WATCH: Levitan’s Fadeaway — Top NBA players to avoid Tuesday
The NBA started the week with a light four-game schedule, but Tuesday brings a giant slate, with 22 teams taking the floor.
The Thunder and Spurs are set to finish their respective back-to-backs, while the other 20 teams had Monday off and should be rested. Many of the 11 games are apparent mismatches, with just two featuring teams with winning records going head-to-head. Both start early when the 76ers host the Pacers and the Timberwolves visit the Wizards.
Even in some of the other matchups, though, plenty of fantasy value can be found. So, as you put together your Tuesday DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups, look at these top targets at each position and price point.
StudKyle Lowry ($7,600) — Lowry and the Raptors will look to continue their impressive roll as they take on the Nets after dismantling the other New York team for 132 points Sunday. Lowry finished that game with 16 points, seven assists and 36 DKFP in 28 minutes. He has 35-plus DKFP in four of his last five, including 46.75 DKFP against the Rockets and 56.75 DKFP against the Pistons. In his two earlier meetings with the Nets this season, Lowry put up 53.5 and 43.75 DKFP, and given his current form and tasty matchup, he offers high-end upside from a non-elite price point. The only risk is that he could play limited minutes in a blowout, but Toronto seems be positioned for a prolific offensive performance in Brooklyn.
Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($11,500), Dennis Smith Jr. ($6,600)
ValueJamal Murray ($6,200) — Murray has scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games, and he appears to be heating up entering a good matchup against the Lakers. When the Nuggets hosted L.A. on Friday, Murray had 46.75 DKFP on 22 points, eight assists, four steals and three rebounds. The Blue Arrow had more than 44 DKFP each of the last two times he faced the Lakers and 29-plus in six of his last 10 games overall.
Other Options — Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,000), Tyler Dorsey ($4,100)
StudJrue Holiday ($8,200) — Holiday and the Pelicans stumbled Friday without Anthony Davis in an ugly loss to the Wizards. After he managed just 15.75 DKFP in that game, Holiday bounced back with 47.5 DKFP on 18 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals against the Jazz. He has been consistent aside from that Washington game, with 44-plus DKFP in four of his last five games, and he has a high ceiling, as demonstrated by his four games of 50-plus DKFP in his last 10. Holiday and the Pelicans will look to get back in the win column as they host the Hornets.
Other Options — Donovan Mitchell ($7,400), Taurean Prince ($6,200)
ValueDenzel Valentine ($4,700) — When Valentine gets minutes off the Bulls’ bench, he usually returns good fantasy value by contributing in multiple categories. On Sunday, he had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds for 32.0 DKFP in 26 minutes, and he has 25-plus DKFP in three of his last four games and five of his last seven. As long as he sees good minutes off the bench against the Clippers, he should continue to be a good fantasy play despite being on a bad team.
Other Options — Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,200), Yogi Ferrell ($4,400)
StudBen Simmons ($8,000) — Simmons and the Sixers host the up-tempo Pacers in what could be a playoff preview. Simmons posted 56.25 DKFP in the first meeting between these teams, but he shot just 4 of 13 in their second meeting. He still managed 36.25 DKFP because of his 11 rebounds and six assists. Simmons has been consistent recently as well, and he had 39-plus DKFP in three consecutive games before playing limited minutes in a blowout of the Nets. He’ll likely get all the work he can handle against the Pacers, making him a low-risk option with a very high ceiling if he gets a triple-double or close to it.
Other Options — LeBron James ($11,600), Nicolas Batum ($7,100)
ValueJoe Ingles ($5,800) — Ingles has been rolling lately, with 30-plus DKFP in four consecutive games coming into the Jazz’s matchup with the Pistons. Slow Mo Joe had 29.75 DKFP the first time the Jazz played the Pistons on 13 points, seven assists and two steals. He has averaged 30.0 DKFP over his last 10 games on 12.7 points, 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Given his consistency and recent form, Ingles should be a good option, especially for double-up or cash lineups.
Other Options — Rudy Gay ($4,800), Corey Brewer ($3,900)
StudAnthony Davis ($11,200) — Davis returned from a one-game absence Sunday when the Pelicans hosted the Jazz, and even in a matchup with Rudy Gobert ($7,800), he dropped a massive 73.25 DKFP on 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Davis has 70-plus DKFP in five of his last nine games, and in one of the games he failed to reach that mark, he left because of injury. While an in-game injury always is possible with Davis, he also brings an amazingly high ceiling to his matchup with the Hornets.
Other Options — Julius Randle ($8,000), Larry Nance Jr. ($7,000)
ValueDwight Powell ($5,700) — Powell has emerged as a solid scoring option for the Mavs, reaching double-digit points in 11 of his last 15 games. He had 20 points Sunday in just 23 minutes against the Rockets. He has 24-plus DKFP in three consecutive games and in six of his last eight. As the Mavs visit the Knicks, Powell gets a good enough matchup to make him a solid value play who could threaten for a double-double if the game remains competitive.
Other Options — Montrezl Harrell ($5,300), Pascal Siakam ($4,200)
StudNikola Jokic ($9,000) — Jokic had 21 points, six assists and six rebounds for 40.5 DKFP last Friday against the Lakers, and in the game prior to that and the game after that, he posted 60-plus DKFP, including a 20-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in just 30 minutes Sunday against the Kings. Jokic has huge upside in a rematch against the Lakers and always offers great multi-category potential.
Other Options — Joel Embiid ($9,300), Rudy Gobert ($7,800)
ValueJonas Valanciunas ($5,900) — I’ll wrap up my top targets in the same place I started — with the red-hot Raptors. Valanciunas gets a great matchup with the Nets, as he tries to post 29-plus DKFP in his sixth consecutive game. He has averaged 36.2 DKFP in his last five contests on 15.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. The Nets have struggled all season against opposing big men, and Valanciunas had 42.25 DKFP the last time he faced them.
Other Options — Kyle O’Quinn ($4,700), Mason Plumlee ($4,000)
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