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NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 2/16

by Renee Miller
Updated On: February 16, 2021, 3:46 pm ET

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 Tuesday’s 6-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn (at Phoenix) - DK: $9,100 / FD: $9,900 / Yahoo: $42

With only six games, I expected my process to be a bit more straightforward on this slate. Instead, I can find multiple ways I want to play it. I’m writing up my favorite, a slightly more stars and scrubs approach, but want to give a more middle-of-the-road build its due as well (see the also considers for ideas). This is one of the higher scoring games of the night, but Irving and James Harden will have to deal with a good defensive Suns team. I expect (as does Vegas) the Nets’ faster pace and offensive efficiency to drive the game flow tonight in what should be a close and exciting game for both sides. Irving is coming off a 40-point win over Sacramento last night, but he did his damage in just 30 minutes, a low MPG mark for him since mid-January, when he played 30 minutes in the first half of a back-to-back set vs. Cleveland and Miami. Lillard also works as the star point guard, but Irving is cheaper on DraftKings and Yahoo, where it matters more.

With Kyrie Irving ruled out, it's fairly easy to pivot to Damian Lillard. Where that doesn't fit, you might go with Ja Morant or Hamidou Diallo and upgrade a SG or SF slot. 

 

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Ja Morant, Hamidou Diallo, Anfernee Simons, Kira Lewis, Jordan McLaughlin (these last three for deep value)

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Grayson Allen – Memphis (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $11 (SF)

Saving at the wings is a necessary part of my plan tonight. Allen and the Grizzlies take on a Pelicans team that ranks seventh in overall fantasy points allowed and 28th in defensive efficiency. Vegas has a 230-point total on this game, and most books have it with a point. Close and high scoring is a fantasy sports dream game, so I’m looking here for a lot of value. Allen has played over 30 MPG in his last three and is averaging 24 fantasy points per game over his last 10 games (almost 30 fpts in these last three). He’s a little more expensive, but I like Dillon Brooks a lot here too. He’s got a similar floor as Allen but more upside. Both pair well with another cheaper SG (like Gary Trent or Talen Horton-Tucker), but if you like the more middle-of-the-road approach, Devin Booker is my guy.

Also Consider: Devin Booker, Dillon Brooks, James Harden, Gary Trent Jr., Talen Horton-Tucker, Fred VanVleet

 

SMALL FORWARD

Norman Powell – Toronto (at Milwaukee) - DK: $6,800 / FD: $6,500 / Yahoo: $24

OG Anunoby is officially listed as doubtful tonight, but I’m assuming it’s another night off for him (and my season-long fantasy squad, sigh). Powell has always been a guy to step up when asked, and this season has been no different. He actually had one of his best games against the Bucks a couple weeks ago (41 fantasy points in 41 minutes), and continues to score well over 20 real points in just about every single game he plays. With the highest over/under of the slate (235 points), Toronto gets a pace bump and a good SF matchup for Powell (eighth-best for fantasy).

Also Consider: Kyle Anderson, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Jaylen Brown, Justin Jackson, Michael Porter Jr.

POWER FORWARD

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs. Toronto) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $11,200 / Yahoo: $55

Back to the spending agenda, it’s the rare night I’ll overtly recommend spending all your salary dollars on Giannis. No need to justify the talent, ever, just the salary. Between him and James Harden, Antetokounmpo has the advantage of not having played Monday night and the better DvP and overall fantasy matchup (Toronto ranks fourth against PFs and 14th overall). Antetokounmpo put up 63 fantasy points the first time these teams met, and hasn’t been below 64 fantasy points in his last three games. Between Giannis and Nikola Jokic, the other player in this salary stratosphere, I like too many other centers to commit to Jokic in a lower scoring and slower-paced game. I already noted the positive game factors, lack of real competition for spending (especially here as I also don’t love Jayson Tatum’s high salary in that slow and lower scoring game, and while Zion Williamson is great as a steady, safe play for 40ish, he doesn’t have nearly the upside of Giannis), and the value that paves the path to being ok with paying up for the Greek Freak tonight. I’ve talked myself into it; you?

Also Consider: Bobby Portis, Zion Williamson, Jae Crowder, Kyle Kuzma

 

CENTER

Al Horford – Oklahoma City (vs. Portland) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $27

Horford is the center that fits all builds tonight. He’s been playing great as a leader on both ends of the court given all the injuries and absences the Thunder are enduring lately. Horford has scored between 30 and about 55 fantasy points in every one of his games since late January, providing a solid floor with upside. The Trail Blazers are a Top 10 center matchup, ranking 29th in defensive efficiency. Although Horford has put up great numbers vs. great frontcourt defenses like Denver’s and LA’s, this will be the best matchup he’s seen since Minnesota, where he got us 57 fantasy points. He seems like a steal for the price.   

Also Consider: Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Jokic, Deandre Ayton, Montrezl Harrell

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Anfernee Simons (PG – POR) is one of the near minimum salary guards that helps make my spending spree work. He’s getting some extra minutes and usage lately and can probably be relied on for about 18-20 fantasy points per game, but his previous effort against the Thunder really caught my eye. He scored 26 points with a few peripherals in 29 minutes against them earlier this season, for over 30 fantasy points. Given that he’s made four three-pointers in each of his last two games, I see no reason why a repeat isn’t possible tonight. The other cheap guards I like include Kira Lewis, who is emerging as someone who needs more court time in New Orleans. His four steals in the last game are notable, and he has been able to do a little bit of everything with 17-24 MPG over the last couple weeks. It’s a good spot for him to shine at very close to or minimum salary tonight.

Devin Booker (SG – PHX) is expensive, until you compare him to Giannis, Lillard, Irving, Harden or Jokic. Then his overlapping range of outcomes has him looking like a bargain. He’s a safe play for any lineup, but I’d pair him with a bunch of similarly priced, solid Tier 2 stars, aiming for 40 fantasy points apiece. Brooklyn is a great team, but no much defensively; they give up the fourth-most fantasy points to SGs, ninth overall, and rank just 24th in defensive efficiency. The Suns are slight favorites in this high scoring matchup.

Hamidou Diallo (G – OKC) gets the best PG matchup on the slate, in addition to the factors noted for Horford above. His salary has been all over the place with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out, and his positional eligibility has shifted too. He’s been a lock for 30-plus fantasy points in February, and should keep it going tonight. The Thunder are coming off a suprising win over the Bucks on Valentine’s day, despite a bad shooting effort from Diallo. Instead, he made up for it with 13 rebounds. His versatility, plus the good matchup, is a major reason I put him in that mid-range salary, 40-fantasy point bucket tonight.