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.
DAMIAN LILLARD – BLAZERS – FD $9,800 DK $10,500
Lillard has been absolutely ridiculous of late and I don’t see any signs of him slowing down against the Rockets. This is an extremely exciting matchup and it’s close to a guarantee as one of the faster pace games of the night. Vegas has set a huge 238 over/under here with Houston favored by just 2.5 points. Lillard has been over 65 fantasy points in three straight games and it would be far from a surprise to see him return there once again.
DONOVAN MITCHELL – JAZZ – FD $7,600 DK $8,000
It often flies under the radar, but the pace these Spurs play at is something to pay attention to. The current over/under is at 220 with juice on the over. It’s rare to see a Jazz total so high and I expect Donovan Mitchell to go back and forth with DeMar Derozan all night. After a tough stretch of games, Mitchell has returned to the player we’ve become accustomed to. The price is too low on Mitchell on both sites and I’m a big fan in all formats.
ELFRID PAYTON – KNICKS – FD $6,200 DK $6,300
Payton has been getting locked in minutes for the Knicks and he faces off with a fast-paced Memphis Grizzlies team that ranks 28th against the point guard position. Ever since playing for the Magic, Payton has been a guy that can fill up the stat sheet and score fantasy points in bunches. He’s now added a solid three-point shot and the Knicks don’t have many ball hogs. I love Payton for his price on both sites.
MIKE CONLEY – JAZZ – FD $3,800 DK $3,800
Mike Conley is just insanely cheap on both sites. He got up to 24 minutes in his last game and should only see a few more here. Even if he were to see 24 again, the match-up with San Antonio is a great one and he’d be a lock to hit value. The Jazz are going to get up in pace with a San Antonio and the Spurs have some of the worst point guard defense in the NBA. Conley is a great value play on this slate and I’m a fan in all formats.
DOMANTAS SABONIS – PACERS – FD $8,500 DK $9,400
Domantas Sabonis was excellent against the Blazers, finishing with a triple-double and 60 fantasy points. He’ll get another chance to have a big game tonight against a miserable frontcourt in the Bulls. With Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. both out of the mix, Sabonis will have his way with Luke Kornet and Felicio. His price is certainly up there on both sites, but there’s a real chance Sabonis touches 60 fantasy points for the second straight game.
MARCUS MORRIS – KNICKS – FD $5,800 DK $6,500
Small forward isn’t the best position on this slate and Marcus Morris comes in as my highest projected scorer at the spot. He’s certainly not priced like it and comes in as a lock for me in all formats. Morris plays huge minutes for the Knicks and he’s as consistent as it gets with Barrett out of the lineup. The Grizzlies play fast andMorris will have no problem launching 15 shots. I’m a big fan of Marcus Morris tonight and think he goes overlooked at the SF position.
TREVOR ARIZA – BLAZERS – FD $3,700 DK $4,900
Ariza is another easy value play for the Blazers here. He’s immediately made a big impact for this team and there’s no way I see him playing under 30 minutes here. His defense will be very necessary against Houston and he’s a maestro at the corner-three ball. Houston gives up the 4th most of those if anyone in the NBA. I’m a big fan in all formats of Ariza and find it hard to believe he will be under 25 fantasy points here.
JAKOB POELTL – SPURS – FD $4,400 DK $5,600
WITH ALDRIDGE ONCE AGAIN OUR, JAKOB POELTL IS THE CLEAR WAY TO GO AT CENTER. HE GOT 35 MINUTES WITH LMA OUT LAST GAME AND DROPPED 40 FANTASY POINTS. IT’S HARD TO EXPECT A REPEAT HERE, BUT THE PRICE IS LOW AND THE MATCH-UP WITH UTAH WILL SEEM HIS SIZE NECESSARY. GOBERT IS OBVIOUSLY GREAT DEFENSIVELY, BUT BIG MEN MORE THAN ANYONE FALL INTO A LOT OF STATS. I LIKE POELTL TO HAVE A BIG GAME HERE AND I’M A FAN IN ALL FORMATS.