NBA DFS Plays Friday 10/29

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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 Friday’s 7-game slate starting at 7:00 ET. Note that Yahoo is running a 6-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET, which excludes the Orlando at Toronto game.

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POINT GUARD

T.J. McConnell – Indiana (at Brooklyn) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $5,700 / Yahoo: $20

The process I’m using to build lineups tonight revolves around the obvious value and Kevin Durant. It offers sufficient flexibility to include another star or 2-3 mid-range guys while taking advantage of plus situations. With Malcolm Brogdon out, McConnell is destined for higher usage and higher production. He’s typically a fine player off the bench but as we saw for stretches last season, can be great in a featured role. This is a game I’m trying to go heavy on, with both teams playing at Top 10 pace and the Nets ranking ninth so far in overall fantasy points allowed.

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, De’Aaron Fox, Darius Garland, LaMelo Ball, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Brunson

SHOOTING GUARD

Will Barton – Denver (vs. Dallas) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $19

Barton is another semi-value player whom it’s easy to forget about. This game should be a close one and a lot will depend on the status of Nikola Jokic. Additional value may open up later, but for now, I’m looking at Barton, a guy who’s playing about 35 MPG and returning about a fantasy point per minute. He’s contributing a little bit of everything and none of his numbers are unsustainable. This is a boring, steady, and solid ROI play.

Also Consider: Collin Sexton, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tyler Herro, C.J. McCollum, Fred VanVleet, Eric Bledsoe

SMALL FORWARD

Kevin Durant – Brooklyn (vs. Indiana) - DK: $10,300 / FD: $10,900 / Yahoo: $52

Durant is the star I want tonight. The Nets are big favorites at home and Durant is a big reason why. He’s produced steadily at a high level with otherworldly upside (e.g. 70-plus fantasy points) on display once already this season. Consider Luka Doncic, coming off a bad game, James Harden, or Jokic with the injury tag, for your GPP lineups, but the man to trust in cash games is Kevin Durant.

Also Consider: Paul George, Jimmy Butler, OG Anunoby, Miles Bridges, Michael Porter Jr., Scottie Barnes

POWER FORWARD

Maxi Kleber – Dallas (at Denver) - DK: $3,300 / FD: $3,900 / Yahoo: $10

Kleber surprised me last night, even with Kristaps Porzingis ruled out early. I mean, who honestly thought he would put up career-best numbers? He played 29 minutes but was ultra-efficient with an incredible six blocks vs. the Spurs. Since salaries came out before the game was played, we get to use him at min salary one more time. Assuming Porzingis will remain sidelined tonight (be sure to check the news later!), Kleber has a shot at being in 100 percent of rosters tonight. Don’t expect another 45 fantasy points, but he can reasonably get you around 30 given the same opportunity as last night.

Also Consider: Domantas Sabonis, Wendell Carter Jr., Evan Mobley, Precious Achiuwa, Jalen McDaniels, Anthony Davis (depending on the Lakers’ injury news later)

CENTER

Jonas Valanciunas – New Orleans (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $34

Sadly, the Pelicans have won only one game, but Valanciunas is putting together a quality run for fans of fantasy. Playing in the upper-30’s MPG, he’s recorded three straight big double-doubles, including a 22-point, 23-rebound effort vs. the Timberwolves. The matchup with the Kings is even better, as they are surrendering the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers so far this year. The Kings play at the sixth-fastest pace, but rank 26th in defensive efficiency. Richaun Holmes also deserves a look tonight, since the Pelicans have been the league-best center matchup to this point. He’s been a lock to produce about 35 fantasy points per game at a much lower price point than Valanciunas, but Holmes probably isn’t getting you in the 50-fantasy point range like Valanciunas should tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Jarrett Allen, Mo Bamba, Bam Adebayo, Myles Turner, Richaun Holmes

ADDITIONAL NOTES

James Harden (G – BKN) hasn’t had a superstar game yet this season. He hasn’t touched double-digits in assists or rebounds yet, though he has had at least one steal in each game so far. Given the positive game factors, and the fact that the Pacers rank fifth in turnover rate, Harden is one of my favorite tournament plays tonight.

Jimmy Butler (G/F – MIA) is in a groove right now, topping 54 fantasy points in the Heat’s last two games with a big double-double vs. Brooklyn Wednesday night. If you can’t quite make it to Durant, Butler is not a bad replacement for your star wing guy. He’s had nine steals in the last two games and should benefit from Charlotte’s fast pace (fourth-fastest) and lax defensive ranking (23rd).

Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Lakers tonight, with the two big men, LeBron James and Anthony Davis both listed as questionable. It seems more than likely Davis will play but the team is clearly being cautious with James. The Lakers’ defensive personality has not shown through so far this year, and they currently play at the fastest pace while allowing the third-most overall fantasy points and excellent DvP to guards (first to PG) and big men (seventh to centers). Any of Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Evan Mobley or Jarrett Allen are usable in tonight’s cash game lineups as salaries allow.