Is it time for you to start considering Zion Williamson in DFS? The quick and easy answer is absolutely. Williamson is coming off the best performance in his short three-game NBA career so far (don’t mind the exaggeration). Zion scored 21 points with 11 rebounds for his first double-double in the NBA on Sunday vs. the Celtics. What was most important about that performance was he played a career-high (again, I know) 27 minutes in the win. That was against a good team. Tonight the Pelicans get the Cavaliers in Cleveland. If Williamson plays around 25 minutes again, we could see Zion returns some value at $7,200.
Let’s take a look at some core NBA DFS plays at each position to help you craft a winning lineup on Tuesday’s main slate.
Trae Young, ATL @ TOR, $10,300 — Young has been untouchable lately and is putting up stupid numbers. He dropped 45 points with 14 assists in a 152-133 win over the Wizards on Sunday. Early last week, Young dropped 42 points with 15 assists against the Raptors at home. This is the same Raptors team that has won seven in a row. Toronto’s tendency to leave bad teams in games should benefit Trae and the price jump is eye-opening — up $800 from his last meeting with the Raptors.
Other Options: Eric Bledsoe, MIL vs. WAS, $6,600; Collin Sexton, CLE vs. NOP, $6,500
Devin Booker, PHX @ DAL, $9,100 — The Suns head into tonight with Ricky Rubio listed as questionable to play. If Rubio is sidelined, the ball will be in Booker’s hands for most of this contest. The Mavericks are on the second of a back-to-back, so tired legs could set in a bit. Booker’s scoring ceiling we’re all aware of and I think he can reach it if Rubio is out. If the Suns PG plays, maybe I gear off of Booker a bit. He’s still a strong play given the Mavs pace. Plus, Booker has scored at least 35 points in five of the past seven games.
Other Options: Bradley Beal, WAS @ MIL, $8,300; Jaylen Brown, BOS @ MIA, $6,400
Brandon Ingram, NOP @ CLE, $7,600 — Ingram’s price has cleared dropped as a result of Williamson returning, so I think we can take advantage. If anything Zion’s return should help Ingram a TON. The should-be All-Star can shift back to playing the 3, which is what he’s used to. Williamson will have to bang down low with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love (though one or both could rest). Ingram’s price was up to $9K at one point not too long again (Jan. 18). If the Pels go up, Zion may be limited a bit, so I think Ingram’s usage will rise back up into the 30% range.
Other Options: Tobias Harris, PHI vs. GSW, $7,400; Khris Middleton, MIL vs. WAS, $7,000
Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. ATL, $8,000 — As much as I’d like to take Zion here, I think there are better plays off the narrative. Siakam just won Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He’s coming off 35 points and eight rebounds against the Spurs on the road (53 FPTs). We’ve seen his minutes get back up to normal — around 37-38 against San Antonio. His price is on the rise, up $1,100 since Jan. 22 against the Sixers. All of these trends reach a peak with the Raptors playing the Hawks again. Atlanta is allowing 52.8 points in the paint, 14.4 2nd chance points, and has a 113.1 defensive rating over the past 10 games.
Other Options: Gordon Hayward, BOS @ MIA, $7,100; Marcus Morris, NYK @ CHA, $6,200
Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. BOS, $8,400 — I think center is a spot we can actually pay down at tonight, which is rare on most slates. But if you have the salary, Adebayo isn’t a bad building block. He’s coming off a triple-double against the Magic last night — 20-10-10 for 53.5 FPTs. He only had to play 32 minutes, so he isn’t too gassed. The Celtics won’t have Enes Kanter and will most likely be without Jayson Tatum, so not much depth in the front court. Adebayo’s price actually went down for this matchup at home, where Bam is averaging 16.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game while shooting over 60% from the field.
Other Options: Deandre Ayton, PHX @ DAL, $8,200; Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM vs. DEN, $6,300