I’m here to break down tonight’s five-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 6:00 ET. Keep in mind that this column was created earlier in the day, meaning injury information could change the fantasy landscape through the afternoon. Obviously you’ll want to keep track of any developments through Rotoworld’s NBA Headlines & Injuries Feed as we move closer to tip-off.
With that, let’s dive into each position while mining for the best value and overall plays in this slate.
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Fox remains cheap on FanDuel despite averaging a solid 28.4 FPPG to begin the season. Making matters even better, George Hill is resting tonight, meaning Fox could see some extra minutes. This Washington-Sacramento tilt has a fantasy-friendly game environment that will be referenced numerous times through this article. Fox represents one of the best values within that.
Also Consider: I like John Wall ($10100) in this matchup, but lineup configuration has me looking towards value at point guard. Speaking to that point, Jarrett Jack ($4000) makes for a decent filler if granted another start … Jamal Murray ($4800) has been very inconsistent from a fantasy perspective, but a dream matchup against the Nets could inspire some upside.
Will Barton – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Barton was the posterboy of Friday’s NBA Bargains column, and he came through with 31 FP in 29 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity to keep things going, facing a subpar Brooklyn defense in the highest projected scoring game of the night. Don’t overthink it; lock him in!
Also Consider: I’m trying my best to squeeze Bradley Beal ($7600) alongside Barton on FanDuel. However, there's a chance Beal would be facing a suspension, so keep an eye out on that front … If Beal isn't playing, Jeremy Lamb ($6600) and Avery Bradley ($5500) are fine alternatives.
Kevin Durant – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $10,500)
If price wasn’t an issue, I’d take LeBron James over Kevin Durant tonight. However, this is salary cap daily fantasy where price means almost everything. Speaking to that point, Durant is nearly $1000 cheaper than LeBron with a realistically similar projection. There’s blowout risk with Golden State playing the Pistons on back-to-back West Coast games, but KD could easily provide value even if the minutes are somewhat pinched.
Also Consider: I’m hunting for value to offset the cost of Durant, finding Kelly Oubre Jr ($5300) and Stanley Johnson ($4300) as plausible lifts within that category. Oubre Jr would be especially valuable if Bradley Beal doesn't play due to a suspension.
Skal Labissiere – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Zach Randolph is resting tonight, meaning Skal Labissiere has a clear path to more minutes. He has been very efficient this season while averaging 22.7 FP through 22 minutes per game. There’s a good chance he’ll see more than 30 minutes in a welcoming matchup, which confidently raises his expectation into the 30+ FP level.
Also Consider: Otto Porter Jr ($7600) and Paul Millsap ($6800) make for solid overall picks at this position. Labissiere’s value makes both of them real possibilities in a comfortable cash game lineup … Trevor Booker ($4400) and Jonathan Issac ($3800) are two cheaper tournament picks.
Nikola Jokic – Denver (FanDuel Price: $8,700)
Jokic should have his way tonight against a generous Brooklyn defense, checking in as one of the top overall picks on this slate. The fact that he’s meaningfully cheaper than Durant, James, Wall, and Curry makes the decision that much easier.
Also Consider: Kevin Love ($7700) has a chance to produce similar numbers as Jokic (40-45 FP) for a cheaper price point. He’s my next-in-line option behind the Denver center … Otherwise, Marcin Gortat ($6200) is another beneficiary of Washington’s tight rotation, holding a solid fantasy floor to be considered a stable pick.