NBA DFS Plays Friday 4/9

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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

Stephen Curry – Golden State (vs. Washington) - DK: $9,900 / FD: $9,600 / Yahoo: $47

A key choice tonight will be between Curry and Russell Westbrook, playing each other in the game with by far the most fantasy potential – a 239-point total, five-point spread. These are the two fastest-paced teams in the league, and for me, the difference maker is defense. Washington ranks near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency and gives up the most overall fantasy points to opponents. Curry should thrive in this atmosphere, at home, as he is playing fantastic ball with a healthy team around him, not scoring fewer than 32 real points in any of his last four games. The other, obvious, reason to opt for Curry is salary. The savings are significant.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Dejounte Murray

Bargain Options: Kemba Walker, T.J. McConnell, Isaiah Thomas (if Lonzo Ball and Kira Lewis are out), Cole Anthony

SHOOTING GUARD

Paul George – LA Clippers (vs. Houston) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $36 (PG)

George narrowly edges out Caris LeVert, whose salary has risen a lot lately, because I expect Malcolm Brogdon and/or Domantas Sabonis to be back tonight, and Zach LaVine, because although he is coming off one of those fantasy gem games, he is more of a tournament play for me. This is a super spot for the Clippers, as evidenced by their massive 13.5 edge, per multiple Vegas sportsbooks. George is the picture of consistency, with back-to-back 50-plus fantasy point games. He should get that easy tonight.

Also Consider: Caris LeVert, Zach LaVine, Terrence Ross

Bargain Options: Will Barton, Devonte’ Graham, Sterling Brown

SMALL FORWARD

Anthony Edwards – Minnesota (at Boston) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $31

As with George, above, I think Edwards has as good or better a chance to post the 45-fantasy point game as Khris Middleton or Kawhi Leonard, and he’s just a lot cheaper than both of them. Edwards and the Timberwolves are big underdogs in Boston tonight, but this is expected to be one of the higher scoring games and Edwards has actually posted better numbers on the road this season. He’s also done well in slower-paced matchups with better defensive teams, evidenced by his 24-point, 4-block game vs. New York last week. He’s a safe pick for around 40 fantasy points, usable in any lineups.

Also Consider: Michael Porter Jr., Khris Middleton (Note: he gets a bump with news that Giannis and Jrue Holiday will sit tonight), Kyle Anderson

Bargain Options: Kevin Porter, RJ Barrett, Pat Williams, Deni Avdija

POWER FORWARD

P.J. Washington – Charlotte (at Milwaukee) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $5,900 / Yahoo: $19

Washington is one of a few players who should benefit from Gordon Hayward’s absence. He did so in the Hornets’ last game, scoring 13 real points and rounding out his stat line with seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Granted, the Thunder were an easier matchup than he’ll see tonight (though the lack of both Antetokounmpo and Holiday certainly make it better), but as long as he plays about 30 MPG, I feel comfortable with his floor of 25-ish fantasy points. To pay up at this position requires too many sacrifices elsewhere that I don’t want to make. From the standpoint of players that could produce overlapping ranges of outcome, Washington is the cheapest of them with strong opportunity on his side. He previously scored 28 fantasy points against the Bucks, despite only scoring six real points.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Zion Williamson

Bargain Options: Jalen McDaniels, Jaden McDaniels, Bobby Portis (Giannis Antetokounmpo is out), P.J. Washington, Aaron Gordon

CENTER

Jonas Valanciunas – Memphis (at New York) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $28

There is certainly a way to save pretty safely at center tonight (see below), but this isn’t a position I generally like to punt in cash game lineups. Valanciunas offers the perfect floor/ceiling combo at a very reasonable salary. Though New York is a good defensive team this year, they still struggle to stop opposing centers. Valanciunas is another one of these ultra-consistent players like George, but much cheaper. The Grizzlies are small favorites in what should be an interesting game.

Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic

Bargain Options: Kelly Olynyk, Goga Bitadze

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Goga Bitadze (C – IND) is expected to start for the injured Myles Turner again tonight. He’s proven adept at this role, averaging about 27 fantasy points in his last two games, with 30 last night vs. the Timberwolves. A matchup with Orlando is another friendly one, and the Pacers are modest road favorites tonight. As noted above, it’s possible that one or both of Malcolm Brogdon or Domantas Sabonis returns tonight, but Bitadze should continue to see over 20 MPG with Turner already ruled out.

Isaiah Thomas (PG – ORL) comes into play for the Pelicans if both Lonzo Ball and Kira Lewis Jr. are out tonight. Thomas is minimum priced on Yahoo and near minimum on FanDuel ($3900), but a disappointing $4700 on DraftKings. That’s a little more than I want to spend on someone with probably 20 fantasy point upside. This should be one of the higher scoring games of the night, but I’d expect Philadelphia to win pretty handily unless Ball and Brandon Ingram are back tonight, in which case I’m leaving Thomas on the shelf.

Jalen McDaniels (PF – CHA) is the cheaper, but also riskier, alternative to Washington. He’s coming off a stellar effort of 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals against Oklahoma City, but as mentioned above, the Bucks are going to be a tougher test than that. Also, it was one game – if he were guaranteed to get another 32 minutes, I’d be 100 percent committed, but until I see it, McDaniels is more of a GPP play for me. Still, at $3300 (DK), $12 (Yahoo), and $4300 (FanDuel), the salary relief he offers is very welcome on this slate.