We have another big slate of games tonight. We’re creeping up on the All-Star break and the trade deadline, so it is imperative that you follow the news to make sure you’re not rostering guys who are going to get you a zero.
As always, make sure to check out RotoGrinders DFS Alerts app to stay up with injury news, and tune into the RotoGrinders Court Reportat 6:00 EST through lock to get updated thoughts on the night ahead as news comes in. Let’s get into my top tournament plays for tonight on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Dennis Smith Jr.: $6,800 (vs. Phoenix Suns)
Smith spends nearly every minute on the floor at the point guard position for Dallas. Taking a look at the matchup chart on RotoGinders, Phoenix has the highest defense versus position differential to point guards in the NBA. It’s a great matchup for a good young player. Smith has played at least 30 minutes in 10 straight ball games, and it appears everything is trending in the right direction for him tonight. The minutes are steady and consistent. The matchup is pristine. He has the green light to shoot as much as he wants, as evidenced by the fact that you have to go all the way back to December to find a game in which he didn’t take double-digit field goal attempts. As if all this weren’t enough, the icing on the cake is that the backup point guard (Barea) is questionable tonight. I think DSJ settles in as one of the best options at the PG2 position on FanDuel.
Dwyane Wade: $4,100 (vs. Miami Heat)
At some point tonight, you’re probably going to want to roster a guy like LeBron James or Joel Embiid. Even guys like Dwight Howard and Damian Lillard have been spectacular lately and you could spend your salary on those players. In order to do that, you need to find a couple of cheap plays, so I’ll throw Wade’s name in the mix for tonight. The salary is only $4,100, which will allow you to do whatever you want with the rest your team. The big change here is that Kevin Love got injured last night and will now miss the next six weeks. Wade played 28 minutes last night, the most minutes he’s played in a game since Christmas Day. It feels like he may be one of the guys who benefits the most from Kevin Love being absent. Not that I really need the narrative tonight, but he’s also taking on his old team, the Miami Heat, a team he dropped 33 FanDuel points on earlier this year in 27 minutes. I’m certainly not going to project another 36 FanDuel point game from Wade like he had last night with Love leaving early, but the combination of this salary with a couple of the other guys in this article should open up your roster rather nicely for guys who will more than make up for it if Wade disappoints a bit.
Harrison Barnes: $6,600 (vs. Phoenix Suns)
Barnes is a player I am targeting in cash games. If you’re looking for consistency, he is your guy. The matchup with Phoenix is solid in general, as we can tell by the 107 implied team total Vegas has assigned to Dallas tonight. Barnes typically splits his time on the court between small forward and power forward. So far this season Phoenix has allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to small forwards and the fourth-most FanDuel points to power forward in terms of raw fantasy points allowed. So, we know this is going to be a good matchup for Barnes. Now for the consistency aspect. Barnes has played at least 29 minutes in every single game and has shot at least nine field-goal attempts in every game this season. Out of 51 games he’s played for Dallas so far, he’s only dipped below the 20% usage rate eight times. These are some incredibly consistent numbers at a phenomenal price tag. If I was playing one lineup spread across a variety of cash games tonight, Barnes is one of the first players I’d lock in.
Bobby Portis: $4,500 (vs. Portland Trail Blazers)
This is a pure speculation play, but one I think is very easy to pull the trigger on. Portis is already going to benefit from the injuries to the Chicago frontcourt tonight. On top of that, if Nikola Mirotic ends up getting traded before tipoff, Portis would become an absolute must start player. What makes this an even easier decision tonight is the status of the power forward position on FanDuel. It’s a barren position. Porzingis is on the second game of a back to back and has a tough matchup. Aaron Gordon missed last night’s game and is highly questionable for tonight. Ben Simmons is a solid option, but he’s also $9,000. After that it is a mixed bag of nuts with nobody standing out. Even if Portis has an average game, you’re not going to lose very much on the field. The upside is off the charts though, so this is the first guy I’m putting on my team tonight.
Hassan Whiteside: $8,100 (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)
Whiteside is coming off of a 45-point FanDuel game two nights ago. Although he has been erratic with his play of late, he typically performs extremely well against the weak competition. Well tonight he travels to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. Taking a quick glance at the RotoGrinders daily matchup chart shows me that this is a fine matchup for Whiteside. We have Whiteside listed as the fifth-highest projection in terms of weighted fantasy points right now, a formula that factors in defense versus position for the season and the last seven games and DvP differential, amongst other things. In a game earlier this season Whiteside dropped 35.8 FanDuel points on Cleveland. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but he did it in 18 minutes. If he gets his typical 25+ minutes tonight, you can see the potential that he has.