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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 7-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Delon Wright – Sacramento (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $12
This is a game DFSers love. Both teams play at a fast pace, while ranking in the bottom five in defensive efficiency. Both are also Top 10 in overall fantasy points allowed, with the Thunder ranking fifth in fantasy points to opposing point guards and second to shooting guards. Wright plays either guard position and with both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton out, he’s getting 30-plus MPG. He’s been returning about 6X value in his last two games, but in this one, we could see a massive fantasy boost. You can pair him with one of the expensive guard options easily and use him in any lineups tonight.
Malik Monk – Charlotte (at Detroit) - DK: $4,300 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $13
The Hornets are modest favorites on the road against a Pistons team that has been resting everyone lately. It looks like a classic tanking strategy, so I’m considering all of the Detroit players that have been ‘resting’ to continue doing so tonight. That makes this a much more fantasy-friendly environment as the Pistons are starting several rookies and other young guys. Monk has been back in the rotation for just two games, but he is a player I expect to see trending up. Devonte’ Graham is out tonight, and Monk has already gotten up to 27 minutes on Sunday. This should be a solid value play that enables you to have some flexibility in the stars you surround him with.
Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (vs. Brooklyn) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $33
Middleton is coming off a great effort – a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double with six assists and two steals – against the Nets, and with Giannis Antetokounmpo back. This game should be the one to watch tonight, with a 241.5-point over/under and the Bucks being just two-point favorites at home. That line may change if the Nets decide to rest any key players on their back-to-back, but as it stands now, this is a great spot from which to draw your stars. Middleton is fairly priced for his production and is always a solid cash-game play. In this matchup, consider him for tournaments too.
Marvin Bagley – Sacramento (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $20
In his first two games back from yet another extended injury, Bagley doubled his output from 20 fantasy points to 40 fantasy points. While I don’t think he doubles up again, I’m perfectly happy with 40 fantasy points for this salary. Bagley scored 26 real points on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, turning the ball over less and taking seven more shots than he did in his return debut. Tonight’s matchup, as noted above, is a great one, with all the game scripts spelling fantasy success. Bagley is a guy I’m rooting for to finish the season strong, perhaps continuing with a solid double-double tonight.
Bam Adebayo – Miami (vs. Dallas) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $34
The center position isn’t very stocked tonight, with most guys having some question marks as to their consistency or matchup. Adebayo stands out as the optimal cash game play based on his absolute robotic consistency (about 40-45 fantasy points per game). He’s got a three-game double-double streak going, including one with assists (!). This game isn’t a super flashy one, with both teams playing at slower pace and ranking in the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed. However, the Heat are favored in what should be a competitive game, and the Mavericks are likely to be shorthanded in the frontcourt again tonight. Adebayo should come through with his standard high-floor effort.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF – MIL) is averaging 70 fantasy points per game against Brooklyn this season, after Sunday’s 49-point effort propelled him to a total of 74 fantasy points. He’s one of the reasons I’m skimping a bit on guards. But…that depends on whether it looks like the Nets will rest one or both of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving tonight. Sunday’s game was a close one, and this one is projected to be as well, but that could change. Spending up on Giannis is a much harder decision if he doesn’t have someone of Durant’s caliber spurring him on to greatness, which is why he's down in this section of the article.
LaMelo Ball (PG – CHA) is really only a great FanDuel play, where his salary is a mere $6200. He’s going to cost you a much higher percentage of your salary budget on DraftKings ($7100) or Yahoo ($32). Despite five turnovers in each of his first two games back, Ball has played 28-30 minutes and turned out 35-38 fantasy points in them with full stat sheets in both. He’s playing like he wants that ROY bid, and a sweet matchup with the Pistons should be an easy opportunity to continue making his case.
Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart (F – DET) You know the drill by now; use the forwards facing Charlotte. The Hornets rank first in fantasy points to SF and second to PF. Both Bey ($20 Yahoo, $6200 FD, $6000 DK) and Stewart should be on your short list for this slate, given what they’ve been doing lately. Detroit is letting the rookies play, and they are ballin’. Stewart wasn’t amazing in this matchup last week, but he has averaged three blocks per game over the last couple weeks and has demonstrated his upside enough for me to trust him. Bey was amazing, and in fact has back-to-back 40-plus fantasy point games. I’m thinking Bey in cash games, and either or both in GPPs.