NBA daily fantasy picks: Five players who could help your lineup for Jan. 12
After ceding the spotlight to Alabama and Clemson on Monday night (good decision, NBA), the league is back with eight games on the docket for Tuesday. There are five players with salaries at $10,000 or more, but we’ve taken a more measured approach with this lineup. There are a lot of attractive options priced between $5,500 and $8,000, perhaps making up for the dearth of players within those two pricing bounds on Monday. Given the ceilings, as well as the floors, attached to some of those players, as well as legitimate reasons to fade some of the superstars, that is the roadmap we followed for Tuesday.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Tyreke Evans ($7800) @ LAL: Evans is my favorite play regardless of position Tuesday. He has scored at least 43.9 fantasy points in his last two games, and averaged 38.6 points in his last nine. The Lakers are famously terrible on defense, allowing the most fantasy points per game to point guards this year. With Anthony Davis (back) potentially out, Evans should be the team’s primary scorer.
SG: Monta Ellis ($6300) vs. PHO: The Suns have surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points per game to shooting guards this year, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. They’ve given up the second-most to the position since losing Eric Bledsoe for the season. Ellis has at least 30 fantasy points in five of his last 10 games, putting up 30.1 points per game in that time. The Pacers have the second-highest implied team total on Tuesday, laying 9.5 points in a game with an over/under of 205.
SF: Andrew Wiggins ($6500) vs. OKC: This game has the highest total on the night, checking in at 210. You’re going to want some investment in it, and most people will understandably be targeting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Wiggins is a great pivot, given that he should get his full complement of minutes, even if the Thunder blow out the Timberwolves. He has 38.9 fantasy points per game over his last two, while the Thunder have surrendered the fourth-most points to small forwards over the last three weeks.
PF: Ryan Anderson ($5500) @ LAL: This assumes Davis is indeed out for the second straight game. If that’s the case, Anderson is going to have a high ownership rate, but don’t let that scare you away. In the six games Davis has missed either entirely or mostly this season, Anderson has averaged 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. The Lakers have allowed the eighth-most points per game to power forwards this year, as well as the most fantasy points overall by about 170 over their closest competitor.
C: Greg Monroe ($7600) vs. CHI: Monroe rounds out the middle-of-the-road pricing lineup with a matchup he should be able to exploit. The Bulls have given up the seventh-most points to centers this season and are 23rd in defensive-rebounding rate. That’s the sort of team that should have a ton of trouble with Monroe. These teams met one week ago, and Monroe had 29.9 fantasy points in 29 minutes. He should be a safe bet for 30 points on Tuesday, and his ceiling pushes up into the 40s.