Getting only four games to finagle a lineup proves difficult enough, but a pile of injuries creates even more obstacles for daily basketball players on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant and Chandler Parsons dwindle the player pool at small forward, and Bradley Beal is questionable to suit up as of Tuesday morning. Yet when one door closes, another opens. Some benefactors make up the night's brightest studs, values and lottery plays.
With so few games on the docket, let's take a look at players worth using from each contest.
|DraftKings Lineup for Tuesday, Feb. 24|
|PG||Russell Westbrook, OKC||$11,000||vs. IND|
|SG||Rodney Stuckey, IND||$4,600||@ OKC|
|SF||Tayshaun Prince, DET||$3,800||vs. CLE|
|PF||Serge Ibaka, OKC||$7,600||vs. IND|
|C||Andre Drummond, DET||$7,800||vs. CLE|
|G||Kyle Lowry, TOR||$7,000||@ DAL|
|F||Amar'e Stoudemire, DAL||$3,700||vs. DAL|
|UTIL||Reggie Jackson, DET||$4,500||vs. CLE|
|Prices via DraftKings.com|
Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards
Stud: PG John Wall ($8,700)
Mid-Level Value: PF Draymond Green ($6,700)
Bargain Bin: SG Garrett Temple ($3,000) [*If Bradley Beal is out again*]
The Golden State Warriors each allow fewer than 100 points per game, with Golden State first and Washington 10th in defensive rating. This isn't the best bout to locate fantasy value.
Picking up the pace against the Splash Brothers, John Wall will prove a decent high-level play against the No. 20 DraftKings defense against point guards. Yet another stud floor general warrants more consideration on the evening.
Keep an eye on Beal's status. The 21-year-old hasn't played since Feb. 5 due to a fibula injury, but Todd Dybas of The Washington Times said the shooting guard is close to returning.
On Sunday, Garrett Temple received the start over Otto Porter Jr., and he responded with 12 points on three bombs from downtown. If given another 30 minutes, the 28-year-old will carry his weight for a mere $3,000.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
Stud: C Andre Drummond ($7,800)
Mid-Level Values: PG Reggie Jackson ($4,500), SG J.R. Smith (5,000), C Timofey Mozgov ($5,200)
Bargain Bin: SF Tayshaun Prince ($3,800)
Tuesday's two worst defenses in terms of defensive rating will face off, which will generate several profitable opportunities. The greatest ones lie in recent acquisitions for the Detroit Pistons.
The Detroit News' Terry Foster reported coach Stan Van Gundy's inclination to start Tayshaun Prince in his return to Detroit.
"His length is really good for us," Van Gundy said. "We come off the bench with more guys who know more stuff and we can do more things, which is almost more important. He was also playing well in Boston."
Averaging 22.7 DraftKings points in his last five games with the Boston Celtics, the 34-year-old has just enough in the tank to please some clearance shoppers. He's nowhere near as exciting, however, as Reggie Jackson, who made his debut with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Wizards.
Including his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the explosive guard averages 20.0 points, 7.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds when starting. Another 25-30 points is certainly doable against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Mid-Level Values: SG Rodney Stuckey ($4,600), SF C.J. Miles ($4,500), C Enes Kanter ($6,000)
Bargain Bin: SG Dion Waiters ($3,700)
How much would Russell Westbrook have to cost to steer clear of the sizzling superstar? With Durant sidelined, it will take more than $11,000.
Over the last nine games, he's averaging 59.2 DraftKings points, residing in the 57-59 point range in each of the last three tilts. NBA.com/Stats shows his scorching production this month.
Duplicating Sunday's outing for 58 fantasy points would amount to $189.65 per point. Going off their season rates, Kyle Lowry ($182.29) is the only other elite point guard in line to deliver as much bang for gamers' bucks.
On the other side, Rodney Stuckey has notched consecutive 30-point outings. During the last five games, he is shooting a resounding 60.3 percent from the floor (41-of-68), draining two three-pointers in each of the last four bouts.
The Oklahoma City Thunder yield 8.1 three-pointers per game, so ride the hot hand one more time.
Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks
Stud: PG Kyle Lowry ($7,000)
Mid-Level Values: SG Lou Williams ($4,200), PF Dirk Nowitzki ($6,300)
Bargain Bin: SF Richard Jefferson ($3,500), PF Amar'e Stoudemire ($3,700)
Kyle Lowry's recent struggles thumped his price down to $7,000, making him a nice rebound candidate given his season's 38.4 DraftKings points average going into Monday night. Yet this is a game to go bargain shopping.
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon that Parsons will miss at least the next three games with a sprained left ankle. His absence worked wonders on Sunday for Richard Jefferson, who reminded everyone he's still in the NBA with 10 points (a trio of threes) and 10 boards while turning the clock back further with one salacious dunk.
In the same game, Amar'e Stoudemire made an impressive opening statement, scoring 14 points in just 11 minutes. After shining during a brief warm-up for Dallas, he could earn more playing time off the bench and rekindle his glory days.
Advanced stats courtesy of NBA.com.