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 the Saturday’s 7-game Main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Ben Simmons – Philadelphia (at Detroit) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $36
The 76ers are on a back-to-back, as are most teams tonight, and there is a chance they rest Joel Embiid because of it. Simmons first stood out to me as a significant discount from Steph Curry. They have almost identical fantasy production – average and range of outcomes – with Simmons being more of a triple-or double-double threat. Therefore, I’m always going to go cheaper, and I actually prefer this matchup with Detroit, a team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency but manages to stay competitive in most of their games.
Donovan Mitchell – Utah (vs. Golden State) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $34
Utah is a decent home favorite against the fast-paced Warriors tonight, and though there are several options to choose from this game, including Jordan Clarkson and Andrew Wiggins at this position, my favorite is Mitchell. He’s coming off an amazingly efficient game in which he scored 36 points, making six-of-eight three pointers. He offers a super-solid floor and that kind of upside with his modest, but consistent, peripheral stat production.
Jerami Grant – Detroit (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $36
Grant is another player fitting my mold of mid-range salary, high floor, high upside. He’s coming off one of his least efficient games from the field, but made up for by getting to the line 13 times. The 76ers are one of the best SF matchups, and turn the ball over at the third-highest rate, which could allow Grant to get back to a two-steals a game rate tonight. I expect Kevin Durant to be popular tonight after resting last night, and have no problem if you can afford his sky-high salary. If not, consider Grant the next best choice.
Zion Williamson – New Orleans (at Minnesota) - DK: $7,600 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $45
There is a theme to this build. High floor. Consistent. Upside. I’m getting it everywhere I can, and that is an expensive core lineup. However, there is enough value to surround it that you can make it work. Williamson and the Pelicans get the nicest fantasy matchups of the night, with the Timberwolves allowing the second-most overall fantasy points per game, playing at the eighth-highest pace, and ranking just 24th in defensive efficiency. Williamson has been a scoring machine lately, and though his rebound and assist numbers have dropped in the last three games of this road trip, I think they rebound tonight, putting him back in the 45-fantasy point range.
DeMarcus Cousins - Houston (at Dallas) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $14
Cousins should be interesting tonight. Almost half the field used him last night, at a slightly lower salary, but with Christian Wood unlikely to play again tonight, do they go back to him? He got us 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 points and 2 blocks in 33 minutes vs. Detroit. Dallas is a tougher matchup, no doubt about it, and can Boogie go another 30-plus minutes tonight? A valid question, but I still think he’ll be popular as even if he only plays 22 minutes, 30 fantasy points is very much in his range.
Jae’Sean Tate (G/F – HOU) is another Rocket who should be popular tonight. At just $4000 (FD, SF), $5000 (DK, PG/SF), $12 (Yahoo, PG), Tate is averaging well over 30 MPG in his last five games, and only really failed to return value in a tough game with Phoenix. There is some talk that Victor Oladipo could rest on the second half of the B2B, which would obviously bump Tate’s value further, and make Sterling Brown a consideration too.
Andrew Wiggins (SG – GSW) is just a feeling I have…Utah is a great defensive team, and the Warriors will have to play down in pace against them most likely. Wiggins is definitely that high floor, consistent player I’m after tonight, but he can be rostered for so much cheaper than the others. If, for example, you can’t get to Mitchell, but still need a guaranteed 30-plus, I think Wiggins is the guy for ~ $2K cheaper. A breakout game wouldn’t surprise me either (if Utah has a defensive weakness, it’s against SGs).
Lonzo Ball (PG – NOP) is steadily increasing his minutes in the two games he’s been back, from 23 to 27 on Thursday. At that rate, he should get over 30 tonight, close to where he was pre-injury. As noted, the Pelicans get a great matchup with Minnesota tonight, and Ball’s salary puts him in a strong position to exceed value ($5400 FD, $5700 DK, $21 Yahoo. He’s more of a risk/reward play, but I think the risk is fairly low (I’m thinking minimum 24 fantasy points).