NBA $7,000 Tuesday Special

Today’s six-game slate kicks off at 11:30am with Boston @ Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving will miss today, which leads to some of the key changes that influence today’s lineup building. The last game of the day between Pelicans @ Clippers will also heavily influence the slate, with a massive 239.5 projected total. With a line like that, it’s important for your team to include guys from that game. So to help get you started in today’s $7,000 Special, here are a few guys you should target:


Point Guard

Terry Rozier $4,200

Terry Rozier has had a couple of quiet games while Kyrie has been back, but fortunately (for Rozier at least) Kyrie will miss again today with a strained quad. This puts Rozier back in the starting lineup where he has flourished. Rozier had 41.3 and 30.5 as a starter just a week ago when Irving missed two games. It’s crazy how one guy can be a must-play or an untouchable just based on the health of one team mate, but that’s where we are with Rozier. Today he is a must-play.

Elfrid Payton $6,500

Elfrid Payton has been solid since his return and today he’s running point in a contest that’s expected to have a 239 point total. It feels criminal to not have some representation in a game that high, especially from the point guards. The Pelicans will most likely amass a very large score today which means that Payton should push the double digit assist barrier. If he can also chime in with some points of his own, it could be a very strong fantasy performance from the Pelicans point.

Shooting Guard

Jaylen Brown $4,300

Jaylen Brown is another player who is giving a nice bump with Kyrie out. His minutes and usage all increase when Kyrie takes up the sideline. With Kyrie out, it doesn’t hurt that today’s matchup against the Nets is also a very good one.

D’Angelo Russell $7,500

Russell is averaging over 35 fantasy points across his last six games, despite a dreadful 7.7 fantasy point performance in the middle. Russell has had 55.5, 41.8, 41.3, 32.6 and 45.7 in his last sixe games, providing massive fantasy value for players. It is a little bit concerning that the one poor game was against Boston, who they play again today, but it seems most likely that was an outlier. Russell will most likely be heavily avoided today, but I believe there’s a great chance he continues his form and makes for a great contrarian play.

Small Forward

Danillo Gallinari $7,600

As mentioned before, it’s very critical to have some representation in this game. The scores will be high and from the Pelicans perspective the D will be quite poor. For example, the Pels are a bottom 5 team against opposition Small Forwards, which bodes well for Danillo’s potential scoring outburst today. His form has been solid of late, so his floor looks low, but given the circumstances of the matchup, I believe his ceiling is much higher than you’d think.

Royce O’neale $5,200

Royce O’NEale has taken his position as starter and run with it. In back-to-back games he has had 36.2 and 30.9 fantasy points. He’s playing minutes in the high 30’s and he’s contributing across the board – making threes, grabbing boards, scoring points and grabbing defensive stats. I’m not sure he has much left in this run, but he has a good matchup today against Detroit, so here’s hoping it has at least one more game left.

Power Forward

Montrezl Harrell $7,800

I’m not sure a fast-paced game could suit anyone better than Montrezl Harrell? He epitomises fast pace. He’s energetic, opportunistic and he doesn’t stop. He’s coming off of a 53.8 fantasy point game and I wouldn’t be surprised if he repeats a similar performance today.

Centre

Willie Cauley-Stein $7,500

WCS is on a tear, with 45.9, 41.4 and 40.4 fantasy point games over his last three games. The most crazy thing about his performance is that his minutes aren’t that high and his usage isn’t either. However, his rebounding has been great, pulling down over 11 a game to go with over 1 block and 1.5 steals. WCS is living up to some of his potential and its showing on the fantasy scoreboard.