FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet 1/22/19

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

  • Pelicans (120)
  • Clippers (119)
  • Heat (119)
  • Celtics (119)
  • Rockets (119)
  • Spurs (116)
  • Lakers (116)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Thunder (104)
  • Magic (105)
  • Warriors (105)

Potential Blowouts

  • Lakers (-11)
  • Heat (-10)

Injury Report

  • Andre Drummond – Questionable
  • Kawhi Leonard – Out
  • Paul George – Out
  • Trae Young – Questionable
  • Joel Embiid – Out
  • Jamal Murray – Out
  • Derrick Favors – Questionable
  • Jaylen Brown – Out
  • RJ Barrett – Out
  • Patrick Beverley – Questionable
  • Steven Adams – Questionable
  • Richaun Holmes – Out
  • Marcus Morris – Questionable
  • DJ Augustin – Out
  • Gary Harris – Doubtful
  • Josh Hart – Questionable

Point Guards

  • Trae Young
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Ben Simmons
  • De’Aaron Fox – GPP
  • Derrick Rose
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Kemba Walker
  • Malcolm Brogdon
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Kendrick Nunn – GPP
  • Kris Dunn – GPP
  • Derrick White

Analysis: The Clippers-Hawks game is going to be a fun one, and Patrick Beverley is listed as doubtful which knocks down at that backcourt defense for Trae Young to take over. He is averaging 48 fantasy points over his last ten games, although he just popped up as questionable so we will need to monitor. Ben Simmons continues to take over with Joel Embiid out, and is averaging 50.6 fantasy points in the last ten games. Tough matchup against Toronto, but his FPPM production is stellar. Lonzo Ball continues to be one of the top fantasy options of late, and is going to get San Antonio, which are not a good defense. The Pelicans have a 120 implied total, and Ball is averaging 40 fantasy points in his last ten games. The mid range has a lot of good matchups with Kemba Walker going up against Memphis, and Malcolm Brogdon going up against Phoenix, who both rank in the bottom 12 against point guards.

Shooting Guards

  • James Harden
  • Devin Booker
  • Zach LaVine
  • DeMar Derozan
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Bradley Beal – GPP
  • Andrew Wiggins – GPP
  • Lou Williams
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Marcus Smart
  • Buddy Hield
  • Kevin Huerter
  • Jordan Clarkson

Analysis: It is hard not to like the top tier tonight, but especially DeMar DeRozan. He gets New Orleans, who are a bottom offense and the Spurs have a whopping 116 implied total. DeRozan also has a 28% usage rate and 45 fantasy points per game average over the last ten games. Zach LaVine has been shooting lights out and has a usage rate over 30% in the last ten games. Minnesota is also a defense we want to target. Jrue Holiday has bounced back from injury and gets a good matchup against the Spurs. Lou Williams is likely to start tonight for the injured Patrick Beverley, and he is one of the top plays on the slate. Donovan Mitchell is way too cheap on FanDuel, sitting at $6,200 and is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game.

Small Forwards

  • LeBron James
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Pascal Siakam
  • Will Barton
  • Gordon Hayward
  • TJ Warren
  • Jarrett Culver
  • Alec Burks – GPP
  • Glenn Robinson

Analysis: There are not a ton of options I love here tonight, and don’t mind sticking in the mid range. TJ Warren gets a nice little revenge game against the Suns, averaging 30 fantasy points over his last game. Revenge aside, it is a nice matchup. Jarrett Culver is a nice mid range play against a Chicago defense, or lack there of. I like Gordon Hayward tonight at his price, and Jaylen Brown is out as well, and Hayward as averaged just a shade over one FPPM with him off the court. Jayson Tatum sees a big bump, getting a 4.6% usage increase and 0.14 FPPM bump. Will Barton has averaged 1.07 FPPM with Murray and Harris off the floor, and has a 23% usage rate. He gets a strong matchup tonight against Houston, and isn’t priced too badly.

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Power Forwards

  • Domantas Sabonis
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Julius Randle – GPP
  • Jayson Tatum
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Al Horford
  • Jaren Jackson – GPP
  • Robert Covington
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Michael Porter

Analysis: Indiana is in a great spot tonight, and Domantas Sabonis is in a great spot, and the same goes for Bam Adebayo. Jayson Tatum is the one I am after now, given the Jaylen Brown news. LaMarcus Aldridge is in a good spot tonight, facing the Pelicans who are bottom ten against opposing front courts. Al Horford is averaging 30 fantasy points per game over the last ten, and continues to be a reliable option with Embiid out. Jaren Jackson and Robert Covington are both in play tonight. Covington is in an easier matchup against Chicago, who rank 20th against PF. Boston isn’t too far behind, ranking 20th. Namenja Bjelica is a strong play tonight with Marvin Magley out, and Michael Porter continues to earn plenty of run. Paul Millsap is also out again tonight.


  • Nikola Jokic – GPP
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Deandre Ayton
  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Dwight Howard
  • Myles Turner – GPP

Analysis: It has been hard to trust Nikola Jokic at this price tag, but that upside is always there. I’m fine with him in GPPs, but Karl-Anthony Towns is the high priced option I would pay up for. Chicago ranks 23rd against opposing centers. Rudy Gobert is in a good spot against GS, who rank 27th against opposing centers this season, and also struggle on the glass. Deandre Ayton has been playing well, and Indy has a weakness against centers. With Leonard and George out tonight, Montrezl Harrell has seen 1.29 FPPM and a 31% usage rate with them off the court. Dwight Howard is a cheap option to consider tonight, and in a good spot against New York.

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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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