Draftkings NBA DFS Plays 1/31

It’s been a while since my last article, 12 days to be exact. I apologize for the break, I was tied up with some work engagements and unable to do any research to recommend any plays. Of course that didn’t stop me from playing, as I would throw a lineup together ten minutes to lock each night with no research whatsoever. Just a little word to the wise, if you can’t do your homework, take the night off. Or just throw a lineup in a cheap tourney as a lottery ticket. It feels nice to get back into the swing of things this week and started off Monday cashing my tournament lineup.

I’ve got a handful of plays I like on this slate, but there’s a lot of news still to come down, as I’m writing this late Tuesday night. This is the time of year you have to watch injury news and trade rumors, as anything can happen right up to and after lock. I’m a little short on time for the writeup, so I’ll just include the plays with a short blurb. Let’s get to it.

PF/C: Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavs

I think he’ll end up being popular, but for good reason. Kevin Love just broke his hand and the Cavs are very thin in the front court. Thompson has slowly seen his minutes rise, and at just $4,000, he’s almost a lock and load. He’s really the only person on the team that can come close to matching up against Hassan Whiteside. Thompson has a safe floor and a great chance at a very cheap double double.

SF/PF: T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns

I bet if you go back and added up all of the players I’ve recommended this season and how many times I’ve recommended each, Warren would very likely top that list. I’ve shied away from him without Devin Booker on the floor in the past, and it remains to be seen whether or not Booker will play in this one. However, lately, Warren has been bucking that trend. Part of that is playing more on the floor with Greg Monroe. He is enough of an offensive threat that it takes some of the pressure off Warren. Therefore, regardless of whether or not Booker plays, I like Warren. He’s about as safe as they come.

PG: Elfrid Payton – Orlando Magic

Sign me up for Payton against the Lakers. He thrives in these types of matchups and he’s another sub-$7k player who could end up going for 50 DK points. 

PF/C: Bobby Portis and/or Nikola Mirotic – Chicago Bulls

Lauri Markkanen has already been ruled out of this game and Nikola Mirotic has been linked to a trade and is questionable with an injury. If Mirotic does in fact end up getting traded, Portis becomes a lock. We’ll likely see 30+ minutes out of him and he has averaged over a Draftkings point per minute. 

With that said, if we know 100% for a fact that Mirotic is not going to be traded, he is an even better play than Portis. The issue here is that this is a late tip, so you’re really taking a risk in playing him if there’s still uncertainty around his status once lock rolls around. It’s a decision you’ll have to make, but in tournaments, the risk could definitely be worth the reward.

PF/C: Greg Monroe – Phoenix Suns

This is another one to keep your eye on. The Suns have been mixing up their rotations, but if and when Monroe starts, he also produces. If you go back and look at all of the games he’s started, the production has been exceptional. Look at it for yourself and if he starts, feel free to fire him up!

C: Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies

I know I’m giving you a lot of centers and power forwards on this slate, but you have four total slots to be able to roster them all. I also don’t think that they’ll all end up being good plays depending on where the chips fall with the Bulls and Suns situation. Marc Gasol on the other hand should absolutely be a great play. He’s been up and down lately, but when he’s up, he’s really up. Against the Pacers, big men seem to have their biggest games. Earlier this season, Gasol posted a monster 70.75 DK point game against this team. While that’s a dream outcome and we can’t expect that again, I think he’s a solid bet to top 50 DK points.


That’s it for today. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @mrclutchdfs so you can stay up to date on any changes to my plays based on late information.


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Eric has played fantasy football for nearly 20 years now and is primarily a GPP player in DFS. He estimates he enters lineups in football, basketball, baseball, golf, MMA, and Nascar contests roughly 350 days a year. As primarily a DFS tournament player, Eric is currently ranked inside the top 2% in Rotogrinders Tournament Player of the Year rankings. His favorite teams include the Detroit Lions, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the Atlanta Braves.