Happy Hump Day DFS community. I hope everyone played LeBron James last night. If you didn’t, well, start listening to our picks. Tonight we’ve got nine games in the NBA and here we’ll be going over some top options at each position to help you build your lineup. Let’s do it.
UPDATE: Young (illness) has been upgraded to probable, so he’ll likely be good to go vs. the Magic. Dewayne Dedmon has been ruled out. I still like Collins in GPPs with Dedmon sidelined.
Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN @ WAS, $8,000 — Dinwiddie has sort of taken a back seat to Caris LeVert in the scoring department lately. He’s still posting good numbers though, with at least 30.5 DKFP in six straight games. I don’t think I need to go into how bad the Wizards are defensively — you’ve seen, you’ve heard, you know. Dinwiddie comes in at a pretty decent price and we can get a little bit of leverage in tournaments with his ownership not projected to be too high.
Other Options: Devin Booker, PHX vs. LAC, $7,900; Terry Rozier, CHA vs. NYK, $5,800
Jaylen Brown, BOS @ UTA, $6,700 — This seems like a pretty low price on Brown given Kemba Walker isn’t expected to play again. I know Jayson Tatum ($8,800) has taken over for the Celtics, but they’re on a tough road back-to-back, so I expect more Brown on offense tonight. Despite Tatum leading the way, Brown has at least 20 points in three straight and could use a bounce-back game from the floor. The Jazz are a good defensive team, but I like how Brown matches up against their guards.
Other Options: James Harden, HOU vs. MEM, $11,300; Malik Beasley, MIN @ MIA, $5,900
Evan Fournier, ORL @ ATL, $6,000 — My only concern about playing Fournier is if Trae Young is out then the Magic could run away with this game. If that’s the case, maybe Fournier doesn’t play 30 minutes, but he could also do enough damage in three quarters. He’s on a nice stretch of at least 19 points in four straight and is shooting well from 3-point range — as is tradition. The Hawks are poor defensively and don’t really have a wing defender to lock down Fournier.
Other Options: DeMar DeRozan, SAS vs. DAL, $7,000; Robert Covington, HOU vs. MEM, $6,200
John Collins, ATL vs. ORL, $8,700 — In the even that Young is out, Collins becomes a very attractive GPP play. He’d be the focus of the offense and I’m not worried about the matchup vs. the Magic. Collins had 22 points and eight boards last game vs. Orlando and that was with Young healthy. A slight bump in production at this price would be just enough to get Collins to value. His ownership could spike a bit, but it hasn’t been over 10% since earlier in the month vs. the Mavericks.
Other Options: Tobias Harris, PHI @ CLE, $7,500; Gordon Hayward, BOS @ UTA, $7,400
Joel Embiid, PHI @ CLE, $10,500 — It’s going to be hard to fade Embiid while Ben Simmons (back) is out. Biid went off for 49 points and 14 rebounds against the Hawks at 60% ownership on Monday and nearly hit 80 DKFP. That type of ceiling is what we can expect out of Embiid again tonight. He may not match those numbers, but 30 and 10 could be his floor with no Simmons. The Cavaliers may not be competitive, but I’m not as worried since Embiid likely dominates in a blowout. Because of the ceiling, Embiid is still viable in GPPs but is more of a cash play.
Other Options: Deandre Ayton, PHX vs. LAC, $8,100; Jarrett Allen, BKN @ WAS, $5,300