Whether you are looking for top superstar players or in need of a value to fill out a lineup, we have you covered. FanDuel NBA DFS is a little bit different this season. Your lowest scoring player gets dropped from your lineup. While there are pros and cons to this, one of the major pros is that it helps negate the risk of taking a shot on a very boom-or-bust player for cheap. Below you will find a mix of cash and tournament style picks to suit your lineup needs.
Last Slate Recap
Kyrie Irving - 65.0 FD 5.6x
Pascal Siakam - 40.0 FD 5.1x
Nikola Jokic - 40.6 FD 4.0x
Tyus Jones - 32.1 FD 7.3x
Monte Morris - 20.0 FD 5.1
We are wrapping up the work week with a strong eight game slate. There is some news to watch, as LeBron James is rumored to sit out. Jrue Holiday remains out for the Pelicans, and is still sitting around 20 minutes a night. Danilo Gallinari is questionable for tonight's slate, and JaMychal Green could get some more run. Other than that we are looking at a pretty clean slate.
Top End Options
Lou Williams - SG - $7,700
Lou Williams is on fire, averaging 26-3-4 over the last five games. He is shooting 50% in that span, averaging 17.6 FGA per game. I'm not expecting a 31-10-10 game like he had against Chicago earlier this season, but he has scored 20+ points in three straight meetings against them. No surprise against such a lackluster defense. Chicago ranks 26th in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards, and are allowing over 40 fantasy points per game. The Clippers have a 118 team total tonight, and they aren't quite good enough to blow this one out either.
LaMarcus Aldridge - PF - $9,000
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as a power forward, but plays his minutes on the real court at center. We can target any position against the Knicks, but especially centers. They rank 20th in defensive efficiency against opposing centers this season, allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game. Aldridge's play is going somewhat unnoticed, averaging 27 and 10 over the last five games. He is also averaging 2.2 blocks + steals per game. With his minutes sitting over 35 per game in that span, and a 29% usage, Aldridge is a strong play despite the blowout concern.
Kemba Walker - PG - $9,200
Targeting Washington continues to be profitable, and Kemba Walker is the option from Charlotte we want. He has been a little volatile at times, but this is a spot for him to blow up. Washington ranks 25th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards, and are allowing the eighth most fantasy points. He is averaging 24-3-7 over the last five games, and in three games against Washington, he has averaged 30-4-7.
As we get later in the year, the rotations and injury reports grow longer. There will be some value options that open up as injury news unfolds. LeBron James is the first to talk about, as he will likely rest. KCP and Josh Hart will likely soak up the minutes, as names like Alex Caruso and Reggie Bullock will float around. None are attractive options, unless you want to talk KCP and Bullock narratives, but it isn't that serious. They all have 25+ FD point potential, but single digit floors will leave them as potential drops from your lineup.
On the other side of that game, If Reggie Jackson can't suit up, Ish Smith is an attractive value at $4,000. He also draws a promising matchup against the Lakers. Dennis Smith Jr is questionable for tonight's slate, and if he sits out, Emmanuel Mudiay is a dart throw in GPPs. San Antonio ranks 26th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards.
With Cody Zeller doubtful, the Charlotte Hornets rotated a few bigs, but they didn't garnish a ton of minutes. Frank Kaminsky and Willy Hernangomez will see around 20-25 minutes. They are cheap and worth a shot against a weak Washington front court. Ivica Zubac is in a similar spot where the minutes are lower 20s, but the FPPM is rather high.