Tuesday is going to be a tough one for daily fantasy basketball gamers, as we get two super expensive studs on a small four-game slate.
We may have to pick a side here or consider pairing them both. The studs in question are none other than The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook, who together rule tonight’s NBA DFS slate at FanDuel.
Last night wasn’t bad overall, even though we got held back by Aaron Gordon due to foul trouble. Wilson Chandler was our lone true gaffe on the night, as Dario Saric, Jamal Murray and Tim Hardaway Jr. were all valid value plays.
Some of our roster was spare, but Kyrie Irving was strong with 46 fantasy points and Nikola Jokic again topped 40 fantasy point. Kevin Durant was weak due to a blowout, while C.J. McCollum took a backseat to Damian Lillard’s 36 points against the Raptors.
It wasn’t our best team, but hopefully you used Kyrie and Joker and found some success. Tonight is a totally different ballgame with some super pricey studs on a tiny slate, so let’s dive in:
PG: Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder ($11.1k)
I don’t see much of a way around Westbrook tonight and honestly, we probably need to pair him with Giannis if we want to win anything of merit. These are really the only two guys who can hit 60 fantasy points without having the game of their life, while there actually should be enough value to swing it.
We have to at least try, as these guys are going to be very highly owned and little stands in the way of them producing.
PG: Spencer Dwinwiddie – Brooklyn Nets ($5.3k)
Speaking of high owned, Dinwiddie should be one of the top value picks being used on this slate. He’s earned himself a key role with 22 actual points scored in two of his last three outings and Brooklyn needs the help with Jeremy Lin down for the count.
D’Angelo Russell has been slow to work his way back to big minutes due to a knee issue, too, so Dinwiddie feels locked into a nice role. He’s a little risky as a talent, but he’s playing well and will be in a game with a steep 231 Total. We certainly want exposure to this game and if I can get it on the cheap, all the better.
SG: Buddy Hield – Sacramento Kings ($4k)
The Kings certainly are not the best place to go for locked in minutes, but they have a plus matchup against the Pacers in what should be a high-scoring game. Hield is probably too cheap for this slate, especially since he can pop off from deep at any point. I think he may be necessary tonight, unless we hear D’Lo is going to for sure get normal run.
SG: Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns ($7.2k)
D’Lo is attractive in this spot, but his knee and run are cause for pause. Booker gets way more minutes on the floor with the Suns and to this point is the more versatile and explosive NBA DFS asset. He’s also got the better matchup by the numbers and feels necessary on tonight’s slate – especially given this insane projection for this game.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($12.6k)
The Greek Freak is approaching the daunting $13k price tag, but we probably can’t get away with fading him on such a small slate. Even if some other guys go nuts, there really are only two options here that realistically are a good bet to hit 60+ fantasy points. Of the two (Russ is the other), he’s the safer lock.
Giannis has a massive role with the Bucks and seems to do something every minutes he’s on the floor. He might be the top player on this slate tonight and that’s especially the case at SF, which dies off quickly beyond Paul George.
SF: Allen Crabbe – Brooklyn Nets ($4.5k)
T.J. Warren ($5.1k) is the guy I covet here after Giannis, as he’s in this explosive Nets vs. Suns battle and has loads of upside for his price tonight. I don’t mind settling for Crabbe, however, as DeMarre Carroll (ankle) is questionable to suit up tonight.
Crabbe doesn’t do much beyond score, but he could get hot in a very favorable matchup.
PF: John Henson – Milwaukee Bucks ($4.8k)
I don’t see a reason to spend big at power forward tonight. Carmelo Anthony and Tobias Harris are both fine tries if you want a more balanced squad, but both could be a tad over-priced on this small slate. I like them both, but power forward is one of the better spots to save tonight, so that’s probably our route and it starts with Henson.
Milwaukee center Greg Monroe (calf) is going to miss the next two weeks, so that’s freeing up some run at the four and five spots. The Bucks don’t trust Thon Maker to play even 20 minutes per game right now, which opens the door for Henson to get some solid run.
Henson went nuts (39 fantasy points) in 27 minutes last time out and if he’s going to see that much floor time, he feels like a must on this slate.
PF: Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings ($4.9k)
The Kings got roasted last time out thanks to a lot of their veterans sitting, but tonight they get a more palatable date with a Pacers team that doesn’t defend well (21st in defensive efficiency). Skal could see extended work if big man Zach Randolph (foot) is again out for this one.
Sacramento is projected to keep this game close (+5 spread at Bovada), so there’s a good chance Labissiere could pay off at this cheap price. He would see the start and have a shot at 25-30 minutes if ZBo is out, so we have to look here if he’s going to have a good role.
C: Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento Kings ($5.3k)
Andre Drummond is the big man at center tonight, but at $9.2k he’s probably too pricey on this tiny slate. Steven Adams is viable against a Bucks team that doesn’t rebound very well, but ultimately I like the idea of paying down with Trill.
WCS has seen his minutes yanked around, but if ZBo is out again with a sore foot, he should be locked into around 25 minutes at the worst. With Myles Turner still out for the Pacers, Trill could be in line for a nice matchup and an overall solid DFS night.