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
- The Jazz have been very stingy against Point Guards recently but before the All-Star break John Wall ($9,600) was scorching hot. He has a double-double and 10+ assists in 5 straight games and multiple steals in 5 of his last 6. The Jazz are hurting in their backcourt and don’t have anyone that can keep up with wall.
- Kyrie Irving ($8,000) should feast against a Bulls team with an injured Jimmy Butler and a mediocre Derrick Rose. Kyrie has over 20 field goal attempts in 3 straight games and is much more involved offensively under Tyronn Lue. The Bulls have also allowed the 3rd most steals to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks.
- Trey Burke should be healed from his illness but Raul Neto ($4,000) seems to have carved himself a role in the Jazz rotation. He has 30+ minutes in 3 of his last 4 games and has made at least 1 three pointer in 7 straight. It also helps that the Wizards have given up the 7th most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks.
Top 3 Shooting Guards
- Rodney Hood ($6,300) was really breaking out before the All-Star game and should continue his 20+ scoring efforts against the Wizards tonight. They’ve allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards and struggle against defending 3’s on the perimeter. With Favors/Gobert dominating down low it should be another good shooting night for Hood.
- J.R. Smith ($5,500) has at least 20 points in 3 of his last 4 games and has been launching three pointers at an unbelievable rate. Over 10+ attempts in 3 of those 4 games and the recent increases in rebounds/assists make Smith a smart play against a weakened Bulls squad.
- The Spurs defend Shooting Guards well but J.J. Redick ($4,900) finds ways to shoot no matter what. He’s scored 20+ points in 3 of his last 4 and shooting over 45% from three. Offensive firepower has been hard for the Clippers to find and they will need Redick’s outside shooting to keep up with the Spurs.
Top 5 Small Forwards
- LeBron James ($9,800) has been averaging 25/10/7 over his last 3 games and that should continue against the Bulls. His all around game has been great under Tyronn Lue and his three point shooting has finally come around too. Without Jimmy Butler the Bulls will likely struggle to contain James and it should be a high assist game for the King.
- Gordon Haywayd ($7,100) has at least 20 points and 5 rebounds in 3 straight games and even with the return of Derrick Favors, has remained the top scoring option on the Jazz. The Wizards have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and that includes a high number of three pointers made.
- John Wall has been setting up everyone on the Wizards lately and Otto Porter ($5,700) has benefited greatly from it. He’s made at least 1 three pointer in 4 straight games and has at least 1 steal in 6 straight. With Wall getting Porter open looks in transition his value increases and the Jazz have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks.
Top 5 Power Forwards
- Derrick Favors ($7,000) dominated the last game before the break with 29/6/2 and should be licking his chops facing the Wizards. They’ve allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and don’t have many skilled big men that can keep up with Favors/Gobert. Blocks should be aplenty as well.
- Tristan Thompson ($5,200) is streaky and consistent all at the same time somehow. His scoring can’t be relied on but his rebounding can be and starting at Center has kept him active on the boards. The Bulls are middle of the pack defending the frontcourt but do allow a high number of offensive rebounds which are Thompson’s specialty.
- Nene Hilario ($4,100) saw his minutes decrease before the All-Star break but has still found ways to be productive. The Wizards will need him down low to battle with the towers of the Jazz and he should fairly contribute in his 25 minutes. Even in shorter time his rebound average remains around 7 and his recent aggression to the free throw line has helped his scoring too.
Top 5 Centers
- DeAndre Jordan ($7,600) is averaging 14/16 in his last 3 games and his rebounding has been pretty much matchup proof this year. The Spurs have weathered the storm without Tim Duncan and although him returning does improve their defense, DJ is too active to ignore. It’s a more important game for the Clippers and Jordan has been one of their most consistent players.
- Rudy Gobert ($6,700) has a block in 5 straight games and a double-double in 3 straight. The Wizards rely on a bunch of guys to defend the paint and if Gortat gets in foul trouble then Gobert should feast. He’s proven to be more than capable on offense and it’ll be a battle with his own teammate, not the opposing team, to grab boards tonight.
- Tim Duncan ($5,000) had the All-Star break to rest and now should be ready for full go. In a brief stint before the break Duncan put up 26 fantasy points over 18 minutes and if he gets 20+ then it should be a steal at $5k. His defensive positioning always bodes well for blocks or rebounds and for Centers under $6k he’s by far the most reliable.