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NBA DFS Plays: Tuesday 8/18

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: August 18, 2020, 7:26 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 four-game main slate starting at 1:30 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Goran Dragic - Miami (vs. Indiana) - DK: $4,400 / FD: $5,700 / Yahoo: $21

Given his recent run, Damian Lillard is tempting at the point guard spot today. However, I’m more interested in prioritizing other expensive plays like James Harden and Anthony Davis (more on them later). That has us looking for value at the point guard position, and I believe Goran Dragic is a strong asset in that regard. He should start tonight while seeing around 30 minutes. Dragic went for 33 FP in 30 minutes against Indiana last week, and I believe a repeat performance is plausible. The Rotoworld NBA DFS Optimizer absolutely loves him on DraftKings, and I certainly agree. 

Also Consider: Chris Paul, Malcolm Brogdon  

SHOOTING GUARD

James Harden - Houston (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $11,700 / FD: $11,500 / Yahoo: $55

As mentioned in the previous write-up, Harden is a high-priority on this slate. Russell Westbrook will not play tonight, meaning Harden will soak up as much usage as he can handle in this crucial playoff game. It’s worth noting that this is one of the best fantasy environments of the day with a 1.5 point spread and 227 over/under. The last time we saw Harden play a full game (Aug. 12), he ripped off 82 fantasy points with a sweet 45-17-9 line vs. Indiana. Expect him to stuff the stat-sheet against Oklahoma City today.

Also Consider: Jimmy Butler, Gary Trent Jr., Danny Green 

SMALL FORWARD

Danilo Gallinari - Oklahoma City (vs. Houston) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $21

I believe that Gallinari is artificially underpriced, especially on FanDuel (where you need two SFs). Oklahoma City has been giving him limited playing time in the bubble, and we could finally see his workload ramp up around (or past) 30 minutes tonight. The matchup looks prime against a Houston team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to small forwards and 25th to power forwards. For that reason, “Gallo” should be on your watchlist as a respectable bargain filler. 

Also Consider: Danuel House, James Ennis   

POWER FORWARD

Anthony Davis - LA Lakers (vs. Portland) - DK: $10,400 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $44

Davis will be a popular selection tonight, but I believe he’s worth the selection through all formats. You could argue that he has the best matchup of any player in this slate, facing a Portland team that ranks 25th against power forwards and 23rd in rebound rate. Davis has posted some brilliant performances in the bubble (74 & 55 FP), and this is a fantastic spot for another breakout. Fade at your own risk!

Also Consider: Robert Covington, Bam Adebayo

CENTER

Steven Adams - Oklahoma City (vs. Houston) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $21

Steven Adams could be the key to Oklahoma City pulling off the first-round upset. He could be the catalyst for your fantasy squad as well. Checking in at a moderate price, Adams will face a small Houston lineup that unsurprisingly ranks 28th in rebound rate. The Thunder will rely on Adams to hold the paint, potentially racking up 10-15 boards with a number of putbacks, blocks, etc. If he stays on the floor (out of foul trouble), Adams should be able to hit DFS value. I especially like his price on FanDuel. 

Also Consider: P.J. Tucker (value filler) 

BEST BARGAINS

Danuel House (SF - HOU) represents a solid bargain on the Rotoworld NBA DFS Optimizer tonight. He’s penciled in for 22.2 fantasy points, and I believe that’s a legitimate standard with upside for more if the three-pointers are falling. On a slate that doesn’t have many “easy value plays”, House makes sense while seeing a potential 30+ minute workload. 

James Ennis (SF - ORL) and D.J. Augustin (PG - ORL) are a few cheapies to keep in mind, especially on DraftKings. Both of these guys should flirt with 30 minutes while holding bargain basement salaries. We aren’t expecting much upside from either, just hoping they can push to the 25 FP range. 

GPP PIVOTS

C.J. McCollum (SG - HOU) will definitely be underrated tonight. Most people will be reaching to James Harden or Jimmy Butler at shooting guard, and the presence of Lillard/Davis/LeBron/Giannis will have CJ overlooked as well. However, this is the highest-scoring game of the day (230.5), and the Lakers rank 20th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. McCollum is playing through a back injury, but he’s still seeing heavy minutes while racking up 50 and 41 FP respectively in the past two games. 

Brook Lopez (C - MIL) notched several incredible fantasy performances through the 2019 playoffs, and we could find his upside somewhere in the next few weeks as well. Lopez is a true “boom or bust” fantasy option who will either be feeling his jumper or completely defer to Giannis and friends. Despite that, he has been pretty efficient in the bubble while hitting 38+ fantasy points in three of four games before having his minutes throttled back in anticipation of the playoffs. He could get back to that range tonight.

Spencer Limbach

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