FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet 1/16/19

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

  • Bucks (116)
  • Jazz (115)
  • Suns (114)
  • Clippers (114)
  • Knicks (111)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Magic (103)
  • Warriors (104)

Potential Blowouts

  • Bucks -9.5
  • Clippers – 11.5

Injury Report

  • Brandon Ingram – Probable
  • Paul George – Out
  • Jayson Tatum – Questionable
  • Jrue Holiday – Out
  • Kelly Oubre – Concussion
  • Jamal Murray – Out
  • Jaylen Brown – Questionable
  • Evan Fournier – Questionable
  • Marcus Morris – Questionable
  • Derrick Favors – Probable
  • Gary Harris – Questionable
  • D.J. Augustin – Out
  • JJ Redick – Questionable
  • Paul Millsap – Questionable

Point Guards

  • Kemba Walker
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Elfrid Payton – GPP
  • Patrick Beverley
  • Monte Morris

Analysis: Kemba Walker hasn’t played particularly well of late, but will need to pick up his play tonight against the Bucks. There are not too many options at the point guard position, and quite a bit of value. Boston could be in trouble if Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are out tonight, where Boston has the chance to be blown up. Lonzo Ball continues to play well, and while the Jazz are a good defense, this is a good game to target. Ball is averaging over 35 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. Ricky Rubio is back tonight, and in a good spot against the Knicks, who rank 20th against opposing point guards. Coming off a monster game, Markelle Fultz is in another tough spot, but continues to be a strong play. With Jamal Murray out tonight, Monte Morris is going to be a popular value play, and is in a good spot with the Warriors ranking 29th against point guards.

Shooting Guards

  • Devin Booker
  • D’Angelo Russell – GPP
  • Khris Middleton
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Lou Williams
  • Terrence Ross
  • Jordan Clarkson – GPP
  • Josh Hart

Analysis: Devin Booker is the top shooting guard on the night, averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over the last ten games. He has over a 30% usage rate in that span, and Knicks rank 19th against opposing shooting guards. It is hard to trust D’Angelo Russell but his usage rate is over 30% and if this game is staying close it will be because of Russell. Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, and Lou Williams are safe plays averaging over 30 fantasy points in the last ten games, and sit over a 25% usage rate. Terrence Ross, Jordan Clarkson, and Josh Hart are the value shooting guards. Clarkson has the highest usage rate of the three.

Small Forwards

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Will Barton
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Joe Ingles
  • Mikal Bridges
  • Wes Iwundu – GPP

Analysis: You can fit a few studs in tonight given the value on the table, so I don’t mind using Giannis. He is far more expensive than most options, and has been a bit off with concerns of injury but bounced back. Brandon Ingram is probable tonight, and is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over the last ten games. Will Barton is a strong option tonight, averaging over 30 fantasy points per game, and he will take on a bigger role with Murray off the floor. Joe Ingles is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game over the last ten, shooting nearly 50% in that span as well. It is a great matchup for him. With Kelly Oubre out tonight, Mikal Bridges will pick up the start and in a good spot against the Knicks.

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Power Forwards

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Julius Randle
  • Jayson Tatum – GPP if healthy
  • Draymond Green
  • Aaron Gordon
  • Omari Spellman
  • Jerami Grant

Analysis: Kawhi Leonard is a top play tonight against the Magic tonight, and can get the job done in limited minutes if this does turn into the blowout Vegas expects, yet I don’t really think it will go down that way. Julius Randle is a strong spot against the Suns, and a good opposing piece of this one. He has a 29% usage rate in the last ten games. There are not a lot of great options at power forward, but some value options to help plug in and go another way. If Paul Millsap is out, Jerami Grant is a solid value play again. Aaron Gordon and Draymond Green is priced down enough to consider.


  • Nikola Jokic
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Deandre Ayton
  • Montrezl Harrell – GPP

Analysis: It is a great spot for most of the centers tonight. Nikola Jokic is on a back to back but didn’t play too many minutes last night. The Warriors rank 26th against opposing centers this season. Rudy Gobert continues to crush, and is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. The Pelicans also rank just 19th against opposing centers. Los Angeles ranks 20th against opposing centers this season and Nikola Vucevic is sitting with a 28% usage rate in the last ten games. He joins the big three at the position as safe plays to use. While Deandre Ayton’s role fluctuates the minutes pretty much stay the same. He is a pretty safe cash play for a bit cheaper, but doesn’t have the same upside of late as some of the other options. If you are looking for a tournament option, Montrezl Harrell has a 40 fantasy point ceiling over the last ten games.

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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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