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 two-game main slate starting at 6:30 ET.
Goran Dragic - Miami (at Boston) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $35
Dragic is probably a better selection on FanDuel than DraftKings or Yahoo. You’ll need a pair of true point guards on FD, and Dragic will help solve that problem. As for DK and Yahoo, rolling with a cheap option (Lou Williams? Marcus Smart?) and spending at other positions is probably the optimal route. However, Dragic should hold his own tonight, as he has been an excellent contributor throughout the playoffs. The Miami guard averaged 35 FPPG in five games against Milwaukee the last series, and that’s a reasonable expectation heading into tonight.
Paul George - LA Clippers (vs. Denver) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $34
George had a dud 17 FP showing a few games ago, but he has otherwise been brilliant in this series. If we remove that terrible showing, PG has averaged 50 FPPG over his last four against the Nuggets. That includes outscoring teammate Kawhi Leonard over the last two games, and George is significantly cheaper on all DFS sites. Look for PG13 to bring that same intensity in this huge Game 7 tilt.
Jaylen Brown - Boston (vs. Miami) - DK: $8,000 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30
Brown played through a groin injury in Game 7, so keep an eye on that. I’m not expecting it to be much of an issue, as he has had three days to rest up and receive treatment. Brown will continue to step up with Gordon Hayward sidelined, and he has produced 40+ FP in five of his last six. Brown should be able to keep the momentum in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Also Consider: Jae Crowder
Jayson Tatum - Boston (vs. Miami) - DK: $9,700 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $42
Tatum is pretty expensive, so take this recommendation with that caveat in mind. It’s probably easier to squeeze him in on FanDuel and Yahoo than DraftKings, but utilizing some of the listed bargains can help you over there. Tatum has been on fire with 65 and 57 fantasy points respectively over his last two games. Now he’s looking at a pretty good matchup against Miami, who ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to power forwards. He has taken full control of this offense while flirting with triple-doubles over his last two outings, and I’m expecting that to continue in the next round.
Also Consider: Daniel Theis
Ivica Zubac - LA Clippers (vs. Denver) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $4,700 / Yahoo: $16
It’s difficult to pass on Nikola Jokic in a crucial Game 7 battle, but I’ll be looking towards Zubac as a cheaper alternative. It is possible to play both of them in the same lineup given the utility spots on DraftKings and Yahoo. However, you’ll likely have to fade some of the aforementioned top dollar picks … As for Zubac, he has seen 29+ minutes in three straight, and I’m expecting that to continue with Montrezl Harrell struggling. That makes him one of the more reliable bargains of this two-game slate, and it’s difficult to pass on the savings.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic
Marcus Smart (SG - BOS) is playable through all formats on all sites tonight. He’s a cheaper alternative to Dragic on DraftKings while stepping in as an SG2 or utility filler on FanDuel and Yahoo respectively. Smart has really stepped things up with 40 FPPG over his past three games. Granted, some of that is inflated by overtime, but it’s nice to Smart stepping up heading into this series. Perhaps he’ll continue to assume more offensive responsibilities with Kemba Walker bothered by a knee issue.
Gary Harris (SG - DEN) is another cheap filler who you can confidently work into a lineup in order to roster the expensive guys of this slate. The Nuggets need his defensive presence, so you better believe he’ll log heavy minutes tonight. That translated to 32 fantasy points last game, which represents strong value for a bargain salary. I conservatively penciled him in for 28 FP, which makes him one of the better values on Rotoworld’s NBA DFS Lineup Optimizer.
Tyler Herro (SG - MIA) is brimming with confidence after racking up 36 fantasy points in 36 minutes to close out the Bucks. The first game of a series is always a feeling out process, but Herro’s playing time seems to be trending upward. The rookie has a wide range of fantasy outcomes (14-36 FP in last five), but he would represent terrific value if he can keep the momentum to finish on the higher end of that range.