Following a light Monday slate, Tuesday has a larger slate than usual in the NBA, with eight games. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($10,300) at TOR (6th)
The Hawks are 12.5-point dogs in Toronto, and I think that may scare some people away from playing Young. The Hawks have been competitive in a pair of meetings against Toronto this season, and the main reason has been Young as he’s averaging 68.8 DKFP in this matchup. Young’s scored 73 or more DKFP twice in his past three games.
Best value: Delon Wright ($4,100) vs. PHX (25th)
Wright’s been hot lately, getting more playing time over the past few games. Averaging 30.2 DKFP in 28.7 minutes per game over his past three, Wright has a good matchup to keep rolling. He scored 18 DKFP in 14 minutes earlier in the year against Phoenix and could see twice the minutes in this game.
With Darius Garland resting, Dante Exum ($3,100) is a value addition at PG/SG. There’s a ton of value in the backcourt, which should also allow you to fit the pay up plays. Luka Doncic ($12,000) is a very strong play against the Suns, but Young stands out a little more to me at the discount.
Target worth paying up for: Bradley Beal ($8,300) at MIL (5th)
This spot gets a little easier for Beal with Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder) ruled out for the Bucks, limiting the blowout potential. After a stretch of down games lowered Beal’s salary significantly, he’s now gone for over 50 DKFP in three straight.
Best value: Mikal Bridges ($3,900) at DAL (30th)
Bridges is averaging 23.5 DKFP in 32.5 minutes per game over his past five, and that includes a 6.5-DKFP dud. He also scored 12 DKFP in 16 minutes against the Mavs earlier in the season. Like Wright, Bridges could see twice as much run this time around.
Getting Beal into a game stack with all the Bucks values could make a lot of sense if that game winds up close. But the value plays, even outside of Milwaukee, are all over this slate.
Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($7,600) at CLE (11th)
Ingram’s been poor in all three games since Zion Williamson ($7,200) made his debut, scoring 30 or fewer DKFP in each. But his salary’s now down $1,400, and he gets his best matchup yet against Cleveland. Look for a bounce-back game for Ingram.
Best value: Khris Middleton ($7,000) vs. WAS (28th)
Milwaukee will be full of value plays, without its best player against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. You can really roster five or more Bucks players across your lineups and none would be considered bad plays. Middleton elevates to the No. 1 option, which makes him the safest play of the bunch. The matchup should also help him, but this will be a chalky play.
Middleton is a tough fade on this slate. Given the matchup without Giannis, he’s arguably $3,000 underpriced. The shorthanded Celtics are the only other place I’d consider pivoting to outside of Ingram.
Target worth paying up for: Pascal Siakam ($8,000) vs. ATL (21st)
Siakam’s salary is on the rise coming off a 53 DKFP performance against the Spurs. While he scored just 30 DKFP in Atlanta last week, Siakam did go for 50 DKFP in an earlier game in this matchup. He feels like a solid play to pay up for, although maybe not among the elite.
Best value: Ersan Ilyasova ($3,300)
This is always your Giannis-less plug and play. Take the 10X potential in cash and tournaments.
Again, free square here in Ilyasova. Overall, I think the PF position is one of the weakest on the slate, which makes rostering him even more valuable. Alfonzo McKinnie ($3,000) is a potential value with Garland out.
Target worth paying up for: Nikola Jokic ($10,200) at MEM (12th)
Jokic has topped 60 DKFP in consecutive games for the shorthanded Nuggets. He’s averaging 46 DKFP in this matchup this season, but those games came with Denver at full strength. Against a fast paced Memphis squad, look for Joker to keep rolling.
Best value: Marquese Chriss ($4,300) at PHI (16th)
With Willie Cauley-Stein traded, Chriss is averaging over 24 DKFP in his past three games. His salary is creeping up, but he still makes for good value if you’re pivoting off Milwaukee plays.
Brook Lopez ($4,800) is the plug-and-play on the Bucks, but I don’t think he’s as must-play as some of the others. Cody Zeller ($4,100) is another fair value, going up against the Knicks frontcourt.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
Joel Embiid (finger)
Kristaps Porzingis (knee)
Kendrick Nunn (Achilles)
Kevin Porter Jr. (knee)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle)
Javonte Green (knee)
Patrick McCaw (nose)
Luka Doncic (ankle)
Ricky Rubio (ankle)
Jayson Tatum (groin)
Jae Crowder (knee)
Bruno Fernando (calf)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder)
Jamal Murray (ankle)
Josh Richardson (hamstring)
RJ Barrett (ankle)
Darius Garland (rest)
Jordan McRae (ankle)
Enes Kanter (hip)
Paul Millsap (knee)
Alex Len (hip)
Cameron Johnson (quad)
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