This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings 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.
Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main slate at 6:00 ET with four games.
Lonzo Ball – LA Lakers (vs Cleveland)
There are only four games on tonight’s main slate, and the Lakers find themselves with the best matchup in the highest over/under at 221 total points. In other words, you’ll want plenty of purple and gold shares in your lineup. That includes Lonzo Ball, who will continue to see an extended role with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo out. The Cavaliers rank dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards, making Ball a solid candidate to reach fantasy value.
Also Consider: Jamal Murray, Colin Sexton
Malik Beasley – Denver (vs Portland)
James Harden is a cornerstone selection in this slate, but he doesn’t need much explanation. Instead, I’m going to highlight a value play that will help you absorb Harden’s cumbersome salary. I’m talking about Malik Beasley of the Nuggets, who is averaging 35 minutes and 27 fantasy points over the past two with Gary Harris out. We’ll need to double-check his status, as Harris is considered questionable for tonight’s tilt with the Blazers. If he’s out, Beasley becomes a confident value streamer in DFS.
Brandon Ingram – LA Lakers (vs Cleveland)
Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram are all solid plays for the Lakers tonight. Ingram may be the best lift within that, as small forward doesn’t have much opportunity cost on this slate. He’ll continue to see a boost with James and Rondo out, while the Cavaliers rank 23rd in defensive efficiency against the small forward position. Ingram has been mediocre over his past two games, but this draw sets up for a nice bounce-back outing. I’ll take my chances on this brief, four-game slate.
Maxi Kleber – Dallas (vs Golden State)
Kyle Kuzma is my preferred pick at the power forward position, but you can also look towards Maxi Kleber as a bargain in the same lineup. Some of his rationale is predicated on Dennis Smith Jr.rsquo;s questionable status. If DSJ is out, Kleber becomes a candidate for more playing time– as was the case while averaging 32 minutes and 28 FP over the past two. There’s a chance Dallas could play small against the Warriors, so the minutes aren’t necessarily a guarantee. However, Kleber is still dirt-cheap while earning more playing time with solid performances as of late. I’m willing to take a chance on him in order to make the rest of my lineup (Harden, Kuzma, etc) blend together.
Tristan Thompson – Cleveland (at LA Lakers)
Thompson is a solid mid-range pick who has the best matchup of any center on the board tonight. He’ll take on a Lakers team that ranks fourth in pace and 23rd in defensive efficiency against the center position. It has been several weeks since Thompson returned from a foot injury (missed 10 games in December), and he should be ready to absorb his usual 28-32+ minutes. That makes him a strong candidate to surpass his serviceable fantasy average of 31 FPPG.