FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NBA series.

There's a heavier slate than usual Tuesday with eight games on the schedule. Nine games were originally scheduled, but the Clippers/Lakers game was postponed following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.

We have some of the NBA's top talent on display, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Trae Young to name a few of the studs in action. The first two games of the night are set to tip at 7:00 PM Eastern time and feature Golden State at Philadelphia and New York at Charlotte. The final matchup will begin at 8:30 Eastern with the Suns taking on the Mavericks. 

Here's your friendly reminder that FanDuel has gone back to their old format, counting all nine of your player's scores within your lineup. With each selection counting towards your score, it'll be important to make each choice count.  

Slate Overview

I've highlighted one game in particular to target on Tuesday's slate based on FanDuel Sportsbook's projected scoring total. It can be beneficial to add players to your lineup who are expected to play in favorable scoring environments, especially if you're having a difficult time choosing between two value plays.

Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks (Projected Total: 240.0)

This matchup jumps off the screen, as it'll feature one of the worst defenses in the league (Washington) taking on one of the most explosive offenses on their home court in Milwaukee. The Bucks lead all teams in scoring to this point, averaging 119.3 points per game on the campaign. As for the Wizards, they put up 115.3 points on a nightly basis, though they also allow an NBA-worst 120.6 per contest. Look for Giannis and company to feast Tuesday night. 

Positional Breakdown

With 16 teams in action Tuesday night there should be plenty of opportunities to differentiate your lineups, though you'll also want to target some of the bigger names to start. I'll take you through each position, highlighting the depth at each position along with a few value plays to target. 

PG: Luka Doncic and Trae Young are the top two point guards, with Doncic drawing the more favorable matchup. Eric Bledsoe and Terry Rozier, priced at $6,100, are a couple of value plays to target.

SG: Bradley Beal is priced at $8,800 as the top shooting guard, and I have a feeling he'll be well worth the salary in a game that's going to see plenty of scoring. From a strategic standpoint, it might make sense to roll with a few mid-tier/value plays here, however, without a clear star at the top. Khris Middleton and Norman Powell are two names to watch. 

SF: Of course it's hard to miss Giannis on this slate, especially with a mouth-watering matchup Tuesday night. I would recommend spending your cash on the reigning MVP, and perhaps pairing him with someone like Will Barton or Kelly Oubre in the mid-to-low price range. You also shouldn't sleep on Brandon Ingram, who has struggled of late but will have a good chance to bounce back against Cleveland. 

PF: I see another opportunity to roll with a mid-tier player and a value play here. With big names at point guard, small forward and center, it would be smart to be stingy with your cash. John Collins or Kevin Love are enticing options in the mid-tier range, while Zion Williamson and Serge Ibaka are the hot hands to ride lower down on the board. 

C: With a steep dropoff in price between the top two options, it wouldn't be a bad idea to roll with Jokic ($10,100) or Joel Embiid ($9,000), though Embiid is questionable with a hand injury. However, if you want to add additional star power elsewhere, Jonas Valanciunas ($6,600) and Tristan Thompson ($5,500) are decent choices. 

Injury Situations to Monitor

Joel Embiid, PHI

Embiid is questionable with a left finger/hand injury. 

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, TOR

Hollis-Jefferson is questionable with a sprained right ankle. 

Patrick McCaw, TOR

McCaw is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta due to a broken nose.

Jayson Tatum, BOS

Tatum is doubtful for Tuesday's matchup with Miami with a right groin strain. 

Kendrick Nunn, MIA

Nunn was held out of Monday's game with a left Achilles injury and his status remains in question for Tuesday.

George Hill, MIL

Hill is being considered probable for Tuesday's game against Washington with right hamstring soreness.

Jae Crowder, MEM

Crowder is doubtful with right knee soreness. 

Ricky Rubio, PHO

Rubio is a game-time decision for Tuesday due to a right ankle injury. 

Elite Players

There are four players on this slate valued at $10K or above: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800), Luka Doncic ($11,000), Nikola Jokic ($10,100) and Trae Young ($10,000). That means there are stars at point guard, small forward and center, something to make note of as you select your lineups. As mentioned earlier, it could be beneficial to spend big at these three spots and going with mid-tier and value plays at the other two positions.

Aside from the top four players on the slate, Ben Simmons ($9,800), Joel Embiid ($9,000), Bradley Beal ($8,800) and Devin Booker ($8,700) are intriguing names in the next tier. Jimmy Butler ($8,500), Brandon Ingram ($8,200) and Kemba Walker ($8,000) round out the $8K group. 

Expected Chalk

As is the norm, the superstars on the slate will make up a good chunk of the expected chalk. Giannis and Doncic are especially appetizing given their respective matchups. Al Horford ($6,600) could also be a popular play if Embiid remains out with a finger injury – he's averaging 32.4 minutes and 13.2 points over his last five games. 

It'll also be worth monitoring the Celtics' injury situation, as Gordon Hayward ($6,400) and Jaylen Brown ($6,200) could both be in store for more opportunities if Tatum remains sidelined. Daniel Theis ($5,200) also stands to benefit, narrowly missing a double-double Sunday against New Orleans with Tatum out of commission. 

Key Values

Duncan Robinson, MIA vs. BOS ($4,100)

Robinson has seen plenty of playing time in January, averaging 30.7 minutes to go along with 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12 games. This combination of playing time and scoring is impressive for a player priced just over $4K, and he plays a position that would be smart to buy low at regardless. Robinson has put up 25-plus FanDuel points in back-to-back contests against two formidable opponents, the Clippers and the Magic. 

Eric Paschall, GS at PHI ($4,700)

I was surprised to see Paschall priced so low on this slate, especially following the departure of Willie Cauley-Stein to the Mavericks. Paschall is receiving plenty of playing time of late, averaging 29.3 minutes along with 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds over his last seven games despite making just two starts. The power forward has the chance to fly under the radar Tuesday night, especially as a bench player against the Sixers. 

Other likely lower-owned value plays to consider: Josh Hart, $4,400; De'Andre Hunter, $4,400; Dorian Finney-Smith, $4,400; Tyler Herro, $4,300; JJ Redick, $4,100

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Zack Osell plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Zosell, DraftKings: Zosell.
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Zack began at RotoWire in 2017, covering breaking news across a variety of sports. He has since focused on NBA DFS. Zack, who hails from the Milwaukee area, recently became the proud owner of a 1996 authentic Reggie White jersey, although it's yet to bring the Green and Gold much luck.
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