I’m here to break down tonight’s five-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 7:00 ET. Keep in mind that this column was created earlier in the day, meaning injury information could change the fantasy landscape throughout 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.
Andrew Harrison – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
The Grizzlies’ backcourt is hurting at the moment. Mike Conley is out for the season, Tyreke Evans has been benched while looking for a trade, and Mario Chalmers has been ruled out tonight. Andrew Harrison will need to pick up the slack with 25-30 minutes and plenty of usage. The matchup looks nice against a Detroit team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards. All in all, I don’t mind Harrison as a value filler while trying to squeeze Russell Westbook alongside him.
Wayne Selden – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Selden stands to benefit from the lack of bodies in Memphis’ backcourt, outlined within the previous write-up. He made the most of that opportunity while averaging 30 minutes and 31 fantasy points over the past two games. Despite that, he’s still near minimum-salary and looking like an easy bargain lift in tonight’s abbreviated five-game slate.
Otto Porter Jr. – Washington (FanDuel Price: $7,100)
Porter isn’t necessarily a must play at this salary, but he’s definitely someone to consider if lineup configuration makes him a viable target. Along with teammates Beal and Morris, Porter sees a marginal offensive uptick with John Wall out, exemplified by hitting 45 FP last outing vs Oklahoma City. The matchup vs Toronto doesn’t look great on paper, but Washington will lean heavily on Porter yet again considering the competitive home draw in Wall’s absence.
Markieff Morris – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
John Wall has missed the past two games (many more to come), and Morris has notched 36 fantasy points in each of those contests. That’s certainly more than a coincidence. Markieff has seen more offensive opportunities with Wall out of the lineup, something that should continue in tonight’s draw vs Toronto. I’m fine with rostering Beal, Porter, and Morris in the same lineup while considering each of their boosted rates with Wall out.
Clint Capela – Houston (FanDuel Price: $6,700)
The decision between Capela and Valanciunas is a close one. If you need to save $400 with JoVal, then go for it by all means. However, Clint Capela makes for an intriguing price play himself. The matchup isn’t great at San Antonio, but the Houston big man profiles as a comfortable pick regardless. He’s averaging a solid 35 FPPG on the season, which is actually higher than his value threshold (5x the salary) at this price. In other words, he only needs an average game to provide a positive return.