Sandwiched between nine games Monday and 11 games Wednesday, Tuesday’s five-game fantasy basketball slate still has plenty of interesting options to consider even though there are just 10 teams in action. None of the 10 teams taking the court played Monday, so all should be rested and ready for their final push to the All-Star break, which begins Friday. The Celtics and 76ers are the marquee matchup in the early wave of games, but Boston will be without Kyrie Irving (knee) as it faces the new-look Philadelphia offense. In the late game, the Warriors welcome in the Jazz in what could be a playoff preview depending on how the Western Conference seeding plays out.
The 10 teams in action provide plenty of options for your fantasy basketball lineup, so take a look at who I think is set for big games in my top studs and values at each position. As always, you also will want to make sure and check back on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that will impact your lineup.
StudTrae Young, ATL vs. LAL, $6,700 — This matchup should be a high-scoring contest since the Hawks play at the fastest pace in the NBA and the Lakers rank fourth. Young should benefit from the wide-open style of play and finished with 46 DKFP against Los Angeles earlier this season with 20 points and 12 assists. He had a similar stat line with 20 points, 11 assists and 43.25 DKFP Saturday against the Hornets and followed that with 29.25 DKFP in the second game of his back-to-back against Orlando. He fell just short of 30 DKFP in that contest but had more than 30 DKFP in 10 straight contests before that while averaging 39.8 DKFP. He should be set up to bounce back with a big game and offers elite upside at a reasonable salary. Other Options — Stephen Curry ($9,000), Terry Rozier ($6,900)
ValuePatty Mills, SA at MEM, $4,100 — Mills has been more active lately for the Spurs while Derrick White (heel) has been sidelined. He had 27 DKFP on Saturday on 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. While posting at least 18 DKFP in eight straight, he has averaged 13.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 24.3 DKFP in 24.5 minutes per game. He should continue to see minutes in the mid-20s as the Spurs take on the Grizzlies, which gives him a good shot again to return nice value with a salary barely over $4K.
Other Options — Marcus Smart ($4,900), T.J. McConnell ($3,700)
StudKlay Thompson, GS vs. UTA, $6,100 — While it’s easy to overlook Thompson in the Warriors’ star-studded rotation, the original Splash Brother has caught fire lately and hit at least four triples in each of his past four games while going 18-for-30 from long range over that span. He has at least 25 points and 37 DKFP in each of those four games, including a pair of games with more than 44 DKFP. Opponents are finding it impossible to cover all of Golden State’s offensive options, and Thompson is thriving while playing over-stretched opponents. Other Options — Donovan Mitchell ($8,300), DeMar DeRozan ($7,300)
ValueBrandon Ingram, LAL at ATL, $5,500 — Ingram has continued to be involved in the Lakers’ offense even after the return of LeBron James ($10,500; load management, probable) and Rajon Rondo ($5,900). He has averaged 37.1 minutes and 27.8 DKFP on the Lakers’ five-game road trip but has at least 28 DKFP in four of those contests with the team-wide clunker in Indiana his only down game. He should be set up to thrive against the Hawks.
Other Options — JJ Redick ($5,300), T.J. McConnell ($3,700)
StudTobias Harris, PHI vs. BOS, $6,600 — Harris quickly has adapted to the 76ers after starting the year with the Clippers and being moved at the trade deadline. He had 31.5 DKFP against the Nuggets in his Philadelphia debut and followed that with an even more impressive 41.5 DKFP against the Lakers on Sunday. He had a well-balanced 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and a block in just 29 minutes against Los Angeles, and he’ll look to help his new team get a win against one of its main challengers in the Eastern Conference as it hosts the Celtics. Other Options — LeBron James ($10,500), Kyle Kuzma ($6,000)
ValueJonathan Isaac, ORL at NO, $5,100 — After battling injuries his rookie season and during the first part of this year, Isaac has started to find a nice rhythm lately for the Magic and has at least 29 DKFP in six of his past seven games. During those seven games, he has averaged 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assists for 32.2 DKFP per contest. His great defensive stats make him low-risk, and a favorable matchup with the Pelicans gives him a high ceiling.
Other Options — Jaylen Brown ($5,100), Taurean Prince ($4,500)
StudLaMarcus Aldridge, SA at MEM, $7,700 — Aldridge has five double-doubles in his past six games and at least nine rebounds in 10 of his past 11, averaging 23.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 44.4 DKFP over those 11 contests. He should be able to take advantage of the Grizzlies’ interior defense, which still is adjusting to losing Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green at the trade deadline. He has more than 37 DKFP in seven of his past eight and is once again a solid play with upside. Other Options — Anthony Davis ($10,300), Jayson Tatum ($6,100)
ValueKenrich Williams, NO vs. ORL, $4,900 — Williams has played more than 34 minutes a game over his past seven games and quickly ascended into the Pelicans’ starting five. In those seven contests, Kenny Hustle has averaged 33.3 DKFP on 12.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He finished with 40.75 DKFP against the Grizzlies on Saturday and will look to keep rolling as the Pelicans host the Magic.
Other Options — Dewayne Dedmon ($4,600), Jae Crowder ($4,400)
StudJoel Embiid, PHI vs. BOS, $10,200 — Embiid has put up at least 60 DKFP in four of his past five games and only needed 32 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday to quickly rack up 37 points, 14 boards and 62 DKFP. He had 34 points, 16 rebounds and 61 DKFP against the Celtics on Christmas in his most recent matchup with Boston. He had a rough shooting game against the Nuggets on Friday but has reached at least 50 DKFP in 10 of his past 11 and is low-risk, high-upside as the Sixers host the Celtics, who won’t have Aron Baynes (foot) to fortify their defense. Embiid is my favorite high-priced centerpiece to build around on Tuesday’s slate. Other Options — Rudy Gobert ($8,200), John Collins ($7,600)
ValueIvan Rabb, MEM vs. SA, $5,600 — Rabb has moved into the starting lineup for the Grizzlies for the past three games and has been productive in an expanded role. He had 41.75 DKFP with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first start against the Timberwolves and followed that with 33.25 DKFP against the Thunder and 25.75 against the Pelicans. He will remain in the starting lineup even when Jonas Valanciunas ($4,200) is available, according to coach J.B. Bickerstaff, and has good upside as long as he gets minutes for Memphis.
Other Options — JaVale McGee ($4,800), Jakob Poeltl ($3,400)
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