The six-game slate this week is relatively light compared with recent Tuesdays, and that makes fitting in the right star players even more crucial. The five most expensive players, regardless of position, are Stephen Curry ($10,900), Paul George ($9,500), Damian Lillard ($9,400), Blake Griffin ($9,200) and John Wall ($8,900). Curry seems like the obvious play, as he is every week, but Lillard and Wall do present attractive, high-ceilinged options at more affordable prices. We don’t like to tempt fate here, though. We’re not fading Curry, though there is the concern that the Warriors destroy the Lakers and Curry sits the entire fourth quarter. Of course, in that eventuality, Curry likely would have had a lot to do with the game getting to that point.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: D'Angelo Russell ($5,200) @ GS: Don’t ignore the point guard on the other side of that game. Byron Scott finally isn’t ignoring his rookie out of Ohio State, and it’s paying dividends. In his last two games, Russell is averaging 35 minutes and 28.9 fantasy points. He has at least 23.8 fantasy points in five of his last six games, and the over/under on Lakers-Warriors is a robust 213.5.
SG: J.J. Redick ($4,500) @ DEN: Redick was a rusty in his first game after missing three with a back injury, but he found his stroke a bit his last time out, scoring 17 points and making three of his six three-point attempts. Denver has allowed the most fantasy points per game to shooting guards.
SF: Paul George ($9,500) @ WAS: There’s a much better argument for avoiding Curry, given that you can pivot to Lillard or Wall, than there is for staying away from George. The born-again superstar is averaging 24.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game this season. He has at least 38 combined points, rebounds and assists in eight of his last 10 games. Oh yeah, and the Wizards allow the second-most fantasy points per game to small forwards.
PF: Darrell Arthur ($3,800) vs. LAC: Arthur started in place of the injured Kenneth Faried (ankle) in Denver’s last game, and he put up 21 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes. Faried is doubtful for Tuesday’s game with the Clippers, meaning Arthur is in line for his second straight start. The over/under here is 206, and Arthur should get 30 minutes assuming he stays out of foul trouble.
C: Mason Plumlee ($6,000) vs. CHI: You could go in a few different directions here, but it’s possible to get Griffin in your lineups with Curry and George if you opt for Plumlee. He has been very good of late, averaging 35.17 fantasy points per game in his last three, and gets a Bulls team that is allowing the eighth-most points to centers, on average.