Welcome to a another Tuesday slate. We’re coming to the late-season stretch where teams will be making their run for the playoffs or a better draft pick. It’s important to know which teams are in each situation so that you can take advantage. As always, I’ll try to point you in the right direction.
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DAILY FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYS OF THE DAY
Goran Dragic: $6800 DK, $6600 FD
Dragic was a non-factor in his last game against the Pacers, failing to put up double-digit shot attempts for the first time in seven games. However due to his recent performances, his price has decreased by close $1k, and he now has a great matchup at home against the Cavaliers, who have struggled all year on defense.
Quinn Cook: $5900 DK, $6000 FD
The Warriors have an abundance of injuries including all of the big four. Make sure to pay attention to the news up until lock because this slate could change drastically depending on who remains sidelined. We do know that Stephen Curry will remain out, and since he’s been injured Cook has entered the starting lineup and performed well. He’s put up 5x value in five straight games and even though his salary continues to rise he is still underpriced.
Also Considered – Chris Paul: $8100 DK, $8400 FD
Jrue Holiday: $7700 DK, $8000 FD
This play is mainly predicated on Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic remaining sidelined. At this point they are both listed as questionable. Holiday played poorly in the same situation on Saturday, shooting only 29 percent from the floor on 17 shots, but he was facing the No. 1 team in the NBA in the Houston Rockets and was just coming off an illness. Although this matchup against the Blazers isn’t fantastic, I would expect Holiday to have a good shot at bouncing back here due the increased usage at what I would expect to be lower than normal ownership.
Will Barton: $7000 DK, $7100 FD
Assuming that Gary Harris remains sidelined for tonight’s game, Barton has a really safe floor. He’s played at least 32 minutes in every game since Harris has been out except for the blowout game with the Bulls. He’s managed to put up 6x value in two of those games, and even though the Raptors are a good defensive team, Barton’s guaranteed minutes and usage rate make him a good cash play.
Also Considered – Eric Gordon: $7200 DK, $5600 FD
LeBron James: $11600 DK, $12300 FD
I’m not sure if I really need to tell you to play LeBron at this point, but I’m going to anyway. He’s been on a ridiculous streak of putting up godly numbers every night. He’s had six 70 DK point nights in his last eight games and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down even with Kevin Love back in the lineup. He has a bad matchup against the Heat, who have done well defending the position this year, but it’s not something I’m going to worry about. I’m going to continue riding LeBron until his price rises or he finally cools down.
Gerald Green: $4700 DK, $3700 FD
James Harden will be resting, opening up a lot of usage for all of the guards on the Rockets. All of them are in consideration, however at Green’s price, especially on FD, he’s the easiest one to lock into your lineup. Green has shown the ability to pay off this salary on a normal night and now that he might see 30-plus minutes it feels like a no-brainer.
Also Considered – Giannis Antetokounmpo: $10300 DK, $11200 FD
LaMarcus Aldridge: $9200 DK, $9300 FD
It’s been difficult to ignore Aldridge’s stellar play over the last month, propelling the Spurs back into the playoff picture while Kawhi Leonard has remained on the bench. He’s put up at least 48 DK points in five straight games. The Spurs need to continue collecting wins over these next couple of weeks if they want to ensure a playoff spot, and they’ll lean on Aldridge heavily during this stretch to do so.
Thaddeus Young: $6400 DK, $6100 FD
Young has been playing extremely well recently, putting up six 30 DK point games in his last seven outings. The extra minutes he’s received while Domantas Sabonis has been sidelined have really helped. Sabonis was supposed to come back last Sunday, but during pre-game warmups he re-sprained his left ankle. He is currently listed as questionable, and if he doesn’t play I like Young a lot. Normally playing against the Warriors is something you want to avoid, but riddled with injuries, they aren’t the same team right now.
Also Considered – John Henson: $5200 DK, $5300 FD
Marcin Gortat: $4500 DK, $4100 FD
There aren’t a lot of guys standing out right now at center. In these situations I like to pay down so I’m not risking as much. Gortat doesn’t have a great matchup, but has hit value in two out of his last four games, and if he can play close to 23 minutes he has a chance of paying off his salary. Although due to the minutes, I wouldn’t expect to see a high ceiling in this game.
Nenê: $3000 DK, $3500 FD
Clint Capela will rest tonight as the Rockets are in control of the top spot in the West. Most likely Nenê will start in his place and have a decent increase in minutes. He has been sitting out games recently, but not due to injury and more for cautionary reasons. I would pay attention to the news as there’s still a chance the Rockets go another way, but there will be a lot of opportunity tomorrow so this is a situation where you can take advantage.
Also Considered – Nikola Jokic: $8800 DK, $9800 FD
That’s it for tonight’s slate. If you have any questions about these plays or any others, don’t hesitate to hit me up on twitter @thisisntdrew.