Both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are among the top plays in daily fantasy basketball on Tuesday.
There aren't that many games across the NBA on Tuesday night, but that won't stop us from providing our expert picks and fades for the daily fantasy slate. Renee Miller, Joe Kaiser and Al Zeidenfeld provide top plays and likely busts for the six-game evening.
Players to build around
While people run to roster Damian Lillard, who is also in a great spot tonight, Irving could fly slightly under the radar. The Cavs are big favorites at home against an Atlanta team that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing point guards than any other team so far this season. Coming off a terrible night against Philadelphia, Irving has otherwise been very consistent. He's yet to have a monster game and I like the idea of rostering him at his discounted salary.
Deron Williams will miss tonight's game and that will allow Barea the opportunity to play big minutes on Tuedsay against the Lakers. The veteran point guard went for 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in 46 minutes as Dallas picked up its first win of the season on Sunday against Milwaukee, and he's too good a value to pass up at $6,000 or less on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
LeBron has been smashing value in most of his games this season, averaging 52.1 DraftKings points with a low game of 40 fantasy points. Being a major contributor in three categories with a combined 42.3 PRA average (points plus rebounds plus assists) gives him one of the highest floors on daily fantasy on a nightly basis. The Cavs are rolling and an engaged LeBron James playing over 35 minutes per game is the main reason. There's no reason to not play him on the short slate tonight.
Players to fade
I'm not a fan of paying top dollar -- by a lot -- for Davis on the road in a back-to-back tonight. There are so many players I like in that second pricing tier that are impossible to use alongside Davis. His road stats are notably worse in several categories, and at his current salary needs around 55 fantasy points to reach value. He's a great player, don't get me wrong, but for DFS I like to pick my spots before selling the farm to afford Davis.
For the price, I prefer Barea to Schroder on a night when the Hawks have to play Cleveland on the road. It doesn't get tougher than that in the Eastern Conference. On top of that, the Cavs rank among the top five teams in the league in terms of limiting DFS points to point guards this season. Schroder is too risky at his price point for me to consider him tonight.
Al Zeidenfeld -- Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks
Dwight Howard will, as always, have a very solid raw score projection tonight, but at his price point there's no reason to invest. At center there are other high salary options to pay for as well as players who provide a very similar points per dollar projections who provide a better chance for profit on salary spent. I'll find another night to play Howard.
Al Zeidenfeld is a promoter & user at DraftKings (Username: Al_Smizzle) and plays on his personal account in games he offers advice on. These views/strategies are his own and do not reflect the views of DraftKings. He may also deploy different players/strategies than what he advises.