DraftKings NBA DFS Core Plays & Cheat Sheet – December 14, 2019

Welcome to the FC Insights Core Plays and Cheat Sheet Article for DraftKings.

In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays for DraftKings for each night of the 2019-2020 NBA DFS season.

Core Plays

PG-Ish Smith-$5,400

I know Isaiah Thomas is listed as questionable for tonight’s contests but I doubt he plays just based on some of his recent comments. If Thomas is out as expected I am going right back to Smith who has played well in the past four games with Thomas out. In those games, Smith is averaging 15.3 points, two rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 28.13 fantasy points. Smith has not just played well in his spot starts but I also love the match-up for him as the Grizzlies are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to point guards this season.

SF/PF-Paul Geroge-$8,300

This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Clippers and that should mean we see Kawhi Leonard sit. If Leonard is out as expected you guys should know what to do by rostering Geroge. With Leonard off the court this season, George has a usage rate of 34.7% and is averaging 1.64 fantasy points per minute. If we look at just the games that George has played and Leonard has sat we will see that George is averaging 46 fantasy points per game in those five games.

PF/C-Jerami Grant-$4,700

Grant is coming off a big game in which he scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds on his way to 32.75 fantasy points. Grant’s big game was made possible by the fact that Paul Millsap was forced out of the game early due to a quad injury. While Millsap has a chance to suit up tonight it is looking more and more likely that he sits and that is the case I like Grant to have another big game against his former team the Thunder.

PG/SG-James Harden-$12,900

It is going to take some work to get Harden in your lineups as he is uber-expensive but make no mistake he needs to be in your lineups. The reason why Harden needs to be in your lineups is the simple fact that Russell Westbrook is expected to get the night off. This season with Westbrook off the court, Harden has seen his usage increase 9.1% to 47.8%. Harden is averaging an elite 1.84 fantasy points per minute with Westbrook off the court. Harden not only sees the huge predictable boost with Westbrook out but I also love the match-up against the Pistons who rank 19th in defensive net rating this season.

Cheat Sheet

Please note that we can only list a player at one position on the cheat sheets and unless otherwise noted I like the player at both of their eligible positions.

$ TierPGSGSFPFC
High
James Harden
(12.9k / 64.24)
Jimmy Butler
(9.4k / 48.45)
Giannis Antetokounmpo
(11.5k / 59.66)
Andre Drummond
(9.1k / 0.00)
Luka Doncic
(12k / 60.12)
Paul George
(8.3k / 47.41)
Bam Adebayo
(8.1k / 43.44)
Medium
Spencer Dinwiddie
(7.7k / 39.98)
Davis Bertans
(6.8k / 36.14)
Pascal Siakam
(7.9k / 43.98)
Clint Capela
(7.5k / 43.16)
Kendrick Nunn
(6.4k / 32.39)
Kevin Love
(7.1k / 34.02)
Jarrett Allen
(7k / 32.97)
Will Barton
(6.3k / 32.23)
Kristaps Porzingis
(6.6k / 38.63)
Jaren Jackson Jr.
(6.5k / 35.70)
Low
Ishmael Smith
(5.4k / 29.45)
Dillon Brooks
(5.1k / 27.82)
Maurice Harkless
(4.3k / 24.13)
Jerami Grant
(4.7k / 24.92)
Marc Gasol
(5.3k / 25.63)
Bruce Brown Jr.
(3.7k / 19.22)
Troy Brown
(5k / 31.32)
Ben McLemore
(4.6k / 25.72)

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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