Tuesday is one of the busiest nights of the week as the NBA brings us a solid eight-game slate for fantasy basketball. There are some interesting matchups on the board highlighted by the Raptors visiting the 76ers in a matchup of playoff contenders in the East. Overall, the schedule leans a bit towards the East with 10 of the 16 teams in action from the Eastern Conference. Most of the teams on the slate had last night off, but it’s worth noting the Pacers and Pistons are finishing out back-to-back sets. The slate wraps with the Heat and Trail Blazers meeting in Portland in the only game with a late tipoff.
As you search through the eight games and try to find the best plays, take a look at my top studs and values at each position. Also, make sure to keep up with all the latest availability news on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com, where you also can follow all the in-game action live to watch your players perform.
StudRussell Westbrook, OKC vs. ORL, $11,400 — Westbrook and the Thunder come home after having their seven-game winning streak come to an end in Boston. Even in the loss, though, Westbrook went off for his sixth straight triple-double, finishing with 68 DKFP on 22 points, 16 assists, 12 rebounds and two steals. He has at least 55 DKFP in three straight and five of his past six games, including a massive 66 DKFP when he faced the Magic last Tuesday on 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in 38 minutes. There’s some danger he plays fewer minutes because of a blowout, but Orlando has been keeping games relatively close and likes to play up-tempo. Other Options — Mike Conley ($8,200), Rajon Rondo ($6,800)
ValueJerryd Bayless, MIN at MEM, $5,400 — Bayless faced his former team, the Grizzlies, last Wednesday and dropped a monster 51.75 DKFP in 43 minutes against them, finishing with 19 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals. He’s set up for another heavy workload in the rematch in Memphis since Derrick Rose (ankle) will be joining Jeff Teague (foot) and Tyus Jones (ankle) on the sideline, leaving Bayless as the starting PG with rookie Jared Terrell ($3,000) as his primary backup.
Other Options — Dwyane Wade ($5,200), Malik Monk ($3,800)
StudTerry Rozier, BOS at CLE, $6,700 — Scary Terry likely will get the start Tuesday since Kyrie Irving (hip) will turn down a chance to take on his former team in Cleveland. Rozier has made six starts since the first of the year and has averaged 37 DKFP in those contests. He had 48, 37.75 and 46.75 DKFP in three starts over the past two weeks and the 48 DKFP came against the same Cavs he’ll face tonight. He played 30 minutes in that game and quickly piled up 26 points, six assists and eight rebounds. Since he will get such a big workload, he brings a high ceiling at his mid-range salary in a great matchup. Other Options — CJ McCollum ($7,100), Bojan Bogdanovic ($6,000)
ValueShai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC at MIN, $4,400 — The Clippers’ PG has had the usual inconsistencies associated with a rookie guard, but Gilgeous-Alexander has been settling in lately and seems to be finding a good groove. Gilgeous-Alexnader has scored double-digit points in five straight contests, averaging 29.5 DKFP on 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 26.6 minutes per game over that stretch. He has at least 33 DKFP in three of those contests and should continue to see expanded usage while Danilo Gallinari (back) remains sidelined.
Other Options — Reggie Jackson ($5,500), T.J. McConnell ($3,500)
StudJimmy Butler, PHI vs. TOR, $7,500 — Butler had 29 points in 39 minutes Saturday against the Kings as the 76ers finished their trip out west. Butler missed the first game of the trip with a wrist injury but was excellent in two of this three games since returning. He had 47.25 DKFP against the Lakers and 50 DKFP against the Kings sandwiched around a disappointing 30.25 DKFP on a poor shooting night against the Warriors. He usually steps up with big games against tough opponents and had 58.5 DKFP on 38 points and 10 rebounds the most recent time the Sixers faced the Raptors. Other Options — Paul George ($10,200), Thaddeus Young ($6,100)
ValueJonathan Isaac, ORL at OKC, $5,300 — After being limited by injury early in his career, Isaac finally is starting to blossom and getting heavy playing time for the Magic. He has more than 25 DKFP in four straight games, including 29 DKFP against the Thunder last week. He followed that game with a double-double for 36.75 DKFP against the Pacers and another double-double for 39 DKFP against the Nets. He usually adds in great defensive stats, giving him a high ceiling as long as he keeps getting extended run.
Other Options — Jaylen Brown ($4,900), Justin Holiday ($4,700)
StudBlake Griffin, DET at NY, $8,800 — Griffin only had to play 23 minutes Monday as the Pistons cruised past the Nuggets. He was an efficient 6-for-8 from the field and put up 31.75 DKFP despite his limited playing time while Andre Drummond ($8,300) carried most of the workload. As the Pistons head to Madison Square Garden, Griffin is likely to be more heavily involved and should be able to flourish despite the Knicks’ recent addition of his former teammate DeAndre Jordan ($6,200). Griffin had more than 46 DKFP in five of his six previous games before his lighter workload Monday, and I think he’ll return to that level of production and be an elite contributor in this matchup in New York. Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,900), Pascal Siakam ($6,300)
ValueJerami Grant, OKC vs. ORL, $5,300 — Grant had a down game in Miami on Friday but has been a reliable contributor other than that outlier. He bounced back with 15 points and 23.75 DKFP against Boston on Sunday, although he didn’t chip in his normal non-scoring production. When at his best, he can contribute in multiple categories like when he had 34.75 DKFP against the Magic last week on 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals. He has more than 23 DKFP in 11 of his past 12 contests while averaging a consistent 29.3 DKFP per contest.
Other Options — Jayson Tatum ($5,800), Luke Kornet ($4,300)
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL at OKC, $9,600 — Vucevic has eight double-doubles in his past 10 games and has produced more than 50 DKFP in six of his past nine. He had 54.75 DKFP against the Thunder last week, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. He has more than 53 DKFP in three of his past four games, including that contest, and he gets a better matchup than the other top-tier big men on this slate. Other Options — Joel Embiid ($10,500), Hassan Whiteside ($6,900)
ValueKelly Olynyk, MIA at POR, $3,900 — Miami’s rotation has been in flux all season due to injuries and coach Eric Spoelstra switching things up on a regular basis. Recently, though, the team has settled into a nine-man rotation that uses a lot of Olynyk. The big man responded with a pair of big games this weekend. He played 31 minutes and had 35.25 DKFP on 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists against the Thunder, and he followed that with 32.75 DKFP on 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes against the Pacers. Olynyk has a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers and is the best bargain play under $4K on the slate.
Other Options — Larry Nance Jr. ($5,800), Ivica Zubac ($4,600)
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