FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet 1/15/19

Welcome to the wild world of NBA DFS. The final hour to lock can be a tiring with the injury news, but we hope to have you prepared with fill-in options and what to do when scenarios occur. The cheat sheet will fill you in on the top games to target, values, tournament picks, cash game options, and much more. Prices are set for DraftKings and FanDuel, and the focus will be on whatever the main slate is listed as for each site. Pricing is listed (FD/DK). Players with no designated listing are playable in cash and tournaments. Players with designated game styles are for those only. Keep up to date with the latest projected & Confirmed NBA starting lineups in real-time at @nbastartlineups. Also, check out our latest fantasy projections, salaries, and projected minutes on our DFS page.

Vegas Numbers

Highest Implied Team Totals

  • Rockets (121)
  • Bulls (116)
  • Mavericks (115)
  • 76ers (114)
  • Celtics (113)
  • Heat (113)
  • Trail Blazers (113)
  • Wizards (112)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Pistons (103)
  • Magic (101)

Potential Blowouts

  • Celtics (-10)
  • Nuggets (-11)
  • Lakers (-9.5)

Injury Report

  • Anthony Davis – GTD
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Questionable
  • Joel Embiid – Out
  • Jayson Tatum – Out
  • Domantas Sabonis – Questionable
  • Kristaps Porzingis – GTD
  • Jamal Murray – Questionable
  • Richaun Holmes – Out
  • D.J. Augustin – Doubtful
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic – Doubtful
  • Gary Harris – Questionable
  • Daniel Theis – Questionable
  • Paul Millsap – Out

Point Guards

  • Luka Doncic
  • Russell Westbrook – GPP
  • Damian Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Kyrie Irving – GPP
  • Malcolm Brogdon
  • Kemba Walker
  • Markelle Fultz – GPP
  • Kris Dunn
  • Ish Smith
  • Monte Morris – If Jamal Murray is ruled out

Analysis: Point guard is a loaded position tonight, and I don’t quite feel the need to pay up for Luka Doncic with the way Ben Simmons has been playing for a cheaper price tag. He is averaging 48.9 fantasy points per game in the last ten games, and gets the Nets who rank 26th against opposing point guards. Simmons is a top play at the position tonight. Russell Westbrook is a nice GPP play with Portland’s defense struggling this season, him and Doncic boast the highest usage rates among point guards on the slate. It is a tough matchup for De’Aaron Fox, but averaging 40 fantasy points in his last ten healthy games, I like him for the price tonight. Kyrie Irving looks healthy again, but I would reserve just for GPP plays. Malcolm Brogdon and Kemba Walker are too cheap for me tonight. If you are looking for value, the bottom three point guards above are cheap with 30+ point upside.

Shooting Guards

  • James Harden
  • Zach LaVine
  • Bradley Beal – GPP
  • C.J. McCollum
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – GPP
  • Devonte Graham – GPP
  • Buddy Hield
  • Josh Richardson
  • Terrence Ross – GPP
  • Tyler Herro

Analysis: Your standard James Harden play is a strong option tonight is the most expensive play here. He is a name to build around. Zach LaVine is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in his last ten games, and Washington’s defense is one I want to target. On the flip side of this game Bradley Beal is worth a shot in GPPs given the minutes are in question with him coming back from injury. You have some stable options like C.J. McCullum and Buddy Hield for decent prices, but Graham and SGA are strong GPP plays in that mid range. I will continue to look at the mid range 76ers like Josh Richardson, who is averaging 30 fantasy points per game in the last ten. For value, Terrence Ross is playable in GPPs, but Tyler Herro is a cheap option averaging 22 fantasy points per game in the last ten.

Small Forwards

  • LeBron James
  • Pascal Siakam – GPP
  • Will Barton
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Troy Brown
  • T.J. Warren
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Eric Gordon

Analysis: While LeBron James didn’t quite live up to the price last time out, I like him again if Anthony Davis is out. If not, I will go a few other directions with the amount of mid-range guys sitting with 40+ upside. Will Barton, Pascal Siakam, and Danilo Gallinari are my favorite of this group. Troy Brown is in a high scoring game, and Chicago ranks just 21st against opposing small forwards. T.J. Warren is on the cheaper side for what he has been doing, averaging 33 fantasy points in the last ten games. I love Indiana tonight, as they sit with a 110 implied total and are nearly full heath. Tim Hardaway and Eric Gordon are your salary relief plays.

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Power Forwards

  • Anthony Davis – GPP
  • Domantas Sabonis – If he plays
  • Bam Adebayo
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Al Horford
  • Aaron Gordon – GPP
  • Marvin Bagley
  • Davis Bertans
  • Kyle Kuzma – If Davis is out
  • Jerami Grant

Analysis: Anthony Davis is a GTD tonight, and I am not sure we will get that news in time or not. Domantas Sabonis is questionable tonight, but this was the case last game as well and he played. I love him in this matchup and he is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in the last ten. Bam Adebayo are reliable options for around $8,000, and the same goes for LaMarcus Aldridge who is a bit cheaper. Al Horford has picked up his play with Joel Embiid out, and the price isn’t too bad yet. It is a strong spot for him against the Nets poor front court defense. There are quite a few value options with Davis Bertans and Jerami Grant in play.


  • Nikola Jokic
  • Hassan Whiteside – GPP
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Clint Capela
  • Steven Adams
  • Dwight Howard – GPP
  • Dwight Powell

Analysis: Nikola Jokic is in the top spot as far as the matchup goes, as Charlotte ranks 30th against opposing centers. Most of these centers are in tougher matchups, but the volume and production outweighs a bit here. Clint Capela is averaging 37 fantasy points per game in the last ten games, and Steven Adams is right around that mark. Dwight Howard is a cheap GPP option again, going up against his former team. Enes Kanter and Dwight Powell are cheaper options, and Kanter gets a bump if Daniel Theis out.

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Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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