NBA DFS Plays Friday 5/7

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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 7:30 ET on Yahoo and the 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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POINT GUARD

LaMelo Ball – Charlotte (vs. Orlando) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $34

Many will consider Ball more of a GPP play, on a back-to-back and coming off an awful shooting game last night. Ball went just 1-for-10 from the field in an ugly loss to the Bulls. And his price went up! I understand if you gravitate toward Doncic or Holiday tonight, but beware that both are huge favorites. This close to the playoffs, we shouldn’t see stars playing meaningless minutes. The Hornets are also favored over the Magic tonight, and will have PJ Washington back, at least, but I think they’re going to look to put together a solid, confidence-building game for Ball and his teammates. I think we’ll see Ball get back to the 40-fantasy point range in this great matchup.

Also Consider: Delon Wright, Luka Doncic, Jrue Holiday

Bargain Options: R.J. Hampton, Austin Rivers, Facundo Campazzo, Alex Caruso, Goran Dragic, Bryn Forbes

SHOOTING GUARD

Buddy Hield – Sacramento (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $8,000 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30 (SF)

I’m giving this space a small break from Delon Wright (but see below), who has been amazing for DFS and the Kings while their two starting guards are out. Hield has also stepped up, with at least 42 fantasy points in each of his last three games (and four of his last five). The Spurs are an average defensive team that has been struggling on offense while playing Utah this week. Vegas has this as a close one, with a decent over/under of 226.5 points. Players on both sides should have plenty of upside for tonight’s contests.

Also Consider: Collin Sexton, Devin Booker, D’Angelo Russell

Bargain Options: Jordan Clarkson, Donte DiVincenzo, Malik Monk, Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Bullock, Duncan Robinson

SMALL FORWARD

Dorian Finney-Smith – Dallas (vs. Cleveland) - DK: $5,600 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $15

Finney-Smith is a favorite just because of his initials, but with Kristaps Porzingis out, he’s been taking on a bigger role for the Mavericks. That has translated to more 30-plus fantasy point nights than not with about 35 MPG. The only game the Mavs have lost so far in May is one where Finney-Smith went 1-for-7 from the field, an outlier performance for sure. The Mavericks are big favorites, but being shorthanded should ensure a guy like Finney-Smith gets his usual allotment of minutes. The Cavaliers rank ninth in overall fantasy points allowed and are also Top 10 to small forwards.

Also Consider: Anthony Edwards, Michael Porter Jr., DeMar DeRozan

Bargain Options: Joe Ingles, DaQuan Jeffries, Kyle Kuzma, Evan Fournier, Cedi Osman, Ignas Brazdeikis

POWER FORWARD

Jayson Tatum – Boston (at Chicago) - DK: $10,500 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $46

Tatum is expensive and there is plenty of value at this position, but I love his upside with Jaylen Brown ruled out again tonight. Tatum is playing some of the best basketball of his career and the matchup with Chicago should be one he takes advantage of. On paper, this game doesn’t look too exciting but could have some surprise upside for DFS. The Bulls play at a slightly faster pace than Boston, and have been above average in fantasy points allowed to their opponents. Perhaps most important tonight, Vegas expects a competitive contest, upping the chances of getting a full four quarters of Tatum for our money.

Also Consider: Zion Williamson, Marvin Bagley, Tobias Harris

Bargain Options: PJ Washington, Royce O’Neale, Trevor Ariza (if Jimmy Butler is out), Jalen McDaniels, Kenyon Martin (if Christian Wood is out), Moritz Wagner

CENTER

Deandre Ayton – Phoenix (vs. New York) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $26

I’m always surprised that Ayton’s salary is so low, and then grudgingly come around to the conclusion that he deserves it. I love him for his floor and his upside, because he is definitely capable of the 50-plus fantasy point games while rarely dipping below 25 fantasy points. New York is a good defensive team, by some measures even better than Phoenix. Still, the Suns are favored at home, and a weak point, for fantasy at least, has been the center position for New York. I think Ayton is a solid play for the money tonight but has enough upside to use in any tournament.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bam Adebayo

Bargain Options: Mo Bamba, Nerlens Noel, Jakob Poeltl, Dwight Powell

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Bam Adebayo (C – MIA) is the safest center if you can spend up a little bit tonight, especially if Butler is out again. Adebayo is a terrific two-way player, and racks up consistent stat lines every single night. One outlier, about a month ago, came against Minnesota. I’m not holding that against him, as the TimberWolves are still a positive center matchup and Adebayo should continue his strong play with a fifth consecutive double-double tonight.

Delon Wright (PG – SAC) is just not getting the media attention he deserves (in my circles anyway). After being the headline player here for his last two games, and exceeding even my high expectations with back-to-back 60-fantasy point efforts, what more can I say about him? His salary has responded ($7000 FD, $6800 DK, $25 Yahoo) but he finds himself with a lot of confidence and opportunity. I have no issue with using him in a third straight game.

Donte DiVincenzo (SG – MIL) and Bryn Forbes get a slight mention because both could see extra usage against Houston tonight. Houston is one of the best DFS opponents to target, allowing the second-most overall fantasy points and having favorable DvP to every position. Vegas has the Bucks as 17-point favorites, one of the (if not the) biggest spreads of the season. It should probably be higher. So, as I mentioned above, I don’t think we’ll see full games from Holiday, Middleton or Antetokounmpo, and while it’s possible that any or all of them reach value in two or three quarters, it’s a risk. I’d rather take advantage of the great spot with some cheaper starters, like DiVincenzo, who has 32 fantasy points in each of the last two games, or bench players like Forbes, who has been sniffing 20 fantasy points in a reserve role.