center is the key position on slates, but there isn’t that must-play option that’s only center eligible on this slate. AD and the option I listed at center are worth paying up for, as is Kevin Love ($8,800), who’s been on top of his game lately. But the bottom line is the PF/C eligibility for all these guys makes fitting what you want pretty simple.
Target worth paying up for: LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,800) as ATL (4th)
Aldridge is at his cheapest salary of the season, and while it’s due to some lackluster fantasy outings, this could be a breakout spot. He gets to face a Collins-less Atlanta frontcourt, which shouldn’t present much of a challenge. This could be the perfect time to capitalize on the slow start from Aldridge if you need to save some cash off Davis and Love.
Best value: Alex Len ($4,100) vs. SAS (10th)
The opposite end of the spectrum here is capitalizing on the Atlanta value. Parker should be the more popular play, but Len should see a pretty sizable boost in minutes out of necessity here.
The big thing we’re waiting for is the statuses of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner (see below). If one plays, he will be in a terrific spot against Charlotte. If both play, then they’re too expensive to pay for. If neither play, then we’ll have some serious value on the board for Indy.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
Domantas Sabonis (calf)
Myles Turner (ankle)
Steven Adams (knee)
Will Barton (toe)
Derrick Jones Jr. (groin)
Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb)
Justise Winslow (back)
Kyle Kuzma (ankle)
Nerlens Noel (ankle)
Otto Porter (ankle)
Alex Len (rib)
Robert Williams (hip)
Enes Kanter (knee)
John Collins (suspension)
Jaylen Brown (illness)
Avery Bradley (leg)
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