NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 5/18

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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 slate starting at 6:30 ET.

Game overviews

Charlotte at Indiana: The Hornets won two of the three regular season games between these teams, though the Pacers are three-point favorites tonight. Both teams rank in the Top 10 in overall fantasy points allowed, although Charlotte is the lower ranked team when it comes to defensive efficiency. Finally, the Pacers play at the league’s fifth-fastest pace, which could be a bump for the Hornets’ fantasy outlook.

Washington at Boston: Boston won two of three regular season games between these two teams and are the small favorites in a game with a 232.5-point total. Boston gets all the on-paper advantages in this one, with the Wizards playing at the league’s fastest pace and allowing the fifth-most overall fantasy points. Boston is the better defensive team (not great), and it’s worth noting here that Russell Westbrook struggled against them all season (average 39 fantasy points per game).

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POINT GUARD

Kemba WalkerBoston Celtics (vs. Washington) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $29

As much as I love Westbrook, those numbers against Boston are concerning given his salary tonight. Boston is one of the worst guard matchups, while Washington is one of the best (second overall in fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards). Walker is well-rested for tonight and his injury management plan has yielded some nice fantasy lines when he does play. He’s beating his season average fantasy numbers by about six points when facing the Wizards. He’s an affordable compromise at this position and should net around 40-45 fantasy points.

Also Consider: LaMelo Ball, Malcolm Brogdon/T.J. McConnell

SHOOTING GUARD

Terry Rozier – Charlotte Hornets (at Indiana) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $31

I noted above that Indiana has a decent defensive efficiency ranking (11th), but they do give up the fourth-most overall fantasy points, and have several plus DvP matchups, including the shooting guard position. Rozier has been a constant in the Hornets lineup, playing around 40 MPG and returning anywhere from 30 to 50 or more fantasy points a game. He’s coming off an excellent effort in which he nearly triple-doubled vs. the Wizards. Again, he’s something of a compromise between the more expensive but not fully healthy Bradley Beal, or Caris LeVert and someone cheaper like Marcus Smart.

Also Consider: Caris LeVert, Marcus Smart

SMALL FORWARD

Evan Fournier – Boston Celtics (vs. Washington) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $7,100 / Yahoo: $21

Small forward is tricky as positional eligibility is different across the sites, but one guy you should be able to count on across the board is Fournier. He didn’t play a game last week due to a sore knee, but is off the injury report and should be ready to play a key role tonight. He’s a scoring machine, but can really boost his fantasy value when he goes for the blocks and steals. His DraftKings and Yahoo salaries stand out (how is he the same salary as Robert Williams on Yahoo??) as solid values tonight, whereas on FanDuel, I’m probably leaning toward the cheaper ($6800) Miles Bridges.

Also Consider: Miles Bridges, Rui Hachimura

POWER FORWARD

Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $10,300 / Yahoo: $50

Charlotte is the best forward matchup in the league (see also below), and Sabonis is officially questionable after returning for the last game of the regular season. He put up 25 points and 16 rebounds in that one, so I think he’s in good shape to play tonight. He’s the star of this Pacers frontcourt, and whether or not Malcolm Brogdon is playing, he should have plenty of opportunity to produce. The salary is high, but I think you need either him or Tatum tonight, and I’ll go with the best matchup in a tough decision.

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, PJ Washington

CENTER

Robert Williams Jr. – Boston Celtics (vs. Washington) - DK: $5,200 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $21

You can get around using Williams or Cody Zeller on DraftKings or Yahoo, which both have better positional eligibility, with Washington available at C on both sites, and Sabonis available there on DraftKings. On FanDuel, or if you need to save here, Williams is my wild-card pick. He’s due back tonight, and it’s obviously a great matchup for him, but how much rust will there be? His last full game was May 5, and turf toe can be a nagging injury. Plus, Tristan Thompson will be back for tonight’s game as well. This is a situation I’d much rather avoid if possible, but on FanDuel you pretty much have to choose one of the Boston guys or Cody Zeller. I know the Celtics want Williams to be the guy, so I’m rolling with him.

Also Consider: PJ Washington, Tristan Thompson, Cody Zeller

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Oshae Brissett (F – IND) is a player that DFS sites have a hard time pinning down. He’s SF on FanDuel, but PF/C on DraftKings and PF on Yahoo, so you have some flexibility if you deploy him tongiht. His usage is going to take a hit if Brogdon is back, with three stars on the court, but he’s proven that he can contribute and return good value on his low salary a number of times. He was spectacular in the last game of the regular season, hanging 31 points and 10 rebounds on the Raptors. Rather than someone I’m going to force into lineups, he’s more the kind of player I’m happy to roster if there is a good salary and positional fit.