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Here’s what stands out on Tuesday’s eight-game slate:
 

Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST
 
Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers, 29th
Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, 28th
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 27th
 
Kemba Walker’s ($8,800) been struggling recently, failing to reach 40 DKFP in four straight contests. The Clippers are one of the worst defensive teams overall in the NBA, and represent a bounce-back spot for Walker, all while his salary’s on the decline. With 230 projected points in this game, Kemba will be called upon to do some heavy lifting as a road underdog.

WORST
 
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder, 4th
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 5th

Russell Westbrook ($11,200) seems to have broken out of his recent slump, recording triple-doubles of 60 or more DKFP in three of his last four outings. While I’d prefer to pay for other studs, he’s a viable option against Minnesota — a team he scored 56.75 DKFP against earlier this season.



Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST
 
Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks, 30th
Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat, 29th
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 25th
 
No matter who’s on the floor for Toronto, Fred VanVleet ($5,000) carries an extremely safe 20-DKFP floor, along with 40-plus DKFP upside. The Raptors are heavy favorites when they host the Hawks on this slate, so blowout potential could help Toronto’s role players see some extra production.

WORST
 
Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets, 3rd
Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 4th
Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, 5th
 
I actually think these matchups offer two of the strongest SG plays on the slate. Bradley Beal ($8,900) has scored no fewer than 42 DKFP since John Wall (heel) went down for the season, and he is averaging over 48 DKFP during that five-game span. Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,900) is also in a really strong spot on this slate, despite the $600 salary jump overnight. Bogdanovic has been a huge piece of Sacramento’s game plan recently, averaging over 36 DKFP in his last five games.



Small Forward Matchups

BEST
 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 30th
Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers, 28th
Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, 27th
 
Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) has missed the last three games for the Hornets, and Cody Zeller (hand) is sidelined long-term. Those two absences have required Marvin Williams ($5,300) to see extended minutes filling in at multiple positions — he’s played at least 34 minutes and scored at least 31 DKFP in consecutive games. If Charlotte’s injury situation remains the same in Los Angeles, Williams would be a strong play in a favorable matchup.

WORST
 
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 6th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8th
 
I don’t love any of these matchups, but there are two plays you can at least consider here. Trevor Ariza ($5,900) has played such a large role since being traded to Washington, averaging close to 40 minutes a game. That keeps him safe regardless of matchup. Andrew Wiggins ($6,000) has found a little bit of a stride in his last four contests, scoring 31-plus DKFP on three occasions. Minnesota will be playing its first game since firing Tom Thibodeau, but that shouldn’t change Wiggins’ role. For some reason, Wiggins has always played well against OKC, including 44 DKFP earlier this season.



Power Forward Matchups

BEST
 
Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks, 30th
Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks, 29th
Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 28th
 
Pascal Siakam ($6,700) always carries plenty of upside, and this matchup is no different. The only downside here could be limited minutes in a blowout, but Siakam could remain on the floor until late, even if the scoreboard is lopsided. Kevon Looney ($4,000) could be one of the best value plays on the entire slate. He’s exceeded value on seven of his last eight slates, and this matchup against the Knicks could allow him to see extra opportunities.

WORST
 
New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors, 1st
Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, 5th
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9th
 
There are plenty of strong PF plays on this slate, but these spots aren’t it. Poor matchups combined with crowded position battles leave little upside to be desired here.



Center Matchups

BEST

Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, 29th
Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers, 27th
Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, 25th

Bismack Biyombo ($4,500) should still be a solid play on this slate, but Willy Hernangomez ($4,400) made his case on Sunday against Phoenix to be Charlotte’s featured center until Zeller returns. Hernangomez dropped 36.75 DKFP in just 24 minutes, and he could see his role expand against the Clippers.

WORST
 
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 1st
Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets, 3rd
Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 5th
 
The spot is a full fade for me with the exception of Domantas Sabonis ($7,400) — and that’s only if Myles Turner (shoulder) remains sidelined. Turner was unable to practice Monday, so you’ll need to follow the news on DK Live leading up to this one. Fortunately, this is the first game on the slate to tip-off, so we’ll have all the information we need.



 

Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

Joel Embiid ($11,000) — This play would be stronger if Jimmy Butler (illness) remains sidelined, but Embiid is my stud to target regardless. Washington is helpless covering talented centers with size this season, leaving Embiid, who’s on a tremendous run of late, as the worst possible matchup for Washington from a defensive perspective.

Save The Big Bucks By Drafting …

Enes Kanter ($5,500) — Kanter’s seen his salary drop significantly since moving to a bench role, but his production has picked back up over the last three games. Despite playing just 25 minutes per game, Kanter’ has been averaging 40.6 DKFP. If there’s one position Golden State’s unable to contain, it’s rebounding bigs that play in the paint. Even in a blowout, Kanter could provide some solid production here.

Next Man Up

Phoenix Suns — Devin Booker ($8,700) was removed from Sunday’s game with a back injury after just 12 minutes, then was unable to practice on Monday. He remains questionable against the Kings on Tuesday, but if he’s unable to play, the Suns would provide ample value against one of the worst defenses and fastest paced teams in the NBA.

*DKFP = DraftKings Fantasy Points
 



 
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