NBA DFS Plays: Monday 12/28

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Spencer Limbach
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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 Monday’s five-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Kyrie Irving - Brooklyn (vs. Memphis) - DK: $9,000 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $45

Irving looks good to begin the season, most notably hitting 58 fantasy points at Boston on Christmas Day. He could flirt with that type of upside tonight, as this is a high-scoring matchup (233 over/under) against the Grizzlies. Memphis ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts and seventh in pace last season. That sets the table for Kyrie to feast, especially if Kevin Durant (questionable) is resting tonight. I like Irving regardless of Durant’s status, but he would become an undeniable building block if KD is out.

Also Consider: Trae Young, Killian Hayes

SHOOTING GUARD

Delon Wright - Detroit (at Atlanta) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $4,200 / Yahoo: $11

Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin are out tonight, creating some nice value situations for other Detroit players. Delon Wright is one of them, as he should pick up more opportunities to go along with his secure minutes in the Pistons’ backcourt. He’s cheap and facing an up-tempo Atlanta team that ranked 26th in defensive efficiency to guards last season doesn’t hurt. Consider Wright a solid bargain choice through all formats on all sites.

Also Consider: James Harden, Dillon Brooks

SMALL FORWARD

Michael Porter Jr. - Denver (vs. Houston) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $5,900 / Yahoo: $25

Porter is still too cheap on all DFS sites. Sure, he has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, exemplified by hitting 46 and 23 FP in the first two games of the season. His non-imposing mid-range salary helps negate that risk. He’s in a fantastic matchup tonight as well, facing a shorthanded Houston team that ranked bottom ten in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts last season. Porter fell victim to a blowout last Friday, but we are expecting him to get closer to his 46 FP debut in tonight’s confident draw. Go ahead and roster him with conviction.

Also Consider: Caris LeVert (better if Durant out), Danuel House (value filler)

POWER FORWARD

Christian Wood - Houston (at Denver) - DK: $7,200 / FD: $8,100 / Yahoo: $34

DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Gordon, and others will continue to miss time for the Rockets. That leaves Christian Wood to keep soaking up usage alongside James Harden. Wood turned that expanded role into 51 fantasy points (43 minutes) at Portland on Saturday. The Rockets will continue to lean on him in the frontcourt, and Wood is in an excellent position to keep delivering. There’s enough value to comfortably roster him through all formats, and I highly recommend that approach.

Also Consider: John Collins, Kyle Kuzma (better if LeBron or A.Davis out)

CENTER

Mason Plumlee - Detroit (at Atlanta) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $16

As mentioned earlier, Detroit has several legitimate value plays on this slate. Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are resting tonight, and Jahlil Okafor is questionable. Plumlee should see more minutes in the Pistons’ frontcourt, and his upside would really open up if Okafor is out. Plumlee makes for a strong bargain either way, as he should see starter minutes in a friendly matchup at Altanta.

Also Consider: Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Jokic

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Kyle Kuzma (PF - LAL) is someone to keep an eye on tonight. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both questionable for tonight’s game. If either of them (or both) sit out, then Kuzma becomes a no-brainer through all formats. He was aggressive while starting last night against the Wolves (36 FP), and that should spill into tonight’s date with the Blazers.

Killian Hayes (PG - DET) hasn’t found his shot in Detroit’s first two games, but he’ll have an opportunity to step up tonight. Hayes is listed near-minimum salary on all DFS sites, and the rookie is poised for solid value tonight. He should see somewhere around 30 minutes with more opportunities considering Griffin and Rose are out.

Caris LeVert (SF - BKN) would obviously benefit if Kevin Durant (questionable) rests tonight. LeVert is already looking at a potential boost with Spencer Dinwiddie done for the season, but Durant’s absence would make him an excellent DFS streamer through all formats.

Are you looking for a dirt-cheap filler to round out your lineup? Josh Jackson (PF - DET) could be your guy. He stepped up with 30 FP in 28 minutes in the season-opener before coming back down with 20 FP in 18 minutes last game. Jackson could finish closer to the former tonight, especially if he absorbs more offensive responsibilities for the shorthanded Pistons. He should see around 25 minutes with upside around 30 if he’s playing well.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Brooklyn
-250-6.5O 223.5
Cleveland
+200+6.5U 223.5