Monday’s three-game slate was one of the tougher slates of the season to begin with, and the injury news certainly didn’t cooperate. Let’s get back on track with Tuesday’s nine-gamer. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
Target worth paying up for: Russell Westbrook ($10,100) vs. MIN (30th)Minnesota has an awful defense, particularly against the PG position. Westbrook has shredded the Wolves this season, averaging 63 DKFP in a pair of games. I’ll keep rising him in this matchup.
Best value: San Antonio Spurs vs. DAL (8th)The Spurs were already hit with some injuries, but now Dejounte Murray (calf) will be on the sidelines, opening up a ton of backcourt value. All of Derrick White ($4,600), Bryn Forbes ($3,500) and Patty Mills ($3,100) are viable options.
Positional StrategyPG is insanely deep thanks to all the value on the board. Many of the top studs on the slate are also PG-eligible, so you’ll likely play a few at different price points.
Target worth paying up for: Bradley Beal ($10,200) vs. NYK (7th)Beal’s hot streak came to a little bit of a haul against Miami, but now his salary is slightly discounted for a plus matchup against the Knicks. Beal’s had two solid games against NYK this season, and he is in position to get back on track to that 50-70 DKFP pace he’d been on in previous games.
Best Value: Aaron Holiday ($4,800) vs. BOS (17th)The Pacers are extremely beat up on the perimeter, which has left a much larger role for both Holiday brothers, but particularly Aaron. Aaron’s played at least 32 minutes in three of the last four games, but poor shooting has been holding back a big performance. As soon as he gets on track, he’s due for a big fantasy outing.
Positional StrategyWith pay up spots at PG, I’ll probably pay down at SG. There’s equally good value, but not as much upside for the studs.
Target worth paying up for: DeMar DeRozan ($7,400) vs. DAL (25th)DeRozan’s had consecutive 43 DKFP games, and now the Spurs will lose another body in Murray. DDR will be heavily leaned on against a Dallas squad he’s already averaging 46.5 DKFP against in three contests.
Best Value: Shaq Harrison ($5,000) vs. CLE (27th)Harrison’s stepped up huge over the last three games with all of the injuries in Chicago. He’s topped 30 DKFP in three straight games, including 48.5 DKFP against the Pacers. His salary’s up, but I think he’s worth it against Cleveland.
Positional StrategySF is loaded, and without the need to even spend up too much. DeRozan seems like a strong mid-priced play, and the value gets significantly cheaper than Harrison if you need it.
Target worth paying up for: Anthony Davis ($9,800) vs. BKN (4th)AD is pretty cheap, and he has a great matchup against the Nets. Brooklyn really struggles against bigs, which helped AD score 37.75 DKFP against them in 26 minutes earlier in the season. If LeBron James (groin) is sidelined, Davis is the top stud on the slate.
EDITOR’S NOTE: James (groin) plans to play in tonight’s game.
Best value: Trey Lyles ($5,300) vs. DAL (18th)Sorry to keep hammering the Spurs, but they only have so many contributing bodies at the moment. He’s flashed 40-DKFP upside with the current rotation, and more importantly, he’s a legit candidate to play 40-plus minutes.
Positional StrategyThe bigs are more wait-and-see on this slate. If LeBron is ruled out, Davis is an immediate building block in cash. If not, you can get more creative.
Target worth paying up for: Kristaps Porzingis ($9,300) at SAS (23rd)Prior to a down game on Sunday, KP had scored 50-plus DKFP in five straight, and 62-plus in three straight. He’s played very well against the Spurs this season, and if Luka Doncic (wrist) winds up out, he becomes an even stronger play.
Best value: Bobby Portis ($4,200) at WAS (13th)Portis has been a really strong value lately, despite a tough outing on Sunday against the Pistons. Prior to that, he was averaging 28 DKFP over his last three. Washington really struggles to defend the paint.
Positional StrategyPorzingis if the other cash lock if Luka is out. Like Davis, we need to wait to potentially pivot here. Center is deeper than PF, though, so plenty more options.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLELuka Doncic (wrist)
DeAndre Ayton (ankle)
Stephen Curry (illness)
Victor Oladipo (knee)
Jerome Robinson (Achilles)
Eric Gordon (knee)
Dorian Finney-Smith (hip)
Ben McLemore (illness)
Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion)
Doug McDermott (toe)
Mitchell Robinson (illness)
PROBABLEAnthony Davis (elbow)
Robert Williams (back)
Alex Caruso (hamstring)
LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder)
LeBron James (groin)
OUTZach LaVine (quad)
Jaylen Brown (hamstring)
Malcolm Brogdon (quad)
Dejounte Murray (calf)
Draymond Green (knee)
Evan Fournier (elbow)
Tristan Thompson (eye)
Seth Curry (ankle)
Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion)
Cam Johnson (mono)
Ish Smith (hamstring)
Darius Garland (groin)
Garrett Temple (ankle)
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