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 OKCNY$10,600
PGChris PaulLACIND$9,700
PGKyle LowryTORWAS$8,500
PGMichael Carter WilliamsMILORL$6,700
PGD'Angelo RussellLALDAL$5,000

Point Guard Notes

  • The Spurs have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing Point Guards over the last 3 weeks. Steph Curry ($10,600) has at least 56 fantasy points in 4 straight games. Fresh off a triple-double and playing at home, the Chef is rarely a bad idea.
  • This game features the 3rd highest projected point total and two teams that despise playing defense. Kemba Walker ($8,600) is averaging 30 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds over the last 10 days including 44% from 3. He’s had at least 25 field goal attempts in his last 2 games and will get plenty of looks against the Kings.
  • Washington has allowed the 2nd most points to Point Guards over the last month. They are also bottom 5 in defending against 3 pointers made. Isaiah Thomas ($7,800) hasn’t set the world on fire lately but should have no problem scoring 20+ points and is a nightly threat for double-digit assists. Let the Wall-Thomas shootout begin!
  • The Magic allow high scoring/assist numbers to opposing Point Guards and Mike Conley ($6,200) appears to be over his Achilles injury. He’s shooting 52% since returning including 60% from 3 in two of his last three games.
  • He’ll never be a #1 scoring option but Norris Cole ($4,900) can provide some value with his recent insertion into the Starting Lineup. The Rockets are stingy against scoring but allow steals and assists at a very high rate to Point Guards. Cole can rebound well for a guard and has solid 3 point ability, making him a cheap but capable risk.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJames Harden HOUNO$10,100
SGVictor OladipoORLMEM$7,200
SGRodney Hood DETUTA$5,900
SGJR SmithCLEMIN$5,400
SGGary HarrisDENATL$4,600

Shooting Guard Notes

  • Dwight Howard remains out and James Harden ($10,100) has triple-doubles in two of his last three games. The Pelicans are surprisingly stingy at defending Shooting Guards but the Beard is the Beard.
  • It has one of the lowest projected point totals and Memphis is no slouch on defense but Victor Oladipo ($7,200) is scorching hot from 3 and contributing in many ways for the Magic. He’s added a couple steals and just about 5 assists/rebounds in almost every January game so if he scores over 20 points he should have a solid fantasy night.
  • The Pistons have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and Rodney Hood ($5,900) has become a bigger part of the offense with Derrick Favors still out. He’s had at least 5 rebounds in 4 straight games and the Pistons allow over 7 per game. He’s also taken 28 three pointers in his last 4 games, hitting 12.
  • The Timberwolves have struggled all year to defend three pointers and JR Smith ($5,400) has taken 7 in back to back contests. Smith has played over 25 minutes in seven of his last eight games and while he won’t do much else, he will DEFINITELY shoot the ball.
  • Gary Harris ($4,600) has made at least one 3 pointer in 14 straight games and is consistently playing 30-35 minutes. The Hawks are average against defending Shooting Guards but Harris can contribute in a lot of different ways. He had 5 steals last game and his rebounding has increased as well.


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFLeBron JamesCLEMIN$9,900
SFGordon HaywardUTADET$7,500
SFDanilo GallinariDENATL$7,000
SFTobias HarrisORLMEM$6,400
SFMarcus MorrisDETUTA$5,400

Small Forward Notes

  • The Timberwolves allow the most assists to Small Forwards and are bottom 10 in points/rebounds as well. LeBron James ($9,900) was one assist away from a triple-double last game and since he clearly hates David Blatt, will be going all out tonight for fancy new Coach Lue.
  • Gordon Hayward ($7,500) is playing lights out basketball right now. 24 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in the last 10 days and 10 three pointers in his last 3 games. The Pistons defend Small Forwards well but possible All-Star Hayward is a potent #1 scoring threat right now.
  • When Danilo Gallinari ($7,000) gets to the Free Throw line, he dominates. Even without it he’s had at least 23 points in three of his last four games to go along with 9 three pointers. The Hawks allow the 6th most rebounds to Small Forwards so Danilo’s recent surge of actually rebounding could be very beneficial.
  • Tobias Harris ($6,400) is the Magic’s Swiss Army Knife and has at least 34 fantasy points in three of his last four games. The Grizzlies allow the most scoring to Small Forwards and the 2nd most three pointers made which could help snap his recent longball slump.
  • The Jazz are average against defending Small Forwards which means Mr. Consistent Marcus Morris ($5,400) should keep doing his thing. He’s scored 20 in two of his last three games and is contributing with three pointers, 6 rebounds, and a few assists per game. He’s a primary scoring option getting 35+ minutes a game and he’s super cheap.


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDeMarcus CousinsSACCHA$11,000
PFPaul MillsapATLDEN$8,300
PFKevin LoveCLEMIN$7,200
PFRyan AndersonNOHOU$5,800
PFMarvin WilliamsCHASAC$4,800

Power Forward Notes

  • No big man is dominating like DeMarcus Cousins ($11,000) right now. He’s averaging 32/15 in the last 10 days and contributing in every way possible. Charlotte allows the 3rd most fantasy points so this one should be a bloodbath.
  • Back after a one game absence, Paul Millsap ($8,300) returns to face a Denver team that struggles to stop Power Forwards from hitting 3’s and rebounding. Millsap excels at both and should double-double the Nuggets with ease.
  • New Head Coach Tyronn Lue said he wants to get Kevin Love ($7,200) more looks on offense, especially at the elbow where he used to dominate in Minnesota. What better night to get that going huh? The T-Wolves allow the 10th most fantasy points to Power Forwards including the most assists.
  • The Rockets give up the most three pointers made to Power Forwards and allow the 4th most fantasy points. Ryan Anderson ($5,800) and his deep range like that and will be looking to do some damage in his 25+ minutes off the bench.
  • Marvin Williams ($4,800) is inconsistent no doubt but has a good match up with lots of playing time available. His rebounding and defense have been very strong in the past two weeks and if he scores in double figures 25-30 fantasy points is very attainable.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CPau GasolCHIMIA$8,500
CMarcin GortatWASBOS$7,100
CKarl-Anthony TownsMINCLE$6,900
CJared SullingerBOSWAS$5,500
CWillie Cauley-SteinSACCHA$4,500

Center Notes

  • Hassan Whiteside is out which means Pau Gasol ($8,500) should dominate. He’s had a double-double in three of his last four games and will be getting all the looks in the paint with Joakim Noah out for the year.
  • The Celtics interior defense has been a sieve this year and Marcin Gortat ($7,100) is a big strong man with 4 straight double-doubles. They won’t keep him off the boards and he’ll definitely have a couple blocks. Throw in at least 10 field goal attempts and it should be a nice little night for that big strong man.
  • Cleveland plays well against Centers but Karl-Anthony Towns ($6,900) is no average Center. He rebounds like an All-Star and his blocks are starting to pile up as well. Towns is too skilled on offense to get shut down by any of the Cavs slow big men. He should pillage.
  • Not even Brad Stevens knows the Celtics big man rotation but Jared Sullinger ($5,500) is very effective when he gets in. He’s nearly averaging a double-double in the last 10 days and more importantly adding assists/steals at a high rate recently. Could be a great night for Sullinger to use his three point range against the paint defending bigs of the Wizards.
  • Now that he’s getting minutes Willie Cauley-Stein ($4,500) is also getting rebounds/blocks in bunches too. His points may never be that high but he does have a double-double in three of his last four games. As long as Boogie is out there, Trillie Stein will likely be running really fast and making some plays too.