WATCH: DK MINUTE REPORT – DOUG McDERMOTT
We tip off Tuesday with a nine-game slate and some interesting options, so let’s jump right into some players to target tonight.
Damian Lillard ($9,000) – Dame draws a nice matchup against the Lakers, who rank 28th in defense efficiency and are yielding the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. In addition, they have allowed 4.17 points above expectations to the position. This should be a paced up game, with plenty of touch opportunities for Lillard. He scored 44.8 fantasy points against the Lakers in their last meeting.
Other Options – John Wall $9,900, Giannis Antetokounmpo $9,700, Isaiah Thomas $9,100, Kyle Lowry $8,200
Michael Carter-Williams ($4,800) – The Bulls backcourt will be shorthanded today with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade ruled out for tonight’s contest. This should provide a boost in playing time for Carter-Williams, who is averaging 25.2 minutes and 21.7 fantasy points per game over his last six. The Bulls face off against Washington, which is ranked 21st in defense efficiency and is giving up more than 50 fantasy points per game to point guards. Although MCW is volatile, if he gets some extra run tonight, he will be in a good spot to pay off his salary and some.
Other Options – D’Angelo Russell $6,900, Dennis Schroeder $6,700, George Hill $6,300, Tyler Johnson $5,500, Ty Lawson $4,500
James Harden ($12,100) – Harden continues to be a dominant player and has displayed an absurdly high ceiling. I mean, a few nights ago he scored 103.5 fantasy points against the Knicks. He has topped 70 fantasy points in three of his last six contests, scoring fewer than 57 just once. He also has four triple-doubles in his last six outings. The Hornets play at a slower pace, but they are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. He continues to be an elite option whenever he is on the slate, and tonight is no different.
Other Options – DeMar DeRozan $8,300, C.J. McCollum $8,100
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,600) – Caldwell-Pope is volatile, but does offer plenty of upside for a player at this price range. He faces a Kings team that is giving up the seventh-most fantasy points, the sixth-most actual points and the most 3-pointers per game to shooting guards. They rank 25th in defense efficiency. Just keep in mind, while we have seen KCP top 40 fantasy points several times this season, we have also see him score below 20 fantasy points on many occasions.
Other Options – Jeremy Lamb $5,100 (if Batum is out), Rodney Hood $4,000
Kawhi Leonard ($7,900) – This is the cheapest that Leonard has been in January, and he gets a great matchup. The Bucks have allowed 4.22 points above expectations to opposing small forwards. They are giving up the most fantasy points, most actual points, sixth-most rebounds, second-most assists and most 3-pointers per game to the position. Leonard has topped 40 fantasy points in five of his last seven games, while eclipsing 50 fantasy points twice during that stretch. This is a great spot for him and one he should excel in.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,800, LeBron James $9,600
Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4,600) – Hardaway Jr. has is averaging 27.3 minutes, 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.2 fantasy points per game over his last four. He gets a plus matchup tonight as the Hawks take on the Nets, who have allowed 1.74 points above expectations to the position. They are also yielding the second-most fantasy points per game and are ranked 26th in defense efficiency. With Kyle Korver out the door, Hardaway Jr. should receive a boost in his role. He played 31 minutes in the last game, scoring 30.5 fantasy points.
Other Options – Rudy Gay $6,500, Trevor Ariza $5,700, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5,000
DeMarcus Cousins ($10,100) – Boogie’s price has come down significantly over the last week or so. That alone draws some interest from me. I understand that Detroit plays good defense, but in the Pistons’ last 10 games, they have been a tad more susceptible to opposing power forwards, giving up the most fantasy points per game during that stretch. In those 10 games, they are allowing 22.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Other Options – Draymond Green $7,800, Paul Milsap $7,800, Julius Randle $7,400
Taj Gibson ($4,700) – There is nothing exciting about rostering Gibson, but he has been steady for most of the season. He has a solid matchup tonight as the Wizards have allowed 2.34 points above expectations to opposing power forwards and also yielding 22 points per game, which is the third-most allowed by a defense to the position. If this game can stay close, Gibson should play his regular minutes. The last time these teams met, he played 30.5 minutes and scored 31.3 fantasy points.
Other Options – Tobias Harris $6,300, Al-Farouq Aminu $5,100
Dwight Howard ($7,500) – Howard is having a nice 10-game stretch, averaging 31.3 minutes, 14.9 points, 15.3 rebounds and 39 fantasy points per game. The only game he scored fewer than 30 fantasy points and did not record a double-double during that time frame was against the Spurs. Tonight he faces off against a Nets team that gives up the second-most rebounds per game with a -3.6 differential. Brooklyn has allowed 8.27 points above expectations to opposing centers. The Nets are giving up the most fantasy points, second-most points and second-most blocks per game to the position. Lastly, they rank 26th in defense efficiency. All the boxes check off for Howard, who should be able to dominate in tonight’s matchup.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside $8,000, Andre Drummond $7,700, Al Horford $6,700
Mason Plumlee ($6,100) – The price is creeping up on Plumlee, but he is still affordable considering his abilities. In his last seven games, he is averaging 30.4 minutes, 12.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 36.5 fantasy points per game. In his last contest, he finished two points shy of a triple-double. He has displayed his 50+ fantasy point upside before. Tonight he faces the Lakers, who give up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to centers and have allowed 4.83 points above expectations to the position. They also rank 28th in defense efficiency. His price increase may cause some to steer away, but he could still exceed expectations at this price.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat $5,900
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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