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
PGSteph CurryGSDAL$10,700
PGKemba WalkerCHAUTA$8,800
PGIsaiah ThomasBOSDEN$7,800
PGKyrie IrvingCLEPHO$6,500
PGMarcus SmartCHASAC$4,800

  • If Steph Curry ($10,700) scores under 55 fantasy points it’s likely because the Earth has frozen over. The Mavericks are very good at defending Point Guards, only a few rankings below the San Antonio Spurs. They couldn’t keep up with Chef and Deron Williams won’t be able too either.
  • Kemba Walker ($8,800) has 25 field goal attempts in 3 straight games and at least 8 assists in 2 of those. He’s on a scoring tear right now and the Jazz are bottom 5 in allowing steals/3 pointers made to Point Guards.
  • The little engine that could Isaiah Thomas ($7,800) is somehow still under $8k and had a 43 fantasy point game Monday against the Wizards. The Nuggets are the worst team in the NBA defending Point Guards shooting 3’s and allow the 3rd most fantasy points as well.
  • Kyrie Irving ($6,500) still has his assists hovering around 5 but has become more involved offensively since Tyronn Lue became head coach. The Suns allow Point Guards to score at a very high rate and are the worst team overall defending them.
  • He’s a cheap option that can do it all and Marcus Smart ($5,100) has had consistent numbers across the board over the last two weeks. You never know when he’s going to drop more than 20 points but he’s always going to play super hard and grab stats all over. Denver struggles to keep Point Guards off the glass and gives up a ton of steals as well.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJames Harden HOUSA$10,000
SGKlay Thompson GSDAL$7,000
SGRodney Hood UTACHA$5,900
SGKentavious Caldwell-PopeDETPHI$5,700
SGArchie GoodwinPHOCLE$4,800

  • James Harden ($10,000) has been red hot of late but can that production continue? The Spurs will look to avenge their Warriors blowout loss and will most definitely be keyed on Harden all night. Steph is a God right now, Harden may still be a mortal. Kawhi and the 3rd best defense against Shooting Guards should show us which tonight. Be wary!
  • The Mavericks allow the 6th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards and especially struggle with 3 pointers made and rebounding. Klay Thompson ($7,000) has taken a backseat to the Stephshow but he’s still a potent player every night. No one on the Mavs can stop him and he’s gotta start raining 3’s again one of these nights.
  • Rodney Hood ($5,900) is averaging 18 points and 5 rebounds in the last 10 days while shooting 48% from 3. The Hornets are stingy against Shooting Guards but also allow a high number of 3 pointers made. Derrick Favors is back but Hood will still be hucking it up.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,700) is a good bet for 25 fantasy points but with a 76ers matchup you never know how much higher than can get. They’re god awful defending Shooting Guards and if he gets his 16 field goal attempts like last week, can have a productive night.
  • Archie Goodwin ($4,800) is everyone’s favorite flavor of the week and he’s earned it. 26/6/6 last night and his 3rd straight game with 20+ points. His defense has been surprisingly great and if he keeps up this level of play his price will skyrocket soon. The matchup isn’t great but the price sure darn is.

Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFKevin Durant OKCMIN$9,800
SFGordon HaywardUTACHA$7,300
SFChandler ParsonsDALGS$6,500
SFRobert Covington PHIDET$6,200
SFShabazz MuhammadMINOKC$4,700

  • Kevin Durant ($9,800) poured in 72 fantasy points last night and has another juicy matchup tonight. The Timberwolves allow the 3rd most fantasy points to Small Forwards and Durant has been doing it all lately. Somehow he’s cheaper than LeBron and will likely have a better game.
  • Derrick Favors returning eats up some scoring but Gordon Hayward ($7,300) is still very solid. Over his last 5 games he’s averaging 24/6/5 and Charlotte allows the 3rd most points to Small Forwards. The rebounds and 3’s should come in bunches tonight.
  • Chandler Parsons ($6,500) will have a bigger role with Dirk hobbled and it’s the game with the highest projected point total. Tempo will be high and Parsons is shooting a scorching 61% from 3 over the last 10 days.
  • Robert Covington ($6,200) has had at least 12 three point attempts in his last 2 games and is a top scoring option for the 76ers. The Pistons allow the fewest fantasy points to Small Forwards but are in the Top 10 for 3 pointers made allowed. He’s a tad expensive but if he makes it rain he could be worth it.
  • Shabazz Muhammad ($4,700) is playing in the game with the 2nd highest projected point total and has consistently scored 20-25 fantasy points in 5 straight games. He scored 25 points two games ago and has shown to be a reliable offensive option in the 30 minutes he’s been playing.


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFPaul Millsap ATLLAC$8,300
PFDerrick FavorsUTACHA$6,800
PFNerlens NoelPHIDET$6,400
PFSerge IbakaOKCMIN$5,700
PFMarvin WilliamsCHAUTA$5,100

  • The Clippers allow the most rebounds to Power Forwards and Paul Millsap ($8,300) LOVES gobbling them up. It doesn’t get more consistent than Millsap and he’s averaging 18/10 over the last ten days. The Blake-less Clippers will have a big problem on their hands.
  • Derrick Favors ($6,800) returned last game to limited minutes but seems to be ready for full go now. Whether he starts or not he’ll contribute with scoring and solid rebounding but his defense could be the difference. Charlotte allows the 5th most blocks to Power Forwards.
  • Nerlens Noel ($6,400) will be the primary option with Jahlil Okafor likely still out sick. His scoring has become more efficient but it’s the consistently high rebounding/defensive stats that are really great. The Pistons are tough on the boards but without his running mate Noel has a great shot at a double-double.
  • The Midwest Third Wheel Serge Ibaka ($5,700) is pretty cheap for a guy that had 17 rebounds last game. While he won’t replicate that, Serge should see a nice scoring bump with such a high scoring game. His 3 point shoot is still struggling but the blocks have returned. He will know how to deal with the young Wolves.
  • Marvin Williams ($5,100) dropped 21 points last game after collecting double-digit rebounds in back to back games. He’s a jack of all trades who’s receiving more minutes with the Hornets frontcourt injured. His consistency doesn’t exist but he’s one of the cheapest threats that can throw up 30+ fantasy points.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CAndre DrummondDETPHI$8,500
CKarl Anthony-TownsMINOKC$7,00
CRudy GobertUTACHA$6,700
CAlex LenPHOCLE$4,800
CSalah MejriDALGS$3,800

  • Andre Drummond ($8,500) has been held below double-digit scoring/rebounding in the last 2 games. I don’t see how that can continue especially against a young, weakened 76ers frontcourt. He just had 22 rebounds 3 games ago and Philadelphia is bottom 10 in rebounds allowed to Centers.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,000) is averaging 20/11/3 in the last 10 days and is playing like an absolute beast. The Thunder are solid defending Centers but the #1 pick is no average man. The fast pace should suit him well and no one is keeping him off the boards.
  • Rudy Gobert – $6,700 posted 17/17 last game against the Pistons and this is an even better matchup. The Hornets frontcourt is very thinned right now and Gobert has Favors returning to help him in the paint. He’s averaging 3 blocks in his last 5 games.
  • Alex Len ($4,800) dropped 16/12 for the 2nd game in a row and is locked in for major playing time until the Suns get healthy. Cleveland allows Centers to score at one of the highest rates and is average on the glass. He’s coming off a game last night but can provide great value at his price.
  • Salah Mejri ($3,800) will likely be getting the start with Zaza Pachulia out again tonight. He is no superstar but has played tough when he gets 25+ minutes. He’s a feasable threat for a double-double and could be a great way to grab 20-30 fantasy points for peanuts. The Warriors allow the 7th most rebounds to Centers.. although that’s assuming Golden State is going to miss shots.