FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Cheat Sheet 3/9/20

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

  • Jazz (114)
  • Hawks (113)
  • Nuggets (113)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Hornets (109)
  • Raptors (109)
  • Bucks (108)

Potential Blowouts

  • None

Point Guards

  • Trae Young
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Jamal Murray – GPP
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Terry Rozier
  • Mike Conley – GPP

trae youngAnalysis: With Giannis Antetokounmpo out the next few games, we are going to have some chalky options on the Bucks. Especially on a three game slate tonight. With him off the court, Eric Bledsoe has averaged 1.44 FPPM and has a 32.6% usage rate. This is an 8% usage bump and 0.29 FPPM bump for him as well. His play hasn’t been great of late, but the price tag and usage is tough to pass up on. Trae Young is a tremendous pay up option tonight, averaging 45 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. He gets Charlotte, who rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards. Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley are in middle of the road spots, and I like Lowry’s price on FD much more than I do on DraftKings. Terry Rozier has been playing well due to injuries of late, but is in a good matchup for this slate given the Atlanta defense isn’t much better than their own against backcourts.

Shooting Guards

  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Khris Middleton
  • Devonte Graham – GPP
  • Norman Powell
  • Kevin Huerter
  • Jordan Clarkson

khris middletonAnalysis: Khris Middleton will be the other popular play, as he sees a 7.5% usage bump and 0.20 FPPM bump with Giannis off the floor this season. This brings his numbers to a 34% usage rate and 1.43 FPPM. Middleton has averaged 38 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. Donovan Mitchell has a 30% usage rate this season, and is averaging 40 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. Obviously two of the better defenses in the league squaring off with the Jazz and the Raptors, but he is an excellent option. Devonte Graham has been tough to trust, but is in a good spot against Atlanta. I like him in GPPs, where I struggle to trust him in cash games over the other options. Norman Powell continues to play well, averaging over 40 fantasy points over the last two weeks. He is a tremendous value on FD, but priced up more on DK.

Small Forwards

  • Pascal Siakam
  • Bojan Bogdanovic
  • Miles Bridges
  • Will Barton
  • Cam Reddish – GPP
  • De’Andre Hunter – GPP

siakamAnalysis: Not a lot of true small forward options on this slate, so paying down is fine. On FanDuel, Siakam is SF only, where you have Siakam as both SF/PF on DraftKings. I am using him as a SF tonight, and he is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. He has a 28% usage rate on the year, and is averaging 1.19 FPPM. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 28 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks, and I like his upside tonight in a middle of the road spot against Toronto. His price tag isn’t too bad either. Miles Bridges is in the best spot of all the small forwards, as Atlanta ranks 30th in defensive efficiency against the position. Bridges is averaging right around 25 fantasy points per game in the last two weeks. Both Reddish and Hunter have shown the upside, but minutes and consistency have not been there. I don’t mind them as tournament punts, but nothing more.

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Power Forwards

  • John Collins
  • Serge Ibaka
  • PJ Washington
  • Paul Millsap – GPP
  • Jerami Grant

John CollinsAnalysis: The forward spot overall is pretty bland. John Collins is my favorite in a great spot against the Hornets, who struggle against opposing bigs. Collins continues to play well, and is averaging 43 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. After that, Serge Ibaka will continue to get run even with Marc Gasol back, who is working his way back slowly. Ibaka is averaging 29 over the last two weeks. Paul Millsap and Jerami Grant have been splitting minutes more so of late, and are cheap options tonight against Milwaukee. Millsap has been up and down, Grant has been slightly more consistent. Due to the lack of options, they are in play tonight. PJ Washington is someone I am interested in tonight, as he gets Atlanta’s defense. Washington is playing well of late, and projects very well for his price tag.


  • Nikola Jokic
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Brook Lopez
  • Dewayne Dedmon

nikola jokicAnalysis: Brook Lopez also gets a strong fantasy bump with Giannis off the court, as he sees a 22.3% usage rate, and averages 1.06 FPPM. This is up 4% and he has an increase of 0.12 in FPPM. Tough matchup for him against the Denver Nuggets, who are strong against opposing centers. But if you want a cheap option, he is averaging 25 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. Dewayne Dedmon is the other cheap option, and Charlotte ranks 26th against opposing centers and struggle on the glass. Dedmon should be able to bring some value at his price tags, even if he plays 20-25 minutes. The other options are bigger names, but are not in great matchups. Gobert and Jokic are two guys to look at as usual. Milwaukee has struggled against centers at times, where Toronto has been pretty tough. Both are averaging over 35 fantasy points in the last two weeks.

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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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