We tip off Tuesday night with a five-game slate and some intriguing options to choose from. Let’s jump right into some players to target tonight.
Kyrie Irving ($7,400) – Earlier this season, Irving dropped 41.5 fantasy points on the Raptors despite turning the ball over seven times. In that contest, he scored 26 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out six assists, while going 5-9 from beyond the arc. He also topped 39 fantasy points in five of the eight games played against the Raptors last season. Toronto has allowed +3.71 points above expectations to point guards, per Fantasy Labs, and is also yielding the ninth-most fantasy points per game to point guards. Lastly, the Cavs have the third-highest implied team total of the slate. A lot of the boxes check off for Irving, and at this price he should have no trouble paying off his salary.
Other Options – Damian Lillard $9,300, Kyle Lowry $7,600
Ricky Rubio ($5,700) – Since returning from injury on Saturday, Rubio is averaging 30.75 fantasy points, 29 minutes, 8.5 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. However, his price remains under $6,000, making him a solid value play. Despite attempting just 11 shots in his last two games, Rubio’s contributions to all other categories provide him with a safe floor and plenty of upside. He is always a threat to post a triple-double and faces a Hornets team yielding the 11th-most fantasy points per game to point guards.
Other Options – Sean Kilpatrick $5,800, Tyler Johnson $5,400 (also eligible at SG)
DeMar DeRozan ($8,800) – We have been waiting for some regression out of DeRozan all season, but so far that has not happened. He has topped 42 fantasy points in all but one game and has attempted at least 20 shots in every single game. His usage rate is through the roof at 37.5 percent, and he is averaging 37.1 minutes per game. His price is getting up there, but he continues to be a consistent producer in a position that can be volatile.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum $7,500, Dwyane Wade $6,400
Lou Williams ($5,600) – The price is climbing for Williams, but at less than $6,000 and considering this matchup, I am still interested. He leads the Lakers with a 28.8 percent usage rate and is averaging 1.25 fantasy points per minute. This contest has the highest projected point total of the night at 220.5 points, and the Lakers have a healthy team implied total of 113.75. Both teams are in the top seven when it comes to game pace, which should lead to an up-tempo game, creating more opportunities and touches for Williams. He has displayed his 30+ fantasy point upside numerous times this season and has scored more than 27 fantasy points in seven consecutive games. The Nets have also allowed +2.04 points above expectations to shooting guards.
Other Options – Jordan Clarkson $5,100, Bojan Bogdanovic $4,200, Dion Waiters $4,200
Jimmy Butler ($8,000) – Butler has topped 60 fantasy points in two of his last three games and has scored fewer than 36 fantasy points just three times all season. He leads the Bulls with a 26.2 usage rate and is averaging 34 minutes per game. Butler is $2,300 cheaper than LeBron and offers a similar ceiling. The matchup is not the most appealing one of the night, but Portland plays paced up which should create more touches for Butler.
Other Options – LeBron James $10,300, Andrew Wiggins $7,000
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($4,900) – Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 30.5 minutes per game, and despite a low usage rate, he contributes to just about every category, averaging 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game. He has double digit rebounds in four games and has two double-doubles. The Timberwolves have allowed +1.54 points above expectations to small forwards, per Fantasy Labs. Kidd-Gilchrist is volatile as he has scored fewer than 20 fantasy points twice this season, but he also provides a good amount of upside, scoring 30 or more fantasy points three times.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless $5,200, Josh Richardson $4,800, Brandon Ingram $3,300
Kevin Love ($7,800) – Love is having a very good season thus far, averaging 20.6 points and 10 rebounds per game, while draining 13 3-pointers this season. He is averaging 39.1 fantasy points per game and has scored fewer than 35 fantasy points just once this season. In his last game against the Raptors, he recorded a double-double and scored 40 fantasy points.
Other Options – Paul Millsap $7,700
Julius Randle ($6,600) – This is probably not the best value at the position, but considering the matchup and potential game flow, I think Randle is in a favorable spot to pay off his salary. The Nets are yielding the fourth-most fantasy points per game and have allowed +3.06 points above expectations to power forwards, while surrendering 23 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Randle has recorded double-digit rebounds in four of his last 10 games and is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game this season. Considering the up-tempo pace this game will play at and the amount of shots taken, Randle could be in for a decent night on the glass.
Other Options – Taj Gibson $5,500, Marvin Williams $5,100
Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,200) – Towns has topped 43 fantasy points in three consecutive games. In the month of November, he is averaging 43.9 fantasy points, 23.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game, while recording 5 double-doubles in five of his last seven games. The Hornets are yielding the sixth-most fantasy points and second-most points to opposing centers. There are several high-end options tonight at this position, but Towns stands out the most to me.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside $8,300, Dwight Howard $7,200
Mason Plumlee ($5,300) – If you look at his recent production, 28.25 and 34.25 fantasy points, you would agree that Plumlee is underpriced. In addition, he has scored fewer than 22 fantasy points just once in his last 10 games, while eclipsing 30 fantasy points three times in that span. He is a good source of rebounds, points, and even assists. The Bulls are yielding the third-most fantasy points per game and have allowed +2.03 points above expectations to centers, per Fantasy Labs. Taking everything into account, this is a favorable situation for Plumlee at an affordable price.
Other Options – Tristan Thompson $4,700
Note: Keep a close eye on the DK Live news section prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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