The 2019 Pro Bowl was an utter disaster in every regard and that was especially true when it came to nailing NFL DFS picks. We have one more week of daily fantasy football to look forward to, but before you know it we’ll be swept up largely in NBA and MLB DFS.
It’s back to the grind for the daily fantasy basketball scene on Monday, as FanDuel pushes out a nice five-game slate. You can go a few different routes tonight, but take a look at my personal favorite NBA DFS lineup before finalizing your squad:
PG: Trey Burke – New York Knicks ($4.5k)
Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina will both be sidelined tonight, which opens up major minutes for Burke and Allonzo Trier, among others. Burke has been scoring the ball well lately and has also fared well on the road this year.
I’d expect the Hornets to house the Knicks at home, but Kemba Walker is banged up and might not play. Either way, the injuries in New York make Burke an elite value play tonight.
Tony Parker and Patrick Beverley are two additional pivot plays to look at in the event Walker sits.
PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($9.6k)
Kyrie Irving has been going ham lately but he’s a bit too pricey for my liking. I can save nearly $1k by dropping down to Curry, who could actually be somewhat contrarian due to a very mediocre run recently by his standards.
Curry doesn’t have a great matchup on paper, either, but he’s the cheapest we’ve seen him in a while and he always has upside as a scorer. I really don’t hate the idea of cutting costs at point guard tonight, but if there’s a chance Curry comes in at low ownership I want him.
You can also pay up for Irving or Walker, should Kemba suit up.
SG: Lou Williams – Los Angeles Clippers ($7.1k)
Sweet Lou has been wrecking for the Clips lately and as long as Danilo Gallinari remains sidelined, there’s a good chance that continues.
He’s on fire and still arguably too cheap for the floor/ceiling he has to offer, plus he’s at home against the Hawks. Yeah, I’m down for Sweet Lou tonight.
SG: Malik Monk – Charlotte Hornets ($3.7k)
D’Angelo Russell is the top shooting guard on this slate, but he’s expensive and playing in Boston, so I probably won’t be going there. I don’t really see SG as a priority spot beyond Williams, either, so I’ll try to pay down as much as I can at the second slot.
Allonzo Trier ($5.3k) would be really tempting if he were cheaper, but I think you can get away with either Monk (if Kemba sits) or New York’s Demyean Dotson. These guys could both benefit greatly from injuries tonight, so keep them on your radar as true punt plays (and low score candidates).
SF: Will Barton – Denver Nuggets ($6.3k)
Jamal Murray remains out tonight, so Denver should turn to Barton to run the offense some more. He’s a fantastic scorer and brings solid safety and upside to the table every time he hits the floor.
A date with the Grizzlies is not ideal, but he’s too cheap given his current role and how easily he can blow up.
SF: Tobias Harris – Los Angeles Clippers ($7.8k)
The logical spot to attack tonight is the Clippers against the Hawks and I’ll try to differentiate my roster in other ways. That started with Sweet Lou and I’ll keep it going with Tobias Harris.
These L.A. guys are seeing more work with Danilo Gallinari hurt and Harris is probably still too cheap given his upside in this role. He’s a great pivot off of Kevin Durant, who I also like but won’t be forcing on this slate.
PF: Montrezl Harrell – Los Angeles Clippers ($7k)
Another Clips play to consider locking in is Trez, who smashed (55 fantasy points) the last time he battled the Hawks. His run isn’t always reliable, but he should be needed with John Collins on the other side.
Gallo’s absence also pretty much solidifies minutes for Harrell, plus he’s easily the Clips’ best big man these days. All things considered, he’s likely an elite value and a great pivot off of Collins at a fairly weak PF position.
PF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($6.5k)
I don’t mind paying up for Collins on this slate, but I don’t feel the need to. He hasn’t been consistently elite lately and someone like Tatum could get me nice value.
Tatum saves you $1.8k as quite the fine pivot, especially since he’ll have a strong matchup at home against the Nets. He’s crushed Brooklyn (25 actual points per game) in two meetings thus far, so hopefully he can stay hot in this one.
C: DeMarcus Cousins – Golden State Warriors ($7.2k)
Nikola Jokic is the top center tonight and perhaps the best overall play. Unfortunately, he’s crazy expensive and does not have a fun matchup on the road against the Grizzlies. Memphis can slow game play down, but battling Marc Gasol in the paint also isn’t a ton of fun.
This could all help The Joker be an elite contrarian play, but I’m not particularly interested in rolling those dice. Instead, I’ll continue using Boogie, who is still too cheap given his nice floor and upside. His minutes remain capped below 30, but if he can get 24+ he’s still a great play.
I’m staying balanced for the most part tonight, with the big fades being Irving, Kemba, KD, Collins and Jokic. I honestly like them all for the most part, but two are over-priced and Jokic doesn’t have a fun matchup.
A few of them are also in situations with blowout risk, so across the board, they really don’t feel like scary fades.
This slate doesn’t have an auto-play like Russell Westbrook or James Harden, so I think there could be a few different paths to success. The above NBA DFS lineup is mine, so pick your spots as you need to or use this squad as it stands. Good luck and enjoy the games!