Last night, the NBA action was in full throttle- LeBron contributed the highest scoring output (71) & sent Kevin Love to early retirement with his poster dunk, Darius Garland exposed the Lakers plus-matchup for defense going for 29 points and 17 assists, Christian Wood got a 59 piece as Houston blew out Washington, Jonas Valanciunas had 60 fantasy points giving the ultimate boom output, Kristaps Porzingis delighted in the absence of most of Washington’s key players, 24 players scored 40 or more Fanduel fantasy points. The fantasy fireworks were bountiful, and there’s much more to anticipate tonight. 4 games give us our basketball rush & NBA DFS will feature tournaments, multipliers, 50/50s, and many more opportunities to win big on Fanduel. Here, we’ll be dissecting core plays on tonight’s slate. Trust yourself, filter the information to make your own decisions & good luck in your contests.
- Golden State(-7.5) @ Orlando| O/U 215
- Atlanta (-3.0) @ New York|O/U 226
- Chicago @ (-7.0) Milwaukee| O/U 234.5
- Los Angeles @ (-6.5) Denver| O/U 223
PG- Trae Young
On Tuesday night, The New York Knicks will host the Atlanta Hawks in Madison Square Garden-without Julius Randle, who is ruled out of tonight’s contest. All eyes will be on Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young making his return to the Garden. Last postseason, Young wiped out the Knicks playoff push, becoming public enemy number one in Manhattan. There will be boo’s raining down, flooding the atmosphere with a playoff intensity- the Knicks are five games behind the Hawks for the tenth spot, the last play-in opening available.
Priced at 10,200 on Fanduel, Trae Young boasts a usage rate of 33%-which is second highest on the slate, behind Giannis Antetokounmpo(34%)- and he’s the highest priced guard on Fanduel. Of the eligible point guards on tonight’s slate, Ice Trae has the highest fantasy points per game(49.6) by over 12 points-the closest guard is Jrue Holiday(37.9). The Atlanta Hawks star has 10+ assists in 7 out of the last nine games, 33 minutes per game in each of the last 12 games & a price that is slightly elevated from the 9k range(helping with projected ownership). Contributing 1.33 fantasy points per minute this season, Trae Young is an elite fantasy option every night. Last game Vs. New Orleans Pelicans was the highest price Fanduel has allocated to Young. He underwhelmed from a fantasy perspective(35 Fanduel fantasy points) as the Hawks took a crucial loss to the Pelicans. The fourth year fantasy stud will look to bounce back & would need 61.8 Fanduel fantasy points to hit six times the value on his 10,200 price. Trae Young is worth the price of admission to have his fantasy skillset on your roster & be key core play in your lineup construction.
The Chicago Bulls visit the reigning champions, Milwaukee Bucks, on Tuesday night. This contest features: the highest over/under on the slate(234.0), two teams that rank inside the top 13 in pace. The pace of the KIA MVP race could shift based on the developments in this game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is within the top 5 of MVP finalists, while Demar DeRozan sits on the outside of the party waiting to get in.
Even with the MVP odds slipping since all-star break, Demar DeRozan has been a fantasy machine this season- 43.6 fantasy points per game, 1.2 fantasy points per minute, a 31.8% usage rate & a price drop that just screams bargain. His price seems to be dropping, despite a solid performance- 44.5 Fanduel fantasy points at 8.2k with 5.43 times the value. His stat line was impressive- making 11/14 shots, contributing 3 blocks, only one turnover in 34 minutes vs Toronto. Priced at 7,800, Demar DeRozan would need 46.8 Fanduel fantasy points to reach six times the value.
SG- Evan Fournier/Obi Toppin
With Julius Randle ruled out of the contest, the Knicks will need to depend more on RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier for scoring-facing the Atlanta Hawks number two ranked offense. If the Hawks struggle in any area, it’s defensively; the Knicks will be looking to take advantage of their defensive misfortunes. RJ Barrett will be the popular play at 7k salary, taking 26% usage rate and expanding it without Randle in the lineup. If you’re looking to save salary without sacrificing usage, value or potential fantasy points, look no further than Evan Fournier- boasting a 20% usage rate, which is higher than the SG’s on the slate priced in the same region(Grayson Allen/Will Barton/ Kevin Huerter/Amir Coffey). If it’s not Klay Thompson or Zach Lavine, the next available option after the price drop is Evan Fournier. He averages 24.1 fantasy points per game in 29.7 minutes of action- the only downfall being 0.78 fantasy points per minute compared to Klay Thompson(1.05) & Zach Lavine(1.09). To reach six times the value, Evan Fournier would need 28.8 Fanduel fantasy points.
The other player that could benefit from Randle’s absence is Obi Toppin-who started for Randle earlier this season, putting together a 42.2 Fanduel fantasy points output at 4.3k. He boasts a 20% usage rate and can be more of a statistical sheet stuffer than Fournier is. Contributing 0.94 fantasy points per minute on Fanduel, Toppin could shatter his projection & reward us greatly in 30 minutes of action. His price is beautiful(3.7k) & he’s a salary saver that could open up the pathway for more stars in your roster construction. To reach six times the value, Obi Toppin would need 22.2 Fanduel fantasy points.