We've got a small four-game slate to examine tonight. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top FanDuel plays at each position.
Terry Rozier: $7,300 (vs. Washington Wizards)
Rozier gets a price bump on FanDuel tonight, and it may be a big enough jump to keep some people off of him. Even with the price bump, it’s not nearly enough to account for his new role in this offense with the injuries to Boston. There was a three-game stretch last month where both Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart missed games. In those three starts Rozier dropped 55.2, 46.4 and 24.7 FanDuel points. He will be the clear leader of this backcourt for the Celtics until those guys return. This matchup with Washington is sitting with a 2.5-point spread, which is the lowest of the four games tonight. It should be a close, highly-contested game in which the key players are on the floor to the end. There are no elite players on this slate at PG, so I think Rozier has a legitimate chance to be the highest scoring player at this position tonight.
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: $6,300 (vs. Golden State Warriors)
Caldwell-Pope has been on fire for this recent run of games with the Lakers. He does it by playing heavy minutes. If we go back over a month all the way to February 8th, KCP has played less than 30 minutes just one time. Over the last six games he has not dipped below 35 minutes in any contest. Since that magical date of February 8th, when things turn around for KCP, he’s only been below 30 FanDuel points in three of the 14 games he played in. It doesn’t appear as if these trends are going to change any time soon. The Lakers are shorthanded, missing Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram, and they traded away Jordan Clarkson right around the time KCP went on this heater. With only four games on the slate, this game has a chance to be the most frenetic-paced contest of the night. And just for good measure, KCP has played three games against Golden State this season and has hit 30 or more FanDuel points in each one of them.
Kevin Durant: $10,500 (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
On a four-game slate it is difficult to miss out on an elite scorer and still find a way to cash in tournaments. A guy like Kevin Durant is going to be very popular, and if he drops a monster game then it’s going to be difficult to rebound from that in tournaments, and more than likely will push you from any significant cash. So, I am recommending that you make it a priority to roster Durant tonight, by any means necessary. There are major injuries with Golden State right now and it’s propelling Durant into the elite category of fantasy scoring. Over the last three games he’s averaged 62.9 FanDuel points per game. In his last three games against the Lakers alone he has averaged 61.7 FanDuel points per game. In this recent three-game stretch where there’s been no Steph Curry, Durant has seen his usage rate jump to a whopping 40. He took an incredible 32 field-goal attempts in his last game at Minnesota. This is Kobe Bryant type of usage from a player that is far more efficient than Bryant could ever imagine being. This game tonight against the Lakers should end up staying close, seeing as how the Lakers are playing well right now and the Warriors are shorthanded. Giannis Antetokounmpo always has a chance to put up a monster point total on any given night, but I think it’s Durant who has the safest floor and the largest upside tonight.
Julius Randle: $7,400 (vs. Golden State Warriors)
Randle is averaging 46.4 FanDuel points per game over his last three games. He has absolutely dominated from a fantasy perspective over the last month, as in his last 13 games he’s had 37 or more FanDuel points 11 times. The Lakers played last night and Randle took a backseat to Kyle Kuzma, who crushed. He still dropped over 40 FanDuel points on Denver. Kuzma has a bum ankle and may not even play tonight, and regardless I would expect Randle to step up and be the number one guy in the frontcourt again. The last time he played Golden State he was only on the court for 24 minutes and dropped 41.5 FanDuel points.
Nikola Vucevic: $8,600 (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
Vucevic is going to make my list as the top center play tonight, basically due to lack of competition. If we take Vucevic’s name out of the equation, the rest of the options at center on FanDuel are absolutely terrible. Although I am not in love with this $8,600 price tag, this is a player that has averaged 32.9 FanDuel points per game over his last four. It’s a winnable matchup against the Milwaukee frontline that is going to try to stop him with John Henson. In addition to that, over the last two games with Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier out of the lineup, Vucevic hasn’t seen his usage rate dip below 33.1. On a short slate where injuries are ravaging this position along with some huge question marks, it feels as though you almost have to spend up on the only stud out there. The other option would be to completely punt this position and take a chance on a super cheap player like Aron Baynes.