Last night was pretty fun, as I hit on a slew of NBA DFS preseason picks. DeAndre Ayton was a monster, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were elite, Trae Young was even respectable and Kevin Knox was a terrific value play.
I had a couple of whiffs, but if you rolled with my preseason daily fantasy basketball picks, you probably had a decent chance at cashing. If you made the right pivots in the right spots (namely not using Mikal Bridges), you maybe even won big.
Let’s take another crack at taking home some cash as I break down Tuesday night’s five-game NBA DFS preseason slate at FanDuel with a look at my favorite lineup:
PG: Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers ($5.2k)
You can consider spending big on the likes of Chris Paul or Kemba Walker, but I need insane upside if I’m paying a premium during preseason action. Sexton is too cheap given his new role with the Cavs, while Cleveland should give him plenty of run to see if he’s capable of delivering immediately.
PG: Terry Rozier – Boston Celtics ($4.1k)
Kyrie Irving has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game for rest purposes, but per reports, all other Celtics are in line for some run. Rozier could enter the starting five, but even if he doesn’t he figures to see 20+ minutes and return awesome value based on this cheap price tag.
SG: Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz ($7.7k)
James Harden is the top SG option on the board and he can fill it up even in limited fashion. While I won’t fault you for rostering him, everyone knows how explosive Mitchell can be and he’s an elite pivot at this absurdly low price.
SG: Rodney Hood – Cleveland Cavaliers ($5.2k)
You can also look at rookie Grayson Allen here, but I’m only interested in that dive if I don’t use Mitchell (or he’s out). For now, I’ll roll out Hood, who is another Cavs option that could return value as Cleveland tries to figure out what post-LeBron life is going to look like.
I also like Jamal Murray ($6.6k) if you can get up to him.
SF: Kawhi Leonard – Toronto Raptors ($9.3k)
LeBron James ($11.7k) is the big name on the board tonight, but he logged just 15 minutes in his debut and may be restricted again tonight. A low-owned King James could be fun, but I just love the value with a pivot to Leonard.
Kawhi is fully capable of matching/besting James, so I’ll take the discount and a more complete roster over blindly paying for James on a preseason slate.
SF: Gordon Hayward – Boston Celtics ($7.2k)
Teammate Jayson Tatum is $1.1k cheaper, so I will certainly consider him if there is a pricey option I absolutely have to have before the night is up. For now, I actually like the idea of rostering Hayward, who is logging around 20 minutes per game and could see an expanded role with Irving on the bench.
Boston obviously doesn’t want to push Hayward too hard in his return from a devastating ankle injury, but they also want him to shake off the rust and to get used to his teammates (and the NBA) again. If he’s going to be out there for 20+ minutes, I can’t bypass him on this slate.
PF: Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers ($8.3k)
Love is now the man in Cleveland, so it’s going to be very interesting to find out precisely what that means. He’s not quite the dominant player he was when he was drafted by the Timberwolves, but the shooting and rebounding is there and he’s going to be relied on heavily. Let’s see if that translates on tonight’s NBA DFS preseason slate.
PF: Jaren Jackson – Memphis Grizzlies ($5.4k)
The PF options just below Love aren’t all that enticing, so I’ll just punt the other power forward slot and grab talented rookie big man, Jaren Jackson. He flashed brilliance during summer league action and can rack up all kinds of stats in a hurry.
He’s coming off the bench to start his Memphis career, but this is the preseason, so I won’t at all be shocked if he gets a lot of run behind a veteran starting five.
C: Hassan Whiteside – Miami Heat ($6.9k)
Nikola Jokic is the top guy on this slate when it comes to the center position, but there are arguably five rock solid options to consider here. Whiteside is one of them, as he reminded us all of his talent in his first preseason game by posting a sick 20-13-2-2 line. If that’s the guy Miami is getting on a regular basis, he’s way too cheap on this slate.
This is still preseason daily fantasy basketball, so I won’t let FanDuel bully me into playing Harden, Jokic or James on this slate. All three are obviously great plays, but they could be limited or under-perform based on their playing time.
I’m not overly concerned that they stink up the joint, but I love the pivots at their respective positions. Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell and Hassan Whiteside are all capable of putting up similar or better numbers and I get a better overall roster by rolling with them.
Switch things up as needed, but I still stand by my favorite NBA DFS preseason value picks, either way. As always, use my lineup as it stands or stick to your guns and just fit in my picks as needed. Whatever you do, I wish you luck. Enjoy the games!