FanDuel Values of the Night

Ahead of tonight's Opening Night, FanDuel sheds light on key players and values for the doubleheader.

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers tip off their season against the Boston Celtics.

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers tip off their season against the Boston Celtics.

Injury Situations to Monitor

NOTE: Injury reporting is especially fluid in the NBA, where the status of multiple players can change during the course of a day. Therefore, although the following serves as a foundation for the latest injury report as of the time the article is written, check back throughout the course of the day with RotoWire for the latest news regarding the status of all players on that night’s slate, including those carrying injury designations that aren’t listed in this section.

LeBron James, LAL (foot): PROBABLE

Anthony Davis, LAL (back): PROBABLE

Russell Westbrook, LAL (hamstring): PROBABLE

Thomas Bryant, LAL (thumb): OUT

Dennis Schroder, LAL (thumb): OUT

Elite Players

We have four players with five-figure salaries on Tuesday’s slate: LeBron James ($10,800), Joel Embiid ($10,700), Anthony Davis ($10,100) and Stephen Curry ($10,000).

James’ minor foot issue aside, he’s much healthier than he was most of last season when he suited up for 56 games. However, he put together an excellent season when on the floor with 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest, leading to an average of 53 FD points per game.

Embiid averaged 53.5 FD points per game last season and looked good during his limited preseason action. The big man had three games north of 50 FD points against the Celtics last season, including one performance of 73.5 over 40 minutes.

Davis scored 58.2 FD points against the Warriors on Opening Night a year ago, but he was limited to a modest (by his standards) 39.4 over 35 minutes in his only other meeting with Golden State.

Curry naturally brings no shortage of upside after last year’s stellar championship season that saw him average 43.8 FD points per game. However, head coach Steve Kerr did emphasize recently he’d monitor his starters’ minutes a bit more carefully than in the past to open the season, lending some doubt as to Curry’s workload.

Expected Chalk

Other likely chalk plays include:

Jayson Tatum, BOS ($9,800)

Tatum finished last season with an average of 44.9 FD points per game and played well this preseason, and he should naturally continue in a very high-usage role as the linchpin of the Celtics’ attack.

James Harden, PHI ($8,900)

Harden struggled to a career-worst 33% success rate from deep last season, but he averaged double-digit assists (10.3) for the third time in his career. He should once again be heavily involved as both scorer and facilitator.

Jaylen Brown, BOS ($8,000)

Brown put together another efficient offensive season last year, but his performances against the 76ers were a study in contrast. He failed to reach 20 FD points twice but countered those efforts with a pair of 40-plus totals.

Russell Westbrook, LAL ($7,000)

Westbrook’s salary should make him very appealing, and despite the negative press that surrounded most of his first season in L.A., he finished the year strong with averages of 22.2 points (52.1% shooting, including 41.5% from 3-point range), 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 41 FD points across his last 10 games.

Klay Thompson, LAL ($6,800)

Thompson enjoyed a great comeback season in 2021-22 after two years away, averaging 31.0 FD points per game. He should be very popular at his current salary, given that he delivered at least a 5x return in 18 regular-season/postseason games.

Key Values

Malcolm Brogdon, BOS ($6,200)

Brogdon is projected to see a significant role off the bench in his new Celtics digs. The slightly reduced workload, combined with the opportunity to face more second-unit players, could well lead to a resurgent season for the talented but oft-injured veteran who averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds across 33.5 minutes with the Pacers last season. Brogdon could be set for a minutes load in the mid-20s at minimum, and notably put up 37 FD points in 37 minutes in his one game against Philly a year ago.

Jordan Poole, GSW vs. LAL ($6,000)

As mentioned previously, coach Steve Kerr has noted he plans to give his second unit more run this season in order to give his starters rest, which is very good news for the likes of Poole. The standout guard, who just inked a four-year extension Saturday, proved his worth last season with averages of 18.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds across 30 minutes in 76 games, before averaging 27 FD points while shooting 50.8%, including 39.1% from behind the arc, in 22 postseason games. Poole also averaged 29 FD points in four meetings against the Lakers last season, including 27.9 in 25 minutes on Opening Night.

Kendrick Nunn, LAL at GSW ($4,300)

Nunn missed all of last season while rehabbing a knee injury, but if his preseason performances are any indication, he’s ready to hit the ground running and pick up where he left off after a strong first two NBA campaigns. Nunn averaged 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists across 29.4 minutes across 123 games with the Heat, and he shot 48% while putting together a pair of 21-point efforts this preseason, one which came against this same Warriors squad. There’s reportedly a chance Nunn could even draw the start at shooting guard Tuesday, but even if he cedes that opportunity to Patrick Beverley, Nunn is almost a lock to see extended minutes off the bench with Dennis Schroder (thumb) unavailable.

ALSO CONSIDER:  James Wiseman, GSW vs. LAL ($5,000); Derrick White, BOS vs. PHI ($4,400)


Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA for