NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 3/23

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

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POINT GUARD

James Harden – Brooklyn (at Portland) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $11,300 / Yahoo: $55

Yes, Harden is questionable, but with both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out tonight (and for the next three games), Harden should be expected to contribute on virtually every play of the game. It certainly helps the Nets’ cause that Portland is such a friendly matchup, as the Trail Blazers rank just 29th in defensive efficiency. This game has the highest point total of the night at 236.5 points. Watch the news on Harden, but I suspect he’ll be active and put up one of his DFS gems.

Also Consider: Jamal Murray, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook

Bargain options: Michael Carter-Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker (if Lonzo Ball is out)

SHOOTING GUARD

Devin Booker – Phoenix (at Miami) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $7,700 / Yahoo: $35

Booker is among the most solid options for the price tonight at SG. This game is shaping up to be more of a slow-paced defensive battle (both teams rank in the Top 6 in defensive efficiency and bottom six in pace) but a select few players can still produce good value. Booker has been stuffing the stat sheet every night, and the fact that Miami has been one of the most turnover-prone teams in the league all season long bodes well for him to extend his steal streak. If (when) salary becomes an issue, I am totally fine with dropping down to Immanuel Quickly (assuming his probable status holds) at SG, but Booker is my first choice all things considered.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins

Bargain Options: Evan Fournier, Joe Harris, Jordan Poole, Immanuel Quickly

SMALL FORWARD

RJ Barrett – NY Knicks (vs. Washington) - DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $26

I’m high on the Knicks tonight, as I’m high on everyone who plays Washington. The Wizards offer a tantalizing combination of the fastest pace of play in the league and worst defenses in the league (27th in defensive efficiency). The Knicks are small home favorites against the Wizards in what sportsbooks have as the second-highest point total of the night (226 points). Barrett has stepped up over the past month or so, and his playing time, which is creeping closer to 40 MPG lately, shows it. He’s a solid SF play that allows you to fit both Harden and Barrett’s teammate Julius Randle. If you have more salary cap to spend, Brandon Ingram should also be a great play tonight for the relatively low salary he’s at.

Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Michael Porter Jr., Jimmy Butler

Bargain Options: Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Will Barton

POWER FORWARD

Julius Randle – NY Knicks (vs. Washington) - DK: $9,900 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $46

High on the Knicks, yes, but Randle is in another class this year. He’s been so consistently good on both ends of the court that if the Knicks continue their pace to make a playoff run he should be in the MVP conversation. Randle is just one game removed from a triple-double with 17 assists, and the first time New York faced the Wizards, Randle posted a 24-point, 18-rebound line for 55 fantasy points.

Also Consider: Zion Williamson, Tobias Harris, Robert Covington

Bargain options: Juan Toscano-Anderson, Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder

CENTER

Montrezl Harrell – LA Lakers (at New Orleans) - DK: $6,800 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $27

I’m preferring to save a little bit at center tonight, despite the obvious appeal of the Nikola v. Nikola matchup. If Harden were to be ruled out, I would absolutely pivot to one of the top centers, but as I’m expecting him to play, I’ve settled on Harrell at center. Harrell is doing a nice job of picking up some of the slack created by LeBron James’ and Anthony Davis’ absences, at least from a fantasy perspective. He’s been right around 40 fantasy points per game since the All Star Break, minus one outlier against the Hornets, in which he still posted double-digit rebounds. He’s had two double-doubles in a row now, and will look to make it three against a Pelicans team that ranks just 28th in defensive efficiency.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo

Bargain Options: Nerlens Noel, Nicolas Claxton

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (G – NOP) is a salary saver on all three sites if Lonzo Ball sits out tonight. The Lakers still hold the best defensive rating in the league, but I don’t know how long that holds without both of their stars. NAW is coming off a solid effort with 20 points and a few notches in every other statistical category against the Nuggets. If Ball is out and you really need a minimum salary player, for tournaments only, you could consider Kira Lewis Jr. too. A couple weeks ago, he was the one getting the bench minutes and producing decently with them. Right now, it looks like Alexander-Walker is the Pelicans guard you want when Ball is out, though.

Cameron Johnson (F – PHX) is working his way back from an extended COVID absence and is still a somewhat risky play, but again if you are looking for someone with an okay floor and some upside for minimum price, Johnson seems fairly safe to return 15-20 fantasy points.

Jordan Poole (G – GSW) has seen his salary come up, but he has earned it. In three relatively “easy” matchups with Houston and Memphis, Poole has come away with between 34 and 42 fantasy points per game. Primarily a scorer, he has had at least one steal in each of the three games Steph Curry has missed, and made at least three three-pointers in each. He’s more of a player that I’m happy to see if the salary is right, but I’m not forcing him into lineups at the expense of my higher priority plays.