Last night’s NBA DFS picks offered a fantastic example as to why you need to keep up with player news until late in the day. Well after I submitted my picks, Kyrie Irving was ruled out for Monday’s slate and that made Terry Rozier and a slew of Celtics players elite values.
There were a couple of other lineup changes that could have impacted how you built your NBA DFS lineups as well. Hopefully you were able to make the right adjustments and got off a few of the plays I suggested that didn’t pan out.
After a small slate to start the new week, we’re still keeping things pretty chill with just seven games on the schedule for Tuesday night at FanDuel. Despite the relatively tame slate, you’ll have some tough decisions ahead of you with studs such as James Harden, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo all at your disposal.
Who should you roster and who do you fade? Let’s find out as I break down some of my favorite NBA DFS picks for tonight:
PG: Rajon Rondo – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.9k)
Injuries are handing Rondo all the run he can handle, as he’s topped 37 minutes in each of his first two games back from a hand injury.
Provided LeBron James is again out tonight – and maybe even if he did return – Rondo is a must in an up-tempo nationally televised showdown with the visiting 76ers.
PG: Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.5k)
Russell Westbrook and Ben Simmons are the top spends at point guard, but there are other spots to invest big money tonight. I will probably be paying down at this second PG slot and Sexton allows me to do that.
Sexton’s run has been a little shaky lately, but this Wizards matchup is one he’s feasted on (26 actual points per game across two meetings). He’s a good enough price to take a chance on him in tournaments tonight.
SG: Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets ($5.5k)
Normally I really only want Gordon if one/both of James Harden or Chris Paul are sidelined, but perhaps their presence keeps him contrarian. He doesn’t do much else beyond score the ball, but he’s a good price and a matchup with the Pelicans is about as good as it gets right now.
Gordon can always pop off as a scorer and he’s been decent enough (28 fantasy points per game) in this matchup. I’ll be pulling for 30-35 fantasy points out of him in this one.
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Los Angeles Lakers ($4.5k)
I’d admittedly prefer someone a little more reliable that also offers more upside, but it’s hard to bypass KCP’s run right now. This is a fast-paced NBA DFS environment and Caldwell-Pope is coming off of a nice 34-point fantasy outing.
KCP will be needed to help slow down Philly’s top guards and given all of the injuries to the Lake Show, he’ll be asked to shoot more than usual as well. He’s a fine value try tonight and gives you another piece of this crazy final game.
SF: Darius Miller – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.2k)
The Pels are dealing with a slew of injuries, with Nikola Mirotic, E’Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis all for sure out tonight. Miller is an elite value play based on run alone.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($11.4k)
You really need to pick your spots on this slate and spending big money on Russ and Harden aren’t where I want to invest my cash. Instead, I’ll pay for The Greek Freak, who has just as much upside when he’s really rolling as anyone in the league.
The Alphabet has been super steady with 50+ fantasy points in four of his last five games. I’m fine paying for that floor, but will obviously be hoping for a classic Freak explosion.
PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Brooklyn Nets ($4.4k)
RHJ drew the start last night and put up a solid 34 fantasy points. If he starts again and we can feel good about a 30-minute role, he feels like a lock at this price.
PF: Aaron Gordon – Orlando Magic ($6.8k)
LaMarcus Aldridge is the top power forward on this slate in my mind, but you can also pay up for Blake Griffin or choose one of several solid intermediate options. Lauri Markkanen and an active Kyle Kuzma are also worth a look, but I’ll settle on AG.
Gordon can be frustrating at times, but OKC does not defend the four spot well at all and he has the upside to get you 50+ fantasy points.
C: Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers ($11.6k)
Andre Drummond ($9.1k) is an elite value in price alone, but Embiid is clearly the best overall center play tonight. I don’t mind paying for him in a potentially fun clash with the Lakers, especially since they haven’t done a great job against centers on the year.
Embiid’s overall upside is technically curbed with Philly fully healthy entering this game, but hopefully that gets people off of him. If Embiid can be a remotely low-owned late-game hammer, he is absolutely high on my list for tonight.
Ivica Zubac and Brook Lopez are decent value dives if you need to save money here, but I can’t pass up Embiid’s upside given the other options.
I slotted Embiid and Giannis into my lineup right away and built around them. You can also turn to Russ or Harden, but I like these two guys better and I prefer the value I can get at PG and SG tonight.
Be sure to stay on top of player news, as you just never know who will be active (LeBron?) or scratched. Whether you use this exact lineup or simply mix my favorite daily fantasy basketball picks with your own, I wish you luck tonight. Enjoy the games!