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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 Saturday’s 6-game slate starting at 8:00 ET.
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Dennis Smith Jr. – Portland (vs. Boston) - DK: $3,400 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $10
I am going to keep trying to find value in this Portland backcourt. With Damian Lillard and now Anfernee Simons out, Smith is expected to play a major role. He has posted at least 20 fantasy points in the last two games, and remember, Thursday night was a major blowout loss to San Antonio. Tonight’s game is expected to be closer and relatively high scoring, so although Boston is a good defensive team, the competitive atmosphere should be enough to get Smith what he needs to reach value for near minimum salary.
Zach LaVine – Chicago (at Brooklyn) - DK: $8,900 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $33
A competitive Eastern Conference battle is set for tonight. The Nets are on a back-to-back and are only 3.5-point favorites at home in the game with the highest over/under of the slate. Any of the Bulls’ starters could be nice value tonight, but I’m prioritizing LaVine on FD and Yahoo. LaVine has been very consistent this season, and in his previous matchup with the Nets, he filled the stat sheet for over 40 fantasy points. DeMar DeRozan is also a possibility, and Lonzo Ball or Nikola Vucevic could certainly be worked in to your lineups as well.
Kevin Durant – Brooklyn (vs. Chicago) - DK: $11,300 / FD: $10,800 / Yahoo: $51 (PF)
I noted the favorable game factors above, and if you can afford him, Durant should take advantage of them tonight. The last time these teams met, Durant had almost 60 fantasy points and he’s coming off his first double-double in over a week. Chicago is a good defensive team, but allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards. There are some nice lineups you can build by sticking with the mid-range, second-tier players, but I think there’s enough value out there to squeeze Durant into any lineup for his high floor and upside combination.
Draymond Green – Golden State (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $26
The Warriors are big favorites in this one, but after seeing the Spurs destroy Portland the other night, the blowout risk is a little tempered. San Antonio still offers a bunch of good qualities for DFS opponents: they rank fifth in pace, and give up the 12th-most overall fantasy points. Green flirts with a triple-double just about every game – he was 9/9/9 last night with six steals. If you forego Durant, you could add Curry here, but Green’s low-mid salary is working to fill the PF/C slots.
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Richaun Holmes – Sacramento (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $22
The Kings have had an extra day to get healthy, but may still be without Harrison Barnes tonight. The Clippers played last night, and Paul George seems to have tweaked his ankle. While you’ll have to watch his status, it’ll be a closer game without George on the court. Either way, this one should be fast-paced and fun for fantasy. The Clippers get the good on-paper matchups, but Holmes has been productive just about every game he’s played, with an average of about 32 fantasy points per game. He beat that in this matchup earlier in the week, and I like his chances to come closer to the top end of his range tonight.
Steven Adams (C – MEM) is a cheaper center option that takes advantage of Dallas’ abysmal DvP to opposing centers (third-most fantasy points allowed). Adams has largely been a disappointment, but his salary has dropped significantly ($4200 DK, $5400 FD, $15 Yahoo). I’ve got him slotted into my utility play on DK and Yahoo right now. He seems to have rebounded from his single-digits low last week and now has three respectable games in a row for the short-handed Grizzlies.
De’Aaron Fox (PG – SAC) and Reggie Jackson (PG – LAC) are both worth a look for your guard slots tonight. Fox’s ups and downs make him more of a GPP option, while Jackson lower salary means less risk in any format. Sacramento gives up the second-most overall fantasy points to PGs, and fifth-most overall. Although Jackson didn’t take advantage of the matchup earlier in the week, he is coming off a nice game vs. the Lakers last night.