Tuesday’s slate has done a pretty good job with salaries adjusting post-All-Star break. Value is tighter, and could use some news to open up some plays. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
BETS TO CONSIDER
Target worth paying up for: LeBron James ($10,700) vs. NOP (25th)It’s tough to ever give an exact reason why it’s a LeBron night. He’s averaging a solid 56 DKFP against the Pelicans this season, and he should get up for the national game against Zion. He’s a safe spot to spend up.
Best value: Coby White ($5,600) vs. OKC (20th)White’s found his stride recently, getting at least 30 minutes in each of the last four games, due to all the Bulls’ injuries. He’s scored over 39 DKFP in three of those games, including 42.75 and 49.5 DKFP in each of his last two games. I’ll keep riding the hot hand here.
Positional StrategyPG is the most open position for me. You can pay all the way up, go down to minimum priced plays, or middle with plays like White. Terry Rozier ($5,600) and Dennis Schroder ($5,700) are also in play in the mid-range.
Target worth paying up for: CJ McCollum ($9,000) vs. BOS (19th)McCollum is also a hot play to consider, but far from good value. He was $6,600 coming out of the break with Damian Lillard (groin) out, and now two games and 126.25 DKFP later, he’s the most expensive SG on the board. Could he repeat the 76-DKFP performance he had last game? Yes, which makes him a GPP consideration. But for cash, the price is too high.
Best value: Malik Monk ($4,900) at IND (2nd)Monk’s broken out a bit of late, scoring 36.5 DKFP against the Bulls and 40.5 DKFP against the Wolves. He’s also stayed above 22 DKFP in eight straight, so he’s had a safe floor.
Positional StrategySG is potentially the weakest position on the slate. There are GPP plays to consider, but I think I’d prefer to just lock in another PG that has SG eligibility.
Target worth paying up for: Jayson Tatum ($8,800) at POR (15th)Tatum’s been scorching lately, scoring at least 52 DKFP in each of his last three games. He’s been one of the most efficient players in the NBA during this mini-hot streak, and his confidence is at an all-time high. With Kemba Walker (knee) still out, look for Tatum to keep being aggressive as the obvious No. 1 option in Boston’s offense.
Best value: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($3,200) vs. NOP (25th)KCP’s seen a jump in minutes recently, and has pretty consistently been reaching 20 DKFP, even with poor shooting. New Orleans is a high ceiling matchup for him.
Positional StrategySF is a pay-up position by default since the value is pretty lacking. Brandon Ingram ($6,800) is still very cheap if you want to save on a priced up play.
Target worth paying up for: Anthony Davis ($10,300) vs. NOP (4th)AD’s dominated his former team, averaging 67.3 DKFP against them this season. He’s the Laker to pay up for if you can only fit one, even with the slight increase in salary.
Best value: PJ Washington ($4,900) at IND (17th)Like Monk, it seems the Hornets are looking to get Washington more involved as the season winds down. In two games coming out of the break, Washington’s averaging 34 DKFP in 33.5 minutes. Indy is a more difficult matchup, but one he’s proven capable of performing in already this season.
Positional StrategyPF is somewhat thin in terms of actual plays I’d roster, but the handful of plays cover a lot of price points. Charlotte could be the chalky team here.
Target worth paying up for: Nikola Jokic ($10,000) vs. DET (26th)Jokic destroyed the Pistons for 82 DKFP the first time around this season. Detroit’s rotation is changing, and Denver’s getting more bodies back, but it still sets up as a spot worth exploring Jokic’s upside.
Best value: Myles Turner ($5,000) vs. CHA (29th)Indy is down some bodies at the moment, which could mean more minutes for Turner. Turner’s been much more efficient at home this season, averaging 30 DKFP in 30 minutes. Some extra minutes against one of the worst teams in the NBA defending centers leaves high upside at a cheap salary. Turner’s dominated Charlotte this season, averaging 38.4 DKFP in a pair of games.
Positional StrategySteven Adams ($6,700) is the other play worth mentioning. He’s played fantastic lately, and the Bulls are one of the top center matchups. Daniel Theis ($4,900) is also a similar play to Turner. He’s been playing the best basketball of his career, but he has a tougher matchup in this one.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEVictor Oladipo (back)
Marquese Chriss (calf)
Draymond Green (pelvic)
Brook Lopez (back)
Bruce Brown (knee)
Wendell Carter (ankle)
Markieff Morris (recently signed)
PROBABLEAnthony Davis (calf)
OUTDamian Lillard (groin)
Kemba Walker (knee)
Jeremy Lamb (knee)
Chandler Hutchison (shoulder)
Otto Porter (foot)
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