Draftkings NBA presents us with a nine game slate and a ton of value for our cash games. Don’t forget that we will update our DFS NBA stats and projections LIVE as the injury news breaks leading up to tip off, and you can also find our daily basketball analyst team in DFS chat helping set subscriber lineups.
DraftKings NBA cash plays for Monday 11/13/17
Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($7,300)
There’s clearly some recency bias going on here, but Ball still strikes me as a very good cash play today. First, he’s coming off a 70 point DK game, obviously, but more importantly in two games before that in difficult matchups he was still hitting value (Boston and Washington). More so, looking through his matchups this season he’s only faced one team (Brooklyn) that ranks in the top half of FPPG allowed to the PG position, yet is still averaging 34 FPPG overall. Tonight he gets a cupcake matchup against the Suns on the road in a game that features a 1.5 point spread and a 227.5 total, which is 2nd on the slate behind GS/ORL. Phoenix has fallen to 29th in the league in defensive efficiency, and has given up the 9th most FPPG to the point guard position. Ball’s usage is not extraordinarily high, but his game to game floor is raised by his ability to rack up assists, rebounds and steals. It also looks like he might be finally getting his shot to fall after not clearing 26% FG% his previous 5 games.
Other options: Damian Lillard, John Wall, CJ McCollum, Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Lou Williams
Jimmy Butler – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,700)
Butler lived up to his word on Saturday actually taking the ball on offense and being aggressive with it, finally. He took 17 shots and got to the free throw line 16 times, going for a season high 44.5 DK points. I expect that trend to continue tonight against the Rudy Gobert-less Jazz. Without Gobert’s rim protection Jimmy should have no problem beating rookie Donovan Mitchell or Rodney Hood off the dribble and getting to the cup. Also, the Jazz have been getting hammered by opposing SGs, including an 80 fantasy point game to Harden and a 37 actual point outing allowed to DeMar Derozan a couple games ago. Even JJ Redick had 27 DK points against the Jazz team WITH Rudy Gobert. Oddly, but true, they’ve also allowed the most rebounds in the league to opposing teams shooting guards, which is something Jimmy does extremely well. Overall, the Jazz have been gashed all season by shooting guards, allowing the 11th most FPPG to the position. His floor is extremely high in this spot, and I fully expect him to continue his aggression on offense against a team that should struggle to stop him from getting in the paint. Consider this the lowest price we’ll be able to get a $9,000 + talent level player.
Other options: Devin Booker, Klay Thompson (must if Steph is out), CJ McCollum, Tim Hardway Jr., Brandon Ingram, Lou Williams, Donovan Mitchell, Taurean Prince, JJ Redick, Evan Turner, Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee – New York Knicks ($4,100)
Boy it feels weird touting Courtney Lee, but here we are. Lee has actually been on a tear for a while this season having reached 5x value on DK in 9 of his last 10 games. That’s unprecedented for almost any player. The small forward position as a whole is not super strong, and going down for a 4.1k punt may be ideal tonight especially when you consider the excellent matchup Lee has. The Cavaliers rank dead last in defensive efficiency on the season, and allow the most FPPG to the small forward position. If Lee plays some SG that’s fine too, as the Cavs have given up the 2nd most FPPG to that position as well. He’s continuing to see well into the 30s in minutes during close games, so I’d be shocked if Lee doesn’t get you a minimum of 20 fantasy points in a near dream spot tonight.
Other options: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Tim Hardaway JR., Will Barton (If Harris is out), Brandon Ingram, Robert Covington, Taurean Prince, JJ Redick, Evan Turner, Luke Babbitt
Derrick Favors – Utah Jazz ($4,600)
And now it’s time for the super chalky segment of this article. Favors is coming off a 46 fantasy point outing against Brooklyn at home where Rudy Gobert did not play. He played a season high 36 minutes (previous was 31), and should continue to play somewhere between 30-35 minutes while Gobert is sidelined the next 4-6 weeks. We can certainly expect someone as talented as Favors, albeit injury plagued, to see a pretty steep price hike shortly during this stretch, but we get to enjoy a chalk night before that. The Timberwolves have also allowed the 4th most FPPG to the power forward position while ranking a pathetic 27th overall in defensive efficiency despite massive talent. This game is projected to be fairly close, but regardless Favors should be locked into your DK cash games with a sizeable increase in minutes and usage.
Other options: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap, TJ Warren, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Luke Babbitt
Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers ($8,700)
While this doesn’t set up as a slam dunk spot for Griffin, I still really like him in cash games because of the great floor he offers, especially at home. His price is down quite a bit, and may be at the lowest point it’ll be all season (yes, he was $8,600 last game), but that’s mostly due to the string of difficult matchups he’s had recently. He’s faced NO, OKC, SA, MIA, MEM, DAL (blowout), DET and Utah over his last 8 games where he’s still averaged roughly 40-45 DK points in non-blowouts. The 76ers were just roasted for 50 DK points by another play-making power forward in Draymond Green, and still rank a middling 17th overall in defensive efficiency. The 76ers also rank 3rd in the NBA in pace, meaning Blake should have more opportunities in transition, which is always a good thing for a player of his ilk. Griffin also has the 20th highest usage rate in the NBA this season, so when you add it altogether you have an underappreciated high floor center/power forward option tonight who should give you 40 points at a minimum with a ceiling well past 50.
Other options: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Dario SaricFantasy Basketball