We’ve got a decent-sized slate here, so let’s not waste any time and get right into some of the best plays today.
CLE (102.5) @ WAS (106)
There isn’t a lot to love here for the Cavaliers outside of Ricky Rubio offering some decent value, particularly on DraftKings.
For Washington, Spencer Dinwiddie is just too cheap at this point at $5,900 on DraftKings. Daniel Gafford is a good play at just $5,000 despite usually capping out at around mid-20s minutes.
MIA (100.75) @ IND (105.75)
With Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo out, this Heat team is looking pretty rough, but that means some value for us in DFS. DeWayne Dedmon, Tyler Herro, and Caleb Martin are great plays on both sites, with Kyle Lowry joining at his FanDuel price of $6,500.
Chris Duarte and Myles Turner are good options at their respective DraftKings prices, while Caris LeVert is the best play on FanDuel. No one else stands out pricing-wise, but of course, you can always roster Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis on either site.
PHI (107) @ ATL (108)
Tobias Harris is questionable, and if he was to sit today, it would change the situation for Philly with more usage to go around. Georges Niang and Matisse Thybulle may also become relevant plays. With everyone healthy, nothing is excellent here. Seth Curry and Joel Embiid would be the best DK options, while Tyrese Maxey and Embiid are the most playable on FD.
We’ve got some good plays on Atlanta with Bogdan Bogdanovic out and Cam Reddish doubtful. Danilo Gallinari, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter are all highly viable on DraftKings. It is the same on FanDuel minus Collins due to his price. Of course, Trae Young and Clint Capela are always in play, but nothing about their pricing is inefficient today.
MIN (107.25) @ BKN (114.75)
Nothing looked too great here for Minnesota to start the day. The big three of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards always have upside, but none are priced inefficiently. However, Jaden McDaniels has been ruled out, which could open up some value with Taurean Prince likely drawing the start. Naz Reid may also get a few more minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a decent value on DraftKings for Brooklyn and a better value on FanDuel. DeAndre’ Bembry also offers some substantial savings on FanDuel at his $4,400 price tag. The Brooklyn stars in James Harden and Kevin Durant are always in play for their crazy ceiling. Harden borders on a decent value for his median projection on FD at $10,600. Brooklyn has the highest team total on the slate, so if this game can stay competitive, someone on Brooklyn will likely reach a fantasy ceiling.
ORL (107.25) @ HOU (109.75)
Almost every player on the Magic is a pretty decent value here on DraftKings outside of the fringiest bench players. Despite his volatile minutes, Terrence Ross stands out at a nearly-minimum salary on DraftKings. On FanDuel, Wendell Carter Jr. is the only real value play.
For Houston, we’ve got Kevin Porter Jr. questionable. It would open things up for Armoni Brooks, Eric Gordon, and D.J. Augustin if he were to sit. Jae’Sean Tate and Christian Wood may also see additional usage. As it stands right now, Brooks, Garrison Matthews, and Tate all offer good value on DraftKings. In contrast, only the questionable Porter Jr. stands out on FD.
NOP (104.5) @ DAL (112)
Josh Hart is questionable for New Orleans, and if he does not play, Garrett Temple likely starts and becomes a good value. More usage may also be available for fellow starters Devonte’ Graham, Brandon Ingram, and Jonas Valanciunas. Nickeil Alexander-Walker could benefit as well. At the moment, Graham, Herbert Jones, and the questionable Hart are our best plays on DK. There’s really nothing great on FanDuel, but of course, you can always play guys like Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas for their tournament upside.
Kristaps Porzingis entered the day questionable but has been downgraded to doubtful, which usually means he will not play. This means that Maxi Kleber is likely to draw the start and become a great option on this slate. We may also see more minutes for Dorian Finney-Smith. However, he’s never been much of a fantasy asset, even when he gets playing time. Jalen Brunson is already a good value on both sites, and Luka Doncic is an outstanding FanDuel value. Porzingis’ likely absence only makes him, even more, the top spend-up on this slate on FanDuel. However, I will caution that historically, Doncic has not particularly benefited from Porzingis being off the court in the way that studs often do when their counterparts are out.
BOS (101) @ UTA (109)
Dennis Schroder is a good play on both sites with Jaylen Brown out. Jayson Tatum also gets a boost from Brown’s absence, but no one on Boston is priced well enough to be a great option today outside of Schroder. This is a less-than-ideal matchup, and the implied team total reflects that.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is priced way down, and he is a good value on both sites today. Of course, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell can always have big fantasy outings. Still, neither is popping off the screen as a great play today.
PHX (104.75) @ GSW (111.75)
With Devin Booker still out, almost everyone on the Suns presents some good value on DraftKings. Landry Shamet, Cameron Payne, and Cameron Johnson stand out the most. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton now become the primary Phoenix weapons here. FanDuel pricing is different, and Shamet and Johnson are the only Suns particularly standing out for value. Golden State is a tough defensive team, and this isn’t a great spot to attack in general, hence the low team total for Phoenix.
Nothing is excellent here on Golden State outside of Andrew Wiggins at his FanDuel price of just $5,800. The only Golden State players playing north of 30 minutes are Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole, and Wiggins, and none are priced inefficiently. They have a high team total, and if Phoenix can keep this game close without Booker, someone is likely to have a peak performance. I don’t mind taking a shot on a Warrior despite their less than optimal points-per-dollar projections outside of Wiggins, who looks good on FD. I’d run it back with a critical player on Phoenix, hoping it becomes a shootout.
LAC (108.5) @ LAL (110)
Ivica Zubac stands out the most on DraftKings for the Clippers in this battle between LA and LA. Still, several are all kind of hovering just under the line of being great points-per-dollar plays. Reggie Jackson and Paul George are substantially solid values on FanDuel.
Anthony Davis is questionable for the Lakers. LeBron James and Russell Westbrook soak up the usage if he does not play and become good plays on this slate. This can also bode well for DeAndre Jordan and/or Dwight Howard and/or Carmelo Anthony. As usual, if he does play, the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA to target for fantasy. No one is remotely playable outside of the big three. Yet, they all undermine each other’s fantasy ceiling considering their respective prices.