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
- The Heat have been pretty stingy against Point Guards lately and all Russell Westbrook ($11,000) does everytime he plays is score 50+ fantasy points. He once again came incredibly close to a triple-double last game and has at least 11 assists in 8 of his last 10 games. The Mavericks slow the pace of opposing Point Guards but Westbrook has scored at least 23 points in 5 of his last 6 so good luck with that.
- John Wall ($9,300) has seen his scoring fluctuate lately but his assists have been on points. At least 10 of them in 7 of his last 9 games and the Bulls are allowing over 8 per game to Point Guards. Wall has put up at least 2 steals in 7 of his last 10 games and not only are the Bulls riddled with injuries but they’re also allowing the 5th most steals to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks.
- The Warriors have been an absolutle sieve against Point Guards in the last 3 weeks, giving up 67 fantasy points (1st) and letting literally every stat box fill up. Goran Dragic ($6,400) has scored 24 points in back to back games and is putting up consistent rebound/assist numbers like the playmaker he was supposed to be all year.
- Jordan Clarkson ($5,600) has attempted at least 5 three pointers in 4 straight games and made 13 of them in that span. His assist numbers will always be in question but lately his defense has been great. At least 1 steal in 6 straight games and the Grizzlies are working through a new backcourt rotation.
- Patty Mills ($4,600) has picked up the slack from missing Manu Ginobli and has hit at least 3 three pointers in 3 of his last 4 games. The Kings have allowed the 6th most three pointers made to Point Guards and this game has the highest projected point total of the night.
Top 5 Shooting Guards
- DeMar DeRozan ($7,300) has been struggling from deep but still scoring 20+ points as consistently as anyone in the NBA. The Timberwolves have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and allow a pretty high pace. DeRozan has been very aggressive getting to the free throw line with over 10 per game and should be able to draw plenty of fouls against the inexperienced T-Wolves.
- The Warriors have struggled against Shooting Guards too allowing the 4th most fantasy points to them and although Dwyane Wade ($6,900) struggled bigtime against the Pacers he still put up 21 field goal attempts. Goran Dragic’s improved play has opened up the Heat offense and Wade is still doing it with rebounds/steals as well.
- Kobe Bryant ($5,800) is always a risky play but Mamba is guaranteed to huck up some serious attempts and that is always wonderful. The Grizzlies will likely send out Matt Barnes against him but without their bench depth Kobe should find plenty of space. Before the All-Star break he was putting up 10+ three point attempts per game and even with a hurting finger he’s still got a chance to let it fly.
- The Knicks have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to Shooting guards over the last 3 weeks and are struggling bigtime under new coach Kurt Rambis. Monta Ellis ($5,800) has scored at least 20 points in 2 of his last 3 games and put up solid rebounding and three pointer numbers. It could become a PG-13 vs Melo showdown but Monta always has a way of stealing some spotlight.
- Over the last 5 games E’Twaun Moore ($5,400) has seen his minutes increase by 12 per game and his fantasy points improve by 11. He’ll never be a superstar but he’s proven to be a solid piece in place of Jimmy Butler and is one of those guys that can have 20/7/7 with a block, steal, and three pointer any given night.. and for incredibly cheap money.
Top 5 Small Forwards
- The Hornets have been turning over the ball like crazy to Small Forwards lately and LeBron James ($9,600) has at least 3 steals in back to back games. He struggled from the field last game out but before that was averaging just about a triple double with 25 points so there’s no reason to think he won’t have a big game against a weak Charlotte squad.
- Carmelo Anthony ($8,500) is averaging 46.6 fantasy points over his last 5 games and that’s what the Pacers have allowed to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks. Melo has grabbed at least 11 rebounds in 3 of his last 4 games and the Pacers allow the 7th most so if he can throw in 5+ assists it could be another great Melo Wednesday!
- Chandler Parsons ($6,400) won’t be shutting down Kevin Durant defensively but he should be able to almost keep up with him offensively. He’s been one of the Mavericks only reliable shooters this season and is shooting over 60% from the field and three over his last 2 games. The high pace will suit him well and getting out of position on defense so much might end up helping him with more rebounding.
- Tobias Harris ($6,000) put up 30 fantasy points in his first start with the Pistons and that should only continue to grow. The 76ers have been solid against Small Forwards but weak in the defensive categories so Harris has a good chance for a high rebounding/steal/block night.
- With Courtney Lee and Jeff Green gone Matt Barnes ($5,000) has seen a big increase in playing time. The Lakers have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the past 3 weeks and Barnes will surely add in at least a steal/block against Old Man Mamba.
Top 5 Power Forwards
- DeMarcus Cousins ($10,900) likely won’t get slowed down by LaMarcus Aldridge or Tim Duncan and with Rondo’s continued assist pace, has a great matchup with San Antonio. The Spurs have allowed the 6th most rebounds and 3rd most steals to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Boogie has at least 37 points in back to back games.
- The Lakers have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Zach Randolph ($6,900) is picking up the slack with Marc Gasol out for the year. His rebounding has stayed below double digits but his assists and steals have been up. Julius Randle can bang in the post but only for so long with a big body like Z-Bo.
- Gorgui Dieng ($6,700) has played over 35 minutes in his last 5 games and averaging 11 rebounds in that span. The Raptors have slowed down big men well recently but have been weak on the glass and with so much attention on Anthony-Towns, Dieng and his effective shooting could greatly benefit.
- Myles Turner ($5,800) has come back to Earth a little bit but still producing amazing stuff for such a raw rookie. He has 11 blocks in his last 3 games along with at least 5 rebounds in each, and scored in double-figures in 7 straight games. He’s now playing 30 minutes a game and he plays with seemingly endless energy.
- The Mavericks have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Serge Ibaka ($5,500) has played great recently. His defense has come alive with at least 3 blocks in 3 of his last 4 and is getting over 15 field goal attempts too. Neither Zaza or Dirk can run with him and this pace will be very high.
Top 5 Centers
- Karl Anthony-Towns ($8,800) has at least 40 fantasy points in 4 straight games and over 54 in 2 of those. The Raptors have been great against Power Forwards but weak against Centers allowing the 3rd most fantasy points over the last 3 weeks. KAT should have no problem feasting on dinosaur tonight.
- The Warriors are allowing over 20 rebounds to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Hassan Whiteside ($7,600) could grab that many in his sleep. There’s been a lot of trash talk between Whiteside and Draymond Green so there will likely be an added edge tonight.. and the Warriors allowing the most fantasy points to Centers makes it a tasty matchup for Whiteside.
- The Bulls have been middle of the pack against Centers but Marcin Gortat ($6,800) is averaging 18/10 with 2 blocks in his last 4 games. Even before the All-Star break Gortat was racking up double-doubles with ease and he also has at least 20 points in 2 of his last 4 games.
- Jonas Valanciunas ($6,000) may have trouble getting a big rebounding night going against KAT and Dieng but the T-Wolves have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks. He has at least 1 block in 6 straight games and added 20+ points in 2 of his last 3.
- The Kings have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Tim Duncan ($5,000) is fully worked back into the Spurs rotation now. This game has the highest projected point total and Duncan has 16 rebounds in his last 2 games along with 4 blocks and 3 assists. Boogie will take on Aldridge in the post which leaves Timmy open for elbow jumpers all night long.