Today’s Tuesday NBA slate has only three games, but they should be some fun ones. With just a few top stars on the slate tonight, we’ll look for bargain plays that offer a range of risk/reward ratios. In this column, I generally set $6000 as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate.
George Hill $4700: Hill is the perfect complement to John Wall at PG tonight, having played nearly 30 minutes in each of his last three games. De’Aaron Fox is questionable tonight and not playing all that well when he is healthy, Hill has seemingly been given a stable opportunity to produce and he’s responded with 16-18 PPG and a few rebounds and assists per game. Against the 76ers, who rank eighth in fantasy points allowed to point guards and turn the ball over a league high 18 times per game, Hill should have a nice floor and some upside.
EDITOR'S NOTE: George Hill has been ruled out tonight, while De'Aaron Fox is probable. Fox becomes a decent bargain on FanDuel, looking at solid playing time with Hill out of the picture.
Malcolm Brogdon $4900: This game vs. Cleveland has the highest point total of the night, and is expected to remain close. While his role and usage fluctuate, Brogdon’s minutes have been consistently high (average 25-32 MPG over the last couple weeks) and his ability to contribute across the board make him a viable salary saver at SG.
Bogdan Bogdanovic $4700: Given the excellent DvP Philly offers to SGs, you’ll look at Buddy Hield or Bogdanovic tonight. As the Kings continue to try new things, we’ve seen Hield’s minutes decline dramatically over the last four games while Bogdanovic has played about 30 MPG in that span. He’s scored double-digit points in three of those, with 4-5 rebounds, 3-4 assists and a couple steals. It’s hard to stay ahead or even keep up with the Kings rotations, but I feel decent about Bogdanovic tonight.
Dwyane Wade $4800: Wade has quickly reached the part of the season where he’s sore and will occasionally sit out for rest, as he did Sunday. Now he’s had two full days off. This game is one to target heavily tonight, and Wade was adequate against the Bucks the first time they played (10/3/3/2/1).
Kelly Oubre Jr. $4600: Otto Porter Jr. is questionable tonight with a bruised hip, but Oubre should not be on your radar for that reason only. Obviously, if Porter is out he’ll be a much more popular play tonight, but Oubre has performed well with Porter in the lineup. In the two games before the hip injury, Oubre averaged 25 fantasy points, the same as he’s had in the two games since without Porter. I like him either way tonight, as the Pelicans are slightly faster in pace and rank just 25th in defensive efficiency.
Mike Scott $4500/Markieff Morris $4600: This is turning into a true time share, with Mike Scott providing some quality, consistent play that Morris has been lacking since debuting this season. Morris did hurt his neck in the Wizards’ last game but ultimately returned to the court and is likely not in any danger of missing tonight’s game. I prefer to spend at the PF position tonight, but with New Orleans being the league’s second-most generous PF defense for fantasy, some exposure to Scott and/or Morris (in tournaments only) is appropriate.
Willie Cauley-Stein $6000: Zach Randolph is the guy I really want from the Kings frontcourt, but Cauley-Stein appears fully healthy and primed to take on his formerly high-usage role. Alternatively, if Kosta Koufos ($4000) starts again, he’s been grinding out around 20 fantasy points per game and allows you to spend freely on your forwards—LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are my faves tonight.
Marcin Gortat $4300: FanDuel is practically begging you to play Gortat at this price. It’s hard to argue against him, as he’s averaging 25 fantasy points per game this season, with 30-plus upside. Contrary to expectation, though, Gortat tends to have his best games in slower-paced matchups. Still, I think he won’t hurt your lineups at this price tonight.
Richaun Holmes $3700: If and only if Philadelphia throws some frontcourt DNP-rest at us tonight, Holmes is clearly the guy you want. Amir Johnson started Monday night but again saw fewer than 15 minutes and was inefficient with them. If everyone’s healthy, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid are all desirable options vs. a weak Kings frontcourt.