Welcome to the Daily Fantasy Sports NBA FanDuel Top Daily Plays. This article will be featured daily, Monday through Friday during the regular season. I will rank the players according to overall value, with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day.
John Wall (WAS): $9,500 vs. NOP
John Wall continues to trend upward since returning from an injury that kept him out for nine games. Last time out he played 32 minutes and put up 42 FanDuel points. The Wizards currently have the highest projected team total in Vegas in what should be a high scoring and exciting game.
Frank Mason (SAC): $4,200 @ PHI
George Hill has been ruled out for tonight’s game and De’Aaron Fox is expected to return. This means that Frank Mason’s backup point guard minutes should be secure for at least another game. Mason, has not done great in each of his previous two games. However, he has shown that he can have the occasional 20+ FanDuel point game. We are really hurting for value options on this small slate and at the moment Frank Mason might be one of the better value options for tonight.
Other options to consider: Rajon Rondo (NOP), Eric Bledsoe (MIL)
Dwyane Wade (CLE): $4,800 @ MIL
Dwyane Wade sat out Sunday night’s game after playing the previous two games. Wade should return to the lineup tonight in an exciting matchup with the Bucks. This game is right up there with the Wizards/Pelicans game with a projected total of 217 points. Wade no longer possesses the upside needed for GPP contests, but he should be a somewhat safe cash game option on this small slate.
E’Twaun Moore (NOP): 4,600 @ WAS
E’Twaun Moore had a down game on Friday night in Denver. Moore’s output is subject to the occasional dud performance when you consider the usage percentage taken up by Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. However, Moore has been pretty solid over the month of December, averaging 26.2 FanDuel points per game.
Other options to consider: Khris Middleton (MIL), Jrue Holiday (NOP), JJ Redick
LeBron James (CLE): $12,000 @ MIL
LeBron James has been the greatest player in the league for quite some time now. However, I cannot recall a season where his fantasy production has been so consistent. LeBron has averaged 55.34 FanDuel points per game this season and put up 61 points against the Bucks back in November.
Dante Cunningham (NOP): $3,600 @ WAS
After LeBron and Antetokounmpo, the quality really drops off at the small forward position tonight, so I really recommend punting at the position unless another viable value option pops up later today. Dante Cunningham has been solid when given the opportunity, but he normally only plays around 20 minutes. I’m willing to take a chance on that tonight given the lack of value options on this small slate.
Other options to consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Kelly Oubre Jr. (WAS) (If Porter is out)
John Henson (MIL): $5,500 vs. CLE
John Henson is another player who doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he has definitely been a stable DFS option since the Bucks traded Greg Monroe to the Suns. The matchup against the Cavs is not a great one, but he should still be a decent cash game option.
Mike Scott (WAS): $4,500 vs. NOP
Markieff Morris has been battling through some injuries lately which has led to Mike Scott seeing an increase in minutes. With the increase in minutes, Scott has been an excellent option lately averaging 26.44 FanDuel points over his last five games. He should be able to hit that average if he continues to see between 25 and 30 minutes per game.
Other options to consider: Anthony Davis (NOP), Jae Crowder (CLE)
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP): $11,000 @ WAS
DeMarcus Cousins did not have a great game on Friday night in Denver when you consider his salary. With that being said, Cousins has been outstanding this season and should be able to bounce back in a big way against Marcin Gortat and the Wizards.
Other options to consider: Marcin Gortat (WAS), Joel Embiid (PHI), Tristan Thompson (CLE),