NBA DFS Plays: Monday 1/11

Spencer Limbach
·4 min read

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

POINT GUARD

Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana (at Sacramento) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $37

You could make an argument for Trae Young at PG, but I’m taking a wait-and-see approach while he’s working through a wrist injury. Brogdon is slightly cheaper as a better cash game alternative. The Indiana PG has notched 52+ FP in three of his past four outings, and there’s a good chance he’ll reach that threshold tonight. The matchup looks good, as Sacramento ranks ninth in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Brogdon is seeing a ton of minutes lately, and the ability to produce in every category really enhances his floor/upside combination.

Also Consider: LaMelo Ball, Isaiah Joe

SHOOTING GUARD

Bradley Beal - Washington (vs. Phoenix) - DK: $9,900 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $43

Russell Westbrook is out tonight, and Thomas Bryant is likely done for the season after suffering a torn ACL. That means Bradley Beal should soak up as much usage as he can handle for the Wizards. The matchup vs. Phoenix doesn’t look great on paper, as the Suns rank first in defensive efficiency to backcourts and 29th in pace to begin the season. However, Beal’s insane usage rate should offset that concern (and then some). There’s enough value to lock him in tonight, and I highly recommend that strategy.

Also Consider: Tyrese Maxey, Dakota Mathias

SMALL FORWARD

Danny Green - Philadelphia (at Atlanta) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $11

Philadelphia will be shorthanded once again, as Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and others will not play. Joel Embiid is probable to return, so he’ll be able to give the team a boost. However, the backcourt still needs bodies to play heavy minutes. That’s where Green, Tyrese Maxey, and Isaiah Joe come in - listed in order of DFS preference. You could (and probably should) legitimately play all three of these guys in DFS. They are still too cheap when considering the expected role of 36+ starter minutes. Green turned in 28 FP through 36 minutes on Saturday, and he should come close to that tonight.

Also Consider: De’Andre Hunter, Rui Hachimura

POWER FORWARD

Julius Randle - New York (at Charlotte) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $43

There’s enough value in this slate to load up on expensive options then round things out with value fillers (more on that later). Randle joins Brogdon, Beal, and Embiid as one of the preferred top plays of this slate. Julius has been rolling with a sweet 51 FPPG average over his last four, and this is arguably his best matchup of the young season. Charlotte ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to power forward so far, meaning Randle’s upside could be on full display yet again.

Also Consider: Domantas Sabonis, James Johnson, Mike Scott

CENTER

Joel Embiid - Philadelphia (at Atlanta) - DK: $9,800 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $48

As mentioned earlier, Embiid is probable to return tonight. He’ll take the court with a bunch of backups, which should raise his already-robust usage rate to new heights. Simply put, the expected increased workload is not baked into his current salary on all DFS sites. This makes him a building block in cash games and risky fade in tournaments.

Also Consider: Nikola Vucevic

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Tyrese Maxey (SG - PHI), Isaiah Joe (PG - PHI), Mike Scott (PF - PHI), and Dakota Mathias (SG - PHI) join Green as legitimate DFS bargains while filling in for the shorthanded Sixers. Maxey, Green, and Joe are the best plays of that group, while Scott profiles better on DraftKings than the other two sites.

James Johnson (PF - DAL) is another interesting value option if Kristaps Porzingis and/or Maxi Kleber (both questionable) are out. He stepped up for 30 FP in 26 minutes against the Magic on Saturday, and we know Johnson can stuff the stat-sheet on a regular basis if he’s given that much playing time.

UPDATE: The Mavs-Pelicans game has been postponed.

Cam Reddish (SF - ATL) is a sneaky-good bargain filler for the short-handed Hawks. Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Rajon Rondo are out while Trae Young is playing through a wrist injury. That situation helped Reddish come through with 38 FP in 33 minutes Saturday at Charlotte. He’s an inconsistent DFS producer, but Reddish is someone to keep an eye on with a potentially heightened role.

Cedi Osman (PF - CLE) had a terrible shooting night while putting up just 13 fantasy points at Milwaukee on Saturday. Keep in mind that he was averaging 35 FPPG in three games prior to that. The Cavs will need Osman to keep logging heavy minutes with a respectable role, as Kevin Love, Darius Garland, and Dante Exum are still out. Collin Sexton is questionable too.