Ricky Sanders has the breakdown and his favorite plays for tonight’s NBA DFS slate!!
Five game slate tonight. Let’s get right into it!
Players are based on DK pricing/positions. Plays noted with (FD) are notably good plays on FanDuel. Please read the entire article, as the rankings are explained in the bottom half (along with what news can radically shift these rankings).
- De’Aaron Fox/Ja Morant
- Damian Lillard
- LaMelo Ball (FD only)
- Coby White
- Stephen Curry
- Tomas Satoransky
- Garrett Temple/Desmond Bane
- Zach LaVine
- Gary Trent Jr.
- Andrew Wiggins
- Bradley Beal
- Kelly Oubre Jr.
- LeBron James
- Talen Horton-Tucker
- Jimmy Butler
- Gordon Hayward/Miles Bridges
- Xavier Tillman
- Draymond Green
- P.J. Washington
- Derrick Jones Jr.
- Carmelo Anthony
- Wendell Carter Jr.
- Marvin Bagley
- Enes Kanter
- Jonas Valanciunas
- Montrezl Harrell
Top Stud over $8K: Damian Lillard/De’Aaron Fox
Top Value under $5K: Xavier Tillman
DK Core: Damian Lillard, Xavier Tillman, De’Aaron Fox, Desmond Bane
Top Stud over $8K: Damian Lillard
Top Value under $5K: Xavier Tillman
FD Core: Damian Lillard, Xavier Tillman, Desmond Bane and choosing between LaMelo Ball/De’Aaron Fox
Key News to Watch:
Sacramento Kings – The main news we are waiting for on this slate is the statuses of three questionable Kings: Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes and Glenn Robinson III. If Barnes were to sit, that would open up additional playing time for Nemanja Bjelica, who is nearly a full fantasy point per-minute producer when given the opportunity. In Holmes’ case, his absence would lead to extensive Hassan Whiteside minutes off the bench again. As for Robinson, well, him sitting would only further solidify the value of Bjelica as well. However, in order for Bjelica to enter viability, Barnes would absolutely need to sit.
Memphis Grizzlies – For the most part, this team will be covered in the key games section, but Justise Winslow is questionable to make his return to the rotation. For those keeping score at home, Winslow has yet to play in an NBA game this season, so it is tough to go bullish on his minute projection even if he ends up active. His presence would limit the minutes upside a bit of guys like John Konchar, De’Anthony Melton and Tyus Jones, but only so much (since he probably does not exceed the low-20s in minutes).
There quite literally is not a single other questionable player on tonight’s slate although it should be noted the Suns and Bulls have not submitted their injury report yet. Until that point, something unexpected can certainly happen, so stay tuned as always.
Phoenix Suns @ Memphis Grizzlies – Well, the Grizzlies have ruled out four of their usual rotation players: Grayson Allen, Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks. Quite obviously, that opens up additional minutes for guys who typically ride the bench, and will likely move Xavier Tillman over for extensive power forward (PF) minutes. Of the players who will be unleashed, Tillman and Desmond Bane are my two favorites, as they both likely see roles up into the upper-20s of minutes. De’Anthony Melton is a great per-minute producer but is not guaranteed the same sort of role as the other two. Beyond the value guys, Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas will simply have to put the offense on their backs, as Morant and Valanciunas have each topped a 42-percent usage rate in tiny sample sizes with Brooks/Anderson/Clarke off the floor. Do not overlook Grizzlies tonight or you will be left in the dust!
Washington Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers – Between the Grizzlies and this game stack, you can virtually fill out an entire roster, and one that is absolutely oozing with upside. This game features a battle between two of the league’s worst five defensive efficiency teams and features the Wizards who lead the league in pace. The second unit of the Trail Blazers is a mess and cannot defend the rim at all which bodes well for Russell Westbrook attacking the rim during his second stint. Both teams are relatively thin as well which leaves lot of cheap players in line to play significant minutes. On the Trail Blazers side, Gary Trent and Enes Kanter are mid-tier players with upside and Rodney Hood could even potentially start at $3,100. Meanwhile, Davis Bertans is on a shooting heater on the other side of the ball, and that is before mentioning the superstars (Damian Lillard/Bradley Beal) in the stone nuts game flow. Stack away, friends!
Slate Edges: Play minimum two Grizzlies and P.J. Washington