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 five-game main slate starting at 4:30 ET. There will be mention of certain individual players to include in the All-Day slate as well.
Damian Lillard - Portland (at Dallas) - DK: $9,800 / FD: $8,900 / Yahoo: $48
This is a crazy slate, as we have several big-name stars resting while causing unpredictable rotations. That’s not the case with Portland, Phoenix, and Memphis tonight - as they are all battling for the 8-9 seeds in the West. The regular starters from these three teams should see healthy minutes, which is tough to come by on this slate. Damian Lillard and the Blazers are participating in the highest over/under of the night (239) against Dallas. There’s enough value to comfortably squeeze “Dame” into your lineup, and I highly recommend that approach in this potential shootout.
Alec Burks - Philadelphia (vs. Phoenix) - DK: $4,300 / FD: $4,200 / Yahoo: $10
Burks will look to step up for a shorthanded Philadelphia team that will be playing without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson, and potentially a few others (Harris & Horford questionable). Burks should have a sizeable role because of that. He already came up big with 27 and 28 fantasy points respectively (27 & 23 minutes) in the past two games without Simmons. We can assume that he’ll see even more playing time and usage tonight. Go ahead and lock him in through all formats on all three sites!
Harrison Barnes - Sacramento (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $18
Barnes isn’t as great of a value as Burks in the previous write-up. However, he’s a solid fallback bargain on today’s wacky slate. De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes are out for Sacramento, which could boost playing time along with usage/rebound rates for Barnes. His fantasy production has been all over the place in the bubble, but this seems to be a nice spot for Barnes to step up and produce. It helps that his opponent, New Orleans, ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency to frontcourts.
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Kristaps Porzingis - Dallas (vs. Portland) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $39
This is somewhat of a risky play, as we aren’t sure how the Dallas rotation will play out. Porzingis and Doncic rested for the Mavericks yesterday, and they are both expected to return this afternoon (double-check that as we move closer to game time). It’s possible that Porzingis will see less than usual playing time, but the matchup looks good against a Portland team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts. Remember, this is the highest over/under of the day as well. In other words, Porzingis should post an efficient line, and his upside is impeccable if the minutes trend towards the mid-30’s.
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland (at Dallas) - DK: $9,000 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $39
As mentioned earlier, Portland is hunting for a playoff spot. That should require Nurkic and the other Blazer starters to see a full workload in this high-scoring tilt against Dallas. The Portland big man finally had a mediocre game (34 FP) Sunday against Philadelphia, but I’m expecting him to return to his previous 50+ FP form tonight. The Mavs were roasted by Ivica Zubac (21 pts, 15 reb) of the Clippers last Thursday, and Zubac is essential a downgraded version of Nurkic. Look for the big man to feast!
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Cory Joseph (PG - SAC) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG - SAC) should see a sizable fantasy boost with De’Aaron Fox sidelined. Joseph doesn’t have a fantasy-friendly game, but he should fall into respectable value (25+ FP) while seeing a full complement of minutes. As for Bogdanovic, he has been heating up with 47, 34, and 33 fantasy points over his last three. He should see more usage with Fox out, and his opponent (NO) ranks bottom five in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Nicolo Melli (PF - NO) should step into more minutes with Zion Williamson out for the Pelicans. Keep in mind that the New Orleans’ rotation shrinks even more with Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram sidelined too. The last time Zion missed a game (8/7), Melli came through with 27 FP in 17 minutes. There’s a good chance he’ll see around 25 minutes tonight, which should translate to a strong fantasy performance given his ability to efficiently produce.
Cameron Johnson (SF - PHX) has been coming up big for the Suns lately. He’s locked into a full-time role of 35+ minutes, which has yielded 32-39 fantasy points in three of his past five. His opponent, Philadelphia, ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to small forwards, and they’ll take a hit with numerous starters not playing. In other words, this is a sneaky-good spot for Johnson to keep producing.
Looking to the other side of the same game, Matisse Thybulle (SF - PHI) should benefit from a shortened Philadelphia rotation. He stepped up with 27 FP in 33 minutes on Sunday with Simmons and Embiid sidelined. He could step into an even larger role if Al Horford and/or Tobias Harris (both questionable) are ruled out as well. Thybulle relies on peripheral stats to post fantasy numbers, so he’s probably a better play on FanDuel - where blocks and steals are worth three points each.