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
Ricky Rubio: $7000 DK, $8000 FD
Rubio has been playing well recently, putting up 5x value in five out of his last six games. He has a great matchup against the Hawks, who are in the bottom five defending the position this year. He was slightly injured in the game against the Suns a few days ago but was still able to play 34 minutes against the Kings two days later and didn’t show any signs of struggle.
Jeff Teague: $6400 DK, $7000 FD
After a couple of disappointing performances last week, Teague’s salary has dropped to a more reasonable level. At his current salary he would have hit value in five out of his last six games. He’s cooled off a little after a hot start following the All-Star break. Jimmy Butler’s absence has required Teague to step up, and he has a nice matchup against the Clippers, which currently has the highest total on the slate.
Also Considered – Elfrid Payton: $5700 DK, $5500 FD
C.J. McCollum: $6700 DK, $7200 FD
It’s been the Damian Lilliard show for awhile in Portland, which has allowed McCollum’s great season to go under the radar. He doesn’t have the easiest matchup against the Rockets; however the Blazers are at home and only a four-point dog. The Blazers have moved themselves into the three seed in the west, and I don’t believe they’ll take this game lightly. McCollum’s salary has declined over the last couple of games yet his production has remained about the same . He’s hit 5x value in six out of his last eight games.
Andrew Wiggins: $6200 DK, $6800 FD,
There are really only a few viable shooting guards on this slate and they are all higher priced. Wiggins is the player I liked the most for cash games. He has the lowest price out of the guys I’m considering on FD and has the best matchup. He’s facing the Clippers at home, who are second to last in terms of fantasy points given up to shooting guards. Unfortunately even with Butler sidelined, Wiggins hasn’t shown much of a ceiling, so for tournaments I think I’ll lean towards someone with more upside.
Also Considered – Devin Booker1: $7400 DK, $7200 FD
Harrison Barnes: $6800 DK, $6500 FD
Barnes has been playing well recently, putting 5x value in three out of his last four games. I particularly like this play as a pivot off of Taurean Prince, who has been on fire and will be very highly owned, but has a terrible matchup against the Jazz. Barnes has a great matchup against the Pelicans, who are top three in pace and have struggled defending small forwards all year.
Joe Ingles: $6100 DK, $6600 FD
Ingles has been a viable cash option over his last seven games scoring at least 29 DK points in all contests. He’s been particularly hot from beyond the arc during this stretch, making at least three three pointers in six of those games while shooting 49 percent. He has a great matchup at home against the Hawks, who are ranked dead last defending small forwards.
Also Considered – Nemanja Bjelica: $5800 DK, $6100 FD
Blake Griffin: $8500 DK, $8600 FD
Griffin has had a couple of bad games against good defensive teams recently, however tonight is a great opportunity for him to bounce back. He’ll face the Phoenix Suns, who are second in pace, last in defensive efficiency, and have given up the most points in the league to power forwards. I expect him to be very highly owned on this slate, but in this perfect matchup I’m not considering fading him. If anything I’ll try to go overweight.
Jayson Tatum: $5700 DK, $6200 FD
Tatum doesn’t have the greatest matchup against the Thunder, but with the number of injuries Boston has to their guards, Tatum has had to play extended minutes in the backcourt, which is the one spot where the Thunder have been somewhat susceptible this year. He’s hit value in three out of his last four games at his current salary and has played at least 30 minutes in three out of four games as well.
Also Considered – Carmelo Anthony: $5500 DK, $5400 FD
Andre Drummond: $9400 DK, $10600 FD
Drummond is coming off two 50 DK point games where he put up massive rebounding numbers. He now gets to face a Suns team that is bottom ten in the league in rebounding rate and has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to centers this year.
Rudy Gobert: $8400 DK, $10100 FD
Due to the price discrepancy, I’m way higher on Gobert on DK than I am on FD, but can see playing him on both sites. On DK Gobert has hit value in eight out his nine last games putting up a double-double in those eight games where he hit value. Derrick Favors has also been ruled out for tonight’s game, which should give Gobert a safer floor with more opportunities on the offensive end.
Also Considered – Alex Len: $3700 DK, $3900 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.
- Assuming he plays tonight (back)