Welcome to the Daily Fantasy Sports NBA FanDuel Top Daily Plays. This article will be featured daily, Monday through Friday during the regular season. I will rank the players according to overall value, with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day.
Goran Dragic (MIA): $6,400 vs. ORL
Goran Dragic returned to action three days ago against the Pelicans after missing the previous three games with an elbow injury. We should take advantage of his low salary tonight in a great matchup against the Magic. The Magic have allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to opposing point guards this season.
George Hill (SAC): $4,800 @ LAC
De’Aaron Fox is expected to miss at least two weeks with a partial tear in his right quad which means that George Hill and Frank Mason will absorb most of the point guard minutes. In the last two games that Fox missed, Hill played a total of 68 minutes compared to Mason’s 32 minutes. The matchup tonight is not great against the Clippers. However, if we can roster a starting point guard who is only $4,800 and is guaranteed at least 30 minutes, it is a great bargain.
Other options to consider: Kris Dunn (CHI), Eric Bledsoe (MIL)
Tyreke Evans (MEM): $8,500 at PHO
Tyreke Evans has played really well as the Grizzlies point guard while Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers have been out. Anytime we can roster three true point guards in a lineup, it is a huge advantage. Tonight he has a great matchup against the Suns who have allowed the second-most FanDuel points to opposing point guards this season.
Wayne Ellington (MIA): 4,600 vs. ORL
Dion Waiters is not expected to return tonight after getting hurt in Friday’s game and missing Saturday’s game. During that time, Wayne Ellington has filled in as the primary shooting guard and has taken a ton of shots. In his last two games Ellington has attempted 28 field goals, 22 of which were three point attempts.
Other options to consider: Khris Middleton (MIL), Donovan Mitchell (UTA), Garrett Temple (SAC)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL): $11,800 vs. CHI
There is not a ton of star power on tonight’s slate, so Giannis Antetokounmpo is by far my favorite option to spend up for tonight. The “Greek Freak” sat out last game against the Hornets, so he should be well rested for tonight’s game against the Bulls. In this same matchup just 11 days ago, Antetokounmpo put up 56.2 FanDuel points in a losing effort. The Bucks are definitely the better team, so I believe Antetokounmpo will be strongly motivated to take care of business tonight.
Reggie Bullock (DET): $4,100 vs. IND
Avery Bradley has missed each of the past four games and Reggie Bullock has filled in nicely with at least 26.2 FanDuel points in three of those four games. Bradley is expected to miss another few games, so Bullock should be locked into close to 30 minutes once again. In this same matchup 11 days ago, Bullock was able to accumulate 28.2 FanDuel points in 33 minutes of action.
Other options to consider: Harrison Barnes (DAL), Jonathon Simmons (ORL), Dillon Brooks (MEM)
Derrick Favors (UTA): $5,600 at DEN
Derrick Favors has seen an increased role while Rudy Gobert has been out with a knee injury. In his last two games, Favors has played 34 and 32 minutes and was able to accumulate a total of 52.4 FanDuel points. As long as he can stay out of foul trouble while defending Nikola Jokic, Favors should be able to return solid value tonight.
Zach Randolph (SAC): $6,000 at LAC
Zach Randolph is getting up there in age, but he has been solid this season in decent matchups. Tonight he has a decent matchup against the Clippers, who are only middle of the pack against power forwards. This should be an up-tempo game for the Kings, which should increase the likelihood of Randolph putting up decent numbers.
Other options to consider: Kelly Olynyk (MIA), John Henson (MIL)
DeAndre Jordan (LAC): $8,200 vs. SAC
DeAndre Jordan has been a beast on the boards this season, leading the entire NBA in rebounds per game with 15.3. Tonight he has an outstanding matchup against the Kings, who have allowed the second-most FanDuel points to opposing centers this season.
Other options to consider: Andre Drummond (DET), Marc Gasol (MEM)