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
PGSteph CurryGSORL$10,600
PGKemba WalkerCHAMIN$8,000
PGJrue HolidayNOSAC$7,700
PGElfrid PaytonORLGS$5,700
PGJerryd BaylessMILCHI$4,400

  • He struggled yesterday against the Lakers, but Steph Curry ($10,600) will get to rebound by facing a team that’s allowed the 3rd most three pointers made to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks
  • Kemba Walker ($8,000) has scored 30+ in back to back games while dropping at least 45 DraftKings points in 3 of his last 5
  • Eric Gordon injured again means more time for Jrue Holiday ($7,700), who has at least 31 DK points in 9 of his last 10 games
  • With at least 10 assists and 30 DK points in 3 of his last 4 games Elfrid Payton ($5,700) should continue to stay hot against the struggling perimeter defense of the Warriors
  • Injuries (Michael Carter Williams is now OUT for the year) and inconsistencies on the Bucks have helped Jerryd Bayless ($4,400) play 30+ minutes in 3 of his last 4 games

Editor’s Note (5:20 PM ET) – Mike Conley will not play tonight for Memphis. In 12 games without Conley this season, Mario Chalmers ($4,500) has averaged 25.7 DraftKings points per game. That’s nearly 4 points higher than his season average. If he scored 25 fantasy points tonight, at his current price tag, he would reach over 6X value and makes for an intriguing play at the PG position. Also worth noting, Chris Andersen will sit out for the Grizzlies and Tony Allen remains doubtful to play.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGJimmy ButlerCHIMIL$8,400
SGNicolas BatumCHAMIN$6,800
SGZach LaVineMINCHA$6,000
SGWesley MatthewsDALLAC$4,900
SGJ.R. SmithCLEMEM$4,600

  • Jimmy Butler ($8,400) looked healthy scoring 48 DK points in his return and the Bucks have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks
  • The T-Wolves have allowed the most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and Nicolas Batum ($6,800) put up 50 DK points in his last game
  • With at least 20 points in 3 straight games Zach LaVine ($6,000) has somehow become a more consistent scorer than Andrew Wiggins ($6,200)
  • A grind-it-out type of game will benefit Wesley Matthews ($4,900), who has at least 1 steal in 6 straight games and 7 three pointers made in his last 4
  • The Grizzlies have allowed the 2nd most scoring points and 4th most three pointers made to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks, and J.R. Smith ($4,600) has attempted 24 three’s in his last 3 games


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFGiannis AntetokounmpoMILCHI$8,200
SFKawhi LeonardSAIND$8,200
SFChandler ParsonsDALLAC$6,800
SFJeff GreenLACDAL$4,700
SFShabazz MuhammadMINCHA$4,300

  • Two triple-doubles in his last 4 games to go along with 65+ DK points in 3 of those makes Giannis Antetokounmpo ($8,200) an attractive play tonight
  • Kawhi Leonard ($8,200) has put up 40+ DK points in 9 straight games and has at least 11 rebounds with a block/steal in his last 2
  • The Clippers allow Small Forwards to play at the 7th fastest pace, and Chandler Parsons ($6,800) has 15 three pointers made in his last 5 games
  • While playing 30+ minutes in 3 of his last 4 games, Jeff Green ($4,700) has put up over 30 DK points in 2 of those
  • The Hornets have allowed the 3rd most scoring points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and Shabazz Muhammad ($4,300) is averaging 15 points/5 rebounds in his last 5 games


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDeMarcus CousinsSACNO$10,200
PFJabari Parker MILCHI$6,500
PFDirk NowitzkiDALLAC$6,100
PFDavid LeeDALLAC$4,800
PFShabazz MuhammadMINCHA$4,600

  • DeMarcus Cousins ($10,200) has dropped 50+ DK points in 7 of his last 9 games and this game has the 2nd highest projected point total of the night
  • Jabari Parker ($6,500) is averaging 22 points/7 rebounds/3 assists in 9 games since the All-Star break and has 2 steals in 4 straight
  • Dirk Nowitzki ($6,100) topped 30 points in his last game, and the Clippers have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks
  • With at least 30 DK points in 4 of his last 5 games and 46.5 most recently, David Lee ($4,800) has suddenly become a solid rotational player Dallas
  • Evan Fournier returning hurts the value of Ersan Ilyasova ($4,100), but he does have 7+ rebounds in 3 straight games and should see plenty of rebounding opportunities with so many projected field goal attempts
  • Draymond Green ($8,500) is QUESTIONABLE tonight along with Andre Iguodala ($4,100) and their absence would mean more minutes and a larger role on offense for Andrew Bogut ($4,600)

Editor’s Note (5:40 PM ET) – Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes will also miss tonight’s game against the Cavs. With these injuries the Grizzlies have VERY limited bodies available for this one. Targeting multiple Memphis players tonight is a great way to save some salary cap. Lance Stephenson ($4,000), PJ Hairston ($3700) and Chalmers are the best of the Grizz cheapies but even guys like Vince Carter ($3,400) and JaMychal Green ($3,700) should see big minutes.


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CKarl-Anthony TownsMINCHA$8,300
CDeAndre Jordan LACDAL$7,600
CNikola VucevicORLGS$7,500
CAndrew BogutGSORL$4,600
CAl JeffersonCHAMIN$4,500

  • The Hornets have allowed a high number of rebounds and blocks to Centers, and Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,300) has at least 45 DK points in 2 of his last 3 games
  • The Mavs have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks, and DeAndre Jordan ($7,600) is averaging 13 blocks and 2 rebounds in his last 4 games
  • Nikola Vucevic ($7,500) has over 37 DK points in 3 of his last 4 games and faces a Warriors team that struggles to keep Centers off the glass
  • The Magic have allowed the 4th most scoring points to Centers over the last 3 weeks, and Andrew Bogut ($4,600) has at least 27 DK points in 2 of his last 3 games
  • Al Jefferson ($4,500) has over 10 field goal attempts in 3 of his last 4 games while averaging 7 rebounds and 1 block in that span