NBA DFS Plays: Saturday 11/9

Spencer Limbach

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 the four-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Saturday. 


Luka Doncic - Dallas (at Memphis) 

Luka makes for a terrific play in almost every conceivable matchup. The Grizzlies have had a reputation for stifling defense over the years, but their roster has been completely overhauled since those prime seasons. Memphis currently ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to point guards, and Doncic could be looking at even more usage if Kristaps Porzingis sits on the second half of this back-to-back set. 

Also Consider: Chris Paul, Kris Dunn (value filler) 

D’Angelo Russell - Golden State (at Oklahoma City) 

Russell was brilliant last night, hitting 52 points with nine rebounds and five assists (82 FP) in an overtime loss at Minnesota. He’ll continue to absorb as many offensive opportunities as he can with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green sidelined. The question now revolves around how much Russell has left in the tank after logging 40 high-stress minutes yesterday. Remember, he missed three games leading up to that with an ankle injury. Keeping that in mind, “D-Lo” still remains in consideration through all DFS formats on this four-game slate, as the upside with an abundance of volume is too good to pass up. 

Also Consider: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Devonte’ Graham


Alec Burks - Golden State (at Oklahoma City) 

Burks has really stepped up for the hobbled Warriors, and it seems like he’s earned more playing time moving forward. The journeyman wing player has logged 31 minutes in back-to-back games, hitting 46 and 33 fantasy points respectively. Burks has always had an aggressive playing style that lends itself to fantasy production. He’s now getting a chance to showcase that, checking in as a solid mid-range pick for DFS purposes. 

Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Glenn Robinson 


Lauri Markkanen - Chicago (vs. Houston)

Markkanen has been inconsistent this season, and that would be putting it nicely. Most DFS players will shy away from his recent game log, as the Chicago forward notched 16 and 13 fantasy points before bouncing-back for 36 FP on Wednesday. That’s a low floor with respect to Markkanen’s above-average salary. However, I believe we’ll see Lauri’s good side tonight, as this is a high-scoring contest (233 over/under) at home against Houston. The Rockets currently rank dead last in defensive efficiency to power forwards. 

Also Consider: Maxi Kleber (cash if Porzingis out), Omari Spellman (punt) 


Dwight Powell - Dallas (at Memphis) 

Okay, so Powell was pretty bad last night, scoring just one point with 10 fantasy points in 27 minutes. He has been inefficient despite seeing respectable minutes of 27+ in three straight games. However, Powell would have an opportunity to step up if Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t play tonight. The Mavericks mentioned before the season that they’ll be cautious with Porzingis on back-to-back sets. Using that logic, it would make sense if they rested Kristaps after he logged a season-high 35 minutes last night. We’ll need to wait for confirmation, but Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell would look to step up if Porzingis is officially ruled out. 

Also Consider: Clint Capela, Steven Adams

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