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.
Here is the injury report as of Sunday morning:
Luka Doncic questionable. This is a key injury situation to monitor. If Luka is out, the entire lineup would receive a usage boost, particularly Harrison Barnes and whoever is manning the point guard spot. Dorian Finney-Smith would see more minutes as a punt play as well.
Marc Gasol questionable. He has been playing a ton of minutes lately, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got a break. If he’s out, Jaren Jackson Jr could slide over to center with JaMychal Green picking up more minutes at the PF spot.
Now let’s move on to the NBA DFS Plays for Sunday! We are focused on the four-game slate starting at 6:00 ET.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – LA Clippers (at Dallas)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has really stepped into his own as of late, hitting 32+ fantasy points in three of his past five games. The rookie is playing some confident basketball, fresh off an efficient 17 point, 5 rebound, 4 assist, 2 block, 2 steal, 0 turnover performance at Sacramento on Thursday. A competitive, reasonably high-scoring tilt at Dallas (226 over/under) should keep him going, and SGA’s current mid-range salary blends favorably into a lineup through all formats.
CJ McCollum – Portland (at San Antonio)
McCollum is one of my favorite “per dollar” plays of the day, and here’s why: 1) There’s no concern with his playing time, as he’s pretty much a lock for 36+ minutes every night. 2) The game atmosphere is competitive with a one-point spread at San Antonio. 3) The Spurs rank 25th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards. 4) McCollum’s salary isn’t too imposing on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Harrison Barnes – Dallas (vs LA Clippers)
As mentioned earlier, Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr.are questionable tonight. Harrison Barnes is certainly worthy of DFS consideration even if those starters are active, but he would see a potential boost if either one of them sits. Barnes is a solid mid-range asset on this slate, especially when considering he has produced 33+ fantasy points in three of his past four. The salary is still suppressed due to a couple of recent poor outings with 12 FP at Memphis (Nov 19) and 17 FP at Houston (Nov 28). We should see Barnes’ good side in a competitive home draw vs a Clippers team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards.
Also Consider: Jamison Crowder, Kyle Anderson
LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio (vs Portland)
Aldridge’s fantasy performances have been up and down as of late, mirroring the overall form of San Antonio as a team. The Spurs have lost by 30+ points in two straight games, and they should be clearly motivated to get back on track at home this evening. San Antonio is favored by a point over Portland, and there’s a good chance Aldridge will carry them against a Portland team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing power forwards.
Jusuf Nurkic – Portland (at San Antonio)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, we can expect a competitive affair between Portland and San Antonio tonight. Nurkic should be able to get in on the action; after all, he’s brimming with confidence following 38+ fantasy points in four of his past six games. In my opinion, he has the best salary, floor, and ceiling combination of any center on the board in this four-game slate. He checks in at a salary much cheaper than Gobert or Embiid while plausibly expecting 40 fantasy points with upside of 50+ if things go his way. Things look even better for the Blazers’ DFS options when considering that San Antonio ranks dead last in defensive efficiency over the past five games.
Devin Harris – PG - Dallas (vs LA Clippers)
Harris only sees around 17-20 minutes per contest, but that could change if Dennis Smith Jr.or Luka Doncic are out or limited in any capacity. It should be noted that Harris has found some intriguing efficiency despite the low playing time, hitting 34 FP on 18 minutes and 33 FP on 14 minutes in two of his past four games. Keep an eye on the injury report and potentially look towards Harris as a tournament diversifier if the news breaks in his favor.
Mike Muscala – C – Philadelphia (vs Memphis)
Muscala is clearly a significant part of the Philadelphia rotation off the bench. We can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 22-24 minutes in this high-scoring game with a 234 over/under. Keep in mind that Marc Gasol is questionable for Memphis, and his potential absence could raise the blowout factor in this one. In that case, Muscala would have a path to even more minutes and subsequent fantasy production in garbage time. Either way, he’s a reasonable tournament filler for near-minimum price levels, hoping he can come away with 20-25 fantasy points.