There are three $10k players on the board tonight (sorry, Andre Drummond), and all three have merit for your roster.
Do you take the flamethrowing Stephen Curry as he continues to enact his Scorched-Earth Policy on the rest of the NBA?
Or is it LeBron James, one of the league’s preeminent triple-double threats?
Perhaps it’s Anthony Davis, the NBA’s choice for “he’s got next”, though, it’s looking like now for those who roster him on DraftKings, especially after his last game resulted in 60 DraftKings points.
One of the three will likely find their way into my lineups tonight, but the choice is tough. I will make my case for my favorite, and hopefully find some other valuable pieces for you tonight. First, news and notes:
- Darrell Arthur (illness) could be out for the Nuggets tonight, which would boost the value of J.J. Hickson and even give a slight uptick to Kenneth Faried.
- Jeremy Lamb (shoulder) is questionable for the Hornets, and Jeremy Lin should see a big boost in value if he sits. P.J. Hairston (quad) has already been ruled out, and the team plans to move Marvin Williams to the three with Cody Zeller at the four to start the game.
- Brad Beal (shoulder) is doubtful tonight. More on his replacement below.
- Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is questionable tonight, but he is looking like a game-time decision. I would rather stay away from this situation with point guard value elsewhere.
Make sure to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL ($4,600): Schroder is in line to start again on Tuesday with Jeff Teague (ankle) out. He is easily the best value play on the board tonight, and a matchup with the Nets presents an opportunity for him to post a big score.
Garrett Temple, SG, WAS ($3,200): This pick is contingent on Brad Beal (shoulder) missing another game because Temple is likely going to be the starter if Beal sits again. He posted 28 DraftKings points in 31 minutes as a starter versus Orlando, though that’s probably his ceiling against Milwaukee.
Cody Zeller, PF, CHA ($3,500): Zeller was originally a punt option, but news just broke that he is slotting into the starting lineup tonight. It’s always unclear whether that will lead to more minutes, but you have to like the value of getting a starter this cheap for your second forward.
Anthony Davis, PF, NO ($10,800): Davis returned against the Knicks with a vengeance, scoring 61 DraftKings points after missing games with a hip issue. Now, he will play the Nuggets in what promises to be an up-tempo battle; Davis is my clear elite play tonight.
More studs to consider: Stephen Curry, PG, GS ($10,700) – Greg Monroe, PF, MIL ($8,100) – Andre Drummond, C, DET ($9,900)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players and Punt Plays
Kemba Walker, PG, CHA ($6,400): The Knicks aren’t all that imposing against point guards, giving Walker a fairly good matchup tonight. He did not perform well in his last outing against the Knicks, posting 18 DraftKings points in 27 minutes, but he represents a solid value on this slate due to his price and upside.
Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA ($6,200): Wade is ready to return after sitting out last game to tend to his ill son. Thankfully, it looks like everything is good on that front, and Wade’s body should do well after missing a game. If you want to pay up at shooting guard, Wade is one of the top choices.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL ($7,000): This is a great price for Antetokounmpo, especially given his matchup with the small-ball Wizards. The Greek Freak has been a solid scorer this season, and his ability to rack up defensive stats makes him a high-floor play with upside.
Otto Porter, SF, WAS ($5,400): In the same game, I like Otto Porter as another mid-range option at small forward. He should continue seeing additional opportunities if Brad Beal sits out again, and he can put up defensive stats to buoy his score.
Brook Lopez, C, BKN ($7,100): Centers have done well against the Hawks this season, making Lopez a potentially elite option tonight. He is averaging 36 DraftKings points this year, and he simply needs to hit that average to be a valuable selection.
Timofey Mozgov, C, CLE ($4,000): If you want to punt center there are not that many attractive options. I would opt to go with Mozgov, who needs to put up around 20 DraftKings points to be a solid choice. The Pistons have allowed centers to go off on occasion this season, adding a bit of an upside here.
LOTTERY TICKETS – 5 Tournaments Options
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, DEN ($6,100): As a mid-tier point guard option facing the Pelicans, there is certainly a chance for Mudiay to pay back his salary by a large margin. This game should be played at a breakneck pace.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR ($7,300): The contrarian move of the day would probably be paying up for shooting guard, especially considering that the top shooting guard is facing the Warriors. Low ownership percentages are a near-guarantee, which makes DeRozan more valuable in tournaments.
Joe Johnson, SF, BKN ($5,300): I am not comfortable playing Johnson in cash against the Hawks, but we have seen him put up close to triple-double stats so far this season.
Kris Humphries, PF, WAS ($3,900): Humphries is inconsistent, as is his playing time, but he is a good boom-or-bust pick for tournaments.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA ($6,000): Jefferson finally broke through against the Trail Blazers, though he will find things tougher against Robin Lopez and the Knicks. Still, he’s too good of a player to be priced this cheaply, and if the Hornets are going to start force feeding him the ball, he’ll have monster nights.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
Zach LaVine, PG, MIN ($5,300): Even if Rubio is out, I am going to pass on LaVine; Schroder is $700 cheaper.
Marcus Morris, SF, DET ($6,500): Morris was one of the go-to plays at small forward at the beginning of the season, but no longer. He is $500 less than Antetokounmpo, who is a player I’d rather have by a fairly large margin.