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NBA DFS Plays: Monday 12/16

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 16, 2019, 1:09 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at the seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Monday. 

POINT GUARD

Jalen Brunson - Dallas (at Milwaukee) 

Luka Doncic will miss several weeks with a sprained ankle. He played just one minute before sustaining the injury Saturday vs. Miami, leaving Jalen Brunson to pick up the slack with 34 fantasy points in 34 minutes. Brunson posted a sweet all-around performance in Doncic’s stead, coming through with an impressive 18-7-8 line. He should see starter minutes again tonight, making him a reliable bargain lift through all formats. 

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose

SHOOTING GUARD

Jimmy Butler - Miami (at Memphis) 

There’s enough value on this slate to spend on top picks like James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Jimmy Butler. As it turns out, Butler is significantly cheaper than those other two names, and he’s a strong “per dollar” DFS option. Butler has averaged 51 FPPG over his last seven, and he’ll continue to hold a prominent role with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow sidelined. Making matters even better, his matchup against Memphis looks great, as the Grizzlies rank 27th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. 

Also Consider: Dennis Schroder, Norman Powell (if VanVleet out) 

SMALL FORWARD

Derrick Jones Jr. - Miami (at Memphis) 

As mentioned in the previous write-up, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow will remain out on Monday. That means Derrick Jones Jr. will have a place in the Miami rotation, as he’s averaging 30 minutes and 28 fantasy points over his past three. That’s a realistic baseline for him, especially considering that Memphis ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Jones is a strong bargain choice with secure playing time, stat-stuffing ability, and a nice matchup to boot. 

Also Consider: Pascal Siakam, Markieff Morris (better if B.Griffin out)

POWER FORWARD

Christian Wood - Detroit (vs. Washington) 

Blake Griffin is questionable tonight, and I’m thinking the Pistons will be cautious with their superstar. We’ll need to double-check the injury report this afternoon, but Christian Wood stands to benefit if Griffin is ruled out. Wood has been a nice fantasy surprise several times this season, and that holds true while averaging 26 fantasy points and 17 minutes over his past two. Both of those numbers should increase if Griffin doesn’t play, so keep a lookout for any news on that front. 

Also Consider: Bam Adebayo, Davis Bertans

CENTER

Steven Adams - Oklahoma City (vs. Chicago) 

Andre Drummond makes for a great DFS choice if he plays, and that statement becomes stronger if Blake Griffin is out. Hassan Whiteside is another premium center worth considering, as he has posted 52+ FP in each of his last two games. However, Adams is much cheaper with a better matchup. The OKC center has looked very good with a 39 FPPG average over his last three. He has also notched 40+ FP in three of his last five, including a 54 FP showing vs. Minnesota. Adams finds himself in his best matchup of that recent span, facing a Chicago team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. There’s a chance he’ll sniff the production of Drummond/Whiteside for a fraction of the cost. 

Also Consider: Andre Drummond (if playing), Hassan Whiteside

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.