Early Slate NBA DFS Plays. Martin Luther King day means a three day weekend and all day basketball. Split slates on Draftkings allows you to focus your DFS plays on just morning and night games. When looking at the morning slate, two plays stood out to me. I am going to build my team around De’Angelo Russell and Blake Griffin. Here is one of the lineups I am playing on the morning slate.
PG: De’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets, $8,300
Always a dangerous play because of the greatness of Spencer Dinwiddie. Russell has a supreme matchup with the fast paced Kings and the lack of presence of any capable defenders.
SG: Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons, $3,900
Kennard quietly is one of the hottest players on the Pistons. With No Drummond and poor play from Reggie Jackson, Kennard has been a legit performer over his last three games averaging over 25 fantasy points in each.
SF: Terrance Ross, Orlando Magic, $5,500
When you play the Hawks the pace is always picked up. Terrance Ross has been a consistent scorer all season and will be a perfect fit for this style of game. Ross doesn’t start but plays starter minutes. He can score and they will need points in this matchup.
PF: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, $9,600
No Drummond always makes Griffin a must play. With Thomas Bryant and Otto Porter most likely being the guys trying to cover him it is a juicy matchup for the former sooner.
C: Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings, $6,600
Centers versus the Nets are always a nice play.
G: Colin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers, $4,700
Sexton is a starting point at $4,700. this game is not going to be very fantasy relevant but when looking at the lower cost guards Sexton stood out to me because he can add points of the defensive end.
F: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls, $6,900
A quiet play for most because of his cost, Markkanen will not have to contend with the likes of Larry Nance and Tristan Thompson. He should be a guarantee for a double double.
UTL: Johnathan Isaac, Orlando Magic, $4,200
Gordon is questionable. If he doesn’t play Isaac will be chalky. But nevertheless he will still get 30 minutes against the upper paced Hawks. Isaac is in a great matchup and should give you 30 point value.