Things calm down a bit on the daily fantasy basketball front on Tuesday, as we get a quiet 6-game slate. This is still busy enough for us to win big in GPPs, but FanDuel’s pricing certainly makes finding value and stacking elites more difficult than we’ve seen in the past.
Anthony Davis is far and away the most expensive stud on the board tonight, but we’re forced to decide whether or not to chase after him or use guys like DeMarcus Cousins, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Karl-Anthony Towns or Damian Lillard.
There are a ton of would-be value plays that are pricier than we’d prefer, while a slew of intermediate options are looking at sky high price tags, as well. Let’s run through today’s NBA DFS slate at FanDuel with a combination of our favorite studs and value picks:
PG: D.J. Augustin – Orlando Magic ($5.9k)
Augustin vaulted from the minimum at $3k to a whopping $5.9k, which is a clear indication of FanDuel’s terrible pricing to open the year. Still, he’s one of the best value plays on the slate with Elfrid Payton already ruled out of tonight’s showdown against the Nets:
As expected, the Magic’s injury report lists point guard Elfrid Payton (hamstring strain) as out for tomorrow’s game against Brooklyn.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) October 23, 2017
Frid has been battling a hamstring issue and won’t suit up, so Augustin is in for a start and some solid run. Augustin put up 33 fantasy points in his last start and chipped in 20+ fantasy points in a more limited role against Brooklyn. The Nets don’t defend and play and a fast pace, so Augustin feels like a pretty chalky (but necessary) play tonight.
PG: D’Angelo Russell – Brooklyn Nets ($8k)
I don’t need to spend at point guard tonight, but D’Lo has a huge role with Jeremy Lin going down and he also has a plus matchup against the small Augustin. Pretty much any game with the Nets that projects to stay competitive is one we want to target a bit, so I certainly want a share or two in this contest.
I would prefer D’Lo get more run than the Nets give him, but he seems pretty safe right now. He has the upside to get 45+ fantasy points and hasn’t chipped in fewer than 30 yet this year. I also don’t mind Jrue Holiday ($6.9k) against the Blazers, but tonight feels like a D’Lo night.
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr. – New York Knicks ($4.7k)
THJ has been terrible so far in his return to the Knicks, but he’s one of their top offensive weapons and is going to explode eventually. I don’t hate his chances of going that tonight against a severely under-manned Boston team.
Hardaway showed some life in his second game (14 points) and has had a brutal stretch here, having to face defensive aces in Andre Roberson and Avery Bradley through his first two games. Boston has some stoppers, but as a whole they don’t look like a strong defensive team right now. I like THJ to hit value at this low price, while shooting guard in general isn’t the spot to pay up tonight.
SG: Austin Rivers – Los Angeles Clippers ($4.3k)
Milos Teodisic is down for the count with a foot injury, which is going to open the door for more minutes for Rivers. It’s likely he gets his starting job back and while I don’t love his matchup with the Jazz, he’s probably too cheap with too good of a role to bypass on this specific slate.
Minutes are key in NBA DFS and Rivers can score the ball while racking up defensive stats. The good news is SG isn’t the spot to spend at anyways and we don’t need that much out of him at this price tag.
SF: Joe Ingles – Utah Jazz ($5k)
Ingles has stepped up into a solid role this year, both because Gordon Hayward exited via free agency and Rodney Hood has struggled to stay healthy. Hood is again questionable to suit up on Tuesday, and if he’s out it’s going to be hard to fade Ingles.
There isn’t a ton to love at SF tonight, as LeBron James really isn’t an option in a likely blowout win over the Bulls and Jimmy Butler has been spare with Minnesota through three contests. Evan Fournier ($7k) is probably over-priced, too, while Danilo Gallinari doesn’t do much beyond scoring and has a tough date with the Jazz.
SF: Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics ($6.1k)
Brown’s price is jacked up a bit, but he’s a talented and athletic wing that can accrue stats in a hurry. The big thing with him is his run, as he’s going to continue to start and see loads of minutes due to all of the injuries the Celtics are dealing with.
There may be some inconsistency here, but Brown is a threat for 30+ fantasy points each time he steps onto the court. Against a bad Knicks team, I like his chances to approach 40 tonight. I don’t love his price, but he does more non-scoring things than more expensive guys like Gallo and Fournier. He’s a bullet we need to bite on this slate.
PF: Lauri Markkanen – Chicago Bulls ($6.3k)
We’re still paying too much for the rookie big man, but the Bulls are handing him 35+ minutes per game. Chicago is bound to get housed by Cleveland tonight, but Lauri is still a borderline lock to get loads of run. He’s been rebounding well and he can shoot from deep, so if he can get hot he could easily top 30+ fantasy points and that’d be a win at the second PF spot.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis – New York Knicks
Everyone is going to be all over Anthony Davis, but at $12.2 his price is a bit steep. We actually can get Zinger for $3,000 cheaper and he has just as much volume. His upside isn’t on the same level, but this is a guy who has hoisted 20+ shots in his first two games and has produced 46 and 47 fantasy point performances. He won’t top Brow, but he might not be that far off.
His price is obviously inflated, but I think this is a pivot that could make a huge difference in GPPs tonight.
C: Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves ($10.1k)
KAT is on my radar tonight. Instead of paying up for Brow and/or Boogie, we can save and get a pairing that might be just as good in Zinger and Towns. Towns is the superior play of the two and really might be one of the best elite values in play.
Towns hasn’t truly gone off yet in 2017, but against a Pacers team that is still without big man Myles Turner (concussion), this could be the game where he goes nuts. I’m not into paying for DeAndre Jordan and Rudy Gobert cancelling each other out and Al Horford is the least sexy center play known to man. Outside of desiring Boogie at $11.4k, KAT feels like the play at center tonight.