by Ray Kuhn
Tuesday’s are often a big night in the basketball community, and tonight is no different. There are eight games on tap, and with them they bring a lot of tough choices. Slates like this are my favorite because there are enough games that you are forced to make difficult decisions when building your lineup, but you aren’t overwhelmed with too many options either.
Let’s take a look at some of the players we are targeting for tonight’s action. What is also nice about the eight game slate, is that there are multiple ways to build a lineup (all prices referred to are from Draft Kings). We must also note that, due to the World Series, the match-up between Cleveland and Houston (which has multiple top fantasy options) was moved up to start at 6pm and is not part of this evening’s slate.
Stephen Curry – PG – Golden State Warriors
While it might seem odd to include Curry here, things are a little different so far this season. We are only a few games into the season, but Curry has yet to distinguish himself in 2016. In fact, Damian Lillard is $300 more than Curry tonight, but it is for a valid reason. And it is by that same logic that Russell Westbrook and James Harden’s prices this season have been almost $3,000 more than the Golden State point guard.
Logic that makes sense in fact.
We are only three games into the season, but Curry has yet to provide fantasy owners with a positive return on their investment. Curry hasn’t exactly been bad so far this season, 25.7 points and 4.7 assists per game, but he also hasn’t lived up to his elite status. Curry is averaging 35.9 fantasy points per game and by comparison, Lilliard is averaging 56.3 points.
Golden State did add one piece this off-season, just Kevin Durant, and it shouldn’t come as a total surprise that the Warriors are taking a little awhile to adjust to their new team structure.
There is a lot of recency bias involved in DFS, and this might be the lowest we see Curry’s price all season. Based on production so far this season, there are a lot more efficient ways to spend your money (Mike Conley has 34.3 points per game and is $6,600), but taking a shot on Curry could be the difference your tournament team needs.
Gorgui Dieng – PF/C – Minnesota Timberwolves
Dieng came on strong at the end of last season, and he has continued that momentum at the start of this year. Teams facing Minnesota have a lot to deal with in the paint between Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns, and both have been successful.
Minnesota has only had two games so far this season, and Dieng has been remarkably consistent. After scoring 12 points to go with 14 rebounds in his first game of the season, Dieng followed that up with 14 points and 13 rebounds. With a double-double being the floor from Dieng, he is an excellent cash game option, and his price he is also a nice piece to a GPP team.
Myles Turner – PF/C – Indiana Pacers
The new dual eligibility on Draft Kings has been a welcome development as it takes some stress out of lineup construction. Turner is another young player who began his ascension towards the end of last season, and that has continued as his value has been slow to catch up to his performance.
Pace will come into play here tonight and we can expect a lot of offense from Indiana as the Lakers won’t offer much in the way of resistance on the defensive end. So far this season, Turner has emerged as the Pacers’ second option behind Paul George, and he appears up to the task. He is averaging 21 points per game with 10.3 rebounds while also blocking 3.3 shots per game. With options like Turner, and Dieng, at the center position, there is no need to break the bank.
- With Chandler Parsons still sidelined, James Ennis will continue to be a value play. While Ennis hasn’t had an elite game, the forward has also been a consistent source of value. Ennis is averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds per game so far this season and has earned between 23 and 25.5 fantasy points per game. After beginning the season at $3,600, Ennis is now at $4,600 which means his value is beginning to fade.
- After not making much of an impact in his rookie season, Justise Winslow has become a large part of Miami’s lineup. Through three games so far this season, Winslow is averaging 35 minutes per game which is exactly what you want from a fantasy perspective. The second year player is averaging 14.3 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game which is a well-rounded stat line for just $5,200.