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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 five-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $32
Fox’s fantasy production has been all over the map this season. That has kept his salary at a somewhat attainable level relative to his upside. I believe we’ll see Fox at his best tonight against the Lakers, who rank dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards. Fox went for 52 fantasy points in 52 minutes (thanks to 3 OT) against the Lakers last week. He has posted four games of 49+ FP in the last three weeks, and this is a situation where he could reach that upside yet again.
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Malik Monk - LA Lakers (at Sacramento) - DK: $4,200 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $10
Monk is coming off a rough game where he only saw 22 minutes, but the door could be open to seeing more playing time tonight. LeBron James and Avery Bradley are both questionable tonight, and an absence from either would boost Monk’s minutes. Monk is still cheap despite hitting 29+ fantasy points in three of his last four, and the matchup looks great against a Sacramento team that ranks last in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Scottie Barnes - Toronto (vs. Memphis) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,700 / Yahoo: $26
Barnes makes for a pleasant mid-range pick on this slate. He has carved out a solid role for the Raptors, leading to 37+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. I believe that’s a respectable baseline in this matchup with the Grizzlies, who rank 28th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Go ahead and play Barnes with plenty of confidence in this five-game slate.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis (at Toronto) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,500 / Yahoo: $27
Let’s look to the other side of this same matchup where Jackson stands in with another comfortable mid-range salary. Even though his playing time has been modest around the 25 minute mark, Jackson has come through with 37+ fantasy points in three of his last six. In other words, he can be extremely efficient, and there’s profit potential if his minutes somehow trend up towards 30. The matchup looks appealing, as Toronto ranks in the bottom ten to defensive efficiency against power forwards and centers.
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland (vs. Detroit) - DK: $6,300 / FD: $6,700 / Yahoo: $25
Nurkic has a wide range of fantasy outcomes. Case in point: he went from 23 to 56 FP in back-to-back games last week. I believe this is a spot where we’ll see Nurkic’s good side, as his opponent (Detroit) is hobbled up front. The Pistons rank 24th in defensive efficiency to centers and dead last in rebound rate. That creates a perfect environment for Nurkic to come through with one of his 40-50 FP outings.
Also Consider: Alex Len (if Holmes out)
Saddiq Bey (SF - DET) is another cool bargain choice to round out your lineup. He’s seeing 32-35 minutes regularly while playing against a Portland team that ranks last in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Talen Horton-Tucker (SF - LAL) should be added to your list of cash game bargains if LeBron James (questionable) is ruled out. Over the last three games with James out of the lineup, Horton-Tucker topped 40 fantasy points in two of them.
Alex Len (C - SAC) is another potential bargain if Richaun Holmes is sidelined. Len is a risk/reward play, but he earned a few starts in place of Holmes, most notably scoring 24 fantasy points against the Lakers last week. The Kings will need him to counter Anthony Davis, and he could hit value as long as he stays out of foul trouble.