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
PGKyle Lowry TORATL$8,700
PGKyrie IrvingCLELAL$7,700
PGD'Angelo RussellLALCLE$7,200
PGEmmanuel MudiayDENPHO$6,500
PGJeff TeagueATLTOR$6,000

  • Kyle Lowry ($8,700) has at least 42 DraftKings points in 5 straight games with 2+ steals in 4 of those
  • In his last 4 games Kyrie Irving ($7,700) has made 3 three pointers in each while scoring 20+ points
  • 40 DK points in back to back games will motivate the Lakers to keep playing D’Angelo Russell ($7,200) 35+ minutes per game
  • Emmanuel Mudiay ($6,500) has at least 19 field goal attempts and 7 assists in 3 of his last 4 games
  • Jeff Teague ($6,000) is hot right now with 20+ points/6+ assists/3 three pointers made in back to back games

More Analysis on Thursday night’s top targets HERE


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGDeMar DeRozanTORATL$7,500
SGDevin BookerPHODEN$5,600
SGGary HarrisDENPHO$5,000
SGJR SmithCLELAL$4,800
SGE'Twaun Moore CHISA$4,400

  • Consistent scoring and free throws have helped DeMar DeRozan ($7,500) score at least 37 DK points in 5 straight games
  • In 3 of his last 4 games Devin Booker ($5,600) has scored 32/27/34 points with 10 three pointers made in that span
  • The Suns have allowed the most fantasy points to shooting guards over the last 3 weeks and Gary Harris ($5,000) has put at least 31 DK points in 2 of his last 3 games
  • Blowout potential and the Lakers 4th worst defense against shooting guards makes JR Smith ($4,800) an intriguing play tonight
  • E’Twaun Moore ($4,400) will be starting in place of Jimmy Butler again and had 16 points/7 assists/2 three pointers made filling in for Butler on Monday


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFLeBron JamesCLELAL$9,800
SFKawhi LeonardSACHI$8,400
SFKent BazemoreATLTOR$5,000
SFMike DunleavyCHISA$4,000
SFThabo SefoloshaATLTOR$3,200

  • LeBron James ($9,800) has scored over 25 points with 11+ rebounds and 6+ assists in 3 of his last 4 games
  • With 54+ DK points in 2 of his last 4 games Kawhi Leonard ($8,400) remains a strong play against a weakened Chicago team
  • Kent Bazemore ($5,000) has at least 5 rebounds and 1 steal in 4 straight games while playing over 30 minutes
  • Amazingly Mike Dunleavy ($4,000) is alive and has scored over 20 DK points in back to back games
  • Thabo Sefolosha ($3,200) has played at least 25 minutes in his last 2 games with 8 rebounds/1 block/1 steal in both


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFPaul MillsapATLTOR$7,800
PFLaMarcus AldridgeSACHI$7,100
PFKenneth FariedDENPHO$6,700
PFJulius RandleLALCLE$6,400
PFTristan ThompsonCLELAL$4,900

  • Rebounding powers have returned for Paul Millsap ($7,800) with 27 in his last 2 games while grabbing 3 steals in each
  • The Bulls have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to power forwards over the last 3 weeks and LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,100) has scored over 45 DK points in his last 2 games
  • With 49 points/30 rebounds in his last 2 games Kenneth Faried ($6,700) should enjoy playing in the game with the highest projected point total of tonight
  • The Lakers are finally playing the young guns big minutes and Julius Randle ($6,400) has a double-double in 3 straight games
  • Dominated with 18 points/15 rebounds starting in place of Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson ($4,900) should see 25+ minutes again tonight


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CPau GasolCHISA$8,300
CAlex LenPHODEN$6,900
CNikola JokicDENPHO$6,100
CTim Duncan SACHI$4,400
CBismack BiyomboTORATL$3,600

  • The Spurs defense has tightened up in the past 3 weeks but Pau Gasol ($8,300) is averaging 17 points/12 rebounds/6 assists/2 blocks in his last 4 games
  • Alex Len ($6,900) has come back down to Earth a little bit but still has a double-double in 6 straight games
  • The Suns have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to centers over the last 3 weeks and Nikola Jokic ($6,100) has at least 38 DK points in his last 3 games
  • Tim Duncan ($4,400) rested in the Spurs last contest but put up 37 DK points in 28 minutes in the game before that
  • The Hawks have allowed the 7th most rebounds to centers over the last 3 weeks and Bismack Biyombo ($3,600) has at least 7 rebounds/2 blocks in 3 of his last 4 games