FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet 1/20/19

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.

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Highest Implied Team Totals

  • Grizzlies (121)
  • Bucks (120)
  • Pelicans (118)
  • Rockets (118)
  • Suns (117)
  • Heat (114)
  • Trail Blazers (113)
  • Spurs (112)
  • Thunder (112)
  • Lakers (112)
  • Timberwolves (112)
  • Cavaliers (112)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Hornets (101)
  • Pacers (104)

Potential Blowouts

  • Bucks (-14)

Injury Report

  • Anthony Davis – Probable
  • C.J. McCollum – Out
  • Jrue Holiday – Questionable
  • Kelly Oubre – Questionable
  • Kemba Walker – Questionable
  • Jamal Murray – Questionable
  • Derrick Favors – Questionable
  • Jaylen Brown – Questionable
  • RJ Barrett – Out
  • Nemanja Bjelica – Probable
  • Richaun Holmes – Out
  • Marvin Bagley – Questionable
  • Lauri Markkanen – Probable
  • Kent Bazemore – Out
  • Glenn Robinson – Questionable
  • DJ Augustin – Out
  • Gary Harris – Questionable
  • Zion Williamson – Doubtful
  • Rajon Rondo – Questionable
  • Trevor Ariza – Out
  • JJ Redick – Questionable
  • Paul Millsap – Questionable

Point Guards

  • Russell Westbrook – GPP
  • Damian Lillard
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Ja Morant
  • Collin Sexton
  • Elfrid Payton – GPP
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Darius Garland
  • Kris Dunn – GPP

Analysis: The slate differs depending on what site you are on tonight, where FanDuel is a big slate scheduled to start early. DraftKings is a smaller main slate that starts at the usual weekday time. Russell Westbrook gets a matchup against his old squad, who rank 14th against opposing point guards. He has a 35% usage rate which leads all point guards. De’Aaron Fox and Damian Lillard are strong options, who are averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. Lillard is in the better of the two matchups, with the Warriors ranking 28th against opposing point guards. Lonzo Ball and Ja Morant are two of the top young point guards right now, and square off against each other in the highest implied total. Ball has been averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. Elfrid Payton and the Cavaliers guards are solid values tonight, as both defenses are rather weak.

Shooting Guards

  • James Harden
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Devin Booker
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – GPP
  • D’Angelo Russell – GPP
  • Devonte Graham – GPP
  • Dillon Brooks
  • Buddy Hield – GPP
  • Marcus Smart
  • Damion Lee
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Josh Hart

Analysis: Shooting guard has quite a few names, and plenty of good pay up options. Devin Booker is coming off an excellent outing in Boston, and is sitting with a 32% usage rate and over 45 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. DeMar DeRozan has picked up his play, and the price has followed with him. He is in a good matchup against the Suns. There are a group of shooting guards viable for tournaments, with SGA, Russell, and Graham all sitting with plenty of upside and are in that next price tier. Dillon Brooks is averaging over 25 fantasy points per game in his last ten games, and is shooting the ball well. It is a high scoring affair on the slate, and I want plenty of pieces to it. If Jrue Holiday is out, Josh Hart becomes another strong value play. Buddy Hield is a cheaper GPP play with upside, and the matchup should keep his ownership rather low.

Small Forwards

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • LeBron James
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Will Barton
  • Carmelo Anthony – GPP
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Jarrett Culver
  • Alec Burks – GPP
  • Marcus Morris
  • Mikal Bridges – If Oubre is ruled out
  • Jae Crowder

Analysis: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are two superstars to build around. Giannis has the plus matchup against the Bulls, but are 14 point favorites where it might be tough for him to reach that full upside if he plays shorter minutes. Brandon Ingram and James are two options to build around. Ingram continues to excel, and is in a good spot against the Grizzlies. He is also quite a bit cheaper where you can save some cash. Will Barton is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game in the last ten games, and gets a below average Minnesota defense, especially with KAT back. On the flip side of this game, Jarrett Culver continues to see big minutes, and is averaging 29.1 fantasy points per game in the last ten games. Marcus Morris and Jae Crowder are cheaper options who were playing well before injury, and have a game back under their belt.

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Power Forwards

  • Anthony Davis – GPP
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Julius Randle
  • Jayson Tatum – GPP
  • Kevin Love
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Jaren Jackson
  • Draymond Green
  • Michael Porter
  • Eric Paschall – GPP

Analysis: Anthony Davis is playing tonight, and will get a rather lackluster Boston front court. He has been battling injury, but I love the upside in tournaments. Julius Randle is one of my favorite options tonight, averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in his last ten. He gets Cleveland which is a plus matchup for him. Kevin Love on the opposite side is a solid mid range play, as the Knicks rank 20th against opposing power forward. Jaren Jackson is another target from the Pelicans-Grizzlies game. Draymond Green’s play as been pedestrian this season, and that upside seems to be gone, but Portland ranks 29th against opposing power forwards this season, and is a reasonable play tonight.


  • Nikola Jokic – GPP
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Hassan Whitside
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Clint Capela – GPP
  • Jonas Valanciunas – GPP
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Dwight Howard
  • Mitchell Robinson – GPP

Analysis: Minnesota was a tougher matchup for centers with Gorgui Dieng starting, but with KAT back that defense drops down quite a bit. Nikola Jokic has been a bit up and down of late, but still has a near 55 fantasy point ceiling in the last ten games. Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, and Nikola Vucevic has been excellent averaging over 40 fantasy points per game in the last ten. Indiana ranks 23rd against centers, Golden State 27th, and Charlotte ranks 30th. If you are looking a bit cheaper, Jonas Valanciunas has a 46 fantasy point ceiling in the last ten games and New Orleans ranks 20th against opposing centers. Dwight Howard and Tristan Thompson are both cheap options in good spots tonight.

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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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