The NBA Daily Plays for Monday, November 29th breaks down the best Stud, Value and GPP plays at each position for FanDuel and DraftKings daily fantasy sports contests. The Stud & Value plays should be considered relatively chalky and are ideal for cash games. The GPP plays dig a little deeper to hopefully find some low owned talent who could pay off big in a tournament. Make sure you check out our NBA projections page to help in your DFS research.
Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings (FD $8,300, DK $9,000) –
If the blowout wasn’t a factor, Rondo would’ve likely triple-doubled again last night. Instead, the point guard was given too small of a window to continue his fantasy domination. Tonight, Rondo should pick up right where he left off, as he plays in what should be the most fruitful game of the evening. DAL @ SAC features an insane 218 O/U, complemented by a marginal spread. You’ll want a ton of exposure to this matchup, so start by targeting the player that will produce the most.
Jerryd Bayless (FD $4,500, DK $4,900)-
Coach Jason Kidd gave Bayless 43 minutes last night in a loss vs. the Hornets, which allowed the guard to hit well above his value. While he’s unlikely to hit such a threshold consistently, it seems that Kidd is more than happy to give Bayless ample time in the front court. As long as the young Buck stays at a low salary, he’s well worth the play.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (FD $11,000, DK $10,600)-
Westbrook was dreadful vs. the Pistons in his last outing, and saw his salary deflate majorly because of it. Now is the time to strike, as the most athletic point guard in the league is bound to be overlooked from now on. The return of Durant has allowed Westbrook to become an explosive tournament play, and the all star has the opportunity to devastate the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (FD $10,700, DK $10,300) –
No matter the salary or matchup, James Harden has become unfadeable. Just play the man.
Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks (FD $4,700, DK $4,400)-
Matthews is a great target tonight, as he’s a value play in the highest-scoring game of the evening. On FanDuel, Matthews makes for a great complement in terms of Harden salary relief.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls (FD $8,300, DK $8,000) –
Jimmy Butler has a tough matchup tonight vs. the Spurs as he’ll be subjected to Kawhi Leonard defense. However, Butler provides the benefit of an extreme usage rate along with consistent production. That usage is likely to soar even higher tonight, as the Bulls are overwhelmed with injuries in the front court. If paying up for Harden isn’t an option, Butler is an ideal alternative.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings (FD $7,100, DK $7,200)
It pains me to recommend Gay tonight, as he’s put the fantasy community through some arduous times as of late. However, his situation tonight is difficult to ignore, and he’s in line for big time production. Gay is appealing whether DeMarcus Cousins sits or plays, and should have no issues making value vs. the Mavericks defense.
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat (FD $3,800, DK $4,000) –
At first it was difficult for me to justify playing Winslow tonight, but he’s in a great spot. The rookie is logging consistent minutes, and is producing well in nearly every outing. He’s a force on the boards, is scoring at a appealing pace. Tonight, he’ll square off against a Celtics team that has had some trouble defending the wing. Justise will keep your wins high, not low.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz (FD $6,500, DK $6,600) –
Thanks to his recent hot streak, Hayward is projected to be the 2nd best value tonight on our spreadsheets. The hoop has gotten bigger for Hayward, as he’s averaged 21.6 PPG over his last five starts. The small forward will have to turn in heavy production for the Jazz tonight as they attempt to keep up with the Warriors.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (FD $8,600, DK $7,700) –
OKC @ ATL is another game you’ll want exposure to, and Paul Millsap makes for a great target. His dominance has been astounding, and the Hawks will look to their star power forward to stuff the stat sheet. Millsap is absurdly priced on DraftKings, and he should be a staple in every lineup.
Dwight Powell (FD $4,600, DK $4,400)-
Dwight Powell is another value target in DAL @ SAC, which will feature plenty of fantasy goodness. Powell is the priority option off of the bench for the Mavs, and will receive his fair share of minutes in a close battle with the Kings. Power forward is fairly shallow tonight, and Powell is a safe value grab.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (FD $9,100, DK $9,100)-
Now that Griffin’s salary has come back down to Earth, he makes for a fine play, despite the inconsistencies. The power forward has an elite matchup tonight, as Portland doesn’t have an answer for Griffin defensively.
Kosta Koufos, Sacramento Kings (FD $4,500, DK $5,200) –
If you had told me at the beginning of this season that I’d be recommending Kosta Koufos as a stud play, I’d laugh in your face. Koufos has legit talent, and stunned the Warriors with 14 points and 7 rebounds in only 23 minutes. Cousins is a game-time decision, and even if he plays, Koufos is well worth his salary.
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets (FD $4,600, DK $5,100)-
Instead of spelling Dwight Howard with Capela’s excellent production, Coach Bickerstaff as decided to instead play them side by side. Capela dominated the Knicks front court yesterday, putting up 18 points and 11 rebounds. Howard will be limited to 25 minutes tonight, which means Capela will see plenty of time vs. the Pistons.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (FD $9,300, DK $8,900)
There are several low-priced options at center tonight, so paying up at the position will be quite contrarian. If you have the salary to do so, Drummond makes for a great tournament play, as he should have a field day vs. Houston’s front court. The center’s ceiling is sky-high.