I’m here to break down tonight’s eight-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.
Tyler Ulis – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Despite his scary recent game log, Ulis profiles as an easy bargain lift on this slate. He should see 30+ minutes and plenty of usage with Devin Booker out. The matchup isn’t too bad either, facing a Lakers team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards. Both of these teams rank top five in pace, creating a potentially high-scoring game environment.
Bradley Beal – Washington (FanDuel Price: $9,000)
Beal wasn’t very good from a fantasy standpoint last night (21 FP at Indiana), but I’m expecting a strong bounce-back this evening. The matchup is mediocre at Philadelphia; however, Beal will continue to run the show with Wall sidelined. In six games without his superstar point guard, Beal has poured in 45+ FP in four of his past six contests. A nationally televised meeting at Philly should inspire plenty of upside.
TJ Warren – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $6,800)
As mentioned earlier, Devin Booker has been ruled out tonight. That creates a massive usage void for Phoenix, and Warren should pick up the slack. The Phoenix small forward would likely represent a solid DFS play even if Booker was fully healthy, as a fast-paced matchup at LAL enhances his fantasy profile. An expected heightened usage rate adds a layer of confidence on this selection.
Markieff Morris – Washington (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
The power forward position is somewhat tricky on FanDuel. I like Kristaps Porzingis, but his salary is cumbersome. I’m finding myself looking more towards the mid-range for cash games, and Markieff Morris is a solid pick within that. Markieff has noticed a fantasy boost with Wall sidelined, hitting 32+ fantasy points in four of his past six games. Morris is usually described as a risky tournament option, but his new role has created a viable floor/ceiling combination suitable for cash games as well.
Clint Capela – Houston (FanDuel Price: $7,800)
I like Joel Embiid and Marc Gasol at center, but Capela checks in with a cheaper salary and arguably better matchup. His opponent, Brooklyn, tends to play fast while ranking 28th in defensive efficiency vs opposing big men. Capela recorded 36 fantasy points in a previous meeting with the Nets, and he should have no problem hitting that range tonight.