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NBA DFS Plays: Monday 1/25

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 25, 2021, 1:21 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 Monday’s 10-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Damian Lillard - Portland (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $10,300 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $45

The matchup doesn’t look great on paper (OKC is 3rd in d-eff to PGs), but Lillard has plenty of factors working in his favor tonight. He already carries a heavy usage rate, and that should ascend to a new level with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic out. Both of those guys have missed the last two games, while Lillard came away with 49 and 57 fantasy points respectively. I’m expecting him to fall into that range (or more) in this competitive home battle against the Thunder. 

Also Consider: Jeff Teague, Stephen Curry

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (at Chicago) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $6,600 / Yahoo: $22

Smart should soak up plenty of minutes and usage in Boston’s backcourt with Kemba Walker and Payton Pritchard both sidelined. It doesn’t hurt that Smart is in pretty good form, hitting 37+ fantasy points in three straight contests. The matchup is favorable too, as the Bulls rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to small forwards and second in pace. Add it all up, and I’m viewing Smart as a cornerstone option for a non-imposing mid-range salary. 

Also Consider: Kendrick Nunn, Fred VanVleet

SMALL FORWARD

Jaylen Brown - Boston (at Chicago) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: $40

I don’t mind taking several options from Boston, as they are shorthanded while playing up in pace against a bad defense. The Celtics will need Smart, Brown, and Tatum to all provide a little bit extra, and Brown should be able to oblige in this welcoming draw. I’m not really concerned about Tatum’s expected return to cut into Brown’s production, as the two have coexisted nicely throughout most of this season. We aren’t sure if Tatum will see full minutes right away, and Walker’s absence leaves plenty of work for the both of them. 

Also Consider: Tobias Harris, Kelly Oubre Jr., Carmelo Anthony

POWER FORWARD

Bam Adebayo - Miami (at Brooklyn) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $9,600 / Yahoo: $38

Miami will be thin tonight while most notably missing Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler. That puts more responsibility on the shoulders of Bam Adebayo, who responded to the calling with 63 fantasy points against this same Brooklyn team on Saturday. While we can’t expect him to come back with that level of upside, I’m thinking he’ll easily return solid value in this high-scoring draw. It goes without saying that Brooklyn ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing centers. 

Also Consider: Zion Williamson, Draymond Green (value)

CENTER

James Wiseman - Golden State (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $17

For DraftKings and Yahoo, I’m leaning towards Adebayo at center. However, Bam is listed as a power forward on FanDuel. That has me looking at James Wiseman for value over there. He’s also an interesting utility filler on Yahoo and DK. The rookie has looked good while averaging 30 fantasy points and 24 minutes over his last three. This is one of his better matchups of the season, as Minnesota is without Karl-Anthony Towns while ranking 29th in defensive efficiency to centers - 26th in rebound rate too. 

Also Consider: Nikola Vucevic, Enes Kanter 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Jeff Teague (PG - BOS) should see 25-30 minutes with Walker/Pritchard out. He’s dirt-cheap in the aforementioned good matchup at Chicago. I don’t mind looking towards three Celtics (Smart/Teague/Brown) in the same lineup tonight. 

Draymond Green (PF - GS) has been pretty brutal lately, speaking from a fantasy point of view. However, his floor time/production seems limited by blowouts in two of his last three games. The salary is low, and this could be his best matchup of the season. His opponent, Minnesota, has been terrible against opposing frontcourts this season, so maybe we’ll see Green return to his 30+ FP level from earlier this month. 

Kendrick Nunn (SG - MIA) will continue to step up for Miami with Butler/Herro out. He could be asked to do even more with Goran Dragic playing through an injury, but his 38 FPPG baseline over the past four games is a nice place to start. Go ahead and look towards him through all DFS formats. 

Jalen Brunson (PG - DAL) and Jarred Vanderbilt (PF - MIN) are a few other bargains to keep in the back of your mind. I’m viewing Teague, Green, and Nunn as viable cash options, while these two values are more tournament oriented. Both Vanderbilt and Brunson will continue to see an uptick in playing time for their shorthanded squads. That has translated to 28+ FP in two of three for Brunson, and he could get back to that range tonight. Vanderbilt’s playing time is a little more ‘iffy’, but he can produce in a hurry - notching 30+ FP in three of four. 

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