Last night was a fiasco, as a questionable Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving and Jusuf Nurkic all went nuts. Klay Thompson also enjoyed one of his coined blow-up games, while James Harden of course didn’t come close to meeting value.
Flush that one down the drain and look forward to Tuesday night’s four-game daily fantasy basketball slate at FanDuel. Here are some of my favorite NBA DFS picks for GPPs over there:
PG: Derrick Rose – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.6k)
Jeff Teague is banged up and I love Rose at this price versus the Suns, either way. He dropped 39 fantasy points against them in his last outing and could be even better tonight. He’s a lock for me.
PG: Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors ($8.3k)
Russell Westbrook is the most expensive point guard tonight, but he’s arguably too pricey for this small slate. I’d rather balance things out a bit and Lowry could be an elite pivot with Kawhi Leonard already ruled out.
SG: Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns ($7.9k)
Booker feels too cheap for this slate, as Minnesota is not a scary matchup and he’s at home. He could easily blow up in this spot and is a core play for me tonight.
SG: Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks ($8.9k)
Doncic just dropped a triple-double in his last game and happened to put up 52 fantasy points against the Clippers the last time he saw them. He’s not cheap, but he has a good floor and plenty if upside.
I really like Doncic tonight, but I get it if you want to save cash at shooting guard. Both Kings guards are solid values, while Andrew Wiggins has a great matchup against the Suns.
SF: C.J. Miles – Toronto Raptors ($3.7k)
Kawhi Leonard is out and you’ll want to punt somewhere. Paul George is the only stud at SF tonight and while he’s absolutely worth spending to get, I don’t know if he’s a core play for me.
Miles is going to save you can regardless and a date with a bad Kings defense is appealing. The extra run could make him an elite value play, while Norman Powell ($3.9k) also needs to be considered.
SF: T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns ($6.2k)
PG-13 is the elite spend here and I totally get the interest, but you might be able to match him if Warren is feeling it. This Suns vs. Timberwolves game has serious upside and he remains a great price.
PF: Dragan Bender – Phoenix Suns ($3.8k)
Bender looks like a free square tonight. Deandre Ayton is doubtful to play for the second game in a row and that should equate to around 30 minutes of action for Bender.
There is always the possibility Bender gets in foul trouble against Karl-Anthony Towns, but he put up a solid double-double in his last game and is probably the best punt play on the board.
PF: Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors ($6.9k)
No Kawhi is probably putting me on Siakam or Serge Ibaka. If you need the extra $200 for some reason, Ibaka is a fine alternative. Power forward isn’t loaded, but paying up for Tobias Harris ($8.1k) isn’t a terrible idea, either.
I just prefer Siakam, who touches the ball a lot when Leonard sits and offers a nice floor/ceiling combination. The Kings don’t defend well down low, so I don’t see how you go wrong with Siakam or Serge. I just think Siakam offers a little more upside.
C: DeAndre Jordan – Dallas Mavericks ($7k)
Center is not a weak position tonight. Karl-Anthony Towns is obviously the top option and if I can safely get to him, he’s my favorite play. He dropped 61 fantasy points on the Suns in his last game and they don’t defend any position well.
KAT feels like an obvious chalk play, which is one reason why I’m fading him in this lineup. There are several options you can talk yourself into and DJ is $3.6k cheaper and in a very good spot, himself.
DJ will be motivated to play well against his former Clippers squad, one in which does not defend centers well and gave up 46 fantasy points the last time they faced Jordan. I love him at this price and will be making the calculated move to use him above all other centers.
I love the value on this slate, so I really don’t see the need to force guys like Westbrook, PG-13 or KAT in my lineup. If Rose, Lowry, Devin, Doncic, Siakam and DK all work out like I think they can, this team should be very competitive in all formats.
The value plays aren’t even risky, in my opinion. Bender is super chalky and probably a must, while Miles is a solid punt at a weak SF position. If Miles somehow pops off like he has been lately (22 and 28 fantasy points over his last two contests), this team could benefit greatly.
Overall, I see the allure in the expensive studs, but I also like the idea of fading them. Use this lineup as it stands or mix and match my NBA DFS picks with your own. Either way, I wish you luck tonight!