Tuesday brings a crazy 11-game slate, so let’s waste no time diving into my top targets and values. Feel free to reach out on Twitter with any questions or comments: @julianedlow.
James Harden ($11,100) — This slate is loaded with stud PGs; Harden just happens to be the most “studly” of the crew. Without Westbrook in action tonight, Harden provides the highest ceiling of any player. San Antonio can be viewed as a tough matchup, but “The Beard” has already dropped a triple-double on the Spurs this season, and enters the contest having scored 64+ DKFP in three of his last four games.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo $9,800, Chris Paul $9,200, Kyle Lowry $8,400
Stephen Curry ($7,900) — Sure, he’s the reigning back-to-back MVP and a pretty expensive “value” play, but consider that Curry began December running you a $9,200 salary on DK. This is a huge discount. Utah isn’t an ideal matchup, but the Warriors are playing at home, where they can get into their zone regardless of opponent.
Other Options – Jeff Teague $6,900, Brandon Jennings $5,500, Austin Rivers $4,400
DeMar DeRozan ($8,500) — Whether you plan on using Lowry or not, the Nets provide a fantastic matchup at both guard positions, so DeRozan is in pay either way for me. Brooklyn ranks 27th this season against the SG position, so it should struggle to slow down DeRozan, who’s having a career-season. He’s been averaging around 45 DKFP over his past three games, so DeRozan enters the matchup on a bit of a roll. The lack of stud SGs in good matchups tonight also makes DeRozan an attractive option.
Other Options – Nicolas Batum $7,500
Eric Gordon ($5,300) — Defending the SG position has actually been a weakness of the Spurs this season. Meanwhile, Gordon’s been red-hot — scoring 30+ DKFP in six of his last 10 games, and topping 38 DKFP in each of his last two games. In his last contest against San Antonio, Gordon posted a 27-5-2 line along with a steal and a block.
Other Options – Rodney Hood $5,400, Gary Harris $5,000, Tony Snell $3,300
LeBron James ($9,600) — Milwaukee ranks 27th in the NBA against SFs and gets the most difficult of matchups tonight in LeBron. James only played 33 minutes in a blowout loss to the Bucks earlier this season, so I’m going to ignore those poor numbers and expect LeBron to be out for revenge tonight. He’s coming into the game averaging 57 DKFP over his last six games.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,000, Kawhi Leonard $8,600, Paul George $8,100
Brandon Ingram ($4,200) — Ingram dazzled Saturday against the Cavs, nearly posting a triple-double in 41 minutes with nine points, nine assists and 10 boards. The assists can partially be attributed to D’Angelo Russell sitting out, but the performance should earn the rookie more minutes (probably in-between the 41 and 21 he’s played in his last two outings). The Hornets provide a great matchup for SFs, so Ingram has that going for him as well.
Other Options – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $4,400, Maurice Harkless $4,900
Joel Embiid ($7,600) — Anthony Davis is the obvious stud at PF, but he’s very difficult to trust tonight with his salary up nearly $1,000, yet coming off a pair of atrocious games with a leg injury. On the opposing bench, Embiid finds himself in a great matchup regardless of PF vs C position — New Orleans ranks in the bottom-four in the NBA against both positions. Considering he’s coming off his best game in the NBA (33 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks – 58 DKFP in just 27 minutes), Embiid feels like he’s in the perfect spot tonight.
Other Options — Kristaps Porzingis $7,800
LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,800) — The Spurs get to face an undersized and depleted (now without Clint Capela for 4-6 weeks) Houston front court tonight. Aldridge is coming off a nice game in a good matchup against New Orleans, scoring 35.75 DKFP. LMA had a double-double and rejected three shots in his last game against the Rockets, and that was with Capela protecting the paint for Houston. Like Curry, he’s a somewhat pricey “value.”
Other Options – Marvin Williams $4,900, Thaddeus Young $4,900
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,200) — Cousins has really struggled over his last four games, scoring 42.5 DKFP in three of them. Unlike Davis, Boogie is completely healthy and in an equally appealing matchup with the Blazers, who struggle against both PF and C. If Cousins and Davis’ recent slumps scare you, there are other studs on the slate available at center (including Embiid listed at PF).
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside $8,700, Marc Gasol $7,300, Brook Lopez $7,100, DeAndre Jordan $7,200
Pau Gasol ($6,000) — You may not want to stack Aldridge and Gasol, but the Spurs should try and attack the Rockets in the paint, where they’re hurting. Pau is averaging 39 DKFP over his past three games, and flirted with a triple-double in his last matchup with Houston — 15-7-6. Playing just 48 total minutes in his last two games (that the Spurs won easily), Gasol could be in line for closer to 35 minutes (as he was three games ago in a close one vs. Boston) with a tight game against the high-powered Rockets expected.
Other Options – Myles Turner $6,300, Jahlil Okafor $5,500, Marreese Speights $4,200, Alexis Ajinca $3,200
Note: Keep a close eye on the DK Live News prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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