The second half of the NBA season is in full swing, and the roster turnover has settled down. Now, if we just could get all of the stars back healthy for daily fantasy basketball at DraftKings. We present picks and rankings by position for Tuesday night's four-game slate, starting with the MVP candidate filling the shoes of Kevin Durant (foot).
PG Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder ($11,000)
We understand what having him does to your lineup, but the absence of Durant just makes Westbrook even more important than he already would be. Westbrook not only does the distributing in these instances, but he has to shoulder the scoring load as well. Find a way to get him into your lineup for another 55- to 70-point fantasy night.
- Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors ($7,000)
- John Wall, Washington Wizards ($8,700)
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors ($9,900)
- Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks ($6,000)
- Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors ($3,500)
SG Rodney Stuckey, Indiana Pacers ($4,600)
It doesn't even matter his price, Stuckey has been one of the hottest players in the NBA at any price, scoring 30 points in each of his two games coming out of the All-Star break. The Thunder, additionally, are just 16th against shooting guards. Stuckey just might be the most-used player at DraftKings on Tuesday night.
- J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,000)
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors ($8,000)
- Garrett Temple, Washington Wizards ($3,000)
- Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,700)
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons ($4,200)
SF Richard Jefferson, Dallas Mavericks ($3,500)
Jefferson, with his near-basement price, is a way to ensure you get Westbrook into your lineup Tuesday night. The Mavs fill-in starting small forward for Chandler Parsons (ankle) is coming off a 33-minute effort Sunday in which he scored 10 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He is also facing a Raptors team that has allowed the 24th-most points to small forwards at DraftKings.
- C.J. Miles, Indiana Pacers ($4,500)
- Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors ($3,900)
- Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,000)
- Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors ($3,000)
- James Johnson, Toronto Raptors ($4,700)
PF Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,600)
It should be noted the importance of rebounders in DraftKings games, and Love is arguably the best rebounder in the NBA. His price has also dropped into the bargain zone, after once being in the mid-$9,000s. the Detroit Pistons are just 18th against power forwards, and Love should be motivated to make good on the promise that made LeBron James want to play with him this season.
We have a hunch Love is due for a monster second half, so use him at this price before it rockets back up. This is a buy-low stock.
- Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder ($7,600)
- Amar'e Stoudemire, Dallas Mavericks ($3,700)
- Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,900)
- Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons ($8,100)
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors ($6,700)
C Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors ($5,100)
We might be a night late here, but Valanciunas' price didn't course-correct after Monday night's 17-14 performance against the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, he gets the Mavs, who are just 22nd at DraftKings against centers. Ordinarily we wouldn't advise a big man on a back-to-back coming off a 36-minute effort the night prior, but this is a 22-year-old whose fresh legs can be ridden more than most. He has flirted with double-doubles in each of the three games after the All-Star break.
- Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons ($7,800)
- Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder ($6,000)
- Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,200)
- Nick Collison, Oklahoma City ($3,200)
- Ian Mahinmi, Indiana Pacers ($3,000)
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.