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NBA DFS Plays Tuesday January 5

by Renee Miller
Updated On: January 5, 2021, 1:31 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 5-game Main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Coby White – Chicago (at Portland) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $22

A major theme of tonight’s slate is blowout potential. Four of the five games have spreads of 8 points or more, including this one. Of them all, I think this one could be closer than Vegas has set the line. Portland is not a good defensive team, and the Bulls are not having a problem scoring in most of their games (Milwaukee being an exception). White gets what is currently the league’s best point guard matchup for DFS (Damian Lillard gets the second-best), in one of the fastest-pace games with the highest point total. All the guards from this game should be on your radar, but if, like me, you intend to spend on F/C tonight, White is the economical path to upside. His floor isn’t bad either; averaging about 30 fantasy points per game on the strength of volume and free-throw shooting along with a decent amount of three-pointers, rebounds and assists.

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Dejounte Murray, Jamal Murray, Kyrie Irving

SHOOTING GUARD

Caris LaVert – Brooklyn (vs. UTA) - DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,100 / Yahoo: $26

I do expect LaVert to be one of the most popular SG plays tonight with Kevin Durant out. This is exactly where he can excel, and has excelled in limited samples this season. This is also the only game expected to stay fairly competitive and it carries the second-highest point total (229 over/under). Utah is a good defensive team, but opposing wings have had success against them so far this season. I hesitate to use “must-play” here, but he’s in all of my lineups tonight.

Also Consider: Dennis Schroder, Paul George, Malik Beasley, Desmond Bane (value), Talen Horton-Tucker (value if LeBron James is out)

 

SMALL FORWARD

Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $9,100/ FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $47

My first big spending priority is Leonard, assuming he doesn’t rest on this first leg of the Clippers’ back-to-back. The Clippers take on a Spurs team that is allowing the most overall fantasy points to opponents, and the most to small forwards. It’s also Leonard’s former team. He is coming off a down game vs. the much-improved Suns, which could impact his roster percentages tonight, but I think he’s in for a nice bounce-back. It’s a fairly easy pivot to James or strict value if Kawhi is out, making it easier to afford my next two plays.  

Also Consider:  Will Barton, Otto Porter, LeBron James, Joe Harris

 

POWER FORWARD

Anthony Davis – LA Lakers (at Memphis) - DK: $9,500 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $48

Besides LaVert, Davis is the other guy on my must-play list today. Power forward is horrendous, especially on FanDuel and Yahoo. There are a couple deep risk/reward value plays you can make, and have to make if you’re going to fit three stars on FD, but my hope and belief is that Davis will make the risk worth the while. The Grizzlies have undergone a complete image turnaround and now profile as one of the fastest-paced, defense-lax teams to face. That should work out great for Davis, who is coming off a ho-hum scoring game against them Sunday. However, he did compile three blocks and three steals against them…so if he shoots well for an entire game tonight, he should get back into the 50-60 fantasy point range easy.

Also Consider: Kyle Kuzma (if James is out), JaMychal Green, Naz Reid

 

CENTER

Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $10,800 / FD: $10,500 / Yahoo: $49

It’s impossible to fit Leonard, Davis and Jokic on DraftKings and Yahoo, but I can make a lineup I like on FanDuel with all three so I’m including Jokic here. He certainly doesn’t need my justification to play him against a Karl-Anthony Towns-less Timberwolves team. Minnesota does rank as the second-best center matchup, and third overall best matchup for DFS. Despite that, if Leonard and Davis are both in tonight, Jokic is the player I’m dropping on DraftKings and Yahoo (see below).

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert, Montrezl Harrell, Enes Kanter, Wendall Carter

ADDITIONAL NOTES

JaMychal Green (PF/C - DEN) is an old favorite of mine. Priced at just $3900 (FD), $3800 (DK) and $10 (Yahoo), Green has scored about 17 and 28 fantasy points in the two games he’s played. The better game came with about twice as many minutes (28 MPG) when Michael Porter Jr. was out on Sunday. Like with Jokic, this is a good matchup for Green, and he should get the run. While most people will roster a more expensive Will Barton in the starting lineup, I’m happy saving so much on Green even if he just averages those two games for about 22 fantasy points tonight.

Desmond Bane (G – MEM) has been playing about 24 MPG since the Grizzlies’ second game of the new season. While the first couple were forgettable, he’s posted over 20 fantasy points in each of the last three. Still priced at or near minimum, Bane is attractive in lineups where you’re forcing more stars. He seems to be safe regardless of game flow, and in fact, I’d expect him to get more run if this does turn into a Lakers blowout win (as he did vs. Boston for example).

Wendall Carter (C – CHI) would be my pivot off Jokic if necessary. As noted above, I think this game could be closer than the Vegas line indicates, and Carter is underpriced for a fast-paced, high scoring game against a team that doesn’t have a strong defensive identity. Jusef Nurkic has struggled, and big old Enes Kanter is outplaying him much of the time. Carter’s minutes have been a bit low lately in the mid-20s, but he’s still producing at a decent rate of about a fantasy point per minute. I think he’ll pleasantly surprise us with a game at the higher end of his range tonight.