I’m here to break down tonight’s nine-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.
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Kyle Lowry – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Lowry’s salary is way too low on FanDuel. At this price, he only needs 36-37 FP to hit value. He has (at least) neared that total in each of the past four games, averaging 43 FPPG through that span. This is a competitive road matchup at Indiana, which should require plenty of minutes from Lowry and the other Toronto starters.
Nicolas Batum – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $7,800)
Batum has been rolling for Charlotte, hitting 55+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. He has achieved 37+ fantasy points in six of his past nine, four of those topping 42 FP. In other words, Batum is a walking triple-double with legitimate fantasy upside. He should keep things going against an Atlanta team that ranks 26th in overall defensive efficiency and 22nd against opposing backcourts. In his last meeting with the Hawks (1/31), Batum racked up 40 FP in 35 minutes. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t in that range again tonight.
Michael Beasley – New York (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
This is another “pricing play” similar to the aforementioned rationale of Kyle Lowry. Beasley noticed a substantial downtick in minutes following the All-Star break. His fantasy production unsurprisingly coincided with that. The price has final bottomed out to this $5.1 level on FanDuel, and Beasley’s minutes are actually starting to pick back up. He’s averaging 27 minutes over his past four contests, which is good enough to consider him for a positive return. I’m not expecting a ton of upside from Beasley, but he should be able to suffice his value threshold around 25 FP.
Mason Plumlee – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Plumlee has been a nice value option while averaging 19 minutes and 23 fantasy points over his past eight games. There’s a good chance he’ll stay within that range while facing Detroit tonight. In fact, there’s a chance Plumlee could see more minutes while Denver rolls out bigger lineups to counter Griffin/Drummond. Either way, Plumlee makes for an adequate value filler through all formats on FanDuel.
Dwight Howard – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $8,500)
Howard provides some reasonable salary relief from the top center options while legitimately carrying similar upside. That especially holds true when you consider a strong matchup against Atlanta, who ranks 17th vs opposing centers and 26th in rebound rate. Dwight flexes a healthy 47 FPPG over his past four games, and that’s a realistic target when accounting for the matchup potential.