Disclaimer: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is running a FREE money fantasy basketball league tonight. Half of the league win cash. Join now!
Also, even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions in this post are my own. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games.
There are seven NBA games on Tuesday, including the Washington Wizards' match against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m.
When designing your one-day fantasy lineup, it is always important to pick players who are going to play many minutes and average lofty numbers. In FanDuel, it's also important to combine this with a new stat that you'll have to calculate yourself. I'll call this figure the Salary per Fantasy Point Produced (hereon, Sal/FPP).
This stat could help you determine which players are more likely to be a better bang for your buck once all other factors are equal, such as the amount of playing time two players receive, and if their FanDuel Salary is very similar.
From here, I will show a graph for the 10 most expensive players for each position, their FPPG stats, and their Sal/FPP figures.
The Skinny: Stephen Curry has led the Warriors to a franchise-best 11-0 record, and has scored at least 36.5 fantasy points in every game this season. Curry may not have the lowest Sal/FPP produced stat of the ten most expensive point guards, but he is as reliable of an option as any.
If you don't have gobs of money left over in your salary cap, Jarrett Jack is a great pickup at $6,400. He has scored over 40 fantasy points a game in each of his last two contests and will be coming off of two days of rest.
Based on this stat, you should avoid John Wall. He may be averaging nearly 38 fantasy points a game, but he is the least efficient player based on Sal/FPPG. The turnovers have hurt his numbers, and his star factor also increases his FanDuel salary. Yes, we all know he makes the Wizards a better team, but he's not a good option with FanDuel, at least right now.
The Skinny: Don't pick Joe Johnson or Zach LaVine, despite their reasonable salaries on the surface. Otherwise, you can't go terribly wrong with any player on this list as long as they are playing. Bradley Beal, Klay Thompson, and Kent Bazemore are listed as game-time decisions on FanDuel.
The Skinny: Otto Porter has the lowest Sal/FPP figure among the ten most expensive small forwards in FanDuel. He is definitely a player you want on your lineup. And if you're willing to overlook that he plays for the Cavaliers, LeBron James should be your other pick at this position given his efficiency.
The Skinny: Jabari Parker will definitely be out Tuesday, so don't pick him for that reason alone. Even if he was playing, Parker's Sal/FPP is the highest by a considerable margin over all other players on this list.
Often times, when players cost $10,000 or more, their Sal/FPP will be below $230.00, but Anthony Davis' is at $242.22. That should make you wary of picking him if you already have a couple other players who have a salary of around $8,000 or more each. If you don't have too much salary cap left, pick Thaddeus Young and/or Kristaps Porzingis who make well below the $6,666.67/player average.
The Skinny: If you like starting your lineup with a big-time center, it's crucial that you select Andre Drummond obviously. If you don't have that money and still want a decent starting center, pick Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Bogut, whose Sal/FPP stats are lower than Drummond's.
Of the players on this list, you should avoid Marcin Gortat. Like Wall, he's quite expensive once you look at his efficiency. He is also the most expensive option for each point produced.