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Monday night's slate of games was one of the best of the season from a Fantasy perspective, with five of the eight games featuring teams that combined to allow more than 390 FanDuel points per game. Tuesday, by comparison, is not as juicy.
And yet, I find myself feeling pretty good about my lineup for tonight. Thanks to some unfortunate injuries, there are a plethora of cheap players to choose from who should be playing big roles. I've build a stars-and-scrubs lineup to take advantage of that, with three players in my lineup currently going for $8,500 or more.
The only potential roadblock I see for tonight is the health of Anthony Davis. If he is fit enough to play, he should have a huge showing against a Jazz team that allows 50.01 FanDuel points per game to opposing power forwards, the third-highest mark in the league.
If Davis can't play tonight due to a chest injury, I will have to do some last-minute adjustments. I will likely slot John Wall in and double up on elite point guards, which should work out for me either way, given Wall's terrific matchup.
Timberwolves at Wizards
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 387.64
The Wizards aren't a great team for Fantasy purposes, but that should change tonight. John Wall could be in for a massive game against this matchup.
Warriors at Grizzlies
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 373.68
This is the biggest game of the night, but it might not be a great one for our purposes, since both teams rank among the 10 stingiest for Fantasy scoring.
Jazz at Pelicans
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 388.52
The Jazz have some solid defensive big men to throw at Anthony Davis, assuming he plays through a chest injury. I'm not concerned about them slowing down, as long as he plays.
Mavericks at Knicks
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 381.75
The only concern with this one is the Mavericks could pull one of their patented third-quarter blowouts out, leaving the starters with little reason to play in the fourth.
Thunder at Kings
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 385.03
How the Kings will come out in their first game following Mike Malone's firing will be interesting to see. If you want to steer clear, I wouldn't blame you, especially with the Thunder posing a tough matchup.
My roster for Dec. 15 at FanDuel.com:
PG Mario Chalmers, Heat at Brooklyn ($5,600)
PG Stephen Curry, Warriors at Memphis ($10,200)
SG Ben McLemore, Kings vs. Oklahoma City ($4,500)
SG Tim Hardaway Jr., Knicks vs. Dallas ($4,000)
SF Rudy Gay, Kings vs. Oklahoma City ($8,600)
SF Shawne Williams, Heat at Brooklyn ($3,600)
PF Anthony Davis, Pelicans vs. Utah ($10,200)
PF Serge Ibaka, Thunder at Sacramento ($7,200)
C Mason Plumlee, Nets vs. Miami ($4,900)
Mason Plumlee, C, Nets vs. Miami ($4,900)
Plumlee's play this season has been a major disappointment, considering how effective he was as a rookie. However, he is starting to come into his own of late, averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over his last three, all as a starter. He could thrive against an undermanned and undersized Heat frontcourt, especially given his track record against them. In three career games against the Heat, he is averaging 7.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per-36 against Miami. The Heat tend to struggle with athletic, energetic big men, so Plumlee could be in for a good showing.
Rudy Gay, SF, Kings vs. Oklahoma City ($8,600)
The Kings are in a state of disarray right now, and Tuesday's will be their first game under new coach Tyrone Corbin. However, teams seem to rally when faced with this kind of adversity, and Gay is in the midst of his best stretch of the season. He is averaging 37.7 FanDuel points per game over the last nine without DeMarcus Cousins around, and the Kings' new directive to play at a faster pace should only lead to good things for him.
Mario Chalmers, PG, Heat at Brooklyn ($5,600)
Dwyane Wade's status is somewhat up in the air tonight, as he deals with an illness. If he is forced to sit out, Chalmers would be a must-start option at this price, given what he's shown as a starter. In eight games in the starting lineup for the Heat, he is averaging 17.4 points and 6.5 assists per game, all while filling in for Wade. Even if Wade is able to play, Chalmers still has some value, as the Heat will also likely be without Chris Bosh, their leading scorer. Chalmers should fill some of the gaps for Miami.
Overpay of the night
Derrick Favors, PF, Jazz at New Orleans ($7,300)
Favors has taken his game forward yet another step this season, emerging as a solid scoring option with contributions across the board. However, he enters tonight's game questionable with an ankle injury, and struggled the last time he faced this Pelicans team. He had 29.7 FanDuel points in that matchup in late November, a number he would need to improve on by at least five to justify this price. Given the injury and matchup, there are better choices.
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CT: Humphries has posted solid numbers for the Wizards, but appears to be stretched a bit thin as a starter of late. He is shooting just 41.5 percent from the field over the last five games, and isn't doing enough to make up for it otherwise. Williams should step back into a larger role following McRoberts' injury, and he is still killing it from 3-point range. Williams averaged 9.7 points and 2.1 3-pointers per game as a starter, so he's the way to go here.
CT: My initial reaction was to say the Bledsoe side of the deal was the winner, but McRoberts' injury obviously changes things. Still, if you could swap out a similar player to McRoberts, like Paul Pierce, I would still do this deal. Carter-Williams can overwhelm you with the sheer volume of his production, but he can also single-handedly lose the turnover and shooting percentage categories for you in any given week. The Bledsoe/Chandler duo doesn't have quite the volume the other side does, but they are helpful in less obvious ways. Having Chandler on your team is a great benefit, given his nightly double-double and excellent percentages.
Shawne Williams, F, Heat
As mentioned earlier, Williams should see the biggest bump as the Heat move forward without Josh McRoberts. He's already proven t be a good fit for this team's offense, and his shooting has remained hot all season long. Williams will also only be helped by Chris Bosh's injury, however long it forces him out. The Heat will need to replace Bosh's spacing and shooting somehow, and Williams is the best option available. Fantasy owners looking to the rest of the roster won't find much else here, however, as neither Chris Andersen nor Udonis Haslem has looked capable of providing Fantasy value this season. Justin Hamilton is younger than both, and this theoretically has more upside, but hasn't shown much yet. The 24-year-old is averaging just 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per-36 minutes for Miami this season..