Sharing core plays and a cheat sheet for January 15, 2020, NBA DFS slate on DraftKings.
Welcome to our NBA Core Plays & Cheat Sheet column for DraftKings.
We’ll be sharing this article with you for all main slates (2 games+) over the course of the 2019-2020 NBA season. Let’s get at it!
PF/C – Al Horford, PHI vs BKN, $6,700 – This is an easy one for me here, given how well Horford’s played this season with Joel Embiid off the floor. He’s line-priced with FanDuel which isn’t always the best relative value spot to target, but the price allows for a pretty easy path to a 5+ ROI in cash games (where he’s best suited).
SG/SF – Jimmy Butler, MIA vs SAS, $8,600 – As much as I love Zach LaVine here, his price makes him more of a fade for me tonight. Enter Jimmy Buckets who is not only cheaper, but has arguably just as good of a match-up against DeMar DeRozan and the Spurs. They rank 4th on the slate in terms of defensive FPPG (232.5) in the last couple weeks, giving up above average production to SGs (where Butler often lines up). Given elite usage and minutes, he should easily pay off in cash games at minimum with nice eligibility.
PG – Chris Paul, OKC vs TOR, $6,600 – The last time these two teams met, Paul went for over 51 DKP in 34 minutes of 33.3% usage action. His price is just about as low as it’s been this year, and he’s scored 36+ DKP in 4 of his last 5 games (4 straight prior to an off game in a 13 point win @ MIN). Back on home turf and against strong competition, he should bring his A game here and deliver another 35-40+ point night.
C – Enes Kanter, BOS vs DET, $5,700 – The Pistons have been quite poor against opposing big men of late, ranking in the bottom of the league over the last couple weeks by allowing Cs to score over 63 FPPG in that time. That’s been driven by over 22 PPG, over 17 REB/G and 4+ BLK/G to the position. Kanter’s been playing well for BOS lately, and given the healthy situation, makes for a great mid-range option at the price in a plus match-up.
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.
$ Tier PG SG SF PF C High Russell Westbrook (9.6k / 50.01) Jimmy Butler (8.6k / 47.86) LeBron James (10.4k / 55.73) Anthony Davis (10k / 0.00) Damian Lillard (9k / 48.23) Pascal Siakam (7.8k / 37.67) Ben Simmons (8.7k / 46.27) Medium Chris Paul (6.6k / 36.28) C.J. McCollum (6.8k / 38.10) Carmelo Anthony (6.2k / 33.50) Al Horford (6.7k / 34.76) Enes Kanter (5.7k / 32.76) Will Barton (7k / 36.34) Buddy Hield (6.5k / 34.32) Tobias Harris (6.9k / 38.00) Myles Turner (6.5k / 32.04) Terry Rozier (6.7k / 31.78) Josh Richardson (6.4k / 32.55) Malcolm Brogdon (6.7k / 37.96) Low Monte Morris (3.6k / 19.78) Terrence Ross (4.4k / 29.90) Trevor Ariza (4.2k / 21.97) P.J. Tucker (4.2k / 24.90) Jakob Poeltl (3.3k / 18.76) Kent Bazemore (4k / 23.58) Daniel Theis (4.2k / 24.64) Harrison Barnes (4.9k / 27.46)