Last night’s NBA DFS picks didn’t really do me any favors. I had a few decent picks, but I didn’t have Kemba Walker or Joel Embiid and those two of course went absolutely nuts again.
Tonight slows things down considerably in the NBA, as you get just four games to work with. It’s a small slate and you’re going to need a borderline perfect squad to cash, but here’s my try at a GPP winner over at FanDuel, regardless:
PG: Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers ($9.6k)
It’s Thrillard or John Wall up top. I think they’re pretty much the same DFS player right now, but I’ll take the guy who isn’t being covered by Patrick Beverley or shouting at his coaches and teammates. Lillard has a good matchup against the Knicks and stars are always at risk of having huge performances at the Madison Square Garden.
I actually think the Knicks cover their +8 point spread tonight, too, so hopefully we get a full game out of Dame tonight.
PG: Delon Wright – Toronto Raptors ($3.8k)
Kyle Lowry is set up to be a game time call tonight, which will prompt a lot of people to use Fred VanVleet. That’s a chalky play, but Wright would also be getting some run and saves you $800. He could simply see the floor if Lowry sits, or he could have an expanded role in the event of a blowout.
Either way, you can assume some risk thanks to your lowest score being dropped at FanDuel. I see little reason to hope FVV isn’t a failure and will just use Wright instead. Just make sure Lowry actually sits before locking him into your NBA DFS lineups tonight.
SG: Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards ($8.2k)
The Wizards are a mess right now, but I’ll still use Beal in what should be a fast-paced showdown with the Clippers. L.A. could be a bit tired after playing last night, but this game still figures to be a fantastic NBA DFS environment and Beal is arguably the top shooting guard on this small four-game slate.
C.J. McCollum is a cheap pivot if you want to drop down a bit, but I like Beal to have a big game tonight.
SG: Wayne Ellington – Miami Heat ($4.2k)
Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson are both out tonight, so there will be minutes to be had for Miami perimeter players. That puts a lot of guys in play, but Ellington is the cheapest of the Miami wing players you’ll be considering and he saw 38 minutes in his last game. He’s also saving me cash at a pretty weak position.
Rodney McGruder, Dwyane Wade and the aforementioned McCollum are also viable options at this second SG slot.
SF: Kawhi Leonard – Toronto Raptors ($10k)
Kawhi is the top stud tonight and since he’s not much more expensive than someone a little more volatile like John Wall (who I’m fading), I don’t mind paying up a few extra bucks to get him. There isn’t another SF option that touches either his floor or ceiling and a date with the Magic certainly is appealing.
You can create a more balanced daily fantasy basketball lineup without him, but I don’t see the need to fade him.
SF: Justise Winslow – Miami Heat ($5k)
I’ll be trying to save at the other small forward spot and I don’t see why I can’t do that with Winslow. He should earn minutes with two ball-handlers out and his ability to run the offense and play up to four positions could get him a lot of run tonight. He’s too cheap given his upside in the event he ends up playing 30+ minutes – which he totally should.
He’s also facing the Nets, so while I always loathe using Miami players, the matchup is good for them and they’re also at home.
PF: Al-Farouq Aminu – Portland Trail Blazers ($5.5k)
AFA gives me cheap exposure to one of the best DFS games of the night and he doesn’t cost much. I would love to get to Tobias Harris and/or Aaron Gordon, but you can’t roster everyone. AFA gets solid run and is capable of filling it up in every statistical category. He lacks elite upside, but he’s notched 21+ fantasy points in five straight games. I think he can get you 30-35 tonight.
PF: Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors ($6.9k)
Serge Ibaka is also in play here, as the Raptors have a solid matchup against the Magic in Orlando. Kyle Lowry being out would solidify both of these guys as elite options for me, as they’d be needed to score more. Siakam does so much and has been so reliable, putting up 27+ fantasy points in each of his last eight contests.
C: Enes Kanter – New York Knicks ($6.5k)
I value three centers over Kanter tonight, but he’s just too cheap to bypass. Kanter doesn’t always start, but he wrecked in his last game and has tons of upside. He’s also a per-minute fiend, so if the Knicks actually keep him on the floor you know he’s going to rack up fantasy stats.
Kanter also has a huge usage and if he somehow starts tonight I’d be even more interested. Jusuf Nurkic is a fine pivot at just $1.5k more, but Kanter saves me cash and might be the best center at the end of the night, regardless.
I’m stacking Kawhi/Dame/Beal/Kanter tonight and working my way from there. Wall, Gordon, Vucevic, Harris and Whiteside are all worth biting on, but I feel like I can match or exceed their production by using guys who are cheaper and probably better.
Use this lineup as it stands or pick your spots. Either way, I wish you luck tonight in your NBA DFS contests. Enjoy the games!