by Ray Kuhn
Tuesday’s often have a smaller slate of games, but this season things have been better, and there are five games on tap tonight. Of the 10 teams taking the court, two teams (Brooklyn and Miami) will be playing on back to back nights. They are slated to take part in the highest scoring game of the night against the Lakers (over/under of 219), and it is a game to target when rounding out your team. The fact that neither team has any true stars helps in roster construction, as there are value plays abound.
As far as stars in action tonight, the Cavaliers are 5.5 favorites at home against Toronto (over/under of 210.5) and Portland is facing the Bulls at home in the second highest scoring game of the night (213.5). There is no reason not to build your roster around two or three studs tonight as LeBron James is the only player above $10,000 tonight ($10,300).
Let’s take a look at four players who deserve consideration as you are building your roster:
Damien Lilliard – G – Portland Trail Blazers – vs. Chicago
Lillard gets to face a team tonight, the Bulls, that have generally struggled against opposing point guards. The fact that the game is taking in place in Portland also helps as Lillard is averaging about eight more points a game at home instead of on the road (34.2 to 26.6). While his assists are the same both at home and on the road, Lillard is also shooting a great deal better in Portland; 51.2% from the field and 89.2% from the foul line. We know that Lilliard will have the ball in his hand a great deal as the Trail Blazers’ offense runs through him and points will be scored.
D’Angelo Russell – G – Los Angeles Lakers – vs. Brooklyn
One thing we know for certain about the match-up between the Lakers and the Nets, is that there won’t be much defense played. Usage is important here, and Russell is beginning to see his performance smooth out this season. The second year player clearly has the talent, but inconsistency has been an issue for Russell. So far, we are 11 games into his second season, and Russell’s performance is becoming a little more steady. He is not a perfect option, we would like to see him get to the line more often, but with both four rebounds and four assists per game, there is some production even when Russell has an off shooting night. And with a 40.5% shooting percentage, that is a concern although there should be plenty of offense tonight.
Trevor Booker – F – Brooklyn Nets – at Los Angeles Lakers
Here we go again back to the highest scoring game of the night. Both Russell and Booker are priced slightly below average price, but they also have a high floor with some ceiling built in. On the season, Booker is averaging close to a double/double (10.2 points and 8.9 rebounds) entering play on Monday night, and he plays an average of 26.5 minutes per game. Booker has been remarkably consistent this season, aside from three games where he put up between 19 and 21 Draft Kings points, he hasn’t scored less than 29.75 fantasy points.
Lucas Nogueira – C – Toronto Raptors – at Cleveland
Nogueira missed the start of the season with an ankle injury, and has appeared in just four games so far this season. While Nogueira isn’t in the starting lineup, playing time doesn’t appear to be an issue for the big man, and his Draft Kings price ($4,100) has yet to catch up with his performance. Nogueira is putting up 26.6 fantasy points per game thus far while averaging 8.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25.5 minutes of play. The big man is also blocking 2.5 shots per game, and his playing time should only increase as he continues to have success. This is a situation to exploit before his price takes off.