NBA DFS Plays Friday 2.19

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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 9-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Chris Paul – Phoenix (at New Orleans) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30

Among the definitely healthy top point guards tonight, Steph Curry, Trae Young and Chris Paul have significantly overlapping ranges, from mid-30’s to 50-plus fantasy points. Paul finds himself in the best matchup with a Pelicans team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency and gives up the third-most fantasy points to PGs. Young performed well against Boston on Wednesday, and Curry is in a fine spot vs. a young and injury-riddled Magic team, but price is the differentiating factor for me. For about $2000 fewer salary dollars, I can get the same range, and expect Paul to perform at the upper level of that range on two days’ rest. His game carries the highest point total of the three, and the Suns are narrow favorites. Paul is all about making the most of every dollar, something we always prioritize on the big slates.

Also Consider: Stephen Curry, Trae Young, Ben Simmons, Kemba Walker

Bargain options: Facundo Campazzo, Reggie Jackson, Ricky Rubio, Michael Carter-Williams

SHOOTING GUARD

Lou Williams – LA Clippers (vs. Utah) - DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,700 / Yahoo: $23

Williams is an auto-play for me if indeed Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are out again tonight. Two of the best teams in the West meet again, and let’s hope history repeats as Williams has been worth every scant penny in his last three games. I do think Zach LaVine could be worth paying up for if you can afford it (I can’t), but otherwise, Williams’ range is too close to that of other, pricier SGs.

Also Consider: Zach LaVine, Fred VanVleet, Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, Terrence Ross

Bargain options: Seth Curry, Terrence Mann, Donte DiVincenzo, Grayson Allen/Desmond Bane (if Dillon Brooks and/or De’Anthony Melton are out)

SMALL FORWARD

Saddiq Bey – Detroit (at Memphis) - DK: $5,600 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $16

To spend where I want to spend, I’m relying on saving at the SF position. Aside from Pascal Siakam, there isn’t much draw for me at the top of this position, so I’m going as low as I can. Bey has played at least 27 MPG in his last three, and scored a minimum of 27 fantasy points per game (with a high of 50 fpts). With no Blake Griffin, Bey is getting his chance and he is capitalizing on it. Memphis is overall a favorable fantasy matchup, but ranks especially good to opposing forwards (first to small forwards, eighth overall).

Also Consider: Pascal Siakam, Kelly Oubre, Khris Middleton, Kyle Anderson

Bargain options: Kent Bazemore, Will Barton (if active), Cedi Osman

POWER FORWARD

Jayson Tatum – Boston (vs. Atlanta) - DK: $8,800 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $42

Both Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo are worth spending on tonight, but I’m going heavy on Tatum because of his $2K lower salary and, as a lesser reason, because Giannis is on the second half of a back-to-back tonight. Tatum crushed the Hawks on Wednesday, and while Kemba Walker should be back tonight, I’m not worried about Tatum’s usage dropping significantly. Given that that game was on a back-to-back, I think it’s safe to say that Tatum is fully recovered and back to being a reliable spend in the right matchups.

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson, John Collins

Bargain options: Isaiah Roby, Juan Toscano-Anderson (if Draymond Green out), Brandon Clarke

CENTER

Nikola Jokic – Denver (at Cleveland) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $10,600 / Yahoo: $55

There are a lot of star centers tonight, but many are running up against difficult opponents or have anomalous game logs that frighten me. Jokic is so close in salary to Joel Embiid, who should play alongside Ben Simmons tonight (if Simmons were ruled out again, I’d swap to Embiid for sure to save what I can), that it’s easy to justify him. The last time Jokic posted under 50 fantasy points happened to be against these Cavs, but there will be no Andre Drummond tonight, and Jokic has the advantage of Jarrett Allen. Overall, he’s the most efficient player in the league with a Top 15 usage rate in the league (behind only Embiid among centers). If you need to save just a little, go with Embiid, and if you’re going a totally different direction, save a lot with Willy Hernangomez (see below).

Also Consider: Joel Embiid, Nikola Vucevic, Karl Anthony-Towns

Bargain options: Deandre Ayton, Willy Hernangomez (assuming Steven Adams is out)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Terrence Mann (G – LAC) in addition to Lou Williams is a fine way to build out the guard rotation in tonight’s lineups. Mann has a kind of wide range of outcomes, but is a safe bet for at least 15 fantasy points. He’s played over 30 minutes in two of the last three games and put up nearly 30 fantasy points vs. Miami earlier in the week. His game log vs. Utah on Wednesday wasn’t quite that good, but he should be a serviceable path to fitting another star, and perhaps a sweet value if both Clippers’ stars are sidelined again.

Willy Hernangomez (C – NOP) was in my lineups Wednesday until the last minute, when the questionable Steven Adams ended up starting the game. Of course, Adams was soon reinjured and Hernangomez double-doubled vs. Portland. It sounds like Adams will miss tonight, opening the door for Hernangomez to provide great value on DraftKings or Yahoo in your utility slot. He’s $3900 on DK, $12 on Yahoo, so he doesn’t have to do a ton to be worth the investment. This game has a high point total, as noted above, and the Suns are only small favorites which means a competitive environment with plenty of opportunity for fantasy goodness on both sides.

Facundo Campazzo (G – DEN) has been a gift to fantasy players and the Nuggets while they’ve been dealing with various backcourt absences. With Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and P.J. Dozier ruled out (and Will Barton questionable), Campazzo might still make an impact tonight. He’s played an average of 30 MPG and averaged almost a fantasy point a minute in that span. Realistically, I think we can expect 20-25 fantasy points from him tonight, making him another potential bargain in a matchup with a Cavs team that ranks sixth in overall fantasy points allowed, fourth in turnovers, and 24th in defensive efficiency.