NBA DFS Plays Friday 11/19

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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 9-game slate starting at 7:00 ET. Note that Yahoo’s main slate starts at 7:30 ET and excludes the two early games.

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POINT GUARD

James Harden – Brooklyn (vs. Orlando) - DK: $11,200 / FD: $9,900 / Yahoo: $46

With Kevin Durant out, Harden is a much more obvious play tonight, especially considering the PG options are also narrowed by Steph Curry’s absence. However, Harden has a lot to like tonight regardless. The Magic play at a similarly fast pace to Brooklyn, but rank fourth in turnover rate and fourth in overall fantasy points allowed, being especially generous to opposing guards. There is a lot of nice value from the Nets, Warriors, and other teams to make his high salary doable, even on DK.

Also Consider: Jalen Brunson, Fred VanVleet, Shai-Gilgeous-Alexander, Cade Cunningham, Devonte’ Graham, LaMelo Ball, Malcolm Brogdon

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart – Boston (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $20

We were waiting to see if LeBron James will make his return to the court tonight, as well as Jaylen Brown. Now Dennis Schroder is questionable too, which helps bring me around to Smart. Smart plays a ton of minutes and is an every-category contributor. He’s been struggling with his long range shot the last few games, but still managing +/-30 fantasy points per game. A lot of his value comes from his hustle; he has averaged three steals per game in the last week (five games, at least two steals in each) so knowing that the Lakers rank third in turnover rate boosts his value in my eyes as well. Plus, LA offers a nice pace bump and generally neutral-to-friendly DvP to guards.

Also Consider: Jordan Poole, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Gary Trent

SMALL FORWARD

Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $33

You will almost always roster Giannis if you can, and tonight should be no exception. However, I’m liking my lineups more with the salary of Middleton in this plus matchup than with the Greek Freak. Middleton offers steady consistent fantasy scoring for significantly less, but benefits from a pace bump and poor defense of the Thunder, who give up the fourth-most fantasy points to SFs. The Bucks are big favorites, but the Thunder have kept some games they “should have lost” close enough to keep the stars in play. Again, with Middleton’s cheaper price, the risk of a potential blowout game is lessened.

Also Consider: Scottie Barnes, Bruce Brown, Brandon Ingram, Paul George, Talen Horton-Tucker, Terrence Ross

POWER FORWARD

Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas (at Phoenix) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: $34

To me, it sounds like Luka Doncic is probably not going to return tonight from his ankle sprain. That’s good news for fans of Jalen Brunson and Porzingis, who has been on a beautiful tear lately. He’s doing a little bit (or a lot) of everything, with high percentage shooting from everywhere on the court, blocks, steals, assists, and of course, about 9-10 rebounds per game. The Suns are decent favorites again after beating the Mavericks by seven points Wednesday night but we rarely see back-to-back matchups go exactly the same. What should remain the case is Porzingis’ heavy usage and fantasy contributions in an up-tempo game.

Also Consider: Domantas Sabonis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Miles Bridges, Day’Ron Sharpe

CENTER

Deandre Ayton – Phoenix (vs. Dallas) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $29

Ayton tends to be overlooked on bigger DFS slates, but not with great rationale. He’s a steady producer with upside, in what should be a pretty high scoring and competitive game. Dallas is currently the league’s best center matchup too, and Ayton took advantage Wednesday night with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He’s a moderately priced high floor option that you can fit in with your other stars tonight, which is exactly what I want.

Also Consider: Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Myles Turner (GPP play), Al Horford, Mo Bamba

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Bruce Brown (F – BKN) Brown has been over 30 fantasy points the last two games with Kevin Durant playing, so he’s a safe bet for continued value tonight with no KD. With a still low salary ($4200 DK, $4700 FD, and $12 Yahoo), Brown is an easy add at SF or F.

Damion Lee (G – GSW) is my guess for value in the Warriors backcourt with Curry out. When the starting lineup is revealed, prepare to make adjustments as necessary, but Lee has played more minutes than Gary Payton Jr. and generally been decent for the price. In 22 minutes last night, he put up 24 fantasy points. Juan Toscano-Anderson and Jonathan Kuminga are the other names I’m watching. They’ve both been healthy DNPs in the last week, but again, reasonably good when the minutes are there, so if either starts, I’d look there for value.

Terrence Ross (G – ORL) has been really good for the price in three of his last four games, including at the Knicks Wednesday. I’ll like him more if Jalen Suggs is ruled out again, as Suggs would definitely impact his usage. Still, I’m hunting for solid value on this slate and Ross, though boring, is a cheap player with a decent floor.