First off, a quick introduction. If you don't know what FanDuel is, well, you're missing out. FanDuel is a site that offers daily fantasy sports games. Participants get a chance every day to select new players, fill out a lineup and, most importantly, win some cash. If you choose poorly Monday, you can come back Tuesday and try again. Easy as that. Click here to enter a free league for news users today.
As for what we're doing in this space: The goal here will be to direct your attention toward some players who you might not otherwise consider. If you're here and reading this, then you already know that LeBron James is really good. But when filling out a roster you can't just pick out stars. You'll blow your cap and get stuck praying to the basketball gods that a guy like Kosta Koufos gets into the game. No, if you want to win, you have to take advantage of certain matchups -- and in order to do that you have to know where to look. That's what we're here for. Also, this space is going to be used to give you advice for the games on Tuesday, Feb. 2. So, with that, let's get started.
3 players to target
Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves ($8,600): Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic are listed as doubtful for Minnesota's Tuesday night tilt with the Lakers. That means even more minutes and looks for Towns. That they'll come against a Lakers team that has been unable to defend big men all season makes him the best play of the night.
Jordan Clarkson, PG, Lakers ($5,500): Clarkson gets to take on a Timberwolves team that ranks in the bottom-10 in points allowed and points allowed per 100 possessions. Making the matchup even better, Minnesota is surrendering a league-high 50.9 FanDuel points to opposing point guards over its last five games, via RotoWire. A 35-point night is in play for Clarkson.
Amar'e Stoudemire, PF, Heat ($4,200): Look who's found the touch. The Heat have tapped Stoudemire to fill in for some of their injured big men -- namely Hassan Whiteside -- and the former All-Star has responded. He's registered 25 points and 20 rebounds in his last two games, not bad for a player going for such a low price.
3 players to avoid
James Harden, SG, Rockets ($10,900): The Beard is not the man you want to build your lineup around on Tuesday. He'll be facing a Heat team that is one of the league's best defensive units and likes to walk the ball up the court. That means fewer chances for Harden, and also more difficult ones, which doesn't bode well for his output.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Raptors ($9,000): For one, he's coming off a Monday night game in Denver, a city that always drains opposing players. He and the Raptors are also taking on a Suns team that just fired its head coach, a move that often leads to a bump in effort. Lowry is fantastic, but not worth betting on in this case.
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Knicks ($6,700): Porzingis is still recovering from an illness that took him off the court last week and it shows. He's played just 44 minutes total over the last two games and has struggled from the field. Stay away until he rediscovers the touch.
Isaiah Thomas went for 34 against the Knicks last time New York and Boston faced off. The two teams play again on Tuesday night ... Clint Capela will be starting for the suspended Dwight Howard on Tuesday, which means there's a starting power forward available for $4,400.