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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 7:30 ET.
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Brogdon appears to be fully recovered from his groin injury as he played 39 minutes and nearly triple-doubled on Sunday. This game, like that one, is expected to be both high scoring and close – best game of the slate – with the Clippers lacking key defensive weapon, Kawhi Leonard. The Pacers are on a little two-game winning streak as they start thinking about making the playoffs. Brogdon’s good play is the key to that goal, and although his numbers weren’t great the first time these teams met, he’s rarely going to hurt your lineups. Relative to the higher priced options, I prefer Brogdon’s similar floor and equal upside, even in a tough on-paper PG matchup.
Donovan Mitchell – Utah (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,200 / Yahoo: $42
The biggest reason people won’t roster Mitchell tonight isn’t price, it’s the risk of a blowout (the Jazz are favored by 17 points). Yet the Jazz are on the second half of a back-to-back tonight and haven’t been winning all of their “easy” blowouts (look at recent losses to Washington and Dallas). More importantly, Mitchell has scored almost exactly 57 fantasy points in each of the Jazz’ last four games – two of them blowout wins, two of them close losses. He’s hot as can be right now, and on a slate with tons of value, I’m not fading him in a great matchup with the Thunder.
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Nicolas Batum – LA Clippers (at Indiana) - DK: $4,500 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $11 (PF)
Batum is a veteran player that puts up stats in every category. He’s disappeared behind Paul George and Leonard, but with Leonard now missing some games, he’s emerged as a viable DFS option. In the past three games, Batum has played at least 27 minutes, and in the last two, he has converted that opportunity into about 30 fantasy points per game. He had three blocks boost his line vs. Detroit on Sunday, which I don’t think we should count on here, but with the Pacers missing their own block-o-matic Myles Turner, who knows? This is a plus matchup for the Clippers, given that Indiana plays at a much faster pace, and allows the 11th most overall fantasy points to opponents (sixth-most to forwards).
Darius Bazley – Oklahoma City (at UTA) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $19
Bazley returned to the Thunder just in time as they are still without Isaiah Roby and now Aleksej Pokusevski in the frontcourt. He played 35 minutes are put up a fantasy point for each (17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal). He was sloppy, committing nine(!) turnovers, but is still priced for a great return on value tonight. The good news, given the spread in this game, is that the Thunder don’t have a lot of people to turn to, so we can feel pretty safe about Bazley seeing 35-plus minutes again tonight.
Rudy Gobert – Utah (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $8,000 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $35
Gobert’s salary has dropped or at least not gone up in the wake of his recent decline. He’s averaged 29 fantasy points in his last two games (both fantasy-friendly matchups like this one) with few field goal attempts and poor free-throw shooting. He’s still double-doubling most nights (in five of seven games in April), but the magnitude is smaller and his DFS value then often lies in his ability to block shots or get steals. He’s going to bounce back to the 50-fantasy point range at some point, and my guess is that it’s tonight. The Thunder are simply no match for him in size or experience. Alternatively, you could take a chance on Clint Capela or Bam Adebayo in a big tournament, but I’m sticking with Gobert in cash games if I can (Ayton or Boucher if every dollar counts and I have to make a salary sacrifice).
Ivica Zubac (C – LAC) is the mid-range center option to consider. Drawing from this game I’ve mentioned several times already, Zubac should have an easier time with Turner continuing to miss time for the Pacers. He’s coming off a great game, a double-double with seven assists(!), which Leonard missed. Given that the Clippers are without Kawhi again tonight, Zubac is in very good position to take advantage of Indiana’s third-best center matchup, and he's priced as a very easy utility fit ($5200 DK, $18 Yahoo).
Brandon Goodwin (PG – ATL) scored 33 fantasy points with Trae Young out on Sunday. Should Young miss tonight’s game, Goodwin immediately takes on DFS priority as a near min-salary second PG or G. The Raptors offer a nice pace bump for Atlanta, and Toronto ranks near the bottom of the league in rebounding while giving up the 10th most overall fantasy points to opponents.
Marcus Morris/Markieff Morris (PF – LA) Both of the Morris brothers are in play at PF/F tonight. Both get good matchups and have taken advantage of higher usage opportunities with key stars injured on their respective teams. Marcus is coming off a really great game (over 40 fantasy points), but Markieff has played well over a longer stretch. In a GPP, I’m going with the cheaper Markieff Morris, but if Kyle Kuzma picks up more of the slack in his second game back, there is risk with him. I’d stick with Marcus Morris in cash games (he’s still very affordable across the board).
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