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NBA DFS Plays: Tuesday, Dec. 28

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

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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 eight-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.


Stephen Curry - Golden State (vs. Denver) - DK: $11,500 / FD: $10,400 / Yahoo: $45

It’s still early, but Curry is leading the way in the MVP discussion. His performances over the past week have been in line with that sentiment, hitting 58+ fantasy points in two straight. The Warriors are still short-handed tonight, meaning Curry will need to hoist plenty of shots to keep them in the game. Facing a Denver team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to point guards should help him along too.

Also Consider: Darius Garland, Jaylen Nowell

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Will Barton - Denver (at Golden State) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $20

Barton finds himself on the other side of this Denver-Golden State matchup. The salary is attainable on all three DFS sites, and I don’t mind the Nuggets’ wing as a strong mid-range play. There’s a chance Barton will see more minutes and opportunities with Aaron Gordon questionable, which he has used to average 30 fantasy points and 33 minutes in the last two games.

Also Consider: Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Beasley


Jimmy Butler - Miami (vs. Washington) - DK: $9,300 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $44

Butler is semi-expensive, but he should be worth every penny tonight. On top of that, there’s more than enough value to comfortably roster a guy like Butler alongside Curry and others. Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry are out for Miami, meaning the offense will undoubtedly run through Butler even more than usual. Butler came through with 45 FP in his first game back on Sunday, and that’s a fine expectation against the Wizards tonight.

Also Consider: LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins


Julius Randle - New York (at Minnesota) - DK: $10,500 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $37

Minnesota’s regular starting five is still out, so the Knicks are taking on a bunch of backups and G-League call ups. The Wolves already rank 27th in rebound rate and 28th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts, and the injuries won’t help. Randle could absolutely clean up in this game, and his floor/ceiling potential undoubtedly rises in this well-aligned draw. He’s one of my favorite picks of this slate.

Also Consider: Kristaps Porzingis, Christian Wood


Omer Yurtseven - Miami (vs. Washington) - DK: $4,800 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $12

It’s tough to decide between Yurtseven and Nathan Knight as a value big man tonight. I’m recommending looking towards both in the same lineup on all three sites. Adebayo is out for Miami, and Yurtseven has stepped up with 32+ fantasy points in two of his last three games. He’ll take on a banged-up Washington frontcourt that already ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers.

Also Consider: Nathan Knight


Nathan Knight (C - MIN) was listed as a top pick last night, and he came through with 43 fantasy points in 29 minutes. The Wolves will need him to hold down the frontcourt once again with Karl-Anthony Towns, Naz Reid, Jared Vanderbilt, and others out. Will Knight replicate that 43 FP outing in a tougher matchup with the Knicks? Probably not, but he’s still a very plausible value candidate while seeing around 30 minutes.

Jaylen Nowell (PG - MIN) turned into the featured playmaker last night for Minnesota, as he’s forced to absorb playing time and usage with D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Towns, and others out. That led to 43 FP in 34 minutes for the Washington product. Similar to Knight, it’s hard to believe Nowell will get back to that mark. However, he’s a three-level playmaker with forced usage who should pay off his salary.

Herbert Jones (PF - NO) isn’t as good of a value as Knight or Nowell, but he’s still a decent choice while seeing starter minutes for the Pelicans. His fantasy production has been up-and-down in that role, but it’s nice to see him hit 30+ FP in two of his last four. I’ll keep my eye on Jones as a bargain filler or tournament diversifier while seeing quality playing time.