Welcome to the NBA DFS Bargains column, where we’ll take a close look at the best “per dollar” acquisitions for tonight’s daily fantasy slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For NBA contests, always check starting lineups and injury reports closer to game time. There’s typically a flurry of pertinent injury news in the hour prior to lineup lock, which could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the NBA Headlines and Injuries desk.
We will focus on the seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (PF - TOR) makes a strong case as one of the top overall bargains on this slate. Teammate Norman Powell (SG - TOR) and fellow power forward Kyle Kuzma (PF - LAL) may have something to say about that, but Hollis-Jefferson definitely makes sense through all DFS formats. The Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and OG Anunoby tonight, which really boosts guys like Hollis-Jefferson and Powell. “RHJ” came through with 30 fantasy points in 28 minutes with that being the case on Monday, while Powell posted 24 fantasy points in a whopping 37 minutes. Both deserve consideration in the same optimal lineup tonight.
Circling back to Kyle Kuzma (PF - LAL), it seems that Anthony Davis could miss tonight’s game against the Warriors. If that’s the case, Kuzma would step into a larger role while coming off his best game of the season (30 FP in 25 minutes). Making matters even better, the uptick would correspond with a fruitful matchup with the banged-up Warriors.
Robert Williams (C - BOS) was featured in the NBA DFS Plays column today, and he makes sense as a bargain through all formats. Of course, we’ll need to double-check the status of Daniel Theis (questionable) as we move closer to tip-off. If Theis is out, Williams would likely pick up majority of the minutes at center, as Enes Kanter is still playing his way back from an injury. Keep an eye on this development throughout the day.
Miles Bridges (SF - CHA) should see plenty of minutes with Dwayne Bacon sidelined tonight. The matchup isn’t great against Memphis, but Bridges carries a mid-range salary with fantasy upside fueled by extended playing time. He hasn’t been the most efficient fantasy producer this season, but an abbreviated rotation could push more opportunities his way. P.J. Washington (PF - CHA) will benefit as well, and he’s worth a look as a mid-range power forward. Having said that, the power forward position has several better bargains in Kuzma and Hollis-Jefferson.
Alec Burks (SF - GS) is nothing more than a tournament choice, so keep that in mind. His minutes could be a little more volatile with Draymond Green back for the Warriors, but Burks has been able to contribute 40+ fantasy points in two of his past for games. Burks’ range is legitimately 15-40 fantasy points, and it depends on him developing the hot hand while earning more minutes along the way. Take note of the risk/reward opportunity. Glenn Robinson III (SF - GS) is the cheaper version of Burks with less upside. He’s nothing more than a value filler.
Dwight Howard (C - LAL) is another tournament play, as he could benefit from Anthony Davis being potentially sidelined. That would free up more minutes, rebounding opportunities, and putback chances for the veteran center. His opponent, Golden State, ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers.
Patrick Beverley (PG - LAC) has been all over the place from a fantasy point of view this season. However, he could be worth a DFS streamer while participating in this high over/under of 233 total points. The Clippers will need his defensive presence tonight, and Beverley could earn a few more minutes with Landry Shamet sidelined.