Welcome to the NBA daily fantasy basketball plays of the day for January 26th. RotoViz will be providing a ton of NBA content this year. Tune in for the On The Daily podcasts throughout the week for more in-depth analysis on a game-by-game basis.
Damian Lillard @ DAL – DK: $9,100 FD: $9,400
Damian Lillard gets an incredible matchup with the Mavericks tonight, a team he just recently posted 52 DKFP against in 38 minutes. Lillard is a high-usage monster on a team struggling to blow anyone out of the water, and that is a good combination in our little world. On the other side of the ball, Dennis Smith Jr (DK: $6,100 FD: $6,500) makes for a great play as well. He’s been pretty consistent with his 30-plus minutes a night. This should be a battle of point guards as long as the game stays competitive, and there’s no reason to think both of these options can’t help your lineups on Friday.
Jrue Holiday vs HOU – DK: $6,900 FD: $7,700
To start the season, it seemed as though Jrue Holiday had taken a back seat to the New Orleans back court and was having trouble finding his place in the offense. That trend has changed though, and he’s consistently an effective daily fantasy basketball option at a reasonable price point. No, he’s not bringing the same upside that his fellow teammates do each night, but that’s not what we need from a player in this tier. He’s had at least 15 shot attempts in six straight games, and tonight’s up-tempo matchup with the Houston Rockets should only help the cause with extra possessions.
Also Consider: Dejounte Murray (DK: $5,400 FD: $5,800), Darren Collison (DK: $6,000 FD: $5,400)
Devin Booker vs NYK – DK: $8,400 FD $8,000
Devin Booker is someone who can get hot in no time, and a competitive matchup with another underwhelming team is the perfect place to target his upside. T.J. Warren could miss tonight’s matchup with the Knicks, and if that does happen then Booker will likely take all of the shots his arms can handle. On the other side of the ball, Tim Hardaway Jr.(DK: $6,600 FD: $6,400) and Courtney Lee (DK: $5,300 FD: $5,100) both make for great options at a slightly cheaper tier. This game is going to be packed full of fantasy options, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for injury updates.
Zach LaVine vs LAL – DK: $5,900 FD: $5,400
Zach LaVine gets a great matchup with the Lakers, and he could see a few extra minutes of playing time as well. The Bulls will continue to be without Kris Dunn, so there is ample opportunity for LaVine. Since returning from action, we have seen him produce solid numbers more than once in limited minutes and – even at a slightly inflated price point – he is a viable mid-range target given his new minutes limit.
Also Consider: Victor Oladipo (DK: $9,500 FD: $9,900)
LeBron James vs IND – DK: $11,100 FD: $10,900
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are going to get it together at some point, but for our purposes we really only need to worry about James. After back-to-back disappointing outings, it was nice to see him get back on track against the Spurs in a tough loss. We all know the he is a do-it-all type fantasy option, and in a competitive game that will likely involve some fast-paced play, I want to target James where I can afford him. He is much more attainable on FanDuel (where he will likely have high ownership), but I could see him being slightly underutilized on DraftKings, making him a very interesting cash game and GPP option.
Kyle Anderson vs PHI – DK: $5,600 FD: $6,300
Kyle Anderson has done a good job filling in for the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs, and while tonight’s matchup isn’t one I actively target on a regular basis, I just love the consistency and floor Anderson has been bringing to the table. Anderson has posted less than 22 DKFP just twice over his last 10 games, and he had a nice 30 DKFP outing against the 76ers the last time they met. This is a good safe option for cash games, but I would likely want someone with a bit more upside in my GPP builds at this price point.
Also Consider: T.J. Warren (If he plays) (DK: $6,700 FD: $7,000)
Kristaps Porzingis @ PHO – DK: $8,300 FD: $8,700
Kristaps Porzingis returned to action last night, only to foul out after 27 minutes. I love this matchup, as the Suns are a team you can attack from any position. The last time these two teams played, Porzingis was a dominant force, posting 53 DKFP in 31 minutes. This is the upside you expect from top-tier player in a matchup like this, and if he duplicates that performance, then you will be in good shape at his price point.
John Henson vs BKN – DK: $4,900 FD: $5,700
This is a scary play as we only have one game with Jason Kidd out of town. John Henson saw 30 minutes of action under interim head coach Joe Prunty, and if he is going to continue see that kind of run, then he can offer some nice value until his price catches up. The Nets give up the second-most fantasy point to opposing centers, and Henson has shown in the past that he can bring upside at a cheap price. Henson has nine straight games with at least one block, and he’s pulled down at least 6 rebounds in eight of those games. He has a decent floor/ceiling for a price point that can help upgrade your lineup at another position.
Also Consider: Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Kuzma/Larry Nance
Dwight Howard vs ATL – DK: $8,800 FD: $9,900
Dwight Howard has been on a roll and heads into a plus matchup with his old team the Atlanta Hawks. The last time these two teams got together, Howard posted a solid 20-15 double double. With this game expected to remain close and the Hawks giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last five games, I would not be shocked to see Howard post a similar line. Given his rising price point, I would look at this play as more of a cash game option with a safe floor rather than a GPP option.
Tristan Thompson vs IND – DK: $3,600 FD: $3,600
The Cavs are going to be starting Tristan Thompson at the center spot, and with a bargain bin price tag, you are going to have to consider him. The matchup with the Pacers is one I want to target whether Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner starts, so if Thompson is actually going to see real run at the five, he should have trouble not producing. Kevin Love (DK: $7,300 FD: $7,100) also gets a great matchup in this spot as the power forward and should look to bounce back after a tough week on and off the court.
Also Consider: Enes Kanter (DK: $6,900 FD: $6,200)