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NBA DFS Plays: Tuesday, Jan. 18

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Jeffrey Becker-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 two-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.


Cade Cunningham - Detroit (at Golden State) - DK: $7,500 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $26

Cunningham has been up-and-down over this recent stretch, but that’s to be expected for a young rookie. In fairness, he got ejected from Sunday’s game (wrongfully IMO) after 24 minutes, so that curbed his fantasy production. A fast-paced game against Stephen Curry and the Warriors could get him back on track tonight. Cunningham’s salary is acceptable, and I believe we’ll see his good side tonight.

Also Consider: Immanuel Quickley, Kemba Walker

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Anthony Edwards - Minnesota (at New York) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $8,100 / Yahoo: $32

Edwards is a flashy player who isn’t shy about getting his shots up. That should be the case with Minnesota traveling to New York’s Madison Square Garden. There’s an intangible quality to high-profile players stepping into MSG, and Edwards could be a little more aggressive while playing in the Big Apple. Regardless of that, he presents a viable upside scenario every time he takes the court, and that makes for a reasonable play through all formats on this two-game slate.

Also Consider: D’Angelo Russell, Hamidou Diallo


RJ Barrett - New York (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $25

Barrett is in an excellent spot tonight. The former Duke Blue Devil is seeing 40 minutes per contest lately, helping him achieve 39+ fantasy points in four straight. I believe he’ll top that mark while facing a Minnesota team that ranks fourth in pace and dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Don’t overthink it: Barrett is a fantastic play on tonight’s limited slate.

Also Consider: Otto Porter Jr., Saddiq Bey


Julius Randle - New York (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $3,900 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $12

Barrett is probably the top play of the night when considering his tolerable salary. Randle is right behind him while playing up in pace against Minnesota. The Wolves represent a dream matchup for Randle and company, as they rank 25th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts and 26th in rebound rate. Randle only came through with 33 fantasy points in his last meeting with Minnesota (Dec. 28), but I’m expecting a breakout performance in this rematch.

Also Consider: Trey Lyles, Jarred Vanderbilt


Mitchell Robinson - New York (at New York) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $20

Robinson was much better than Randle in the last matchup with Minnesota, as the New York center posted 42 fantasy points in 32 minutes. That makes sense, as the Wolves rank 27th in defensive efficiency to centers and 26th in rebound rate. Robinson has posted 39+ fantasy points in two of his last four games, and tonight’s matchup could push him over that threshold once again.

Also Consider: Kevon Looney


Immanuel Quickley (SG - NYK) is a viable bargain when considering the limitations of a two-game slate. There’s a boom-or-bust quality to him, but Quickley has achieved 24+ fantasy points in three of his last five games.

Trey Lyles (PF - DET) has really stepped up in Detroit’s frontcourt with a 31 FPPG mark over his last five games. Frankly, he has earned playing time of 25+ minutes moving forward, and there’s a good chance he gets it again tonight.

Kevon Looney (C - GSW) can be used alongside Robinson on sites with a utility feature. Similar to Robinson, Looney has an excellent matchup to bring out his upside. His opponent, Detroit, ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to centers and dead last in rebound rate.