There are 11 games on FanDuel’s main slate this evening. Even though there are no games that are anticipated to be scoring fests, there are also none expected to be stinkers. All 11 games have a Vegas total between 205.0 and 219.5. The Philadelphia-Los Angeles Lakers game has a 219 total and the Cleveland-Charlotte game has a 219 total. Two teams are on back-to-backs with San Antonio and Toronto coming off of wins last night.
With so many teams in action tonight, it makes sense that there is lots of star power to choose from when starting your lineups. There are 13 players priced at 9K and above, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMarcus Cousins, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
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Here are 11 plays that are worth considering as you set your lineup for tonight’s slate of games. You will need to free up some salary if you are going to fit one or two of the high-priced players into your lineup tonight. Remember to check the news and injury reports, especially in the 30 minutes prior to lock. Use all the information available to you to make the best decision possible for your lineup. Good luck and have fun!
Ish Smith (DET): $4,300 at MIL
Averaging 26.5 FanDuel points in his last three games, he is only playing 20 MPG off the bench but has been very productive lately. He has scored 10+ real-life points in each of his last seven games. He is a good bet to reach value. He has shown a good floor and has 30-point upside.
Mario Chalmers (MEM): $3,600 vs. IND
Mike Conley is a game-time decision for tonight. Watch the news. If Conley is ruled out, then Chalmera should be a lock at this price. In his last eight games, he has earned 27+ FD points in four of those games.
E’Twaun Moore (NOP): $4,700 vs. TOR
Moore had 34.3 FanDuel points last week at Toronto and now gets the Raptors at home. He has averaged 31.6 FD points in his last three games. He is on a roll with an uptick in playing time. There is always the chance that he comes back down to earth but this is still a good spot with Toronto playing in a back-to-back road spot.
Iman Shumpert (CLE): $3,200 at CHA
In general, I am not a huge fan of Shumpert, but the price is too low to ignore for a guy that should get 30 minutes of playing time. If you need salary relief, Shumpert is a good bet to make 5X value. He had a terrible game on Monday night, but in the two games prior to that, he earned 24.1 and 18.7 FD points. That is a good return on investment for $3,200. JR Smith is another good option for the Cavs, but he costs $1,100 more and without the certainty, I will take the big savings.
Kelly Oubre, Jr. (WAS): $4,600 at MIA
His minutes have declined from 30+ per game to start the year to 23.6 MPG in his last five games. But he has caught fire recently earning 31.1 and 30.9 FD points in his last two games. He is not necessarily a safe play but if you want to ride the hot hand, then he is a good option. He has gone over 30 FD points in five of his 11 games this year.
Dillon Brooks (MEM): $4,300 vs. IND
He has reached at least 5X value in each of his last three games with games of 26.8, 22.2, and 33.1. On the year, he is averaging 19.65 FD points. He is a solid play. He is getting decent minutes as he is averaging 30.5 MPG in his last seven games.
CJ Miles (TOR): $3,100 at NOP
Miles can light it up and with Norman Powell out, he got more opportunity as he dropped 19 points last night against Houston. He only played 16 minutes but when he is on the floor he is going to get shots. Last night he had 32.2 FD points. Be aware that he is a veteran and it remains to be seen how he will react to his first back-to-back of the year.
Dario Saric (PHI): $4,500 at LAL
He had a down game Monday against the Clippers but in a pace-up game against the Lakers, he will look to get it going again. Prior to Monday’s game, he had averaged 30.2 FD points in the last three games. He is talented and if he gets the minutes, he should be able to return favorable results at $4,500.
Skal Labissiere (SAC): $3,700 at ATL
I don’t normally like rostering Sacramento players for expected raw points but value is a different story. Labissiere is not necessarily safe. What Sacramento players are? But he has earned 19.4 and 31.7 FD points in his last two games. Atlanta gives up points on the inside so you could do worse than a sub-4K value pick.
Marreese Speights (ORL): $3,400 at POR
Anytime that DeMarcus Cousins is on the slate, I like to play him because he could erupt at any time. But if you have to go cheap then Speights is a good bet. He has earned 22.8 and 23.4 FD points in his last two games. He doesn’t play a lot of minutes as he has had 16 and 17 in the last two games, but he is a point-per-minute type guy. At $3,400 it is hard to go wrong if you have to pay down somewhere.
Brandan Wright (MEM): $3,200 vs. IND
Another guy that doesn’t get a lot of playing time but is a bargain is Wright. I favor going big at the Center position tonight because there are some great plays but if you have to spend down, he is another good option. He is only averaging 16.2 MPG in his last five games but is averaging 22.3 FD points during that stretch. Yes, he had a 9.4 game, but he also had a 41.8 game. If you must play a min-priced player at this position, then he is a good value play.
Jamy Bechler is an NBA fantasy contributor for FantasyPros. His DFS twitter is @WinningDFS101 and his website is www.FantasyFocusFootball.com. Even though he offers his advice on players and contests, after additional information and consideration, he may end up using different players and strategies than what he recommends.