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

Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST

Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings, 30th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns, 27th
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 26th

There are a lot of really strong PG plays on this slate, all of them in the mid-high price range. Luka Doncic ($8,400) is fresh off his first career triple-double on Monday, Kyle Lowry ($7,600) should see a sped up pace when he hosts the Kings, and Jeff Teague ($5,900) provides some value against the Suns. Teague’s salary is down due to poor play recently, but it’s tough to find a place to save salary at the position.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Teague (ankle) is questionable for tonight’s game vs. the Suns.

WORST

Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors, 8th
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9th
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 13th

Making salary saving even more difficult, we’ve got Russell Westbrook ($11,000) and Damian Lillard ($8,100) going head-to-head. Both players have seen their price decrease at least $800 in their last three games, and Lillard looks especially attractive at one of his cheapest price points of the season.



Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 27th
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 25th
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 23rd

SG might be the thinnest position on the slate. C.J. McCollum ($6,000) is a fine option, but also struggled against OKC this season. If you need a deep GPP value play, check out Terrance Ferguson’s ($3,700) game log. The minutes are consistently there, but the production comes and goes.

WORST

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns, 5th
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings, 7th
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 14th

Andrew Wiggins ($5,800) should be a really popular play, mostly because of his salary (down $1,200 in four games). He just laid a dud against this Suns team, but has to be due to a breakout at some point. Another 3-for-14 from the field in 40 minutes is unlikely.



Small Forward Matchups

BEST

Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 30th
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 28th
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 24th

T.J. Warren ($5,700) brings a really safe floor at an affordable salary. He’s in a good spot to roster after dropping 31.5 DKFP against the Wolves in 38 minutes on Sunday. Tobias Harris ($8,000) is coming off a huge 60-DKFP game against the Spurs, narrowly missing a triple-double. Harris will look to take advantage of a Mavericks team coming off the front end of a back-to-back in Milwaukee on Monday.

WORST

Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors, 15th
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 16th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns, 20th

Every team on the slate ranks in the bottom half of the league defending SF. But even with the lack of elite defense at this position on the slate, there aren’t many plays that jump out. Wiggins should once again be the popular play here with his dual position eligibility.



Power Forward Matchups

BEST

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 23rd
Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors, 21st
Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 19th

The Suns have some strong value plays on this slate, but Richaun Holmes ($4,100) has the potential to be the best point-per-dollar play on the slate. DeAndre Ayton (ankle) is not expected to play, Holmes is questionable with a foot injury of his own. If he plays, he’d be in line for a huge role. If he sits, Dragan Bender ($4,000) would be in another strong spot after scoring 30 DKFP in his last game.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes have been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Timberwolves.

WORST

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns, 3rd
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 10th
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 12th

Not much value for any of these teams at the PF position, but you can slot Montrezl Harrell ($6,800) in at PF/C. Harrell’s salary has taken a slight dip recently, but he’s averaging nearly 39 DKFP against Dallas in two games this season. This is a very strong bounce-back spot.



Center Matchups

BEST

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns, 29th
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 28th
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings, 25th

Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,600) should be a popular play given the 61 DKFP he scored against the Suns in 39 minutes on Sunday. While I don’t expect quite as much production, the Suns are really banged up in the frontcourt, so KAT should be able to have his way once again. DeAndre Jordan ($6,400) is your discount center play, and he’s performed terrifically against his former team this season — 102 total DKFP in two outings against the Clippers. While you want to remain flexible with your utility spot, rostering both of these guys makes a lot of sense.

WORST

Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 3rd
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8th
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9th

Jusuf Nurkic ($7,500) and Steven Adams ($6,200) are two of the toughest bigs in the league, so both should rise to the occasion of facing each other. You should be able to get lower ownership on them in tournaments due to the popularity of KAT and DJ.



Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,600) — Westbrook always has the higher ceiling, but KAT’s in by far the safest spot. He just torched this Phoenix team on Sunday, and they’ll be playing with a lack of bodies up front again. While center is the deeper position, I’m still paying up here and hoping for some more value to open up at guard.

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DeAndre Jordan ($6,400) — In terms of mid-priced plays, DJ just has too much upside. His salary is low for the favorable matchup, but we also need to factor in just how spectacular he’s been against the Clippers.

Next Man Up

Phoenix Suns— See how the Suns’ injury situation plays out, but the two big men referenced earlier are going to be really good values, particularly Holmes if he plays.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes have been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Timberwolves.

*DKFP = DraftKings Fantasy Points


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