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
PGDamian LillardPORMIL$9,200
PGIsaiah ThomasBOSNY$7,500
PGRicky RubioMINLAL$6,500
PGJordan Clarkson LALMIN$5,500
PGZach LaVineMINLAL$5,300

  • Damian Lillard ($9,200) has struggled from long range recently but that should change tonight against the Bucks. Milwaukee allows the 5th most 3 pointers made to Point Guards along with an above average shooting percentage. Lillard has been consistently dropping 8 assists or more all month and picked up his defense which is good since the Bucks also allow the 5th most steals as well.
  • The Knicks have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and Isaiah Thomas ($7,500) has been averaging 20/6 on 45% shooting in that span. His 3 point stroke came alive last game going 5-9 and that should prove useful in the game with the highest projected point total.
  • The Lakers have gotten a little better defending Point Guards recently but they are also still the Lakers. Ricky Rubio ($6,500) racks up assists with ease but scoring is another matter. When he gets to the free throw line he becomes really effective and that could be the recipe tonight. The Lakers don’t have a rim protector and their guards are too inexperienced to keep up with Rubio’s shiftiness.
  • Jordan Clarkson ($5,500) isn’t a true Point Guard but he is dominating minutes in the Lakers backcourt. Byron Scott hates D’Angelo Russell and Kobe has a shoulder falling off so Clarkson will be seeing yet another night of controlling the ball. His assists remain low but is shooting 47% from 3 over his last 6 games. The T-Wolves have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks, including the 3rd most rebounds.
  • Zach LaVine ($5,300) is on a hotstreak right now playing 27 minutes a game and shooting 62% from the field over his last 5 games. Kevin Martin remains injured and although he is still a one-dimensional player right now, LaVine has proved he can score in bunches. The Lakers are terrible on defense and LaVine should also see some easy baskets in transition.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJames HardenHOUMIA$10,300
SGDeMar DeRozanTORPHO$8,100
SGC.J. McCollumPORMIL$6,900
SGAvery Bradley BOSNY$5,700
SGDevin BookerPHOTOR$5,600

  • Dwight Howard is out which means even more usage for the Beard James Harden ($10,300). He’s averaging 30/8/8 in his last 6 games and that doesn’t include his 33/17/14 effort against Detroit. Miami defends Small Forwards well but the highest priced player tonight usually doesn’t get stopped by anybody.
  • DeMar DeRozan ($8,100) faces a defense that has allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and has at least 10 free throw attempts in back to back games. He also has a steal in 4 straight games along with 4 assists in each of those. The Suns young guards won’t be able to stop him from driving to the paint.
  • The Bucks are a sieve all around defending Shooting Guards and allow the 2nd most fantasy points to them. C.J. McCollum ($6,900) is struggling from deep yet still averaging 21 points in his last 4 games. The Bucks also allow the most assists and 3rd most steals so it could be more than just scoring for McCollum tonight.
  • Avery Bradley ($5,700) has at least 12 three points attempts in 2 of his last 3 games and averaged 25 points in those games. He may not reach that level but his assists/steals recently still make him attractive. He’s one of the only Celtics guaranteed to get 30+ minutes and will be facing either a hobbled Jose Calderon or former D-Leaguer Langston Galloway.
  • The Raptors have allowed the fewest fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks but the Suns injuries continue to help Devin Booker ($5,600). He will have his Rookie highs and lows but overall has been consistently getting 25-30 fantasy points. The minutes and shot attempts are there, if he can grab a few rebounds/assists it will be a successful night.


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFCarmelo AnthonyNYBOS$8,400
SFGiannis AntetokounmpoMILPOR$7,300
SFTrevor ArizaHOUMIA$5,900
SFAl-Farouq AminuPORMIL$4,900
SFJustise WinslowMIAHOU$4,400

  • Carmelo Anthony ($8,400) posted 10 rebounds in back to back games and surprisingly is putting up really good assist numbers over the past few weeks. The Celtics allow the 3rd most three pointers, 4th most rebounds, and 4th most points to Small Forwards… Carmelo should enjoy the game tonight.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7,300) will have his hands full tonight as the Trailblazers allow the fewest fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks. He is coming off a game last night but the 21 year old should still have plenty of energy in those long athletic legs. Because he contributes in every stat category a good defense doesn’t necessarily mean a bad fantasy night.
  • Trevor Ariza ($5,900) will benefit from Dwight Howard being out and is averaging 18/5 with 2 steals over his last 6 games. Miami is good all around at stopping Small Forwards but Ariza will always see open looks with Harden on the floor. He’s also shooting 26-51 from deep in those 6 games and putting up at least 5 attempts.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,900) is not a reliable scorer but contributes in every other way, which is why he has a steal in 10 straight games. He’s averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds in his last 4 games along with 4 three pointers while averaging 25 minutes. The Bucks drive and draw a lot of fouls so Aminu will definitely be needed to help stop the Greek Freak.
  • Luol Deng may be a safer play but Justise Winslow ($4,400) will probably do more tonight. He has at least 25 fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games and his rebounding/hustle plays have been very consistent. The Rockets have allowed the 5th most rebounds to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Winslow is averaging 7 in his last 5 games. Winslow may also have more success driving tonight with Dwight Howard out of the paint.


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFKristaps PorzingisNYBOS$7,000
PFJulius Randle LALMIN$6,400
PFJabari ParkerMILPOR$5,300
PFMarkieff MorrisPHOTOR$4,800
PFAmare StoudemireMIAHOU$4,400

  • Kristaps Porzingis ($7,000) faces the Celtics who have allowed the most fantasy points and fastest pace to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks. Porzingod is back to Porzingis for now although it may have been an illness affecting him over the past few games. No Celtic can stop him in the paint or keep up with him on the perimeter so it may be a Godzingis kind of night in the Garden.
  • Remember when Julius Randle ($6,400) was getting double-doubles for only $5600? That was fun. He’s doubled up 5 times in his last 8 games and will see even more minutes now that Larry Nance is likely shut down for the year. He should only get more involved in the offense going forward and his hustle on the glass never stops.
  • Jabari Parker ($5,300) has at least 25 fantasy points in 3 of the last 4 games and has finally broken his shooting slump, now shooting 57% from the field over his last 6. The Trailblazers allow the 2nd most fantasy points to Power Forwards including the most steals. Parker has a steal in 3 straight games and his overall production should continue tonight.
  • The Raptors allow the fewest fantasy points to Power Forwards and Markieff Morris ($4,800) is a frustrating player to watch. Not a great recipe for success but he’s so frustrating because he could be so much better. Morris is consistent on the glass but not aggressive enough on offense. He does have 8 steals in his last 4 games along with a handful of assists so if he scores 10+ points he could provide some cheap value.
  • Amare Stoudemire ($4,400) had a double-double last game and although that shouldn’t be expected, has proven to be a serviceable big man when playing. Dwight Howard and Hassan Whiteside out help him immensely and with open paint he should thrive on the glass. He has both a steal and a block in 2 of his last 4 games.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CKarl-Anthony TownsMINLAL$7,800
CGreg MonroeMILPOR$7,000
CMason PlumleePORMIL$5,500
CGorgui DiengMINLAL$5,400
CTyson ChandlerPHOTOR$4,900

  • Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,800) is an absolute man child beast man. 50 fantasy points in 4 straight games and his usage will only go up too. The Lakers don’t have anyone that can stop him and now he’s even shooting 3’s too. This is a many rebounds and blocks kind of night for Towns as LA has allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks.
  • Greg Monroe ($7,000) put up 24/12/3 last night and has scored over 20 points in 6 straight games. He’s the Bucks most consistent player and shouldn’t have a problem dominating the Blazers frontcourt, despite them having very good numbers defending Centers. He’s almost averaging a double-double for the season and is 24-28 from the free throw line in his last 4 games.
  • The Bucks allow the 8th most rebounds to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Mason Plumlee ($5,500) has at least 8 in 5 of his last 6 games. Plumlee has been very active defensively gathering multiple blocks/steals in a handful of January games and also had a streak with at least 5+ assists. Meyers Leonard will likely score more points but Plumlee should have the better fantasy night.
  • Gorgui Dieng ($5,400) has proven to be very reliable filling in for Kevin Garnett. He is out once again which means Dieng gets to take his 3 game averages of 18/11 back into the starting lineup. Over the last 3 weeks the Lakers have allowed the 3rd most rebounds to Centers and Dieng should have a good defensive night too. The Lakers have no one and Dieng has multiple steals in 5 of his last 10 games.
  • Tyson Chandler ($4,900) put up 12/13 against his former team on Saturday and although scoring comes at a premium, his rebounding has been consistent. The Suns are likely shopping him which means more playing time/usage and the Raptors have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks. A team that’s weak on the boards and gives up a lot of blocks is perfect for Chandler, even if he doesn’t score a lot in his 25 minutes.