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Daily Games

NBA DFS Plays Tuesday January 19

by Renee Miller
Updated On: January 19, 2021, 11:40 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 the Two-for Tuesday two-game Main slate starting at 9:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Jamal Murray – Denver (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $29

The thing with two game slates is the overlap that many lineups will have. Murray has had his ups and downs this season, but his last two games have been really solid, 40 and 46 fantasy points, against much tougher opponents than he will face tonight. The Thunder give up the eighth-most fantasy points overall, and rank 19thin defensive efficiency. The Nuggets are big favorites at home, where Murray has averaged about six more fantasy points per game, and though both teams play at a fairly slow pace, this game has a 220-point total.

Also Consider: Mike Conley, Monte Morris, Lonzo Ball

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Donovan Mitchell – Utah (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $33

There’s not too much going on at SG tonight, but it is more robust than SF, at least. Mitchell is the obvious choice, at a high price point, it’s true, but you can definitely make it work. Mitchell gets a modest pace upgrade with the Pelicans, and he and Mike Conley have been working very well together lately. Mitchell offers a floor of about 30 fantasy points, and upside of 50-plus. Though teammate Jordan Clarkson’s salary has come up with his recent surge in productivity, he was useful even before Joe Ingles’ Achilles injury popped up. I have no issue using both Utah guards if you need to fill these slots (e.g. on FanDuel).

Also Consider: Jordan Clarkson, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (FanDuel)

 

SMALL FORWARD

Will Barton – Denver (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $6,100 / Yahoo: $19

The headliner at this position is Brandon Ingram (see more below), but I’m choosing to save big here. Barton is the safest way to go, as he gets the best SF matchup with the Thunder (fifth-most fantasy points allowed to the position), and has been playing around 30 MPG. However, his production has varied and anywhere from 15-35 fantasy points is possible tonight. If you can afford him, game flow, matchup, and minutes are in his favor, but you can get an overlapping range of outcomes for closer to $4500/$15 with one or more of the guys below.

Also Consider: Lugentz Dort, JJ Redick, Bojan Bogdanovic (if Joe Ingles is out again)

POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson – New Orleans (at Utah) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $35

The Pelican I’m targeting most tonight is Williamson, who has averaged a 28.4 percent usage rate this season. He’s been rock solid since the calendar turned, and has hit almost exactly 40 fantasy points in each of his last four games. Utah is a tougher matchup, ranking sixth in defensive efficiency and being on the less generous end of the spectrum in fantasy points allowed/DvP, but on a two-game slate, we can’t be so picky. Williamson should hold his own and put out another solid effort, providing stability to all kinds of lineups tonight.

Also Consider: Isaiah Roby, Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green (desperate savings)

 

CENTER

Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $11,500 / Yahoo: $53

I’ll be surprised when I check roster percentages later tonight and find that Jokic is less than 100 percent, but it will happen. Not on my lineups, as there is no one I’d rather spend on. The salary is exorbitant, but there’s not too many ways to spend tonight unless you’re going purely mid-range across the board. There is a risk of a blowout but Jokic is putting up 50-60 fantasy points in those scenarios, and closer to 70 when it’s close. Don’t overthink it too much and roster Jokic tonight.

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert, Steven Adams

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Brandon Ingram (SF – NOP) is just not a guy I’m using tonight. I feel he’s overpriced and I like the guards I can afford when I skimp at SF. Though Ingram is more expensive, I think there’s a great chance Williamson outscores him tonight, as has been the case the last few games. He makes for a great tournament play, since when he gets hot, the sky is the limit, but on a two-game slate, he’s definitely a risk.

Isaiah Roby (PF – OKC) should be a must-play tonight, with his combination of affordability and the Thunder’s lack of depth in the frontcourt. Al Horford is already ruled out of tonight’s game, giving Roby the clear path to fantasy value again tonight.

Paul Millsap (PF – DEN) has played over 20 minutes and averaged about a fantasy point per game since Jan 7, putting up solid numbers just about every game. For a salary in the bargain range ($4700 FD, $4500 DK, $13 Yahoo), he’s another solid way to save tonight, along with Monte Morris. JaMychal Green is also in play, but carries more risk (for less money, of course). When in doubt, I’m rolling with Nuggets’ players who could see extra work in a blowout or take advantage of the matchup to meet value early.