The daily fantasy action is heating up on FanDuel as the NBA season approaches All-Star weekend. That include the action tonight around the NBA as six games will take to the hardwood allowing FanDuel owners a very good opportunity to cash in on some tournaments, head to heads as well as some 50/50’s.
That being said tonight’s lineup of games will present us with a little bit of a mystery at the point guard position. While John Wall is a solid option on most nights, the point guard position will lack one of the big three of late that features Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. All three of those stars have the night off taking away almost a guarantee 40 plus fantasy points at the position.
For us Wall has a very favorable matchup against the Denver Nuggets tonight but does his $9,600 salary warrant the start? The Washington Wizards point guard has failed to reach 40 fantasy points in four straight games with one of those games going for only 27 fantasy points. If we get that type of production that is less than three times value based on his salary.
A FanDuel sleeper option tonight could be Aaron Brooks for the Chicago Bulls depending on whether or not Derrick Rose plays. While we like Brooks against the Los Angeles Lakers, we aren’t in on Rose if he plays due to his health concerns. Entering tonight’s contest, the Lakers are allowing a league high in fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. We suggest monitoring the lineup status as the day goes on and if Brooks is in the lineup we suggest not passing up the value.
Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for Thursday January 28th, 2016.
PG – John Wall ($9,600): While Wall is the most expensive option at the point guard position tonight his matchup is one of the best among the point guard position. Wall will be going up against a Nuggets team that is allowing the fourth most fantasy points a game to opposing point guards.
PG – Aaron Brooks ($3,800): After Rose left with injury concerns on Monday Night, Brooks managed to increase his minutes up to 33. That increased helped Brooks reward his fantasy owners with a 29.4 performance. If Rose is a no go tonight against the Lakers Brooks is a great start for the price.
SG – Gary Harris ($4,700): We could have gone with Harris’s teammate Will Barton as well tonight against a Wizards team that is allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. In the end Harris is a solid option at a cheap price to allow us to spend a little heavier on a player like Jimmy Butler.
SG – Jimmy Butler ($8,700): Playing the matchups based on teams that rank in the top in fantasy points allowed landed us with Butler. While we considered Tyreke Evans for the New Orleans Pelicans we are concerned with his injury issues.
SF – Danilo Gallinari ($6,900): Gallinari is an easy option at the small forward position going up against a team that has struggled to slow down opposing small forwards. While Gallinari has bounced up and down he has turned in four 30 plus fantasy performances over his last six games.
SF – Jeff Green ($5,100): Riding his impressive 45.1 fantasy performance we elected to go cheaper at the second small forward position. If you went away from Brooks and Butler you could consider going with a deep fantasy sleeper in Doug McDermott against the Lakers as well.
PF – Ryan Anderson ($5,700): The top option would be Anderson’s teammate Anthony Davis but his injury issues and concerns he will be out of the lineup tonight had us stray away from him. If he misses the game Anderson is not only a great play but a must start against a Sacramento Kings team that ranks second in fantasy points allowed to the power forward position.
PF – Nene Hilario ($4,300): Sticking with the Nuggets/Wizards game landed us with Hilario as a FanDuel bargain option. While Hilario has been getting only 16-20 fantasy points a game he did deliver a 32 point night just three games ago. If you elect to go cheaper than Cousins we could also go with Derrick Williams for the New York Knicks.
C – DeMarcus Cousins ($11,200): While we debated going a lot cheaper at this position we couldn’t pass up his matchup. Cousins gets a shot at a Pelicans team that is allowing the second most fantasy points to the center position this season and should be without Anthony Davis.