Welcome to a big Tuesday slate with 13 games. 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
Kyle Lowry: $8400 DK, $7900 FD
Lowry hasn’t impressed in the scoring column the last few games, but has found other ways to produce on the floor. Despite Toronto having a better record than the Cavaliers, they’re eager to prove themselves against the reigning East champs. Lowry played well against the Cavaliers recently, putting up 42 DK points in a loss. I would expect a similar performance against them even on the road.
De’Aaron Fox: $5000 DK, $4800 FD
Fox has been pretty quiet recently, but over his last two games he’s put up some nice performances, scoring double digits in back-to-back contests. He now has a dream matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who have struggled defending all year long. He’s been inconsistent all season, but his price is now down to a point where you can feel a little more comfortable taking a shot on him.
Also Considered – Damian Lillard: $9000 DK, $9700 FD
D’Angelo Russell: $7300 DK, $7100 FD
Russell has been very hit or miss over the last few weeks. He even had a recent game against Miami where he only played six minutes. It’s hard for me to trust him in cash games, but he’s a great GPP play due to expected low ownership and an above average matchup.
Marco Belinelli: $4200 DK, $4200 FD
As a value play, Belinelli has been very useful for a good stretch, putting up at least 20 DK points in eight straight games. Philadelphia is now down a couple scoring options. They don’t necessarily play the same position, but it may require Belinelli to fire up a few more shots. In this same situation in the Sixers’ last game, Belinelli played 31 minutes and had double-digit shot attempts.
Also Considered – J.J. Redick: $5400 DK, $5000 FD
LeBron James: $12500 FD
It feels like I recommend LeBron every week, but really it’s a no-brainer at this point. LeBron has been dominating for a while now and has especially come to play against the top competition. He put up 73 DK points against Toronto in their previous matchup, and although the Cavs are starting to get more of their players back from injury, LeBron is still carrying the team on his shoulders. At the end of the season where so many players are resting and slates open up, it’s easier to fit in someone like LeBron as well.
Evan Turner: $4400 DK, $4700 FD
Maurice Harkless has been sidelined recently due to surgery on his left knee, and Turner has stepped into his role for the time being. Turner hasn’t really taken advantage of this opportunity consistently, but he has been given a ton of time to cash in. He’s played at least 29 minutes in three out of his last four games. I would expect him to be under-owned as well, depending on what opens up throughout the day.
Also Considered – Kevin Durant: $11200 DK, $10700 FD
Ben Simmons: $9600 DK, $9900 FD
Joel Embiid and maybe Dario Saric will be sidelined for this game against the Brooklyn Nets, which leaves Simmons to carry a lot of the workload for this Sixers team. He’s getting pricey but is definitely worth it against a team that is top 10 in pace and bottom 10 in defensive efficiency.
Paul Millsap: $6700 DK, $7100 FD
Millsap has been tearing it up recently with back-to-back 50 DK point nights. His salary is now at the highest point it’s been in the past month, but you have to remember that when Millsap was fully healthy at the beginning of the year, he was an $8k type of player. He’s still underpriced if he’s at 100 percent. He has a decent matchup at home against Indiana, which has given up the fourth-most points to power forwards this season.
Also Considered – LaMarcus Aldridge: $8900 DK, $9400 FD
Al Horford: $6400 DK, $7000 FD
Horford’s price is at a very reasonable spot, especially for the matchup. The Bucks are the third-worst team in rebound rate and have given up the second-most points in the league to centers. Horford hasn’t been outstanding recently and for that reason should be under-owned. He’s the type of play that could put you above the field.
Marcin Gortat: $4800 DK, $4400 FD
Gortat has been quietly consistent recently, scoring at least 21 DK points in six straight games. Due to the low minutes he receives on a nightly basis, his ceiling isn’t very high, but he can provide you with what you need for cash games. Despite Houston’s improved defense this year, center is the position where they have been the most susceptible in terms of fantasy points.
Also Considered – Greg Monroe: $5400 DK, $4800 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.