The NBA slate today has seven games and plenty of big names either set up as game-time decisions or injured. Out are Dejounte Murray, Stephen Currey and Ja Morant, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable but likely to play. The Lakers’ situation is the one to keep an eye on as they were officially eliminated in their last game and now have little to no motivation to play their aging stars in Anthony Davis, LeBron James or Russell Westbrook. All three are questionable and it should surprise no one if they all sit. The highest over/under sits with San Antonio at Minnesota, which has a monster 240.5 total attached, so that is an interesting game to focus on for our Yahoo fantasy basketball lineups tonight.
This column will use the Awesemo NBA player projections, fantasy basketball rankings and NBA DFS tools to build lineups and help wade through the day’s data and news. Make sure to read to the end for a couple of extreme value plays for Yahoo fantasy basketball lineups today.
Yahoo Fantasy Basketball & NBA DFS Value Picks Today
Guard — LaMelo Ball $35
The Hornets are a rare team you can trust down the stretch, in the sense that there should be no letup from their stars due to where they are in the standings. That is great news for LaMelo Ball’s potential on today’s slate as he takes on the Magic, a team that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points against the point guard position per game this year. Ball also steps into this one playing well and has posted 11 or more assists in three of his last four games. Despite being nearly the same price as two other players at his position, he tops the Awesemo Yahoo NBA DFS projections at point guard today by well over 3 points. It is a fantastic matchup and one you should not be shying away from paying up for. Ball is a great player to start lineups with and is certainly in a position to post a ceiling-type game if this matchup stays relatively close.
Guard — Klay Thompson $25
The Warriors get the pleasure of taking on the Lakers tonight, who have finally been put out of their misery. Klay Thompson is now officially off the injury report and coming off a rest game so there will likely be no leash on his minutes today. He has shown far better form over the last couple of weeks going for 24 or more real-life points in four of his last six games and 8-for-17 from beyond the arc in his last game. He is a top-three play at shooting guard in the Awesemo NBA fantasy projections and as potentially one of the best upper-tier values on the slate, regardless of position.
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Forward — Jayson Tatum $43
The Celtics and Bucks meet today in a game between two of the Eastern conference’s best. Jayson Tatum looks set to play in this one and has been very efficient in his last couple of outings, averaging over 1.5 Yahoo points per minute over his last two starts. With Lebron’s status up in the air, Tatum is first in the Awesemo point projections at small forward and may even end up as a bit of a contrarian play on this slate, given some of the value available in the $30 range and below. There is good value available at essentially all positions today and the benefit of playing Tatum in this spot is that he still possesses the best upside at small forward by a wide margin. He is projecting five points better than all the non-Lebron options and looks like a good contrarian target for today.
Tatum was showing up well in Awesemo’s fantasy basketball rankings today. He is popping as one of the best Yahoo Fantasy Basketball plays on the entire DFS slate. Check out who else is one of the best NBA picks today in the Yahoo NBA DFS Cheat Sheet.
Forward — Draymond Green $21
The Warriors are set as -12.5 home favorites today and will be up against a Lakers team who is terrible at rebounding and has allowed the fourth-most rebounds per game to the power forward position this year. Draymond Green still sits relatively cheap in the Yahoo daily fantasy basketball salary structure and has shown far better all-around production of late, averaging six assists and eight rebounds per game over his last four contests. Green has produced over 1.1 Yahoo points per minute over that period and is averaging around 28 minutes in that same span as well. It all leads to him being one of the best values at power forward and an easy way to get a bigger piece of this Warriors offense, which is in a great spot today against the Lakers.
Center — Karl-Anthony Towns $39
The Spurs and Timberwolves matchup today is one to target in some form for daily fantasy basketball purposes, and what better way to do it than take advantage of a sub-$40 Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns is going up against a Spurs team that is dreadful at defending down the middle and has given up the fifth-most points and fourth-most rebounds to the center position per game this year. With the regular season nearing an end, it is possible Minnesota, who is locked into the seven seed, starts resting players. For now, at least it looks like Towns will play today. He has gone over 48 Yahoo points in three straight games and looks like he will have a chance to post one more monster performance today against the Spurs before the playoffs start.
Yahoo NBA DFS Value Play — Markelle Fultz $13
The Magic and Hornets meet today in what should be one of the fastest-paced games on the slate. Markelle Fultz is one of the top 10 players in the Awesemo NBA DFS point projections at his position today and also has one of the best value scores on the entire slate to go alongside it. Fultz has produced at an uber-efficient rate for fantasy purposes of late, averaging well over 1.4 Yahoo points per minute over his last four starts. He has posted double-digit real-life points now in six straight games and is getting great usage every time he is on the floor. If anything, his usage could increase today against the fast-paced Hornets. It is a massive upside spot and helps help rank as one of the best values to target on this slate.
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