Welcome back for another night of action in the Association. Let’s jump in and take a look at some of my core plays at each position and then make sure to check out all our top plays on the Members-Only DFS NBA cheatsheet available in chat.
ZACH LAVINE – BULLS – FD $8,300 DK $8,500
With both Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. off the floor, Zach LaVine holds a ridiculous 35.3% usage. The Bulls guard does just about everything at this point and he matches up with a Brooklyn team that can give it up with the best of ‘em. The price on LaVine has come down a bit and you can get him for a lot cheaper than Devin Booker, who projects similarly. LaVine is one of the safest plays on the entire slate with his locked in usage and I’m a big fan in all formats.
LONZO BALL – PELICANS – FD $6,600 DK $7,000
This game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies is going to be an extremely close and high-scoring one, and there is no issue in having three or four from this game. Lonzo Ball matches up with Ja Morant and a Grizzlies backcourt that ranks 24th in the league against point guards. The Grizzlies and Pelicans both play at a top-5 pace and the 239.5 over/under comes as no surprise. Ball is underpriced on both sites and he’s a guy I’m comfortable deploying in both cash games and tournaments.
JALEN BRUNSON – MAVS – FD $3,600 DK $3,800
With Luka Doncic ruled out, Jalen Brunson is an easy play here. With Doncic off the floor, Brunson holds a 21% usage, which is behind just Porzingis and Hardaway Jr. Porzingis is still limited and Hardaway Jr. is questionable. Brunson is in a smash spot here against a fast-paced Rockets team that is going to let the Mavs run. Brunson is going to play 30+ minutes tonight and he loves showing off as a primary scorer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 40+ out of him.
KRISTAPS PORZINGIS – MAVS – FD $6,400 DK $6,800
While Porzingis may not see 30+ minutes here, his usage is going to be through the roof with Doncic out and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his minutes get over 28. The matchup against Houston is great and the big man will have the ball in his hands nearly every possession he’s on the floor. I’m a big fan of pairing Porzingis with Brunson as I think there’s a great chance you get 60+ fantasy points for cheap.
JAE CROWDER – GRIZZLIES – FD $4,400 DK $4,500
With Jaren Jackson Jr. suspended for a game, Jae Crowder and Brandon Clarke are two of the best options on the entire slate. Not only are there minutes locked in, but the matchup against New Orleans couldn’t be better. This game is going to be played incredibly fast and Crowder can rack up fantasy points in a hurry. I expect him to nail a few corner threes on his way to 30-40 fantasy points tonight.
MICHAEL PORTER JR. – NUGGETS – FD $4,800 DK $5,400
The power forward position is an interesting one tonight and I’m a huge fan of Michael Porter Jr. the rookie has been exceptional when on the floor and he’s going to be much needed against a Bucks team that can score fast and has a ton of length. Porter will have a great rebounding game here and he’s shown how natural of a scorer he is. Closest thing to Durant we’ve since. I like Porter to get around 28-30 minutes tonight and he should smash value in a fast-paced affair.
HASSAN WHITESIDE- BLAZERS – FD $8,300 DK $8,400
WHITESIDE IS PRICED DOWN A BIT AND I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY AGAINST THE LAKERS. THE MINUTES ARE LOCKED IN AND WE SAW HIM POST 45 FANTASY POINTS EARLIER THIS YEAR IN AN IDENTICAL GAME. WHITESIDE IS A GREAT PLAY IN ALL FORMATS TONIGHT AND I’M HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING OFF HIM. JAVALE MCGEE AND DWIGHT HOWARD ARE BOTH EXCELLENT MATCHUPS AND WHITESIDE HAS AS MUCH UPSIDE AS ANYONE AT THE POSITION.