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NBA DFS Plays Tuesday December 22

by Renee Miller
Updated On: December 22, 2020, 11:53 am 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 two-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Steph Curry – Golden State (at Brooklyn) - DK: $9,300 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $44

We expect this game to be the higher scoring of the two tonight, and although Curry and the Warriors are underdogs, it will be Curry in charge of running the offense. He is rested after missing the opportunity to play in the bubble, and has looked like his old self in pre-season action thus far. Point guard is sparse on the more restrictive sites (FanDuel in particular), so I expect Curry to be almost universally rostered, but worth it.

Also Consider: Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Paul George - LA Clippers (at LA Lakers) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $31

I’m a big fan of George’s mid-range salary and multi-category production as a building block tonight. Though both LA teams competed deep into the playoffs, I think the stars will be out to shine tonight. George typically plays around 35 MPG, and has some great numbers against the Lakers. This should be a competitive game with lots of opportunity for George to rack up steals and rebounds in addition to his offense.

Also Consider: Andrew Wiggins, Caris LaVert

 

SMALL FORWARD

Kelly Oubre - Golden State (at Brooklyn) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,400 / Yahoo: $21

I’ve been a fan of Oubre since he first joined the league and love the fit with Golden State and Curry. He’s not necessarily replacing Kevin Durant, but he certainly fills the forward gap a lot better than what they tried last year. He’ll likely be the Warriors No. 2 scorer behind Curry, and though a matchup with Durant isn’t easy, his low-mid range salary makes him a strong value option at this position.

Also Consider: Joe Harris, LeBron James, Kevin Durant

POWER FORWARD

Anthony Davis – LA Lakers (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $10,600 / Yahoo: $45

Davis is my splurge forward tonight, over Durant, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. I believe he has the highest ceiling of any player on the slate tonight, and he will be the mainstay of my opening night lineups. Our NBA DFS Optimizer has him getting over 5 points per dollar, a great value even at his high salary. Pair him with one of the cheaper starters for a super solid DFS front court.

Also Consider: Eric Paschall, Kyle Kuzma

 

CENTER

Marc Gasol - LA Lakers (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $4,700/ FD: $3,800 / Yahoo: $10

Center, depending on which site you’re playing, is a vast wasteland. Differences in position eligibility complicate choosing a player to highlight here, but Gasol is the starting center for the Lakers, and is dirt cheap on those more restrictive sites (FanDuel and Yahoo). Yes, he is past his prime, but he retains the ability to shoot three’s and rack up the blocks and rebounds. He’ll face off with his old teammate Serge Ibaka, where he at least has a height advantage. Don’t expect a miracle, but Gasol should be a solid bet for 15 fantasy points tonight.

Also Consider: Montrezl Harrell, Serge Ibaka, James Wiseman

ADDITIONAL NOTES

LeBron James (G/F – LAL) is not someone I have a problem with at all tonight, or most nights. I worry in general about his propensity to rest throughout this season on such short off-season rest, but not tonight. It’s a small slate, and it forces tough choices. I’m a bit happier with Anthony Davis in my lineups, but James is a stud and should absolutely fill the stat sheet too. If you can live with some of the compromises (they’re tough), our Optimizer likes the idea of fitting both James and Davis into lineups tonight.

Kevin Durant (PF - BKN) is playable through all formats on all sites tonight. I prefer him to Leonard given the softer matchup with his former team, and I think he’ll be eager to show the world he’s back and as good as ever. You have a salary issue if you spend up on point guard, so if Durant is your priority, you might pivot to at least one of Patrick Beverley or Dennis Schroder.

James Wiseman (C - GSW) is a cheap center option with a huge risk/reward profile. We don’t really know what we’re going to get from the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft in the opening game tonight. Coach Steve Kerr appears enthusiastic about Wiseman’s ability to start as soon as tonight. Watch the news leading up to lock, and be glad this is the early game. Wiseman could turn into the best point-per-dollar value of the day…or could be a bust. Either way, he’s cheap enough to find out!