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!

Top 5 Players Under $6K Tonight – WATCH BELOW


PGRussell WestbrookOKCORL$11,000
PGJohn WallWASGS$9,300
PGKyrie IrvingCLECHA$6,800
PGJeff Teague ATLPHI$5,900
PGGeorge HillINDBKN$5,500

  • Steph Curry has the better matchup but Russell Westbrook ($11,000) has been the better player the past 2 weeks. He followed up his triple-double with another triple-double and despite still struggling from 3, is shooting 50% over the last 5 games. The Magic are middle of the pack defending Point Guards but very likely won’t have any luck slowing down Bestbrook.
  • John Wall ($9,300) is ice cold from the field but red hot dishing out dimes right now. Wall is averaging 11 assists over his last 4 games and he has at least 2 steals in 2 of his last 3 games. This game has the highest projected point total and Wall will need to outduel Chef Curry for the Wizards to have a chance.
  • 3 straight games with at least 20 points for Kyrie Irving ($6,800) and back to back games with at least 6 assists. He’s become a more consistent option in Tyronn Lue’s offense and has a good matchup with the Hornets. They’ve allowed the 3rd most rebounds/assists to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and aside from Kemba don’t have anyone that can keep up with Kyrie.
  • Jeff Teague ($5,900) exploded for 53.75 fantasy points last game and the Hawks will continue to showcase him as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches. He’s shooting 43% from 3 over his last 6 games while averaging 17 points and 6 assists. The 76ers have allowed the 8th most three pointers made to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and with Jahlil Okafor returning, could push Teague to huck em up from deep.
  • George Hill ($5,500) has made 12-25 three point attempts over his last 5 games and is facing a defense that’s allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks, including the most three pointers made. Hill isn’t the Pacers primary scorer but does contribute enough on the glass and defense to be an effective option.

Top 5 Shooting Guards

SGJimmy ButlerCHISAC$8,800
SGKlay ThompsonGSWAS$7,500
SGVictor OladipoORLOKC$6,500
SGRodney HoodUTADEN$6,000
SGEvan TurnerBOSDET$4,800

  • Jimmy Butler ($8,800) gets a good matchup with the Kings who’ve allowed the most 3 pointers made to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks. They’ve also allowed the 4th most steals and 7th most fantasy points and will likely be without Boogie Cousins for another night. Butler does it all for the Bulls and it’s a good sign that he dropped 6 assists after being shut out on them the game before.
  • The best Splash Brother right now is Klay Thompson ($7,500) and he’s scored 32+ points in 3 straight games. The three point line has been his best friend per usual and he’s shooting 16-28 from 3 during that stretch. The Wizards use a platoon of guys at SG/SF but none of them can keep up with Thompson. This fast paced game should have plenty of shots for all and even some steals for Klay.
  • Victor Oladipo ($6,500) has been inconsistent all year scoring the ball but reliable with assists and always very active on the defensive end. He has a steal in 9 of his last 10 games and swiped it 5 times Monday against the Spurs. He seems over his minor knee injury and locked in the starting lineup now so this up-tempo transition game should suit him well.
  • 16 field goal attempts for Rodney Hood ($6,000) in 4 straight games and the lowest points he scored in those was 19. Derrick Favors returning hasn’t hurt his usage, it’s actually improved his game since there are more open looks coming out of the post now. The Nuggets have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and Hood is shooting over 50% from 3 in his last 4 games.
  • Evan Turner ($4,800) was the best passer on the Celtics last month and has continued to be a Swiss army knife for the Green. His scoring can be mercurial but he consistently contributes in every other way. He has at least 2 steals in 3 of his last 4 games to go along with at least 4 assists. The Pistons have allowed the 8th most rebounds and 4th most assists to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks.


Top 5 Small Forwards

SFLeBron James CLECHA$9,700
SFRudy GaySACCHI$7,200
SFGordon HaywardUTADEN$7,500
SFAaron GordonORLOKC$5,400
SFMichael-Kidd GilchristCHACLE$4,500

  • Back to back 50+ fantasy point games for LeBron James ($9,700) and now he faces the Hornets who have allowed the most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks. Kemba Walker is OUT which does mean blowout potential but James has proven he can do plenty of damage in 3 quarters. Since Tyronn Lue has taken over the lowest assists James has had is 6 (last game) and he’s averaging 24/8/8/ in those 6 games. He’s the King for a reason.
  • DeMarcus Cousins is questionable tonight and if he doesn’t play Rudy Gay ($7,200) becomes one of the top options out there. He threw down 32/9/6 last game without Boogie and has been more aggressive lately with at least 6 free throw attempts in his last 3 games. Gay also has at least 9 rebounds in 2 of his last 3 games and the Bulls have allowed the 5th most rebounds to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks. Even if Cousins plays, Gay is still in line for a productive night from the perimeter.

Rudy Gay without Boogie

  • Gordon Hayward ($7,500) outplayed Jimmy Butler last game against the Bulls while dropping 27/12/7. He’s become incredibly consistent for the Jazz and quietly becoming one of the best young stars of the NBA. Denver has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and are terrible defending the perimter, which should help Hayward break out of his 3 point shooting slump.
  • Aaron Gordon ($5,400) has really enjoyed his promotion to the starting lineup and is averaging 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists over the last 3 games. His athleticism alone makes him a solid nightly play and a matchup with the fast paced Thunder benefits Gordon greatly. He’s grabbed at least 9 rebounds in 5 straight games and his endless hustle makes him a great play in a transition type game.
  • After missing the first 46 games of the season with a shoulder injury, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist ($4,500) has looked fully healthy since returning. In those 2 games MKG is averaging 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 73% from the field and 2-2 from 3. The Cavaliers have allowed the 3rd fewest fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and held Paul George to just 11 points their last time out, but Gilchrist’s usage makes him a bargain at this price.

Top 5 Power Forwards

PFAnthony DavisNOSA$9,500
PFNerlens NoelPHIATL$6,800
PFMarvin WilliamsCHACLE$5,600
PFJordan HillINDBKN$5,500
PFTristan ThompsonCLECHA$5,400

  • The Spurs are still the Spurs but have struggled more defending Power Forwards without Tim Duncan. Over the past 3 weeks they’ve allowed the 9th most fantasy points to PF’s and Anthony Davis ($9,500) has returned to form in his last 2 games. In that span he’s averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Spurs have given up the 3rd most rebounds. Davis should clean the glass and block the scrubs filling in for Duncan tonight.
  • The Atlanta Hawks have allowed the 3rd most blocks to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Nerlens Noel ($6,800) has at least 1 in 10 straight games. In 7 of those he had multiple and is nearly averaging a double-double in his last 4 games, to go along with at least 1 steal in each. Jahlil Okafor returning should open up more opportunities for Noel and there will be lots of action in the paint since the Hawks rely on Horford/Millsap so heavily.
  • The up and down season for Marvin Williams ($5,600) continues and last game he was baffling once again…19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks along with 4-8 from deep. He should play a lot tonight with Kemba Walker out and the Cavs have allowed Power Forwards to score the 6th most points over the last 3 weeks. Williams has at least 1 steal in 6 straight games and averaging 9 rebounds in that span.
  • Ian Mahinmi is out tonight which means Jordan Hill ($5,500) gets to slide back in the starting lineup with a good matchup against the Nets. In the 3 starts he played 30 minutes Hill averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, so he’s clearly been making the most of his opportunities. The Nets have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks and are one of the weakest teams in the NBA.
  • Tristan Thompson ($5,400) has put up a double-double in 2 of his last 3 games and has proven his worth in Tyron Lue’s new up tempo rotation. Lebron James has been racking up assists in the past 2 weeks and that’s lead to a lot of easy baskets for Thompson. His pairing with Kevin Love in the starting lineup has actually improved his rebounding and the Hornets frontcourt is very thinned out right now, all good combinations for the Cavs.

Top 5 Centers

CAndre DrummondDETBOS$8,600
CRudy GobertUTADEN$6,900
CMyles Turner INDBKN$6,300
CGorgui DiengMINLAC$5,700
CKelly OlynykBOSDET$4,800

  • He nearly missed a 20/20 game on Monday and Andre Drummond ($8,600) should continue his rebounding dominance against the Celtics as well. They’ve allowed the 3rd most rebounds to Centers over the last 3 weeks and none of their bigmen know how to protect the rim. Drummond has a block in 4 straight games and a double-double in 3 of 4.
  • Rudy Gobert ($6,900) is averaging a double-double in his last 4 games along with 3 blocks. The Nuggets have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks including the most blocks. Gobert has multiple blocks in 8 of his last 10 games and shouldn’t have a problem dominating the undersized Nuggets on the glass.
  • The Nets have allowed the 7th fewest fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks but Myles Turner ($6,300) is no average Center. He’s quickly becoming the steal of the draft and has posted 4 blocks in back to back games, with at least 1 in 8 straight. No Mahinmi again means more minutes for Turner and if he can block a LeBron James dunk, then he can pretty much do anything.
  • Gorgui Dieng ($5,700) put up 19/6/5 last night and is proving he belongs in the starting lineup. The Clippers have allowed the 5th most rebounds and fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks and Dieng can contribute across the board. He has at least 1 steal in 4 of his last 5 games and at least 2 assists in 5 of his last 6.
  • Kelly Olynyk ($4,800) plays the most consistent minutes of anyone in the Celtics bigman rotation and the Pistons have allowed opposing Centers to score the most points and 2nd most fantasy points over the last 3 weeks. Olynyk won’t get double-digit rebounds but should have a handful of assists since the Celtics have such great ball movement. Drawing Drummond out of the paint will be a big key for Boston and they’ll need Olynyk to hit 3 pointers to do that.