NBA DFS Playbook – 2/22

Lebron James

Welcome back to a new full week of NBA DFS! I hope everyone started Anthony Davis yesterday because the Brow went nuts against the Pistons. Just remember tomorrow though: you can’t chase the previous game points. Tonight, on the other hand, has seven games on the books to fill up our rosters. There’s a ton of injuries tonight so be on the lookout and make sure you’re paying attention before lineup lock. All my prices are according to DraftKings. Good luck out there.

Point Guard

Goran Dragic ($6,200)

Dwyane Wade looks to have packed it up for the next week or so because his knees can’t handle the rough NBA lifestyle. Indiana has been slightly better than atrocious against the point guards lately. Dragic is in line for big minutes and should be about as safe as he should be all year.

Ricky Rubio ($6,100)

This is my off the wall play of the night. Call it more of a gut feeling than anything, but I’m throwing Rubio in a couple GPP lineups tonight. The Celtics backcourt is usually something I like to mess with but the will be more focused on slowing down Andrew Wiggins/Zach LaVine/Karl-Anthony Towns. Rubio should have more offensive scoring than normal plus his ability to find the open man can never be forgotten about either. I’ll take a shot on him tonight.

 

Shooting Guard

J.R. Smith ($5,300)

This is totally dependent on if Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert play tonight. That is the only way I can even remotely recommend him. But the flipside of this is that the Pistons just played last night and had someone drop 59/20 on them so it’s not like they are lighting the world on fire defensively. Still, he should be in a great spot if those two guys are out tonight.

Khris Middleton ($7,200)

It’s surprising to me that Middleton has been so low priced lately. He’s been hovering around the 7k mark and that is still a little lower than I expect him to be. Tonight he goes against the Lakers, which is always a good sign for our DFS lineups. Four out of his past six games he’s hit at least 5x and I see no reason why he shouldn’t hit around there tonight.

 

Small Forward

Luol Deng (5,800)

No Wade or Chris Bosh tonight means that Deng should be getting heavy minutes tonight. I basically feel the same way about Deng that I do about Dragic. It also helps that he’s coming off two 49+ fantasy point games in a row. He’s another cash game guy I’ll be heavily using tonight.

LeBron James ($9,700)

There are so many cheap guys that I like tonight that I can actually pay up for LeBron without it hurting my player pool. He’s going to get you at least 50 fantasy points and can drop 70 on any given night. I especially love him if Kyrie is out tonight. He’s another guy I’m building my cash lineups around.

 

Power Forward

Jabari Parker($5,900)/Julius Randle ($6,100)

I’m stacking these two tonight and grouping them together. I’m basically playing them for the same reason: neither one should play much defense against the other tonight. Neither one is particularly sexy tonight, but I’m leaning Parker over Randle because he’s been en fuego lately.  

 

Center

Alex Len ($4,600)

People tend to forget about Len, but I think that has more to do with the Suns being forgettable. But Tyson Chandler appears to be out again tonight and Len will be needed to help slow down DeAndre Jordan and Co. Len is more of a tournament option for me tonight but he offers salary relief with high upside.

Al Horford ($6,500)

Horford is a guy I love to play in my cash games. He’s virtually a lock for 20 fantasy points on any given night. Everyone will look at them playing Golden State and automatically fade the Hawks. The dirty secret around DFS is that Golden State’s defense hasn’t been rays of sunshine lately. I’m going all in on Horford, especially if Andrew Bogut is out tonight.

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