Due to an unusual start to the week with a heavy slate on Sunday and just three games on Monday, the NBA has a robust nine-game fantasy basketball slate for this Tuesday. The slate is loaded with star power with a dozen players checking in with salaries of $9K or more. Some of those players have better matchups than others and many are dealing with injuries, so make sure to check out each matchup and situation as you lock in your lineup.
You can keep up with all the latest news on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com leading up to tip-off. Here are my favorite plays at each price point and position for this Tuesday.
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
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StudRussell Westbrook, HOU vs. MIN, $10,100 — You could definitely make the case that no team in the NBA needs a win more than the Rockets right now, having dropped four in a row and trying to make their ultra-small lineup combinations work. Westbrook only played one of their back-to-back set this weekend but struggled to just 24 points and 39 DKFP in a 20-point loss to Orlando. However, despite Houston’s struggles, I think Westbrook is set up for a big night tonight against the Timberwolves. Minnesota has been the most generous matchup for opposing PG this season. The Timberwolves’ team defense has allowed over 110 points in 18 of their past 19 contests and has given up an average of 126.6 points over their past 10 contests. Westbrook has a great history against them and posted 56.5 DKFP and 69.5 DKFP in his first two games against them this year after putting up 56.75 DKFP, 59.75 DKFP, 66.25 DKFP and 67.5 DKFP against them in four meetings last season. His 39 DKFP against Orlando was his lowest production in 35 games and he averaged 54.2 DKFP in his nine previous contests. He should be able to bounce back in a big way and help Houston get back on track. Since both teams play high-scoring styles, you’ll want to make sure to have exposure to this matchup.
Other Options — Ricky Rubio ($7,500), Elfrid Payton ($6,300)
ValueDerrick White, SA vs. DAL, $4,600 — The injuries are continuing to pile up for the Spurs with Dejounte Murray (calf) the latest player to go down, joining Jakob Poeltl (knee) and LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) on the sideline. White should get increased run with Murray out and has had success when given a larger role. He started against Brooklyn last week and had 19 points and 32.5 DKFP in 28 minutes and has over 23 DKFP in eight of his past 10 contests. He should be able to get to 5x value fairly comfortably with extra playing time, and there aren’t many great bargain options at the bottom of the PG-pool on this slate.
Other Options — Shabazz Napier ($5,600), Matthew Dellavedova ($4,000)
StudCollin Sexton, CLE at CHI, $7,000 — While big names like James Harden ($11,300) and Bradley Beal ($10,200) offer immense upside, you don’t have to pay all the way up to the top to get 50-DKFP potential. Sexton has a great matchup against the Bulls and has raised his game to the next level in the absence of Darius Garland (groin). In the four games Garland has missed, Sexton has averaged 31.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 44.8 DKFP. He put up over 40 DKFP in all but the second night of a back-to-back, so after a day off Monday, he should be ready to carry the load for the Cavs again.
Other Options — Bradley Beal ($10,200), Marcus Smart ($6,700)
ValueDamion Lee, GS vs. LAC, $5,800 — Aside from one clunker in Denver, in which he shot just 1-for-9, Lee has been locked in with at least 29 DKFP in seven of his past eight contests. He thrived next to his brother-in-law Steph Curry ($7,800; illness, questionable) with 23 points and 37.25 DKFP against the Raptors last Thursday and then stepped up with 24 points and 36.5 DKFP to help lead the Warriors to a win over the Sixers while Curry was back on the sideline. Whether Curry plays or not against the Clippers, Lee should have a good opportunity to put up his third straight game with over 35 DKFP.
Other Options — RJ Barrett ($5,400), Justin Holiday ($3,500)
StudDeMar DeRozan, SA vs. DAL, $7,400 — Without Murray, DeRozan will likely serve as the primary creator more often for the Spurs. He already has been carrying a lot of the offense and is coming off back-to-back games with 43.25 DKFP against the Nets and 43.5 DKFP against the Cavs. The Spurs have faced off with their in-state rival three times this season and all three have been narrow losses. DeRozan had over 50 DKFP in two of those contests with 36 points and 53.5 DKFP in their first meeting and 27 points and 51.5 DKFP when the met at the end of February. As long as the Spurs keep the contest close, DeRozan has a very high ceiling against Dallas.
Other Options — LeBron James ($10,900), Caris LeVert ($7,500)
ValueOtto Porter Jr., CHI vs. CLE, $4,600 — Porter’s injury-plagued season is starting to turn around, and he dropped a season-high 23 points on Sunday, producing 38.75 DKFP in 25 minutes off the Bulls’ bench. His workload is still ramping up, but he is showing the same solid scoring and multi-category potential he had before his injuries. Look for his minutes to continue to increase in a good matchup against the Cavs, giving him nice upside for a player under $5K.
Other Options — Eric Paschall ($5,700), Dorian Finney-Smith ($3,700)
StudJulius Randle, NY at WAS, $7,600 — Randle has posted double-doubles in five of his past six games, averaging 22.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 41.5 DKFP over those six contests. He has at least 44 DKFP in three of his past four games, but his production goes largely unnoticed since the Knicks are such a mess. They’ll take on the Wizards in what should be a game with plenty of fantasy points, so look to Randle for another big total. He has averaged 50.8 DKFP in his three games against Washington this season.
Other Options — Aaron Gordon ($7,900), Robert Covington ($6,200)
ValueJustin Jackson, DAL at SA, $3,200 — Jackson has played well for the Mavericks as they have gone through a little bit of an injury crisis over the past few days. He played a season-high 32 minutes against Memphis on Friday and finished with a solid 24 DKFP. He only needed 19 minutes on Sunday to best that mark, though with 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and 26 DKFP against the Pacers. Seth Curry (ankle), Jalen Brunson (shoulder) and Michael Kidd Gilchrist (illness) have already been ruled out while Finney-Smith ($3,700; hip) and Luka Doncic ($11,100; wrist) are questionable. Jackson could also take more minutes from Courtney Lee ($3,400) when everyone is healthy since he has been playing so well. It’s also worth noting that the Mavs are starting a back-to-back with a game at home against Denver Wednesday. The former-King has gone on hot streaks and been fantasy relevant in the past, and he could be a great play at a very affordable price if minutes come his way again against the Spurs.
Other Options — Trey Lyles ($5,300), Taurean Prince ($4,100)
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL at MEM, $9,100 — Vucevic has been playing extremely well lately with 40-plus DKFP in 12 of his past 13 games and over 45 in each of his past four contests. He has averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and 51.5 DKFP over those four contests. Vucevic also has a long history of success against Jonas Valanciuans ($8,200), who he’ll be going head-to-head with in Memphis. In their 20 meetings, Vucevic has averaged 16.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals, but in their past four head-to-head’s he has produced an average of 22 points, 12 boards, 4.3 assists, one block and 48.2 DKFP. With Evan Fournier (elbow) out, the rest of Orlando’s starters are picking up extra usage and scoring, so Vucevic has a high ceiling in this road matchup.
Other Options — Kristaps Porzingis ($9,300), Naz Reid ($6,000)
ValueJeff Green, HOU vs. MIN, $4,000 — We’ll finish these targets where we started by circling back to the Rockets-Timberwolves game. Green is a great value at just $4K since he has been getting more run as the Rockets try to figure things out. He has 23 DKFP, 40.5 DKFP and 26.25 DKFP in his past three games against the Clippers, Hornets and Magic. Green gives Houston some decent size and more scoring punch than many of their wing options, so look for Uncle Jeff to keep getting enough minutes to make an impact. He’s also eligible at both PF and C, giving some nice roster flexibility.
Other Options — Aron Baynes ($5,900), Maxi Kleber ($4,800)
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