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 six-game main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
LaMelo Ball - Charlotte (at Utah) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $39
Take this recommendation with a grain of salt. LaMelo Ball is undoubtedly playable on all three DFS sites, but his salary is especially friendly on FanDuel. The matchup against a tough Utah defense doesn’t look great on paper, but keep in mind that LaMelo posted 60 FP in 39 minutes against the Jazz earlier this month. The rookie should continue to see plenty of minutes and usage with Devonte’ Graham doubtful, and I’ll be looking his way in DFS tonight.
Eric Gordon - Houston (vs. Chicago) - DK: $6,300 / FD: $5,300 / Yahoo: $20
Gordon is a nice mid-range pick on all three DFS sites. Victor Oladipo is doubtful for tonight’s game, leaving Gordon with an elevated role. The veteran has cashed-in the increased opportunity lately, averaging 31 FPPG in his last three games with Oladipo sidelined. That’s a realistic expectation for Gordon, and he could sail above that level while playing up in pace against a suspect Chicago backcourt.
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Jimmy Butler - Miami (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $9,200 / FD: $9,200 / Yahoo: $42
Full disclosure: LeBron James was featured here in the rough draft. Now it’s Jimmy Butler, as I believe he can provide the same (or better) fantasy line for a fraction of the cost. Butler has been on fire with a 48 FPPG average over his last ten, and it should be full steam ahead tonight. Squaring off against an Oklahoma City team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to small forward could really feed his upside.
Kristaps Porzingis - Dallas (vs. Memphis) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $37
Porzingis has been up-and-down from a fantasy standpoint over the last few weeks. I believe we’ll see his good side tonight, as this Memphis-Dallas game checks in with a slate-high 232 over/under. Making matters even better, the Grizzlies rank dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards. Porzingis’ recent inconsistencies have kept his salary in check, and this is the perfect time for a breakout.
Wendell Carter - Chicago (at Houston) - DK: $5,300 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $19
Carter’s recent game log isn’t very impressive. However, he’s still cheap, and I don’t think his fantasy line will end up hurting you. In fact, there’s some room for upside here, as Carter was unleashed for 33 minutes in his last game. He was previously limited to around 25 minutes while coming back from an injury, so the increase would do wonders for his fantasy value. That’s what I’m banking on when taking Carter as a bargain filler at center.
Let’s look at some other bargains who will help you roster the aforementioned featured plays. Garrett Temple (SF - CHI) should continue to see starter minutes for the Bulls, who need him to step up with Markkanen and Porter sidelined. Teammate Patrick Williams (PF - CHI) is more of a risk/reward DFS option to pick up the slack.
Dorian Finney-Smith (SF - DAL) isn’t a guy who will singlehandedly send you up the leaderboard, but he’s a fine value filler who is seeing 34-37 minutes per night. He’s averaging a steady 25 FPPG mark over his last four, which is decent value on a non-imposing salary.
Kyle Kuzma (PF - LAL) still carries merit with Davis (and Schroder) sidelined. Sometimes he’ll fade into the background while LeBron takes over, but Kuzma is still a fine fantasy option who has piled up 28+ fantasy points in six of his last seven.