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 POINT GUARDS

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PGRajon RondoSACNO$8,400
PGJrue HolidayNOSAC$6,700
PGJordan Clarkson LALCHI$5,700
PGNorris ColeNOSAC$5,100
PGDennis SchroderATLIND$5,000

  • John Wall is struggling and Kyle Lowry is banged up making Rajon Rondo ($8,400) and his high price a little more affordable. He’s averaging 14 assists and 8 rebounds in his last 5 games but only 11 points. If you can withstand the low scoring you may get a triple-double out of it but regardless Rondo should carve up the Pelicans, many of their best players are hurting right now.
  • Jrue Holiday ($6,700) steps into big minutes and usage with Eric Gordon out and Tyreke Evans/Anthony Davis out or playing on limited minutes. The Kings allow the most 3 pointers made and 2nd most points to Point Guards and Holiday has had at least 9 assists in 5 of his last 6 games.
  • The Bulls allow the 8th most fantasy points to Point Guards and Jordan Clarkson ($5,700) has scored in double figures in 15 straight games. He’s consistently getting over 30 minutes and 4 rebounds per game and could have a big defensive night as the Bulls allow the 2nd most steals to Point Guards as well.
  • Norris Cole ($5,100) will also benefit from all the Pelicans injuries and has been distributing the ball well in hist last 3 games. He’s also gone 5-9 from deep in that span and should enjoy the Kings terrible defense around the perimeter.
  • The Pacers struggle in every category defending Point Guards and allow the 2nd most fantasy points to them as well. Dennis Schroder ($5,100) only plays 20-25 minutes a game but scores quickly and always finds a way to collect other stats in bunches. Atlanta seems to like him more than Jeff Teague and Indiana doesn’t have anyone on their 2nd unit that can match up with him.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJimmy ButlerCHILAL$8,800
SGKhris MiddletonMILMEM$7,200
SGWill Barton DENWAS$5,700
SGGary HarrisDENWAS$4,600
SGKyle Korver ATLIND$4,500

  • It may be a 3 quarter laugher but Jimmy Butler ($8,800) is playing the defense that allows the most fantasy points to Point Guards. Butler has only averaged around 20 points since his 53 point outburst but is rebounding at a high volume and throwing in around 4 assists as well. No one on the Lakers can stop him and he should be able to force some turnovers on the young backcourt as well.
  • Khris Middleton ($7,200) has scored 20+ points in 7 straight games and has at least 7 assists in 3 of his last 4. The Grizzlies are a Top 5 defense against Shooting Guards but Middleton has been too consistent to turn away from. He’s shooting 50% from 3 in his last 2 games.
  • Will Barton ($5,700) is Denver’s version of instant offense and he has 20+ points in back to back games. The Wizards are average defending Shooting Guards but Barton is guaranteed to get plenty of shots leading Denver’s 2nd unit. If he hits his average of 5 rebounds with a couple 3’s Barton is very capable of 30 fantasy points.
  • He’s cheaper than Will Barton and Gary Harris ($4,600) may end up with more fantasy points too. He scores in double-digits anytime he plays 30+ minutes and has at least 4 steals in 2 of his last 3 games. He’s been shooting 40% from 3 and adding more rebounds recently so he could provide a productive night against a struggling team.
  • It’s between Kyle Korver ($4,500) or Terrance Ross but Korver has the better matchup. He could huck up 10 three point attempts on any given night and through his other contributions provide 25 fantasy points. The Pacers allow the 8th most 3 pointers made and fantasy points to Shooting Guards so it’d be a good time for Kyle to get his Hoosier on.


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFPaul GeorgeINDATL$8,900
SFDanilo Gallinari DENWAS$7,000
SFOtto PorterWASDEN$6,400
SFOmri CasspiSACNO$5,800
SFDerrick WilliamsNYTOR$5,500

  • Paul George ($8,900) has scored 30+ points in back to back games and is playing a team that turns it over at a very high rate to Small Forwards. His rebounding was more consistent in the beginning of the month but other than 11 last game has struggled lately. The Hawks allow the 8th most rebounds to SF so another double-double may be in PG-13’s future.
  • Danilo Gallinari ($7,000) played last night but is facing a Washington team that has played quite lazily in the past 2 weeks. Meanwhile Danilo has been playing hard, increasing his rebounding totals and getting to the free throw line more often. He’s averaging 23 points and 5 rebounds in the last 10 days and could have a 35+ fantasy point night if he stays aggressive in the paint.
  • The Nuggets allow the 6th most fantasy points to small forwards and Otto Porter ($6,400) has been doing it all since returning from a hip injury. His scoring average remains around 15 but he’s also adding 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 50% from the perimeter. Beal is likely to play but his mask adjustment period is a good time for Otto to up his usage on offense.
  • Omri Casspi ($5,800) can rebound and shoot and will be doing both with Rudy Gay out injured once again. The Pelicans allow the 4th most 3 pointers made to Small Forwards and Casspi has at leas 7 three point attempts in 3 of his last 5 games. Anthony Davis out means more room on the boards which means a double-double is fairly attainable for Casspi too.
  • Derrick Williams ($5,500) benefits from Carmelo sitting out but even before that was playing at a much higher level. He’s established he can score 20 on a given night and is playing tough in the paint. His rebounding and free throw attempts are way up over the last 2 weeks and despite his 3 point shooting struggling, he is a cheap option headed for big minutes tonight.

Derrick Williams WithWithout Carmelo


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDeMarcus CousinsSACNO$11,200
PFPaul MillsapATLIND$8,300
PFRyan AndersonNOSAC$6,300
PFZach RandolphMEMMIL$5,800
PFKenneth FariedDENWAS$5,700

  • DeMarcus Cousins ($11,200) saw his price go up despite struggling mightily last game. He’s likely still worth it as Anthony Davis is out and no one on the Pelicans can match up with him. Even when Davis did play Boogie put up 32/12 in a game earlier this month and in his last 4 games Cousins has crushed the Pelicans.

Demarcus Cousins Last 4 Games Against Pelicans

  • Paul Millsap ($8,300) might be the most underrated big man in the NBA and certainly in DFS. He’s a double-double machine playing against the team that allows the 2nd most fantasy points to Power Forwards. He’s averaging 17 and 11 in his last 5 games… believe in Mr. Consistency!
  • Anthony Davis out means Ryan Anderson ($6,300) is likely in line for 35+ minutes and coming off back to back performances with 35 fantasy points, that’s a very good thing. Even better is playing the Kings who allow the 4th most three pointers made and 3rd most fantasy points overall to Power Forwards.
  • Zach Randolph ($5,800) returned to double-double land in his last game and the Bucks allow the 6th most fantasy points to Power Forwards. His scoring is way down since the beginning of the month but he’s cheap enough to take a risk on. If he gets 30+ minutes Z-Bo can still pound with the best of em.
  • Kenneth Faried ($5,700) never stops running and that helped him drop 15/15 on the Celtics last night. Washington is normally stingy against Power Forwards but very few have the motor Faried does. He has at least 12 rebounds in 3 of his last 4 games including 3 double-doubles.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CPau GasolCHILAL$8,700
CMarcin GortatWASDEN$7,100
CJonas ValanciunasTORNY$6,100
CWillie Cauley-SteinSACNO$5,100
CMyles TurnerINDATL$4,600

  • Paul Gasol ($8,700) is returning to LA on fire and doing it all for the Bulls. The Lakers allow the 6th most fantasy points to Centers and Gasol has a double-double in 3 straight games. The Lakers have no one who can stop him and he’ll surely be fired up for this one.
  • Before last game Marcin Gortat ($7,100) had 5 straight double-doubles and the Nuggets allow the 2nd most fantasy points to Centers. He’s been the Wizards most solid piece in the paint and is doing defensively as well, with at least 2 blocks in 4 of his last 5 games.
  • Jonas Valanciunas ($6,100) has at least 12 rebounds in 3 of his last 4 games and the Knicks allow Centers to score the 3rd most points over the last 3 weeks. He’s averaging a double-double in his last 5 games and is shooting 58% from the field.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein ($5,100) is consistently playing 30 minutes now and contributing bigtime every game he plays. The Pelicans allow the 6th most rebounds/blocks to Centers and Willie has been doing that with ease. Asik and Anderson will not keep Mr. Trill off the score sheet tonight.
  • Ian Mahinmi returning has cut down the minutes of Myles Turner ($4,600) but he finds ways to contribute no matter what. He’s solidified himself as a top scoring option on the 2nd unit and is averaging 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in his last 5 games. The Hawks allow the most rebounds to Centers and 9th most fantasy points so even in shorter time, Turner can still do damage.