For those of you keeping score, my DraftKings winning streak is now up to nine straight wins and my FanDuel losing streak has hit seven (thanks to an untimely Jon Leuer injury). Tonight the streak will be on hold since I won’t be playing cash games with only three games on the slate (and I encourage you to do the same), but we’ll pick it up again on Tuesday! Even if you do play cash games tonight, we are here to help at FTA (play Anthony “The Brow” Davis), and you can read the rest of my article by clicking the green button below. While you’re here, give our FTA+ premium service a try free for three days and gain access to our daily NBA cheatsheet with the top values available, as well as live chat with our analyst team and community. If you like what you see (we think you will), it’s only $0.50 per day for a monthly subscription. You can also follow me on twitter @jac3600.
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Russell Westbrook is the top play by far but is almost double the price of the next highest priced player on FD. Of the two studs, I actually think The Brow holds better value tonight, but you can’t go wrong with a triple-double machine and his insane 42.7% usage rate. The Bulls PG defense has been horrendous since Rajon Rondo fell out of the rotation as well.
If dropping down to the mid-tier, Derrick Rose and Jrue Holiday are the best options. The Pelicans and Knicks rank 26th and 19th against PGs, respectively, and the Knicks are dead last in overall defensive efficiency over the last seven games. Deron Williams is another good play against the Timberwolves who rank 27th against PGs, but J.J. Barea’s return muddies the minutes a little bit.
The best cheap option at the position is Michael Carter-Williams. He only played 16 minutes last game but OKC ranks 7th in pace and allows the 8th most FPPG to opposing PGs.
Man, the SG position is terrible tonight. Dwyane Wade is the “top” play despite dealing with multiple maladies. OKC ranks third against SGs but I imagine we’ll see Andre Roberson guarding Jimmy Butler and not Wade. Victor Oladipo is the best value, however, as he is still under 6k on FD. The matchup is neutral against SGs but Oladipo should safely be looking at 33-35 minutes in a competitive game.
Zach LaVine is another option. Dallas ranks 29th in pace and tenth against SGs, but LaVine has averaged a shade under 39 minutes per game in December and January. All games are expected to be close so there’s not much blowout risk anywhere. The trio of New Orleans guards (Evans, Hield, Moore) are all viable at cheap prices as well, as is Courtney Lee who has averaged 35.5 MPG since returning from injury.