NBA DFS Plays Saturday 1/8

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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 Saturday’s five-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Cole Anthony – Orlando (at Detroit) - DK: $8,100 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $27

Anthony is officially listed as questionable with an ankle injury tonight, but he played Wednesday, and played well. The injury kept him sidelined for a couple weeks over the holidays, but in his first game back he scored 26 points with five rebounds and seven assists, significantly better than his season average. Having two full days to rest, I expect Anthony to be back on the court tonight for what should be a fantasy-friendly game on both sides. Detroit allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opponents overall, and fifth-most to point guards. They rank 29th in rebounding and turn the ball over at the third-highest rate. Anthony should be a solid play tonight in any format.

Also Consider: LaMelo Ball, Alec Burks, Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley

SHOOTING GUARD

Cade Cunningham – Detroit (vs. Orlando) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $6,700 / Yahoo: $29

Orlando is also a great matchup for DFS, as the Magic give up the fourth-most overall fantasy points to their opponents. Cunningham’s salary varies pretty widely across the sites, and I understand not wanting to spend up so much for him on DraftKings – tonight’s slate calls for a pretty mid-range build, and Booker and Brown are just a hair more expensive than Cunningham there. On the other sites, he’s a nice discount with a reasonable floor and definite upside. He’s been in a bit of a slump lately, barely scoring in the double-digits his last three games, but his ability to rebound and pass has helped his bottom line. He could be in for a nice line in this game if his shot starts falling at a better percentage.

Also Consider: Devin Booker, Wes Matthews, Jordan Clarkson, Jaylen Brown, Tyler Herro

SMALL FORWARD

Gordon Hayward – Charlotte (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $25

This is probably the best game of the slate to target. Milwaukee is on a back-to-back tonight, with several players in protocols, and Charlotte is pretty much back to full strength, so Vegas has a narrow spread favoring the Hornets. The over/under is 234.5 points, one of the highest we’ve seen in a while. Hayward is the ideal mid-priced SF play given the favorable game conditions and his own recent contributions. He scored 19 and 26 points in his last two games, and always kicks in enough peripherals to make up for an off-shooting night. He actually hasn’t been making a ton of three-pointers, and is still a safe bet for 25-35 fantasy points. Previously against the Bucks, he posted 18 points, three rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal for about 36 fantasy points.

Also Consider: Franz Wagner, Khris Middleton, Jimmy Butler (if active)

POWER FORWARD

Miles Bridges – Charlotte (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $31

This is a tough position tonight, because there are many good options despite the small slate. Bridges gets the nod mainly because he’s so cheap on DK. His range of outcomes overlaps with those of Randle, Tatum, Bey and Sabonis, while he hasn’t shown the disastrous floor that Bey has recently. I prefer Sabonis when Brogdon is out, and would use Tatum over Randle at home, and coming off the strong effort in the same matchup. However, that Knicks – Celtics game is expected to be very low-scoring and Boston is a big favorite. So, Bridges in the better game environment, against a depleted and tired Bucks team is what I’m generally doing at PF. Bridges has 50-plus upside, and played well the first time these teams met.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Saddiq Bey, Domantas Sabonis (if Malcolm Brogdon remains out), Giannis Antetokounmpo

CENTER

Bobby Portis – Milwaukee (at Charlotte) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $24

Portis has seen his minutes fluctuate quite a bit, despite starting in six consecutive games, but is generally providing value for the price. He’s double-doubled in two of his last three games, and Charlotte is the league’s best center matchup. His usage should stay high tonight as the Bucks are without Jrue Holiday and others, and the high total and narrow spread of this game suggest his minutes should be on the higher side. Notably he’s made at least two three-pointers in each of the last four games.

Also Consider: Omer Yurtseven, Mo Bamba, Isaiah Stewart, Deandre Ayton

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Saddiq Bey (F – DET) makes for an excellent GPP play today in what is a great matchup. His salary has fallen a lot given his last two duds, after a stretch where he looked like he was invincible. He’s not going to lose his opportunity yet, and his shot will come around. Whether it will be tonight or not is the risk, but the reward is that he gets back to 50-plus at very low roster percentages.

Omer Yurtseven (C – MIA) has been a godsend for the Heat after losing Bam Adebayo for an extended period. He has double-digit rebounds in each of his last 10 games, matching that in points in five of the last six. He often adds in a block or steal or two, and had four assists in his last game. Notably, Jimmy Butler was back for a lot of those games, so his availability hasn’t negatively impacted Yurtseven’s contributions. He looks like the real deal, but isn’t priced like it.

Mike Conley (G – UTA) rested Friday night with a bunch of the Jazz players, and should return, along with Jordan Clarkson, to the Utah backcourt tonight. This is a game I didn’t mention earlier, but has a lot of fantasy intrigue. It’s another high-scoring and close matchup with a lot of questions at the start of the day. You’ll have to confirm the starting lineups before lock, but with Donovan Mitchell out, Conley should be on the radar as a mid-low priced option with that high floor/ceiling combination you want on the small slates.