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
PGRussell WestbrookOKCPHI$10,500
PGKyle LowryTORBOS$7.900
PGD'Angelo Russell LALPHO$6,700
PGDarren CollisonSACDET$5,600
PGTim FrazierNOPOR$3,400

  • In one game against the 76ers this season Russell Westbrook ($10,500) put up 67.3 DraftKings points
  • Kyle Lowry ($7,900) has at least 48 DK points in 3 straight games with a high of 64.25 against the Bulls
  • The Suns have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to point guards over the last 3 weeks while D’Angelo Russell ($6,700) has 30 minutes in his last 4 games
  • Filling in for Rajon Rondo lead to Darren Collison ($5,600) scoring 32 DK points in back to back games

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  • In 27 minutes on Wednesday Tim Frazier ($3,400) had 14 points/9 assists/3 rebounds/1 steal and should see a fair amount of usage getting the start tonight


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJames HardenHOUMIN$10,400
SGKlay ThompsonGSDAL$7,000
SGDevin BookerPHOLAL$6,500
SGLou WilliamsLALPHO$4,900
SGJR Smith CLEORL$4,600

  • The Timberwolves have allowed the 5th most scoring points to shooting guards over the last 3 weeks and James Harden ($10,400) has scored at least 30 in 2 of his last 4 games
  • Klay Thompson ($7,000) has averaged 36.8 DK points in 2 meetings against Dallas this year and this game has the highest projected total of the night
  • The return of Brandon Knight has taken away shots from Devin Booker ($6,500) but he is still doing enough to score 25-35 DK points
  • In two games since returning from injury Lou Williams ($4,900) is averaging 16 points/4 assists/3 rebounds with 3 three pointers made
  • JR Smith ($4,600) had 30 DK points in his last game and should see increased minutes with a likely blowout on the horizon


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Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFKevin DurantOKCPHI$10,100
SFLeBron JamesCLEORL$9,300
SFChandler ParsonsDALGS$6,500
SFJerami GrantPHIOKC$5,200
SFMichael Beasley HOUMIN$4,100

  • Kevin Durant ($10,100) hasn’t played against the 76ers this season but has scored at least 28 points in 5 of his last 6 games
  • With at least 43 DK points in 10 straight games few players are as hot as LeBron James ($9,300) is right now
  • Chandler Parsons ($6,500) has 29+ Dk points in 4 straight games and 40+ in 2 of those
  • Philly has injuries all over and that’s opened up more usage and minutes for Jerami Grant ($5,200)
  • The price has come up on Michael Beasley ($4,100) but he’s still a bargain for a player who’s scored 27+ DK points in 3 of his last 4 games


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDeMarcus CousinsSACDET$10,200
PFKevin LoveCLEORL$7,100
PFJulius RandleLALPHO$6,300
PFRyan AndersonNOPOR$5,700
PFChanning Frye CLEORL$3,500

  • DeMarcus Cousins ($10,200) has scored over 50 DK points in 5 straight games and is seeing usage numbers unlike any player in the NBA
  • The Magic have allowed the 6th most fantasy points and 5th most scoring points to power forwards over the last 3 weeks and in steps Kevin Love ($7,100) to the Magic Kingdom
  • Julius Randle ($6,300) has a double-double in 2 of his last 4 games and will have a better opportunity if Kobe Bryant ($5,300) loses his QUESTIONABLE tag and sits
  • Ryan Anderson ($5,700) has scored at least 19 points in 3 of his last 4 games and should complement Anthony Davis nicely tonight against a weakened Portland frontcourt
  • Channing Frye ($3,500) has scored 20+ DK points in 3 of his last 4 games making 14 three pointers in that stretch


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CKarl-Anthony TownsMINHOU$8,300
CAlex LenPHOLAL$6,800
CEnes KanterOKCPHI$5,200
CBismack BiyomboTORBOS$4,600
CMason PlumleePORNO$4,000

  • The emergence of Andrew Wiggins ($6,300) and Zach LaVine ($6,000) has lessened the scoring of Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,300) but he is still averaging 20 points/11 rebounds/1 block in his last 6 games
  • Alex Len ($6,800) has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 10 straight games and scored in double figures in 8 of those
  • Enes Kanter ($5,200) has been on fire off the bench averaging 17/11 in his last 5 games while facing the worst defense in the league against centers
  • Filling in for the injured Jonas Valanciunas the last two games has led to Bismack Biyombo ($4,600) averaging 14 points/14 rebounds/2 blocks in 30+ minutes
  • Meyers Leonard injury means more minutes for Mason Plumlee ($4,000) and he has 8+ rebounds/3+ assists in 3 of his last 4 games