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NBA DFS Plays: Tuesday 3/16

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: March 16, 2021, 3:19 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 seven-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Damian Lillard - Portland (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $10,800 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $49

CJ McCollum could return tonight, but I’m not expecting him to cut into Lillard’s workload too much. If you recall, these two were able to coexist peacefully for DFS purposes over the years, so don’t worry too much about a lower usage rate from Dame. McCollum probably won’t see significant minutes at first either. Lillard will still be called upon to take over games, and he’s stepping into an excellent game environment vs. the Pelicans tonight - who rank 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards. 

Also Consider: Ricky Rubio, Lonzo Ball 

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SHOOTING GUARD

Immanuel Quickley - New York (at Philadelphia) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $13

We need to keep an eye on the status of Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton. If both miss another game, then Quickley becomes a nice DFS bargain through all formats. Payton and Rose have missed the last two games, and the rookie stepped up with a 31 FPPG average in 33 minutes in those outings. Quickley’s salary is too cheap when considering his elevated role, and it helps that he’s facing a Philly team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. 

Also Consider: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Anthony Edwards

SMALL FORWARD

Kevin Porter Jr. - Houston (vs. Atlanta) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $23

Porter’s salary has dramatically risen over the past week, but I still believe he’s a solid DFS target. The NBA DFS Optimizer doesn’t like him after that price hike, but we can’t dismiss the upside in his fantasy profile. John Wall and Eric Gordon will remain sidelined, so Porter should be able to soak up significant usage. He went for 42 and 49 fantasy points in his first two games with the Rockets, and Victor Oladipo (who is active tonight) was in the lineup for the first one. In other words, there’s a good chance Porter gets back to his 40+ FP form against a mediocre Atlanta defense. 

Also Consider: Danilo Gallinari, Carmelo Anthony

POWER FORWARD

Aleksej Pokusevski - Oklahoma City (at Chicago) - DK: $4,400 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $12

Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out, so Aleksej Pokusevski should see adequate playing time. He started the last game, going off for 44 fantasy points in 39 minutes. It’s probably safer to project him around 32 minutes, which translates to a baseline of 26-27 FP. I’ll take that considering the cheap salary, and it’s nice to know that he has upside in his back pocket. Facing a Chicago team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts could push Pokusevski above his projection. 

Also Consider: John Collins, Tobias Harris, Tony Bradley  

CENTER

Montrezl Harrell - LA Lakers (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $6,200 / FD: $6,600 / Yahoo: $20

Everyone expected Harrell to step up with Anthony Davis sidelined (Gasol too), and it seems like he’s finally making good on those prospects. Montrezl has gone for 38+ fantasy points in three straight, and now he’ll enjoy his best matchup of this recent stretch. The Lakers are hosting a generous Minnesota team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers. Go ahead and lock in Harrell for solid mid-range value. 

Also Consider: Moses Brown

ALSO CONSIDER

Ricky Rubio (PG - MIN) is too cheap, especially as a PG2 on FanDuel. Remember, D’Angelo Russell is out with an injury and Malik Beasley is still suspended. The Wolves need Rubio to hold down their backcourt, and he has responded with a 31 FPPG average over his last four. 

Danilo Gallinari (SF - ATL) is a nice DFS bargain through all formats tonight. Clint Capela is questionable, and there’s a good chance he’ll be held out tonight. That creates more room in Atlanta’s frontcourt, and Gallo could fill the void. He has posted 31+ FP in three of his last four, including a 52 FP outburst against Orlando (Capela was out that game too). 

Tony Bradley (PF - PHI) isn’t a necessity, but he’s an interesting value filler - especially on DraftKings and Yahoo - where you have more roster flexibility. Joel Embiid is still out for Philly, and Bradley has scooped up 20+ minutes in two of the last three games. 

Moses Brown (C - OKC) will see around 25 minutes for a depleted OKC frontcourt. He doesn’t have a ton of upside, but Brown retains interesting value while hitting 24 FP in each of his past three outings. The matchup looks good too, as Chicago ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to centers. 

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.