This article breaks down NBA options for tonight by which five 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!


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TOP 5 POINT GUARDS

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PGRussell Westbrook OKCWAS$11,000
PGKyle LowryTORDEN$8,700
PGJrue HolidayNOMEM$7,400
PGKyrie IrvingCLEIND$6,600
PGEmmanuel MudiayDENTOR$5,500

  • Russell Westbrook ($11,000) put up 57.25 fantasy points last time he played after a triple-double and the matchup is favorable for Westbrook tonight. Over the last 3 weeks the Wizards have allowed Point Guards to score the most points and make the most 3 pointers. It will be an extremely fast paced game and is the highest projected point total of the night.

Russell Westbrook last 5 following triple double

  • The Nuggets are the 3rd worst team defending opposing Point Guards and have allowed the 2nd most assists to them over the last 3 weeks. Kyle Lowry ($8,700) somehow got blanked on dimes last game but has been consistently scoring 21/5/5 in the handful of games before that. Blowout potential is the only thing to worry about with Lowry tonight.
  • Jrue Holiday ($7,400) has been coming off the bench but racking up stats everytime he does. He has at least 7 assists in 8 of his last 9 games and taken over the primary scoring role on the 2nd unit. The Grizzlies defend Point Guards well but Holiday has 25+ points in 3 straight games and will have the freedom to shoot at will tonight.
  • Kyrie Irving ($6,600) is facing a team that allows the 4th highest pace and 4th highest scoring to opposing Point Guards… that should greatly benefit the now up-tempo Cavaliers. Kyrie is a corpse from 3 point range right now but the new ball movement is helping him distribute and score better. He’s averaging 24 points and 4 assists in his last 2 games.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,500) followed up a 20 point game by only dropping 11, but did have 8 assists and 5 rebounds. The Nuggets have many peaks and valleys with their gameplay but no matter how it goes, Mudiay is at the center of it. Over the last 3 weeks the Raptors have allowed the 6th most points and 2nd most assists to Point Guards.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGDeMar DeRozan TORDEN$8,100
SGKhris MiddletonMILSAC$7,100
SGRodney HoodUTACHI$6,000
SGEvan Fournier ORLSA$4,900
SGGarrett TempleWASOKC$4,700

  • The Nuggets have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the past few weeks and DeMar DeRozan ($8,100) has at least 26 points in back to back games. Denver plays at a fast pace and their shorter backcourt may have trouble keeping up with DeRozan. He doesn’t do a ton outside of shooting although he does have at least 1 steal in 7 of his last 8 games.
  • Khris Middleton ($7,100) put up a real stinker last time out but it was his first game under 35 fantasy points in his last 5 contests. The Kings allow the most 3 pointers made to Shooting Guards in addition to the 6th most fantasy points overall in the last 3 weeks.
  • Rodney Hood ($6,000) continued his scoring streak with his 3rd straight game over 20 points Friday night. He’s posted 4 assists in back to back games and is still shooting 50% from deep over his last 4. The Bulls are middle of the pack defending Shooting Guards and he may draw Jimmy Butler on defense, although the Jazz will need him to score 20+ to have a shot in this one.
  • Bigtime blowout potential tonight which means Evan Fournier ($4,900) could have a bigger role. He does need hit his 3’s to be effective and is shooting 13-28 over his last 5 games. San Antonio is the 2nd best defense against Shooting Guards but do allow an above average number of 3 pointers to be made.
  • Garrett Temple ($4,700) is still playing big minutes even with Bradley Beal returning and has been playing very well running with John Wall. The high pace should suit him well as he’s a great transition 3 shooter and has at least 14 field goal attempts in back to back games. Westbrook vs Wall can’t happen the entire game and Temple should see lots of open looks tonight.


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFLeBron JamesCLEIND$9,700
SFDanilo GallinariDENTOR$7,100
SFRudy GaySACMIL$6,800
SFJeff GreenMEMNO$5,300
SFStanley JohnsonDETBKN$4,200

  • The rebounding surge by Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson has hurt LeBron James ($9,700) slightly but not that much. He has at least 7 assists in 6 straight games and scored at least 20 points in all of those. James has seen more fastbreaks in the last two weeks and clearly the Cavs are enjoying Tyronn Lue’s new style.
  • At least 23 points in 3 straight for Danilo Gallinari ($7,100) all while shooting above 50%. Danilo has been way more aggressive on offense and benefited in the form of more free throws. The more he’s taken, the better he’s played and overall his new toughness on the glass has made him more dynamic. Toronto limits the pace of Small Forwards but he should have room to drive the paint tonight.
  • Rudy Gay ($6,800) may see an uptick in usage with Boogie Cousins out/banged up but either way has been scoring very efficiently lately. He’s averaging 20/8 shooting 54% from the field and 60% from 3. He’s doing it on defense too with at least 1 block in 4 straight games.
  • Jeff Green ($5,300) may be the Grizzlies best player right now and it’s been out of nowhere. He’s averaging 20 points over the last 10 days and shooting 55% in that span. The Pelicans are stingy against Small Forwards but are thinned out with recent injuries. Green is seeing more production coming off the bench than starting and will take a good matchup against a weak 2nd Pelicans unit.
  • The Nets have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Stanley Johnson ($4,200) has received 25+ minutes in 3 straight games along with double-digit field goal attempts. He’s not a central part of the offense but gets himself involved somehow whenever he’s in. He has a steal in 4 straight games and 4 rebounds in 2 straight.


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFKevin LoveCLEIND$7,300
PFDerrick FavorsUTACHI$6,600
PFKenneth FariedDENTOR$5,900
PFTristan ThompsonCLEIND$5,300
PFJordan HillINDCLE$4,800

UPDATE: DeMarcus Cousins is OUT tonight with an ankle injury.

  • The Pacers allow the fewest 3 pointers made to Power Forwards but Kevin Love ($7,300) is also facing a team that allows the 4th most fantasy points overall to them. That includes the most scoring and 3rd most rebounds, so Love shouldn’t have a problem nearing a double-double tonight.
  • Derrick Favors ($6,600) looked strong in his last game with 20/9 and gets a matchup with a team struggling on the glass. Rudy Gobert is always a threat to vulture rebounds but Favors is the better offensive option. If Gobert is matched up with Gasol, Favors could be looking at a high scoring night.
  • Kenneth Faried ($5,900) may struggle to score tonight but he’s still a huge threat for 10+ rebounds. He has 2 double-doubles in his last 3 games and has a higher rebounding average at home.
  • Tyronn Lue seems to be sticking with Tristan Thompson ($5,300) at Center and that means big minutes/rebounds should continue for Thompson. He’ll need to get a few offensive rebound putbacks to score double-digits but he’s also recently shown to be capable pulling off moves in the post. The Pacers are weak in the middle right now and the Cavs are surging.
  • Jordan Hill ($4,800) gets the start in place of Ian Mahinmi but draws a tough matchup. The price and garbage time stat potential make this interesting as does Hill’s 20 point, 7 rebound, 6 block game last time out. Hill is averaging 12/8 when he starts and could benefit from all eyes being on Monta Ellis and PG-13 tonight.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CPau GasolCHIUTA$8,800
CBrook LopezBKNDET$7,400
CZaza PachuliaDALATL$5,800
CMyles TurnerINDCLE$5,800
CEnes KanterOKCWAS$5,100

  • Paul Gasol ($8,800) has hovered around 50 fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games and over the last 5 is averaging 20/13/5. He has to deal with two very tall men in Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors but the offense is all running through him right now. He’s like Andre Drummond but with assists/the ability to shoot Free Throws too.
  • The Pistons are allowing the most fantasy points and most blocks to Centers over the last 3 weeks. Brook Lopez ($7,400) had 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks in his last game and consistently getting over 20 field goal attempts. Lopez may score less against Andre Drummond but his contributions across the board will be there.
  • Zaza Pachulia ($5,800) has at least 12 rebounds in back to back games leading to 30+ fantasy point efforts. Zaza’s former team the Hawks allow the most rebounds to Centers over the last 3 weeks and it should be a double-digit scoring night for Zaza as well.
  • Flavor of the week Myles Turner ($5,800) might end up being the flavor of the year. He’s averaging 17/7 with 3 blocks in his last 5 games and clearly becoming a huge part of the Pacers attack. With Mahinmi out, Turner becomes the Pacers #1 bigman and despite the tough matchup with Cleveland, is too cheap to pass up.
  • Back to back performances with 20+/10 and a fast paced game make Enes Kanter ($5,100) a happy boy. It’s still a wonder why he doesn’t play more than Steven Adams but lately his offensive production has been key. The Wizards allow Centers to score the most points and play at the highest pace, Kanter digs it.