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NBA DFS Plays: Monday, Jan. 31

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 31, 2022, 3:06 pm ET

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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at Monday’s eight-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Tyrese Maxey - Philadelphia (vs. Memphis) - DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $24 

Joel Embiid will not play on Monday, and that shakes up the entire DFS landscape. Most notably, every other Philadelphia regular sees a nice usage uptick. It just so happens that Maxey’s salary has fallen to an attainable mid-range level. That presents an interesting buy-low opportunity against the Grizzlies. Maxey only needs an average game (30 FP) to meet value, and he should see enough opportunities to fly past that tonight. 

Also Consider: Stephen Curry, Tre Mann

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SHOOTING GUARD

CJ McCollum - Portland (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,600 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30

Damian Lillard is still out for the Blazers, so McCollum will continue to step up. The Portland shooting guard is coming off an extended absence of his own, but it seems that McCollum has found his groove with a 38 FPPG average over his last two games. The matchup looks great tonight, facing an Oklahoma City team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. 

Also Consider: Tyrese Haliburton, Josh Giddey, Tyler Herro

SMALL FORWARD

Luguentz Dort - Oklahoma City (vs. Portland) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $20

Add Oklahoma City to the list of teams taking the court without their best player tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out for the Thunder, meaning the other OKC role players will need to step up. Dort is up to the task, as he came through with 40 fantasy points vs. Indiana last game. Gilgeous-Alexander left early in that game, and Dort stepped up nicely. Needless to say, he’s too cheap when considering the increased role. 

Also Consider: RJ Barrett, Luke Kennard 

POWER FORWARD

Tobias Harris - Philadelphia (vs. Memphis) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $32

The matchup against Memphis doesn’t jump off the screen, but you can certainly stack the 76ers this evening. Embiid’s absence sends a ripple effect throughout the lineup, and other players should see a boost in points, rebounds, and assists because of it. Harris could be the biggest beneficiary, and he has one of the better matchups of Philadelphia players, as Memphis ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Go ahead and lock in Harris with confidence tonight! 

Also Consider: Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga

CENTER

Andre Drummond - Philadelphia (vs. Memphis) - DK: $3,700 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $27

Drummond is far too cheap when considering that he’s stepping into a featured role with Embiid out. As long as he stays out of foul trouble, Drummond should see around 25-30 minutes for the Sixers. His fantasy projection hovers around 30-35+ FP within that. Philadelphia will need Drummond to protect the rim and combat the big Memphis frontline, so he should have plenty of chances to produce. 

Also Consider: Jusuf Nurkic

POTENTIAL BARGAINS

Tre Mann (PG - OKC) is a candidate to fill in for Gilgeous-Alexander. It’s difficult to predict how this OKC rotation will shake out, but Mann is worth a shot while holding a near-minimum salary. With “SGA” leaving early in the last game, Mann came through with 18 FP in 26 minutes. Perhaps he can build on that? 

Jonathan Kuminga (SF/PF - GSW) could see 25-30 minutes for the Warriors tonight. Draymond Green and Otto Porter have been ruled out, so Kuminga is a candidate to pick up the slack. There was a streak in mid-January where Kuminga saw 24+ minutes in three straight games. His average over that span: 33 FPPG.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.