Tuesday's available selection of NBA daily fantasy superstars includes LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond. Which big name is most likely to succeed as the anchor to your DraftKings lineup?
It's all about the matchups—injuries to both teammates and opponents can be an instrumental part of determining somebody's value.
Whether it's a benchwarmer taking on an expanded roll or an elite player with no one to guard him, here are five picks for November 17 who should outperform their price tags.
PF Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans ($10,800) vs. Denver Nuggets
Anthony Davis has the highest salary on the board, and he'll have to score upward of 60 fantasy points to earn his money. He has reached that plateau twice in his last four contests, but it's Denver's current big-man situation that makes Davis the best bet of the four stars previously mentioned.
Nuggets centers Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne are both out, leaving 6'9" J.J. Hickson to start in the middle. Power forward Kenneth Faried, the team's leading rebounder, is questionable as well, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post. Even if Faried plays, he may not be 100 percent. Davis could have a field day against the Nuggets' undermanned front line.
Also working in Davis' favor, Odds Shark lists the over/under at 206.5, the second highest of the night. A fast-paced affair bodes well for New Orleans' primary option on offense.
SF Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets ($6,900) at New York Knicks
Nicolas Batum is one of the hottest players in the league at the moment. As NBA.com/Stats pointed out, Batum put up spectacular numbers on his way to winning the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award Monday:
Batum knocked down five three-pointers in each of his last two outings, surpassing 45 fantasy points on both occasions. He's also played at least 35 minutes in four straight contests.
Charlotte's leading scorer has been a mark of consistency all season long, topping 25 fantasy points in every game since opening night. In addition, Batum has eclipsed his season high for points in three straight starts.
The Hornets vs. Knicks betting line is even money—if the game is as close as expected, Batum's heavy workload should continue.
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons ($5,200) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in the midst of a mild shooting funk. The 22-year-old is just 13-of-39 from the field over his past three contests, a 33 percent clip. However, the Cavaliers are the perfect squad for Caldwell-Pope to bust out of his slump against. Cleveland is allowing an average of 58.4 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, easily the most of any NBA team.
Even when his shots aren't falling, Caldwell-Pope is still a given to be on the floor. He hasn't played fewer than 33 minutes in any game all season and is averaging 37.6 minutes a night, the fourth most in the league.
Besides the 1.4 three-pointers he's connecting on each outing, Caldwell-Pope is also quite capable of attacking the basket—as he did with the highlight-reel dunk featured in the above video.
PG Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks ($4,600) at Brooklyn Nets
The Hawks announced Monday that first-string point guard Jeff Teague and small forward Kent Bazemore will both miss Tuesday's matchup with the Nets. Backup point guard Dennis Schroder will be in the starting lineup and is sure to reap the fantasy benefits.
Schroder took Teague's place on Sunday, logging 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 33 minutes of court time. It was his third appearance as a starter this season:
|Dennis Schroder Average Stats as Starter|
Should Schroder put up similar totals in Brooklyn, he'll be a steal at only $4,600.
SG Garrett Temple, Washington Wizards ($3,200) vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Bradley Beal didn't practice on Monday and his status for Tuesday is uncertain. The Wizards' Twitter account noted that Garrett Temple filled in for Beal on Saturday and matched a career high:
Temple put up 28.25 fantasy points in 31 minutes, on the strength of a trio of three-point field goals.
Beal also missed last Tuesday's contest, but Gary Neal got the starting nod instead of Temple. However, Temple was still on the floor for 21 minutes and totaled 15.25 fantasy points.
Make sure to check Washington's lineup before tipoff. If Beal can't go, at $3,200, Temple is a tremendous bargain as a starter and still a decent play coming off the bench.
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