We have five games on the FanDuel main slate tonight and the top game is undoubtedly Golden State-Minnesota. It is far and away the highest projected scoring game of the night with a total of 230. Of the top four priced players tonight, three of them are in this game (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Karl-Anthony Towns). Kristaps Porzingis, Andre Drummond, and Hassan Whiteside are the other players priced at 9K or above.
Here are 10 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!
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Frank Ntilikina (NYK): $4,400 at ORL
Not a safe pick, but in his last four games, he has two games of 27+ FanDuel points. He has been getting some minutes as he has played more than 20 minutes in three of the last four games. If you like the Knicks or like the way that he plays, then take a chance on him.
Shelvin Mack (ORL): $3,600 vs. NYK
If Elfrid Peyton is out tonight then Mack becomes a pretty good option. It appears that Jonathan Simmons is the starter with Peyton out, but Mack gets all of the backup minutes. He has averaged 18.8 FanDuel points in the last five games, so he is a good bet to reach 5X value tonight.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (LAL): $4,700 at BOS
Full disclosure here: I don’t like KCP and don’t remember ever getting him right. I tend to fade him when he goes off and he tends to tank when I roster him. That is probably not always the case, but it seems like it. But, he does seem to be underpriced still, especially for a player getting more than 30 MPG. On the year, he is averaging 24.06 FanDuel points. In his last three games, he has averaged 23.8 FanDuel points, so he is right at value. He also always has the potential to give you a 30+ point performance. Buyer beware, but I will probably be grinning and bearing it tonight as I roster him.
Jordan Clarkson (LAL): $4,100 at BOS
The minutes and depth of young talent on the Lakers is a concern in every game this year if you are playing DFS. Clarkson has only averaged 22 MPG in the last five games, but he has been reaching 5X value in those games. In the last five games, he has averaged 25.68 FanDuel points. I am hesitant to ever say that a Laker or a player that doesn’t even play half the game should be a must-play, but Clarkson has been returning value lately.
Bojan Bogdanovic (IND): $4,700 at DET
He has earned 27+ FanDuel points in four of his last six games. He is very capable of getting hot and scoring a lot of points. He is a fairly safe play (if that is possible in DFS and with a shooter) to reach value tonight. Opponents have been shooting well against the Pistons lately so that fits Bogdanovic’s game.
Justise Winslow (MIA): $3,300 at PHO
This is a pace-up situation against the Suns and Winslow has talent. However, his minutes (and role) are unclear. He got 29 minutes two nights ago against Golden State and responded with a nice overall game earning 23.9 FanDuel points. But in the three previous games, he averaged 10 FanDuel points. If he gets the minutes, then he can produce. At $3,300 he doesn’t have to do much to return value.
Jayson Tatum (BOS): $5,700 vs. LAL
He is underpriced and is, therefore, a value play, but I plan on playing either Porzingis or Aaron Gordonin my top Power Forward position tonight. I would only play Tatum if you don’t have a good feeling about either of those. Tatum is extremely talented and has played well this year. He has 29+ FanDuel points in five of his 11 games this year, including two-40 point performances. He has both a good floor and ceiling.
Taj Gibson (MIN): $4,600 at GSW
This is one of my favorite plays of the night. He has gone over 30 FanDuel points in three of the last five games, including two-40 point performances. This game should be high scoring. He is playing a lot of minutes. I am locking him into my lineups to at least reach value but believing that he will exceed it. Now, he did throw in a clunker against Miami last week with a 13.8 FanDuel point performance but he is getting minutes, scoring points and rebounding the ball. Yes, Golden State defends interior players decently but this game should still provide plenty of potential fantasy goodness for Gibson.
Alex Len (PHO): $4,700 vs. MIA
The Center position is not very strong tonight, especially in the area of value plays. Len comes off the bench for Phoenix but is essentially a point-per-minute fantasy player. He has a decent floor and is capable of getting double-digit points or rebounds, which increases his ceiling. His price is a little too high for my liking, but if you have to pay down at this position, then he is a decent option.
Kyle O’Quinn (NYK): $4,100 at ORL
I have given up trying to figure out when Kyle O’Quinn is going to help someone win a GPP and when he is going to disappoint. In his last five games, he has had games of 32.0 and 42.9. In total this year, he has had three single-digit performances. He seems to be a boom or bust player. I will be fading him because I don’t trust him.
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.