NBA DFS Plays Friday 4/16

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Renee Miller
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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 10-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Russell Westbrook – Washington (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $11,300 / Yahoo: $55

How many triple-doubles does it take…to be in MVP conversations? to make a serious playoff run? to headline this article? I’ll admit he’s always been one of my favorites, but in all seriousness, how do you fade him at this point? This game has a 241-point total, and New Orleans ranks 28th in defensive efficiency (worse than the Wizards themselves). Westbrook is expensive, but it’s very doable on this big slate with lots of good value.

Also Consider: Lonzo Ball, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Dejounte Murray

Bargain Options: Cole Anthony, Kendrick Nunn, Malachi Flynn

SHOOTING GUARD

Fred VanVleet – Toronto (vs. Orlando) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $38

VanVleet is back tonight, and while I’m not always a fan of rostering a player in his first game back, the data does not necessarily back that up. Easing my bias somewhat is the fact that VanVleet missed Wednesday’s game to serve his one-game suspension (e.g. he could have played). The Magic are one of the worst defensive teams in the league (25th in defensive efficiency), and with Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby all out tonight, I expect a monster effort from VanVleet. His Yahoo salary is up there, but he’s a bargain on FanDuel.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Paul George

Bargain Options: Josh Jackson

SMALL FORWARD

Michael Porter, Jr. – Denver (at Houston) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $29

Houston is a great matchup because they play at a fast pace with nearly no defense. This struggling team ranks in the Top 10 in fantasy points to opposing SFs, and Porter has been playing great lately. He has at least 20 real points in eight of his last nine games, and six of those have been double-doubles. In the same span, he’s produced a smattering of blocks and/or steals that often bump his final line to 40-plus fantasy points. It’s great consistency with upside for a reasonable price given the plus matchup.

Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Edwards

POWER FORWARD

Aaron Gordon – Denver (at Houston) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,300 / Yahoo: $21

Sorry, Rockets. It’s fine with me to pay up for one of the top PFs (I prefer Julius Randle or Zion Williamson) but I think you can also do well with a more middle-of-the-road style lineup tonight. Gordon is cheaper than expected, given that he’s coming off a 16-point, 9-rebound near double-double and is averaging about three assists per game in Denver. That last note is important given the loss of Jamal Murray. Gordon is a versatile forward that doesn’t mind passing the ball, and has done so effectively at times in the past. If you don’t expect a miracle 50-pointer, I think Gordon should be a solid cheap piece of cash game lineups tonight.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Zion Williamson, Christian Wood

Bargain Options: Jalen McDaniels, Sekou Doumbouya

CENTER

Nikola Vucevic – Chicago (vs. Memphis) - DK: $9,700 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: $41

With virtually every big-name center in the league taking the court tonight, you could just close your eyes and click and probably come out ok at center. I’m giving Vucevic the edge here, by the slimmest of margins, because Zach LaVine has entered the COVID protocols and he is the likeliest to pick up some extra usage, on offense especially. This game is also expected to be closer than Denver’s or Minnesota’s, and Memphis is an easier matchup than LA. My second choice is Jonas Valanciunas, in the same game – especially on DraftKings where the price difference between the two is huge.

Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonas Valanciunas, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic

Bargain Options: Isaiah Stewart, Wendell Carter, Jusuf Nurkic, Moses Brown

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Isaiah Stewart (C – DET) scored 40 fantasy points the last time Mason Plumlee was out, and has been seeing regular run on the second unit. He’s $4800 and PF eligible on FanDuel, which means you don’t even have to give up that precious center slot for him. He’s an equally good deal on Yahoo ($12) and DraftKings ($4400), where you can throw him in the utility slot. He’s had enough opportunity to prove himself with a starter’s role that I’m comfortable using him in any lineup.

Julius Randle (PF – NYK) is, in my opinion, another guy who deserves serious consideration in the MVP discussion. He’s a DFS MVP at any rate, returning solid stat lines night after night. This game, as with most Knicks games, isn’t a great one to target, with just a 210-point total and the Knicks five-point underdogs on the road. The Mavericks are an average defensive team, but none of these things have really mattered to Randle, who is averaging about 50 fantasy points per game, and put up a nice double-double vs. the Mavs a couple weeks ago – with points and assists. I’ll be watching to see if Randle and Co. can make it five wins in a row tonight.

Lonzo Ball (PG – NOP) is set to return tonight, and the last time he returned from an extended absence, he let everyone know what they’d been missing (a 48-fantasy point, 27-real point effort). I mentioned the allure of this game above, but consider that Washington is the fastest pace team in the league, that gives up the most fantasy points to opponents, and ranks 25th in defensive efficiency, and you have a strong argument for using Ball tonight. Not instead of Westbrook, but maybe alongside him as your second PG on FanDuel, or G on the other sites.