Welcome in to a new year of Spike’s NBA DFS Building Blocks for DraftKings and FanDuel! In this article, I will highlight my favorite NBA DFS plays at each position for small-field tournament formats. If you’re interested in signing up for premium access, which grants you Core Plays for every slate, projections, Final Thoughts player pool + expert picks and our premium Discord click HERE. You can also sign up for our plethora of AI-driven sports betting tools and access to my weekly betting card by clicking HERE. Let’s get into some plays…
I don’t believe we are waiting on a ton of news as we have aleady gotten a good chunk of it. The Cavs are without Darius Garland and might not even have Donovan Mitchell who is a new questionable on the list. Look out for that news as we should already have 2 CLE guys in our builds but having him out I would sfely say you can have 3. Devin Booker has been ruled out so Jordan Goodwin should absorb a good 25 minutes.
In terms of chalk — Jordan Goodwin should be the highest owned player on the slate at the moment. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Coby White ended up with some high ownership with his more involved roll.
For tournaments,I like to get really weird. Jordan Poole has some big upside over in Washington. Memphis is on a B2B here with the Wizards being at home. Poole should be single digit owned tonight (as of now, could change later) and I love taking shots with him.
If you’re someone whos likes to game stack, PHX/UTA could be a sneaky game. I think it could be faster paced than expected. UTA has been pesky and difficult and should stick around so birng back any PHX stack with Jordan Clarkson.
We should once ag see HEAVY ownership on Evan Mobley and for good reason. Jaime Jacuez should absorb a good chunk of Butler’s minutes as he has been ruled out along with several others. Jacuez is basiclly min price and should be treated as a free square (if starting).
We also have Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant and Jaren Jackson Jr are picking up high ownership numbers. Jackson is the most interesting to me as he always comes with super high block/steal upside. Caris LeVert is a must as well with Darius Garland ruled out.
Personally really liking John Collins with the Jazz. He should be somewhat owned by not in the 20% range and is coming off a solid double-double against the Clippers. It is a strong possibility he can repeat that performance against a somewhat crippled PHX team.
From an ownership standpoint it looks like it is going to be an Xavier Tillman night. Cleary going to be stepping right into Steven Adams role and has looked solid to start out the year. We currently have him projected for 30%+ and nearly 6x for value. It is pretty hard to go away from numbers like that. You can also easily plug Jaren Jackon Jr here too.
Outside of Tillman, both Myles Turner and Jalen Duren are solid options as well. Turner is a solid pivot from Jackson Jr with similar upside. Overall its a solid little 7 game slate but the first week we don’t have a ton to go off and will have a ton more data to analyze everything with a the season continues. Make sure to be in the discord for when we get late injury news as we will dissect who benefits and who should be played.
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