After a busy nine-game start to the week, the NBA has a more focused, four-game fantasy basketball slate Tuesday. None of the eight teams in action played last night, so there’s no back-to-backs to worry about. The main slate tips off with the Hawks and Hornets before the Wizards visit the Mavericks and the Nets travel to the desert to face the Suns.
The slate saves the best for last, though, with the most intriguing game as the final game of the night when the Bucks take on the Trail Blazers in Portland. Always check the DK Live app or at live.draftkings.com for the latest news leading up to tipoff, and make sure to start your lineup with these studs and values.
StudTrae Young, ATL at CHA, $7,300 — Young has been excellent in his first nine games in the NBA, and he has been surprisingly successful as a passer as well as a scorer. He has at least eight assists in five of his past eight games and has been able to post more than 29 DKFP in five of those games as a result. He had a career-best 56 DKFP on Saturday against the Heat in his most recent game, finishing with 24 points, 15 assists and six boards. He’ll look to stay hot as the Hawks head to Charlotte. Young is carrying a huge workload in Atlanta’s starting lineup, which makes him low-risk with a high ceiling. Other Options — Damian Lillard ($9,600), D’Angelo Russell ($6,000)
ValueTony Parker, CHA vs. ATL, $4,200 — Parker has offered a nice spark off the Hornets’ bench and has shown he still has some left in the tank. He has scored double-digit points in five straight games, highlighted by a 24-point, 11-assist double-double that resulted in 42.75 DKFP. That monster game looks like an outlier, but he has been able to get to 20 DKFP in four straight and seems to be gelling well with the Hornets’ second unit, which is in a good matchup against Atlanta.
Other Options — Dennis Smith Jr. ($5,700), Spencer Dinwiddie ($4,800)
StudBradley Beal, WAS at DAL, $7,400 — Beal has been adding nice fantasy production from non-scoring categories so far this season. He has averaged 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 block to go with his 23 points in 33.5 minutes per game. The extra production has resulted in at least 37 DKFP in three straight and at least 35 DKFP in six of his past eight. The Mavericks’ young backcourt will have its hands full with Beal and John Wall ($8,800) in Dallas, and Beal should return good value if he continues adding non-scoring numbers. Other Option — Khris Middleton ($7,000), C.J. McCollum ($6,200)
ValueJoe Harris, BKN at PHO, $4,600 — Harris is shooting an incredible 30-for-50 (60 percent) on 3-point attempts so far this season and has averaged 23.9 DKFP on 12.8 points, 2.5 assists and 3.0 three-pointers in 30.2 minutes per game. His usage can fluctuate from game to game, but he should get a good chance to stay hot in Phoenix against a young and depleted Suns rotation.
Other Options — Kent Bazemore ($5,900), Donte DiVincenzo ($3,400)
StudCaris LeVert, BKN at PHO, $7,200 — LeVert has scored at least 20 points in six of his first 10 games this season and has supplemented with 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals to average 35.2 DKFP. LeVert has at least 34 DKFP in four of his past five games and should be able to reach that plateau in a good matchup with the Suns. Other Option — Nicolas Batum ($6,500)
ValueJeremy Lamb, CHA vs. ATL, $5,200 — Lamb has averaged 31.3 DFKP over his past two games mostly by crashing the glass and pulling in a total of 17 rebounds. Lamb can offer upside in scoring and has the green light. He hasn’t exploded for a monster game yet, but he gets a great matchup with the Hawks and is a solid play.
Other Options — Evan Turner ($4,900), Jeff Green ($4,000)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at POR, $12,600 — No other PF-eligible player is within $6K of Antetokounmpo on the limited slate. Since returning from a concussion, all Antetokounmpo has done is post 55.25 DKFP against the Celtics and 67.75 DKFP in just 30 minutes against the Kings. He has been one of the best all-around fantasy performers of the season, and he has failed to reach 55 DKFP in only one game in which he did not leave early with an injury. He had his second triple-double of the season in just 30 minutes against Sacramento and finished with 26 points, 15 boards and 11 assists despite getting plenty of rest after the game got lopsided. Other Option — Harrison Barnes ($5,500)
ValueTrevor Ariza, PHO vs. BKN, $4,900 — Ariza started fast with the Suns but cooled off before bouncing back on Phoenix’s current homestand. He has posted 32.25, 26 and 37.75 DKFP in his first three games since returning home and benefitted Sunday from increased minutes and usage with T.J. Warren (back; $5,000) out. If Warren is out again, Ariza will be low-risk based on his usage, but he’s worth a look even if Warren returns based on his latest rhythm and multi-category production.
Other Options — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($4,400), Zach Collins ($4,100)
StudDeandre Ayton, PHO vs. BKN, $7,500 — Ayton didn’t reach double-digits in any single fantasy category Sunday, but he still had a solid 35.5 DKFP with nine points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. He is normally much more involved in the offense and is averaging 16 points and 10.7 rebounds per night. Like fellow rookie Trae Young, Ayton is carrying a big chunk of his team’s offense and as a result almost always contributes enough to return value. Ayton gets a great matchup against the Nets, who have struggled badly defending opposing big men. Other Options — DeAndre Jordan ($7,900), Jusuf Nurkic ($6,700)
ValueErsan Ilyasova, MIL at POR, $4,200 — Ilyasova’s has filled a nice role off the bench for Milwaukee and has shown he still can return good value even though he hasn’t been in the starting lineup aside from when Giannis was out with his concussion. Ilyasova has reached 25 DKFP in four of his past five games, including the 37 DKFP he had in his spot start. He offers nice scoring and rebounding off the bench and should be a solid play under $5K in the frontcourt.
Other Options — Jarrett Allen ($5,200), Alex Len ($4,700)
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