NBA DFS Plays Friday May 14

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

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POINT GUARD

Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks (vs. Toronto) - DK: $10,800 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $51

This is going to be crazy slate heading into a crazy weekend to wrap up the NBA regular season. Six of the eight games on the slate are extremely lopsided, with teams needing wins for playoff implications/seeding favored by 8-14 points over teams that will not make the post-season. Dallas is one of those teams, but one I’m willing to pay up for Doncic and perhaps Kristaps Porzingis because of their recent struggles. Doncic bounced back pretty nicely Wednesday night, scoring 33 real points and hitting seven threes on his way to a 56-fantasy point game. I still think the two prior games could haunt him heading into the playoffs, so I’m counting on a full effort from him and Porzingis, who certainly wants to regain his confidence after such a long injury layoff.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Jordan Clarkson, Delon Wright

Bargain Options: Jordan Poole, Malachi Flynn, Killian Hayes

SHOOTING GUARD

Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers (at Washington) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $32

The Cavaliers have nothing to play for, but find themselves in a sweet matchup with the fast-paced Wizards. Washington has improved on defense, but still gives up the fifth-most overall fantasy points to opponents. Sexton has been playing superb basketball over the last couple weeks, averaging about 40 fantasy points per game. There is not a ton of choice at the middle to top end of SG tonight, making Sexton a likely popular, but easy play in cash games.

Also Consider: Jordan Clarkson (Yahoo/DraftKings), Delon Wright (DraftKings)

Bargain Options: Terrence Davis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nickeil Alexander-Walker

SMALL FORWARD

Kenrich Williams – Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. Utah) - DK: $3,800 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $12

With a lot of the top wing players hurt and/or resting tonight, it makes sense to find some salary savings at SF. Williams is my favorite way to save the most money, as his salary does not reflect his recent stretch of play. In the Thunder’s last three games, which Luguentz Dort and Ty Jerome have missed, Williams has played at least 30 MPG and scored between 26 and 42 fantasy points. Given that the Thunder are likely to be without those two guys again tonight, Williams should be in a good spot to reach value once again. Given the opportunity, he’s shown that he can fill a stat sheet, and even though Utah should dominate this game, guys like Williams will continue to see their heavy minutes.

Also Consider: Michael Porter Jr., Kyle Anderson

Bargain Options: Joe Ingles, Rui Hachimura, Saddiq Bey

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POWER FORWARD

Juan Toscano-Anderson – Golden State Warriors (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $15

I’m operating on the assumption that the Warriors will rest their key (injured) starters in a game that has minimal seeding implications, which is also why you see Jordan Peele listed above. Toscano-Anderson has been outstanding in May, playing at least 30 MPG and returning 25-35 fantasy points per game. He fills the stat sheet just about every game. His low-end salary is a welcome relief, and his upside is 40-plus in a matchup with a Pelicans team that plays almost as fast as the Warriors, ranks just 23rd in defensive efficiency and is 10th in fantasy points allowed overall and to power forwards. In two games vs. the Pelicans this season, Toscano-Anderson is averaging eight more fantasy points per game than his season average, and they are without Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball and probably Brandon Ingram tonight.

Also Consider: Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Tobias Harris

Bargain Options: Chimezie Metu, Daniel Gafford, Jaren Jackson, Jr.

CENTER

Ivica Zubac -- LA Clippers (at Houston) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $15

With Memphis ruling everyone out, including my top center pick, you should either try to spend up on Jokic or save. Zubac should get a slight bump in usage rate with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard (along with several others) resting on the b2b tonight. He’s been very consistent in the Clippers frontcourt, and a matchup with Houston (who will be lacking Christian Wood again) ranks as the third-best center matchup in the league. If you find yourself short on salary with only center to go, I think Zubac is a lock for 25-plus fantasy points tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas – Memphis (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $33

Center is arguably the most loaded position tonight, with tempting Nikola Jokic sitting atop the salary list. If you can afford him, great, but if not, I consider Valanciunas a very close second option. Not only is it a great matchup (Valanciunas is crushing it this season with an average 47 fantasy points per game vs. the Kings, a number he hit last night), but Memphis is in one of the games not expected to be a blowout. Both teams are fast-paced and you know the Kings are the worst defensive unit in the league. Valanciunas should make it five consecutive double-doubles tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Jarrett Allen

Bargain Options: Hassan Whiteside, Khem Birch

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Chimezie Metu (PF – SAC) is another deep value, like Williams, who has been playing well above his salary range. Metu is averaging 28 fantasy points per game in his last three games, and I for one don’t see Marvin Bagley returning for the final two meaningless games of the season for the Kings. Metu is doing a little bit of everything with double-digit scoring, modest rebounding, two assists per game, and at least a couple blocks and steals. Justin James had an amazing game last night, and is another name to watch for if you need big salary savings.