This article breaks down NBA options for tonight by which three players are the best option for your lineup at each position. It will cross over multiple salary tiers and doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive players but rather the guys you want to target for your DraftKings lineups!
TOP 3 POINT GUARDS
|PG||Michael Carter Williams||MIL||WAS||$5,900|
- Thunder-Pelicans has the highest projected point total tonight with 219 and Russell Westbrook ($11,200) will be involved in plenty of that offense. The Bucks have allowed a lot of assists to Point Guards recently which could benefit John Wall but other than that they’ve been good at slowing them down. Westbrook had his triple-double streak snapped but did just post a 29/8/8 line against a similarly weak Phoenix team.
- Jrue Holiday ($6,800) has had 20+ points with 9 assists and 6 rebounds in back to back games. Tyreke Evans isn’t coming back anytime soon and probably ever, so Holiday is locked in for 30+ minutes a game. He has multiple steals in 4 of his last 5 games and the Thunder have allowed the most steals to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks.
- His scoring has been inconsistent but over his last 5 games Michael Carter Williams ($5,900) is averaging 6 rebounds/assists and 1 steal per game and shooting over 50%. The Wizards have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks including the most scoring points.
Top 3 Shooting Guards
- The Wizards have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and Khris Middleton ($6,900) has made at least 2 three pointers in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s scored over 20 in two of those games despite only shooting 35% and has at least 5 rebounds in 7 of his last 8. Until he gets his stroke back he may be tough to roster.
- Bradley Beal ($6,500) has returned to the starting lineup and scored 20+ points in 3 straight games. His rebounds/assists will never be plentiful but he does have at least 1 steal in 3 of his last 4 games. The Bucks have allowed the most fantasy points and 4th most three pointers made to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks so Beal could be in a good spot to make it rain tonight.
- Dion Waiters ($4,600) is as inconsistent as they come but is in a good spot tonight against the Pelicans. They’ve allowed the 2nd most three pointers made to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and that’s about the only thing Waiters does well. He does have a steal in 4 straight games including 3 of 4 with 3 steals but if not for a short slate he wouldn’t be on the radar.
Top 3 Small Forwards
- Kevin Durant ($10,400) has put up at least 52 fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games in addition to making 16 three pointers. His points and rebounds have been there all year but recently his blocks and steals have gone crazy. He should be able to do plenty of damage against Dante Cunningham and Alonzo Gee and the Pelicans have allowed the 8th most three pointers made to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks.
- The Wizards allow a high number of scoring and rebounds to Small Forwards and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7,100) can provide both in bunches. The Bucks have spread out the ball more recently which has hurt his scoring average but his defense has been great. He has multiple steals in 4 of his last 5 games and at least 1 block.
- The Bucks have allowed the 4th most scoring points and 2nd most three pointers made to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks. Otto Porter ($5,500) has at least 13 points in back to back games and at least 2 three pointers made. He has a steal in 5 straight games including 2 games with 4 and John Wall’s double-digit assist streak makes him an attractive option.
Top 3 Power Forwards
- The Thunder are a solid team against Power Forwards but the fast pace and transition nature should help Anthony Davis ($9,700) find a groove. He struggled against the big men of Utah but before that had 20+ points in 6 straight games. The Pelicans are injured all over and need a big game every night from Davis to compete and he knows it.
- Ryan Anderson ($5,700) only shot 3-10 from the field last night but is still the #1 bench scorer in the NBA with 17 per game. The Thunder have allowed the 9th most three pointers made and aside from Serge Ibaka, have big men that like to stay in the paint. Anderson should be able to find space on the perimeter and launch a bunch of three’s before the break.
- Jabari and Nene can’t be relied on and Serge Ibaka ($5,300) has shown a fair amount of flashes of his former self lately. In his last 4 games he’s averaging 11/6 with 3 blocks and shooting over 50% from the field. Davis and Asik defend the paint well but if Serge makes his baseline jumpers and runs in transition he can be very effective.
Top 3 Centers
- The Wizards have allowed the 5th most scoring points to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Greg Monroe ($7,000) is coming off a 29/12 performance against the Celtics. He has over 20 points in 7 of his last 9 games and is averaging a double-double over his last 4. Washington won’t be able to slow him down on offense and his defense has been great as well with a block/steal in 3 of his last 4 games.
- Marcin Gortat ($6,700) has been solid but not spectacular all season long. The Bucks are middle of the pack defending Centers but Gortat’s consistency on the boards has been hard to slow down. He has 10+ rebounds in 7 of his last 10 games and scored in double-figures in 8 of those. Gortat’s defense has been very underrated and he has at least 1 block in 9 of his last 10.
- The Pelicans have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Steven Adams ($4,300) has played over 30 minutes in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s far from reliable on offense but is a great rebounder and becoming a strong defender in the paint for the Thunder. He has at least 1 block in 3 of his last 5 and 1 steal in 4 of 5 and will be relied on to slow The Brow down all game.