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 the four-game main slate starting at 8:00 ET on Tuesday.
Damian Lillard - Portland (at New Orleans)
Lillard has been somewhat mediocre (compared to his lofty standards) over the past three games. However, a breakout performance could be in store at New Orleans tonight. The Pelicans play at a top-five pace while ranking 27th in team defensive efficiency. This is the highest over/under of the night (233), and I’d be shocked if Lillard doesn’t come through in this dream matchup. Play him confidently through all formats.
UPDATE: Damian Lillard has been ruled OUT. Anfernee Simons becomes a strong value choice, and McCollum is an even better overall play now. Whiteside should absorb more usage as well.
CJ McCollum - Portland (at New Orleans)
While Lillard has struggled with his shot recently, McCollum has picked up the slack with 43 FPPG over the past three games. There’s room for them to coexist tonight, as New Orleans ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to backcourts. Lillard, McCollum, and Hassan Whiteside are firmly in play considering the four-game slate on tap. I’ll be looking to click at least Lillard/McCollum into the same lineup within that.
Also Consider: Bogdan Bogdanovic, JJ Redick
LeBron James - LA Lakers (vs. Oklahoma City)
If Brandon Ingram is playing, I don’t mind taking him at small forward to save salary. However, LeBron James makes for a strong play even after considering his lofty price point. The Lakers will catch Oklahoma City on the second half of a back-to-back set, and OKC ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. In a slate that doesn’t have many high-end superstars (Lillard, Davis), LeBron checks in as a strong lift with enough value to comfortably make him work.
Dario Saric - Phoenix (at Sacramento)
Saric is one of the value plays to help make Lillard, McCollum, and James appear in the same lineup. The Phoenix power forward has stepped up recently, averaging 30 fantasy points and 30 minutes over his past three games. That’s a reasonable expectation tonight while stepping into a competitive draw with the Kings. Sacramento ranks below average in team defensive efficiency and 20th in rebound rate on the season.
Jaxson Hayes - New Orleans (vs. Portland)
Derrick Favors is out and Jahlil Okafor is doubtful for New Orleans. That leaves Jaxson Hayes to see significant minutes in the Pelicans’ frontcourt. He has looked good with extended playing time over the last two games, combining for an efficient 54 fantasy points in 54 minutes. He should see around 28-30 minutes tonight, which would be more than enough for him to demonstrate adequate fantasy value. Making matters even better, his opponent (Portland) ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to centers.