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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 Main slate starting at 7:35 ET.
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Steph Curry – Golden State (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $9,700 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $49
Coming off one of his worst 3-point shooting performances in recent memory, Curry headlines the point guards I want to spend on tonight. He missed this matchup a week ago with a sudden illness and late scratch, but should be all good tonight. Charlotte ranks fourth in overall fantasy points allowed to opponents and while there are better DvP matchups tonight (vs. Atlanta and Portland, notably), Curry has it much better than other stars at the position. The Hornets also rank sixth in turnover rate, which should help Curry rack up a few extra fantasy points in transition. A Top 10 2020-21 player in both player efficiency and usage rate while leading his team to a Top 3 defensive rank, Curry is worth the price tonight.
Fred VanVleet – Toronto (vs. Houston) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $38
I’m surprised this game doesn’t carry a higher point total, but Toronto is a significant favorite. The Rockets give up the seventh-most overall fantasy points and second-most to opposing shooting guards, plus provide a nice pace boost. VanVleet has continued to shine all season, including with the return of Kyle Lowry Wednesday night. He’s basically a lock for 40-plus fantasy points. If it makes a difference salary-wise (as on FanDuel or Yahoo), you might save a small amount of cap with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, whom I like equally as much tonight.
Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers (at Memphis) - DK: $9,100 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $44
There is no shortage of options to spend on at SF tonight, and I’ve been settling on Leonard, who is significantly cheaper than LeBron James tonight across the board. His most recent game, against the Grizzlies last night, was disappointing, but he rarely has two bad games in a row. He and the Clippers will look to redeem themselves in what is still a great fantasy matchup, especially for forwards.
Marvin Bagley III – Sacramento (at Detroit) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $21
With three relative stars locked in, I’m looking to spend smart at the last two key spots. This game is a great one for value (lots in Detroit, see below) and mid-range consistency. Where Tyrese Haliburton isn’t too expensive, I like him tonight, along with Richaun Holmes, but Bagley is my must-play from the Kings. Bagley played only 23 minutes in a big loss to the Knicks last night, but managed about 27 fantasy points in that shorter than normal span. Overall, he’s been playing closer to 30 MPG without Hassan Whiteside and Jabari Parker on the court, and Detroit is a fantastic PF matchup for him. I expect to see him at the higher end of his range, perhaps around 35 fantasy points tonight.
Bargain options: Jae’Sean Tate, Isaiah Roby
Tristan Thompson – Boston (vs. Indiana) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $14
DFS sites clearly expect the other shoe to drop, or whatever that saying is when a good thing runs out, and so do I, but maybe not yet? Thompson has played at least 22 and as many as 30 MPG over the Celtics’ last six games, and generally averaged about a fantasy point per minute. In two games vs. Indiana, he’s averaging almost 24 fantasy points per game, nearly a double-double with 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. The only serious competition for my center slots is Clint Capela, who finally gets a good matchup with the Al Horford-less Thunder, but Capela’s salary is awfully hard for me to navigate tonight.
Harrison Barnes (SF – SAC) has played 36 and 37 MPG in his last two games, and I already noted the positive game factors at work here. Barnes is coming off a 42-fantasy point game in last night’s loss, and deserves a mention as a tournament play that often goes overlooked for the price ($5500 DK, $6200 FD, and $19 Yahoo).
Saben Lee/Dennis Smith Jr. (PG – DET) The Detroit point guards are still cheap enough to deserve a note from me. Sacramento is the league’s worst defensive unit, and allows the most fantasy points to opponents. Lee’s salary has come up as he has completed three consecutive 30-plus fantasy point games, putting him ahead of starter Smith, who has been worth the price in his last two (of three since Delon Wright was injured). I’d let salary and roster percentages be my guide here: Smith will be rostered at a lower rate than Lee, but Lee is still cheaper on DraftKings. For additional value, you can also think about Josh Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya (if Saddiq Bey is ruled out).
Theo Maledon (PG – OKC) is yet another possibility for savings tonight. He’s still only $10 on Yahoo, $4500 on FD and DK. Hamidou Diallo is out tonight, and the Thunder are facing Atlanta, who are the best PG matchup on the slate (second-most fantasy points allowed). Maledon has been putting up around 20 fantasy points a game, so he’s definitely worth a G or U slot on Yahoo, at least.