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 7-game Main slate starting at 7:35 ET.
Darius Garland – Cleveland (at Denver) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $20
If you can find a way to afford Luka Doncic, he’s clearly the top PG play. However, I can’t really find a great way to make that work, so I’m electing to save at guard tonight and spend at F/C. Garland is averaging about 30 fantasy points per game lately, and gets a plus matchup with the defensively-challenged Nuggets. Denver ranks just 25th in defensive efficiency, and although Nikola Jokic makes things tough on opposing bigs, they give up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing point guards. Cleveland doesn’t have a deep guard rotation, so Garland can be counted on to play heavy minutes even in a blowout scenario. He’s got a solid floor with some upside for the salary.
Malik Monk – Charlotte (at Memphis) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $4,700 / Yahoo: $11
Monk has been up and down as various Hornets have missed games in recent weeks, going up into the 40-plus fantasy point range and down to the single digits (an awful appearance vs. Utah). Both of these teams are pretty fantasy-friendly, ranking sixth (Charlotte) and eighth (Memphis) in overall fantasy points allowed, but Memphis does have a solid defensive ranking (ninth). Vegas has this as a fairly high scoring (225 point over/under) and close (Grizzlies minus-4) game, but the attraction here is the salary on Monk. He should play around 30 minutes again tonight with Devonte’ Graham set to miss this game and should be a lock for 25ish fantasy points. Yes, I’d like to be able to work in James Harden or Devin Booker, and I will in tournaments, but for main lineups, I’m spending on the next three guys.
Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers (at Minnesota) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $44
Paul George is not traveling with the team, which opens up some value in the form of Lou Williams, whom I’m pairing with Monk on FanDuel, but also some usage for Leonard. Leonard boasts the league’s third-highest player efficiency rating (27.2) and has an unusually high assist ratio for a player at his position (18.1 percent). He’s coming off back-to-back double-doubles, and on the season averages 26 real points per game. He ought to bounce back from a disappointing final stat line on Sunday with a monster game against a Timberwolves team that ranks second in overall fantasy points allowed, and 21st in defensive efficiency but eighth in pace.
Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas (vs. Atlanta) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $36
Porzingis has been a regular in this space and certainly did not let us down on Saturday with a 60-plus fantasy point effort against the aforementioned Timberwolves. Tonight, he’ll face a Hawks team that has consistently represented a great matchup for opposing power forwards (sixth-most fantasy points allowed). This game has a sweet 233-point total, and the Mavericks are four-point favorites at home. I believe Porzingis is as good as he just showed us and is fully back to himself. I’m betting on at least 10 more fantasy points than the 44 he posted against the Hawks last week. Domantas Sabonis, in another game that should be fantasy-friendly, is his biggest competition for a spot in all my lineups tonight.
Clint Capela – Atlanta (at Dallas) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $34
It’s not like me to fade Jokic, and that’s not my intention in hyping Capela tonight, but he is the most expensive player on the slate by some margin. Assuming that every salary dollar counts, I like Capela’s chances to come close to Jokic’s output (Cleveland is a slow team that has been sneaky good defensively) for a couple thousand less. Capela is a rebounding machine, making him nearly a sure bet for a double-double and he regularly boosts his stat lines with multiple blocks (he has 10 in the last four games and never forget the 10 he had in one game vs. Minnesota last month).
Luka Doncic and LeBron James are the tournament plays of the night. Spending where it’s hard to spend can often pay off and both of these guys have proven themselves in the very matchups they face tonight. James is averaging 60 fantasy points against the Thunder in two games this season, and Doncic just put up 64 on Atlanta last week. You have to make some compromises, but hopefully I’ve given you some ideas in the cheaper ‘also consider’ sections above.
Paul Millsap (PF – DEN) If you’re in need of some savings at forward instead of guard, say because you couldn’t resist Doncic or Harden, Millsap is one of the more palatable options. Sorry there’s no Chuma Okeke-type play tonight, but Millsap has averaged about 26 fantasy points over his last three games, and the price is right, as they say. Just $12 on Yahoo, $4900 on DK, and $5000 on FD, Millsap offers a high floor for cash game lineups.
Lou Williams (G – LAC) With Paul George out, Williams is an affordable guard with upside in this great matchup with the Timberwolves. Minnesota is a Top 10 matchup for guards, second-best overall. He put up 31 fantasy points against them earlier in the season, and is coming off a nearly 40-fantasy point game despite only making one of his five three-point attempts. His salary ($5500 DK, $5800 FD, $14 Yahoo) is hard to resist.