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. 23. So, with that, let's get started.
3 players to target
Damian Lillard, PG, Blazers ($9,500): Dame is the hottest player in the NBA right now. He's scored 30 or more points and dished out five or more assists in each of his last four games, including that 51-point outburst against the Warriors. On Tuesday, Lillard and the Blazers face a Nets team that has the league's third worst defensive rating. Look for him to go off again.
Jrue Holiday, PG, Pelicans ($7,800): Anthony Davis' recent performances are getting much of the attention, and for good reason. But Holiday being healthy has played a major role in the Pelicans' mini-turn around. He's playing 30 minutes a game over the last month and averaging 20.5 points, 7.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals. That he gets to take on a Washington team that is weak defensively makes this matchup even more enticing.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Sixers ($6,600): Okafor has gotten 30 or more minutes of playing time in four of his last five games, and he's rewarding Sixers head coach Brett Brown for allowing him to stay on the floor. He's averaging 18 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 assists in seven February games.
3 players to avoid
Dwight Howard, C, Rockets ($7,900): For one, Howard has never been the type of player to react well to the fact that his current team tried trading him. The fact that on Tuesday he's facing a Jazz team holding opposing centers to 41 FanDuel points per night (via RotoWire) makes him a complete stay-away.
Nerlens Noel, PF, Sixers ($6,800): It's been an up-and-down season for Noel, and that trend has continued post-All-Star break. He scored 24 points last week against the Pelicans, then followed up that performance with a four-point dud against the Mavericks. Until he proves he can put up numbers on a nightly basis you're better off staying away.
Elfrid Payton, PG, Magic ($5,500): Payton now has to fight for time with recently acquired guard Brandon Jennings. He's playing just under 26 minutes and averaging just 6.5 points and 3.5 assists in the two games since Jennings came over to Orlando. Scott Skiles traded for Jennings for a reason, and it's not to keep him on the bench. Look for Payton's minutes to continue to drop.
Another great matchup -- Bradley Beal against a Pelicans team allowing a league-high 37.6 FanDuel points per night to opposing shooting guards. ... Magic forward Aaron Gordon has also recorded at least 30 FanDuel points in five straight games.