NBA DFS Plays: Monday, Jan. 17

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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 Monday’s six-game main slate starting at 6:00 ET.


Derrick White - San Antonio (vs. Phoenix) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $7,100 / Yahoo: $28

The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but I believe that White is too cheap across the board. The San Antonio guard returned from a five-game absence on Saturday to produce 39 fantasy points in 25 minutes. We can expect his playing time to increase moving forward, which will certainly help his floor/ceiling fantasy combination. White has flexed upside all season, and now is the time to buy low.

Also Consider: Luka Doncic, Anfernee Simons

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Donovan Mitchell - Utah (at LA Lakers) - DK: $9,000 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $37

Mitchell is one of the better fantasy picks of the night. He’s going up against a Lakers team that ranks first in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Mitchell has notched 43+ fantasy points in six of his last eight games, and four of those crossed the 47 FP threshold. It’s safe to project him in that range tonight.

Also Consider: Khris Middleton, Caleb Martin


Jimmy Butler - Miami (vs. Toronto) - DK: $8,900 / FD: $9,100 / Yahoo: $41

Butler is back in the lineup for Miami, and it doesn’t seem like he’s gathered any rust while missing plenty of time since the start of December. He came through with 49 fantasy points against the Hawks on Friday, and Butler will look to replicate that against a middle-of-the-pack Toronto defense. In other words, Butler could realistically post a similar fantasy score to LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo at a fraction of the salary.

Also Consider: LeBron James, Keldon Johnson


Precious Achiuwa - Toronto (at Miami) - DK: $3,900 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $12

We’ve covered several expensive plays in this article, so it’s time to highlight a few bargains to make those top options work. Achiuwa fits the mold, especially considering that he saw 39 minutes with 39 fantasy points at Milwaukee on Saturday. While Achiuwa probably won’t come away with similar numbers this time around, he’s still a strong fantasy bargain playing meaningful minutes against a banged-up Miami frontcourt.

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Keldon Johnson


JaVale McGee - Phoenix (at San Antonio) - DK: $3,700 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $13

McGee is a trick risk/reward DFS option. He only sees around 15-17 minutes per night, relying on excellent efficiency to post value. McGee could see more playing time if Deandre Ayton (questionable) is out tonight. That would make him a solid bargain through all formats. Even if Ayton plays, McGee will generate some fantasy buzz against a San Antonio team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers.

Also Consider: Jakob Poeltl


Keldon Johnson (PF - SA) is averaging 26 FPPG this season, and he has hovered around that mark in three straight games. That output isn’t too exciting, but it represents stable value for a guy seeing 30-33 minutes per contest.

Anfernee Simons (PG - POR) probably won’t have as much usage as he’s grown accustomed to, as CJ McCollum is back for Portland tonight. Still, Damian Lillard is out, and McCollum probably isn’t ready for heavy minutes. Simons could still be a legitimate DFS choice while leading the Blazers backcourt.