I had some good plays last night, as Kevin Durant had a huge game and Tristan Thompson worked out. Sadly, a lot of my value plays bombed and I wasn’t on James Harden or that crazy Rockets/Wizards game. That led to a weak DFS night, but I’m back to correct my wrongs for Tuesday’s light five-game slate at FanDuel.
Victor Oladipo is out again and there are a few other injuries to consider, but I feel like this daily fantasy basketball slate is pretty self explanatory. That’s led me to the following squad for NBA DFS tournaments on Tuesday night:
PG: Darren Collison – Indiana Pacers ($4.9k)
I never love rostering Collison, but Victor Oladipo remains out tonight and the Pacers have a tasty matchup against the Suns. Collison is locked into 25-30 minutes and if he’s ever going to pop off as a scorer again, it’d probably come in this matchup tonight.
PG: Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.7k)
I’m not too excited for paying up for Kyle Lowry or Mike Conley in the slowest game of the night, so I’ll be soaking up value at point guard tonight. Trae Young and Jamal Murray are also in play, but Ball is looking at a good matchup and locked in minutes with Rajon Rondo still sidelined with an injury.
Ball always gets some solid peripherals, so you just need to hope his shot is falling tonight. I do like the Lakers to win this game tonight, so I have no qualms about using them to close this slate out.
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr. – New York Knicks ($7k)
Devin Booker is the top shooting guard option tonight with Dipo out, but he’s pretty pricey when you look at the other top options on this slate. He’s been slaying, but THJ still has a massive role with the Knicks and has a softer matchup. He also saves me $1.5k in cash.
SG: Rodney McGruder – Miami Heat ($4.9k)
You can cram Booker in here or see if Dwyane Wade can make it two vintage performances in a row, but I’ll just save some money at my second SG slot. Wayne Ellington is also in play and you can just punt the position, but McGruder continues to get good run and does a little bit of everything.
He’s got a beatable matchup against the Hawks, so here’s to hoping he finally gets hot and drops in a solid scoring performance. I’m banking on McGruder or Collison being my “low score” drop tonight, but if one of them can pay off I could be in for a fun night.
SF: Josh Richardson – Miami Heat ($7.9k)
Sticking with the Heat, I also like Josh Richardson as an elite pivot away from LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Those two are great plays, but Leonard doesn’t have the most amazing matchup and neither of these guys are cheap. Richardson is a very steady DFS hand and has more upside than people ever care to admit.
A showdown with the Hawks at home bodes well for Richardson. While I don’t feel great fading Bron Bron, I want a good team and think a potentially contrarian J-Rich can help me piece a winner together.
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic – Indiana Pacers ($5.5k)
The Pacers waxed the Jazz in Utah last night and they’ll continue their road trip sans Victor Oladipo in Phoenix tonight. They could be tired, but they blew the Jazz out so I’m guessing they’ll be fine. The Suns don’t defend well and Vegas likes this game to stay close, so Bojan or Tyreke Evans look like fine GPP darts.
Obviously I need to hit on both SF plays if fading the top two studs at this position is going to work. The good news is Bogdanovic has been rock solid (27+ fantasy points in four straight) and his role will remain strong with Dipo out. Here’s to hoping he blows up in an awesome matchup.
PF: Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.7k)
Blake Griffin is the top power forward by a mile tonight, but there are some secondary guys to consider for sure. I don’t see them as major necessities, though, especially with such nice value a little further down. That starts with Kuz, who finally snapped out of his funk with 21 points in his last game.
Kuzma also lit up Denver the last time he played them and is too cheap if he’s going to show up with those types of performances. He’s risky if his shot isn’t falling, but I’m banking on him paying off on this small slate.
PF: John Collins – Atlanta Hawks ($6.7k)
You can also look to Noah Vonleh at this same price, but I love Collins tonight. He’s been playing well for Atlanta and is fresh off of a huge 43-point fantasy outing. Miami hasn’t been amazing against power forwards this year, so provided Collins doesn’t get fazed by Hassan Whiteside’s presence I think he can crush in this spot.
C: Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons ($10.6k)
It all comes down to Drums for me. I see the merit in spending on other centers (there’s a few of them) or trying to get Blake, Kawhi or LeBron. However, Drummond is a great pivot off of the other top studs and considering how stacked center is tonight, it’s probably not a position you can afford to miss on.
I also like Deandre Ayton as a nice pivot play and Jonas Valanciunas could be needed against Marc Gasol. If he’s going to get run – even in a tough matchup – he’s a sneaky GPP dart.
DraftKings makes it easier to build your lineup and all too often I think we get swayed by the fact that we have to use players at certain positions. I don’t love fading the elite small forwards, but Drummond is my favorite play, dollar for dollar. If he has the epic game he’s capable of, he’ll serve as an elite anchor for a balanced DFS squad.
Use this lineup as it stands or make pivots as necessary. Either way, hopefully I help you in some way and see you at the top of a GP. Good luck and enjoy the games!
Also, if you play on DK be sure to check out our DraftKings NBA DFS picks for tonight as well.