I’m here to break down tonight’s six-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.
Emmanuel Mudiay – New York (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Mudiay makes for a comfortable bargain option to represent one of your two point guards on FanDuel. He’s expected to start for New York, potentially seeing upwards of 30 minutes tonight. Mudiay has represented a strong fantasy point per minute option throughout his young career, and he has a clearer path to playing time with the Knicks. In addition, there’s plenty of usage to be soaked up with NYK missing Porzingis for the rest of the season. Mudiay should securely reach value with 23+ fantasy points (and upside for much more).
D’Angelo Russell – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will remain sidelined for Brooklyn, subsequently preserving Russell’s heavy workload and 28-30+ minute role. Playing against Charlotte represents a neutral matchup on paper (Hornets are 15th vs opposing backcourts), but “D-Lo” should be able to post a solid return on investment with a chance to catch some GPP-winning upside to boot.
Otto Porter Jr – Washington (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Kevin Durant and LeBron James are expensive and therefore difficult to squeeze within a confident lineup on FanDuel. That makes the decision to look towards mid-range small forward values an easier one. Of that group, Otto Porter stands out with Carroll, Beasley, and Gallinari also in the mix. Porter will continue to see plenty of work with John Wall sidelined, and he’s looking at the best fantasy environment of this entire slate (5 point spread, 221 over/under).
Quincy Acy – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
In my opinion, Acy is more of a “necessary evil” than a confident bargain tonight. The power forward position doesn’t inspire much confidence in this slate, making us look towards the relative value of Acy. He has seen over 30 minutes in each of the past three games, which should continue to be the case with Hollis-Jefferson and LeVert out. On top of that, Jahlil Okafor’s (questionable) potential absence could send even more minutes his way. Acy is a tolerable value commodity regardless of Okafor’s final status, and I’m willing to utilize him as a filler to reach better options at other positions.
Dwight Howard – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $9,000)
I’ll take Howard over Embiid tonight, saving over $1000 in cap space while leaning on a better matchup. In case you forgot over the All-Star break, Brooklyn plays fast and struggles against opposing big men (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency vs centers). They also rank 23rd in rebound rate, providing an excellent opportunity for the well-rested likes of Howard to flex some fantasy upside.