Tuesday’s just a four-game slate in the NBA, but it’s loaded with star power. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
BETS TO CONSIDER
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Target worth paying up for: Damian Lillard ($10,300) at DEN (8th)You never want to overpay in DFS, but when you’re hot, you’re hot. Lillard’s now ripped off six straight games of 70 or more DKFP. Playing in Denver isn’t the best matchup, but he’s been matchup-proof during this run.
Best value: Austin Rivers ($3,600) vs. CHA (21st)Russell Westbrook (thumb) isn’t expected to play, which opens up plenty of backcourt minutes. Rivers had 33.5 DKFP in 41 minutes the last time Westbrook sat out. The home matchup against Charlotte, who played last night, is also helpful.
Positional StrategyFitting Dame with James Harden ($12,000) will be the big question for most. If you don’t have the value to do it, PG has plenty of mid-range value to help you out. All of the Pelicans feel too cheap, especially Jrue Holiday ($6,900).
Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($12,000) vs. CHA (21st)Russ-less slates generally mean Harden’s the first piece you lock into your lineup. He finally broke out of his cold streak, scoring at least 70 DKFP in consecutive games now. Even with his salary back to usual, he’s worth rostering.
Best value: Malik Monk ($4,300) at HOU (29th)Monk’s showed the ability to put up some big games, and the matchup against Houston should help his ceiling. Monk’s been more involved lately, including 48 DKFP against the Bucks. This just feels like his style of game.
Positional StrategyHarden and the Rockets make it pretty easy to roster guards when Westbrook is out. Going away from Houston would be pretty contrarian.
Target worth paying up for: LeBron James ($10,100) vs. SAS (21st)In two games against the Spurs this season, LeBron’s averaging 63.3 DKFP. San Antonio is coming off a rough loss last night to the Clippers, and the L.A. back-to-back has not been kind to the road team this season.
Best value: Miles Bridges ($5,300) at HOU (29th)Bridges has potentially turned a corner this season, averaging 38.3 DKFP over 36 minutes in his last three games. The matchup against Houston shouldn’t slow him down, and at his price point, he’s a nice pivot play off of players I’d expect to be more popular.
Positional StrategySF isn’t as deep of a position, but people will look for the easy way out with Eric Gordon ($5,300). And while Gordon is a fine play, I do think the pivot away from Rockets to players like Bridges makes sense in tournaments.
Target worth paying up for: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,400) at NO (8th)Giannis didn’t get to face New Orleans the first time these teams played this season, but the pace should obviously be in his favor. He’s been a very safe play lately with at least 60 DKFP in four straight and has missed the triple-double bonus by an assist two games in a row.
Best value: Jerami Grant ($5,700) vs. POR (15th)Grant has been thriving in Denver’s run down frontcourt, and it doesn’t look like any key bodies will be back for this game. Grant will see plenty of run, and he provides 30-40 DKFP upside. There just isn’t anyone else to take the minutes, which helps make him so safe.
Positional StrategyPF has all types of tiers to target, so this is a deep position on a four-gamer. LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,200) and Brandon Ingram ($7,000) are too cheap, and P.J. Tucker ($4,400) and Danuel House ($5,100) will both be popular plays with Westbrook off the floor.
Target worth paying up for: Anthony Davis ($9,300) vs. SAS (28th)The Spurs are terrible defending bigs this season, and as I mentioned, they’re playing on one of the tougher back-to-backs in the NBA. AD is averaging just over 50 DKFP against San Antonio this season, but at this discount, that actually makes for a decent value.
Best value: Cody Zeller ($5,200) at HOU (12th)Zeller’s been playing really well lately for the Hornets, and it’ll be key for him that he won’t have to match up with Clint Capela (heel) in this game. Look for Zeller to have some success against the smaller Houston lineup.
Positional StrategyCenter’s pretty loaded, especially with players eligible at multiple positions. You shouldn’t have to look too hard. Nikola Jokic ($10,000) is also still a very safe floor play with Denver’s injuries.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEJamal Murray (ankle)
Austin Rivers (illness)
PJ Washington (ankle)
PROBABLEAnthony Davis (shoulder)
Alex Caruso (neck)
Pat Connaughton (ankle)
DOUBTFULRussell Westbrook (thumb)
OUTClint Capela (heel)
Michael Porter Jr. (ankle)
Paul Millsap (knee)
George Hill (hamstring)
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