NBA DFS Plays Tuesday February 9

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Renee Miller
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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.

POINT GUARD

Damian Lillard – Portland (vs. Orlando) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $49

Lillard is my personal favorite, but you can pay up for any number of point guards tonight. I choose Lillard because this game is projected to be both high scoring and close, because Orlando ranks sixth in overall fantasy points allowed and in fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards, and Lillard is cheaper than Steph Curry on FanDuel and DraftKings. Lillard also ranks ninth in usage rate (31.5 percent), while playing more average minutes per game than anyone else in the Top 20 (36.1 MPG). I’m worried about a let-down game from Curry, and think if you’re struggling to find the salary for Lillard, De’Aaron Fox and Ben Simmons are going to be much lower rostered, but still very good, options.

Also Consider: Cole Anthony, Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons, Stephen Curry, De’Aaron Fox, Saben Lee, Kendrick Nunn

SHOOTING GUARD

Seth Curry – Philadelphia (at Sacramento) - DK: $4,200 / FD: $4,100 (SF) / Yahoo: $11

With my plans to spend as they are, I need to find some big savings (more on this below). Curry has seemingly not quite been himself since returning from COVID, but his last game, Saturday, showed signs of being back. After not scoring in two previous games (one he left early), Curry did make two three-pointers but more importantly, contributed a block and a steal. Those “hustle” stats are a good indicator of conditioning and drive, and though they aren’t the main fantasy reason to roster Curry, they bode well for his continued improvement. His salary is super low, and if he plays another 27 minutes in this incredible matchup with the Kings, it’s hard to imagine him not reaching value. Sacramento is the most generous overall fantasy matchup and the best for opposing shooting guards. Curry isn’t the only 76er I’m high on, but he is by far the cheapest.

Also Consider: James Harden, Eric Bledsoe, Gary Trent, Victor Oladipo, Tyler Herro, Dwayne Bacon, Svi Mykhailiuk

SMALL FORWARD

Harrison Barnes – Sacramento (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $25

Sticking with the same game, you could easily slot in Tobias Harris here, but saving substantially with Barnes suits my overall strategy better tonight. After a string of 40-plus fantasy point games, Barnes is coming off a 22-fantasy point dud vs. the Clippers, arguably the league’s best defensive team. Philadelphia is also very good defensively, but they do play at a fast pace, and turn the ball over at the third highest rate. As far as DvP, SF is their biggest weakness as they give up the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Barnes contributes in every category, giving him at least a 20ish point floor, and upside close to 50-plus.

Also Consider: Tobias Harris, Jerami Grant, Brandon Ingram, Kelly Oubre, Joe Harris, Josh Jackson, DeMar DeRozan

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POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson – New Orleans (vs. Houston) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $37

Whether Williamson remains in my lineups as the day goes on will be purely a function of the value that emerges. You can’t argue with the production, as Zion has become one of the most consistent players in the league. His salary has crept up, but he’s a basic lock for 40-plus fantasy points, a feat he accomplished in this matchup a couple weeks ago, I prefer him to more expensive Julius Randle or Jayson Tatum, but also may choose to spend on a second quality guard and roll with the Detroit, Portland or Houston value options at forward.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jae’Sean Tate, Blake Griffin, Robert Covington, Chuma Okeke

CENTER

Joel Embiid – Philadelphia (at Sacramento) - DK: $10,500 / FD: $10,600 / Yahoo: $49

Embiid is the most efficient player in the league, with a 31.4 PER and 32 percent usage rate. When he plays, he plays supreme basketball. He’s a priority to spend on tonight for his high floor and upside combination, in a game I already noted should be great for DFS. The Kings rank fourth against centers, representing the best matchup on the slate. I’m less thrilled with the cheaper options tonight, though if you have to drop to Nikola Vucevic or Rudy Gobert, I certainly don’t hate that. DeAndre Jordan has been very consistent in another high-scoring and fantasy-friendly game. Our NBA DFS Optimizer has Embiid with the highest projected score at center, but Jordan the best (or close to the best) point-per-dollar values.

Also Consider: Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan, Mason Plumlee, Jakob Poeltl, Rudy Gobert

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Jerami Grant (SF – DET), Josh Jackson and Saben Lee are all on my radar tonight as the Pistons could be fairly shorthanded against a scary-good Brooklyn offense. Fortunately for them, the Nets play fast and fantasy-friendly defense, allowing the seventh-most overall fantasy points while ranking just 25th in defensive efficiency. Grant had a bit of a slump and that caused his salary to drop some, which is welcome, and he looks to be past it coming off a complete, 53-fantasy point effort vs. the Lakers. Lee could start (watch this news!) with Derrick Rose traded and Delon Wright questionable. If so, he becomes the key to the slate with his minimum salary on all three sites.

De’Aaron Fox (PG – SAC) is a polarizing NBA player, with some of us occasionally getting burned by his inconsistencies. I like him, personally, and he’s never rostered at a high percent, making him a good tournament play. As you know, I love this game, with the 76ers only 4.5-point favorites in Sacramento tonight. The fast pace and high turnover rate should benefit Fox most of all the Kings, and I think we could see him with back-to-back 50-plus games.

Chuma Okeke (PF – ORL) is a risk/reward play that also helps fit the extra star, like Fox, that you might want tonight. Okeke, a former first-round pick, is expected to continue to ramp up from a knee injury and potentially fill in for Aaron Gordon in the frontcourt. So far, he’s up to 22 MPG on Saturday, a game in which he notched two blocks and a steal as part of an 18-fantasy point effort. For minimum or near minimum salary ($3500 DK $4000 FD, $10 Yahoo), the upward trajectory that might put him around 24 fantasy points in a good matchup tonight is worth the risk if it helps you stack your lineup elsewhere.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Charlotte
+220+5.5O 236.5
Portland
-278-5.5U 236.5