The NBA Cheat Sheet is an article that will come your way five days a week all season with the goal of breaking down the best and worst matchups/spots at each position.

It’s crucial to have all the latest lineup and injury news when constructing your fantasy basketball lineups. Make sure you’re following @DKLive for every update, and also feel free to hit me up on Twitter with any comments or questions — @JulianEdlow.

Here’s what stands out on Monday’s six-game slate:


Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 30th
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 29th
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 28th

Chris Paul ($6,600) remains extremely cheap in his fourth game back from injury. He’s been solid so far, scoring at least 32 DKFP in each of his three games, and rested in Houston’s last game. This could be a spot for CP3 to re-establish himself. If you need to dig deeper for value, the Spurs’ backcourt can help you out there.

WORST
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4th
Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets, 11th

The Pelicans are still so shorthanded that the matchups really don’t matter at this point. Jrue Holiday ($8,700) is still way too cheap, while Frank Jackson ($3,700) should be a fantastic value play. Jackson went 42 minutes in his last game scoring 31 DKFP. Jackson wasn’t shy, getting up 20 field goal attempts, so he looks to make the most of his new role.



Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 30th
Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans, 26th
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers, 23rd

The Pacers are another shorthanded team, giving us some other value to go with the Pelicans. Cory Joseph ($4,100) has seen his role grow since Victor Oladipo (knee) went down for the season, and is still underpriced. The same can be said for Kenrich Williams ($4,300), who has played at least 30 minutes in three straight games. Williams is averaging nearly 33 DKFP over that three game span, so assuming his role remains the same, we’re getting more great value here.

WORST
Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets, 2nd
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 4th
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 5th

Rostering James Harden ($12,900) is a tough call on this slate. His salary went up after he torched Utah for 86.5 DKFP on Saturday, but that was the game Paul rested. Harden had “just” 58 DKFP the last time he shared the floor with Paul, so it’s tough to cough up this much salary on him against the Suns. If you have the room, go for it, but DeMar DeRozan ($7,500) is a much cheaper alternative. DeRozan’s discount and pace of play should trump the positional matchup here.



Small Forward Matchups

BEST
Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pacers, 30th
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 28th
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 23rd

The Wizards have been getting a huge chunk of their production from the SF position, and this is the perfect matchup for that trend to continue. Jeff Green ($4,900) has been particularly hot lately, averaging about 36 DKFP over his last two contests. Otto Porter Jr. ($5,900) and Trevor Ariza ($5,700) also set up to be in strong spots.

WORST
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons, 2nd
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 3rd

I’ll be fading these spots with the exception of all the value on the Pelicans. You can slot Williams in here, or look to Darius Miller ($4,800), who is playing huge minutes and proven capable of putting up big games.



Power Forward Matchups

BEST
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 29th
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 28th
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 27th

Keeping the value trend going, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4,100) is a GPP consideration. He’s coming off a couple of terrible games, but the beat up Nets will need all the bodies they can get. The top plays here are sticking with the Washington forwards. Porter, Ariza and Green are all SF/PF eligible.

WORST
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 3rd
Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets, 6th
Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs, 7th

Josh Jackson ($5,700) has been on a roll lately. He’s more of a wing player, so don’t concern yourself with the positional matchup here. Jackson’s SF/PF eligible, though, so you can slot him in here if you want to pivot of those Washington plays.



Center Matchups

BEST
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets, 30th
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 29th
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 24th

Brook Lopez ($5,400) has been inconsistent, but has shown a high ceiling in good spots. He’s scored 35 or more DKFP in three of his last six games, and managed 34 DKFP against Brooklyn earlier this year. The spot sets up well for Lopez against a horrendous Brooklyn frontcourt.

WORST
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 2nd
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers, 5th
Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets, 6th

There are worthy plays in each of these poor matchups, just because salary and injuries set up strong spots. Cheick Diallo ($3,200) is just another Pelicans player to consider, going for 31 DKFP in his last game. The 10x upside here for near minimum salary shouldn’t be ignored due to a matchup.



Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at BKN ($10,900) — Harden is a great play if you can fit him, but saving $2,000 on Giannis seems more appealing to me. Giannis has an extremely safe floor, and the Nets are the type of matchup he can reach his ceiling against. Giannis managed 72 DKFP against the Nets in their lone matchup so far this season.

Save The Big Bucks By Drafting …

DeMar DeRozan, SA at SAC ($7,500) — DeRozan was $1,000 more expensive a couple weeks ago, but a bad game has him at a really cheap price point. This just seems like too cheap of a way to get exposure to a stud in a paced-up matchup against the Kings.

Next Man Up

New Orleans Pelicans vs. IND I feel like I wrote about the Pelicans’ entire active roster in this article. They’re just so thin right now, but the salaries are barely budging. You’ll want to fill your lineup out with a few of these guys to afford your top plays.

*DKFP = DraftKings Fantasy Points


I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jedlow) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.