I’m here to break down tonight’s four-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.
Dennis Smith Jr. – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
J.J. Barea has been ruled out tonight, making the Dallas backcourt a little less crowded. Expect Dennis Smith Jr.and Yogi Ferrell to pick up the slack, as they are both playable through all formats on FanDuel. Smith has been humming along with 34 FPPG over his past eight games. The prospect of more opportunities against a Denver team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency vs point guards should keep him going.
Devin Booker – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $7,800)
The shooting guard position doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence on this abbreviated four-game slate. That’s why I’m looking towards Devin Booker’s upside despite the marked-up salary. Booker will likely carry a massive usage rate tonight, especially if T.J. Warren or Marquese Chriss (both questionable) miss this game. The last time Booker played at Portland, he posted 34 real points and 46 fantasy points in a strong showing. He’s certainly capable of hitting that range again tonight.
Josh Jackson – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Some injury situations come into play with this recommendation. First off, Jackson himself is listed as questionable. He had a strong showing on Sunday (31 FP in 30 minutes vs Indiana) and practiced in a limited capacity on Monday. This leads me to believe he’s closer to probable than questionable, but we’ll wait for confirmation before locking him in. Meanwhile, TJ Warren and Marquese Chriss are highly questionable for tonight’s tilt at Portland. Warren’s absence would make Jackson a strong bargain to utilize without hesitation – assuming Jackson himself plays. Definitely monitor this situation for clarity throughout the day.
UPDATE: Chriss and Warren have been ruled out, while Josh Jackson will play. He is a strong bargain through all formats tonight.
Also Consider: Harrison Barnes, TJ Warren (if playing)
Taj Gibson – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
This is how I’m treating the power forward position: I’ll lock in Taj Gibson, fill out the rest of my lineup, then see how much salary is left to roster either Aaron Gordon or Anthony Davis. Either way, Gibson represents a fine mid-range selection with solid playing time and a promising matchup. Orlando ranks dead last in team defensive efficiency and 29th in rebound rate. I believe Gibson can at least hold his season average of 26.5 FPPG, converting to a respectable return on investment.
Nikola Jokic – Denver (FanDuel Price: $9,700)
The decision between Jokic and Towns is difficult. I’m ultimately siding with Jokic, and here’s why: 1) Nikola has been on a roll as of late, hitting 47+ fantasy points in three of his past four games. 2) Tonight’s matchup looks fantastic, as Dallas ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers and dead last in rebound rate. 3) For what it’s worth, the Mavericks are also allowing the second-most assists to the center position, something that really elevates Jokic’s fantasy ceiling, having posted seven or more assists in four of his past five.