NBA DFS Plays Friday 3/26

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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 11-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Trae Young – Atlanta (at Golden State) - DK: $9,100 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $39

I’m inclined to build around a solid, second-tier core of players tonight, rather than aiming for the highest priced stars. Young is a perfect example at PG, consistently productive and tonight, in a plus matchup with the fast-paced Warriors. Golden State is without several key starters, especially with Draymond Green dealing with an illness that caused him to miss Thursday night’s game. Young offers a high floor with plenty of upside for a large double-double tonight.

Also Consider: Chris Paul, John Wall

Bargain options: Jordan Poole, Chris Chiozza, Kendrick Nunn, Hamidou Diallo (if active)

SHOOTING GUARD

C.J. McCollum – Portland (at Orlando) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $27

McCollum looked fantastic Thursday night, and his salary hasn’t yet risen to meet this level of production. There is no guarantee he sustains this pre-injury level of play, especially in a back-to-back, but if he does, you’re getting a bargain – basically equal production to Donovan Mitchell for a thousand dollars less. Orlando was a superb matchup for guards (and pretty much everyone else) before the trade deadline, but they will be extra short-handed tonight. Portland is a huge favorite on the road, but they haven’t been blowing anyone out this season.

Note: Since Damian Lillard is now ruled out, McCollum will likely be rostered by everyone, but if anything, I love him even more (and the game could play a bit closer than the current spread).

Also Consider: Donovan Mitchell, Fred VanVleet, Devin Booker, Caris LeVert

Bargain Options: Will Barton, Josh Hart, Sterling Brown, Dwayne Bacon

SMALL FORWARD

Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (vs. Boston) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $7,700 / Yahoo: $35

Middleton is the very definition of steady, tier-two player. He’s priced most favorably on FanDuel, but you can make it work on any site. In two games against the Celtics this season, Middleton is averaging almost 54 fantasy points per game, including 50 on Wednesday of this week. The Bucks didn’t make any changes at the trade deadline, making them one of the safer teams to look at tonight. Plus, this game carries the highest over/under of the night at 233.5 points.

Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Kuzma, OG Anunoby

Bargain Options: James Ennis, Justise Winslow

POWER FORWARD

Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas (vs. Indiana) - DK: $8,100 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $33 (C)

This could be a sneaky good spot for Porzingis, who is coming off a great game vs. Minnesota. Previously, he posted over 50 fantasy points vs. the Pacers, a team that ranks as the fifth-best PF matchup. Porzingis is a player that can let you down, but he’s generally got around a 30-fantasy point floor, which is decent for the price. Note that on DraftKings, I would prefer to save with Pascal Siakam – even though it’s only a few hundred salary dollars, it makes a difference there. On Yahoo, both Porzingis and Siakam are center eligible, so you could go with Kyle Kuzma or one of the bargain options at PF.

Also Consider: Zion Williamson, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Kuzma

Bargain options: Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin, Khem Birch, Chuma Okeke

CENTER

Bam Adebayo – Miami (at Charlotte) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $34

Miami probably got a lot better at the trade deadline, but it will take some time before the impact of adding Victor Oladipo and trading Kelly Olynyk away is seen. Tonight, it should be the Adebayo show, especially given that Charlotte ranks as the fifth-most generous team for overall fantasy points allowed. If Jimmy Butler were to miss tonight’s game, there are other Heat players to consider, but as is, Adebayo is my top priority. Considering the competition at center, Clint Capela is the closest, and I just can’t find the extra salary needed for Jokic, or Towns, who is in the best spot of all.

Also Consider: Clint Capela, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (G – NOP) comes through whenever he’s given a chance to play. He’s posted over 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, including 32 against the Nuggets last Sunday. He’s primarily a scorer, but has multi-block and multi-steal games over the last week, and contributes a reasonable amount of boards and assists. With Lonzo Ball out again, NAW, Kira Lewis Jr. and Josh Hart are all in play.

James Ennis (F – ORL) I noted that Orlando traded half their team yesterday, and one of the immediate beneficiaries should be Ennis. He’s working back from an extended absence, but managed 27 minutes on Wednesday and will be needed at a higher usage rate tonight. The matchup with Portland is a friendly one, and against them back in February, Ennis put up a full 16/6/2/1/1 stat line for 31 fantasy points. Dwayne Bacon is another option (Ennis is expensive ($6000) on DK), especially with Terrence Ross out again.

Hamidou Diallo (G – DET) is a risk/reward play, and it depends on his salary. He’s only $4200 on FanDuel (but $16 at Yahoo, $4900 at DK) which is what caught my eye. It sounds like he has a good chance of making his Pistons debut tonight, and since Detroit traded Delon Wright and Dennis Smith Jr. is questionable, Diallo could have an immediate impact. He was a player whose performance earlier this season with the Thunder earned him a salary in the $6-7K range, so the talent isn’t a question. Saben Lee would be another guy to consider at the minimum salary if Smith were to miss tonight’s game.