This article aims to highlight some of the best plays at each position for tonight’s main NBA slate. 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. Tonight’s mains slate on FanDuel includes all six games starting at 1:30 ET, while Yahoo and DraftKings are running a five-game main slate starting at 4:00 ET.
Ja Morant - Memphis (at New Orleans) – Yahoo: $32, DK: $7300, FD: $7500
Expect Morant to be deservedly one of the highest-rostered players in DFS tonight. After two games in which he scored at least 22 real points, and approached double-double and even triple-double territory while averaging 48 fantasy points in about 40 MPG, Morant is severely underpriced. There are choices tonight, but I don’t see how Morant, in one of the league’s best PG matchups (and overall fantasy matchups – New Orleans gives up the second-most fantasy points to PG and sixth-most overall), doesn’t fit all your lineups tonight.
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DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio (at Philadelphia) – Yahoo: $36, DK: $8200(SF), FD: $8000
The Spurs have enjoyed some good guard play through two games since the restart, and DeRozan is right there leading the team. Unlike Morant, you won’t enjoy a much of a discount, but DeRozan should approach 40 fantasy points once again in one of the higher point total games tonight. He went for about 42 fantasy points against the 76ers earlier this year.
T.J. Warren– Indiana (at Washington) – Yahoo: $28, DK: $7400, FD: $6700
Hopefully you had some Warren exposure Saturday, as we all loved him. The RotoWorld NBA DFS Optimizer continues to recommend rostering Warren, and at these salaries, how can you resist? Even though it’s creeping on DraftKings, Warren still projects to be worth it with Victor Oladipo sitting out tonight. I probably don’t need to remind you that Washington is one of the worst defensive teams in the league, ranking 29th in defensive efficiency (but sixth in pace), 30th in rebounding, and giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards. I’m not calling another 50 real points from Warren, but 50 fantasy points is well within his range tonight.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis (at New Orleans) – Yahoo: $21, DK: $6200, FD: $6400
I, for one, am hoping the Grizzlies hold on to the eight-seed as they are a fun team to watch and use for DFS. Like Morant, Jackson Jr. is a bargain at these salaries. The matchup is sweet, he’s playing a ton of minutes (average in the last two games, 39 MPG), and he’s efficient offensively, scoring from all over the court, including eight three-pointers in the last two games. Adding a couple blocks and steals – where it’s worth noting that the Pelicans turn the ball over at the league’s second-highest rate – really boosts his fantasy value.
Joel Embiid—Philadelphia (vs. San Antonio) – Yahoo: $48, DK: $10,300, FD: $9700
There’s not really much to argue about making Embiid my top center play tonight, except perhaps salary. Yes, he’ll break your bank a bit, but he’s also very likely to be worth it. When healthy, he absolutely dominates the court on both ends, and against the Spurs, who are “prioritizing player development during the restart” and throwing Jakob Poeltl and Drew Eubanks out there against him, I would not at all be surprised by another 70-plus fantasy point night from the Philly big man.
Bargains of the Night
Dion Waiters (SG - LAL) Some value plays are shooting for the stars kind of values, and some are solid lineup-fillers on the cheap. Waiters is definitely the latter, and I’m perfectly okay with that tonight. Spending up on Embiid or Davis gives you plenty of upside, while Waiters’ 20-22 fantasy points in 21 MPG for near minimum salary (FanDuel ($3800), DraftKings ($3200), and Yahoo ($10)) provide a nice cushion.
Aaron Holiday (PG/SG - IND) While it looks like Malcolm Brogdon has a decent chance to play tonight, Victor Oladipo is probably heading to the bench on the Pacers first game of a back-to-back set. That still leaves plenty of minutes for Holiday, who played almost 35 minutes Saturday, and posted better than a fantasy point per minute with a nice double-double vs. Philadelphia. That bodes well for his production tonight in a much more friendly matchup with the Wizards. At just $4500 (FD), $5000 (DK), and $14 (Yahoo), he’s an easy fit for a second PG or G slot. The Pacers are the biggest favorites of the slate in the second-highest point total game.
Drew Eubanks (C - SAS) is the riskiest bargain I’ll note, but he’s also the dead minimum salary on FanDuel and Yahoo, and close ($3800) on DraftKings. Eubanks won’t necessarily have it easy, but playing with the second unit might provide a little respite from Embiid, and if the game gets out of hand early, I’d bet on him to soak up some extra minutes. He made a jump yesterday to 23 minutes, providing eight points, five rebounds, and two blocks against the Grizzlies.
GPP Pivots of the Night
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (SG – OKC) I expect this game to be a little under-owned, with both teams playing at a slow pace (Denver ranks 29th in the league) and boasting reasonably good defense. The Thunder are a modest favorite, and Gilgeous-Alexander has looked good in the small sample we have. When he plays at least 30 minutes, he generally returns strong value in the 35-40 fantasy point range. I like him best on DraftKings ($6000) and Yahoo ($29).
Myles Turner (C- IND) and his good matchup against the Wizards combined with a low salary makes the NBA DFS Optimizer hum today. Yes, he was atrocious Saturday, getting seriously out-played by Embiid, but that’s why he’s in this section. People love to hate Turner, and he’s burned anyone who’s played DFS for more than a minute. His ownership should be negligible tonight and it’s a perfect spot to bounce-back on the cheap ($6500 FD, $6100 DK, $22 Yahoo) against a Washington team that ranks dead last in rebounding rate.
Thomas Bryant (C- WAS) Yet another way to differentiate from the uber-popular Embiid lineups is Bryant. Quite possibly the safer play in this game, Bryant showed off his upside yesterday vs. Brooklyn, going for 30 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal (nearly 60 fantasy points!). His salary is a tricky range – it’s easy to spend more or less than Bryant, which should balance the recency bias that would drive his ownership up.