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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 6-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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This will already be the third meeting between these two teams. The Clippers won both by a sizeable margin, and Vegas has LA as the 6.5-point favorite tonight. However, the game is among the highest over/unders (221.5 points). Both teams play at an above average pace, another positive sign for point guards. Beverley isn’t a consistent scorer, in fact he hasn’t hit a three-pointer in his last two games, but he does contribute in enough categories that he’s nearly always a high-floor option. He played fewer than normal minutes last night in a blow-out win over the Lakers, so should be good to go for 30ish MPG tonight. He had one excellent game vs. the Clippers and one not so good game. His salary savings in a positive game environment is the main reason I’m settling on him here.
Fred VanVleet – Toronto (vs. Detroit) - DK: $8,700 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $34
VanVleet is a player I love to roster when I can afford to because you never worry about a super dud from him. It just doesn’t happen. I’m not going overly heavy on what could be a very low scoring game (both teams play at a slower pace and are better on defense than they are on offense). One advantage Toronto should have is in the rebounding department; the Pistons rank just 25th in rebounding rate while Toronto is sixth.
Paul George – LA Clippers (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $10,600 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $49
On this relatively small slate, it makes sense to make room in your lineups for the star of the slate. I noted the positive game factors above, but many more go in the Clippers’ favor. Minnesota ranks fifth in turnover rate and gives up the eighth-most overall fantasy points (fifth-most to SF). They are 29th in defensive efficiency. George is another player where you don’t really worry about a dud; especially in this matchup he previously put up lines of 32/6/8/1/1 and 21/10/6/0/3.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis (at New Orleans) - DK: $6,200 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $24
Disclaimer: on FanDuel, I prefer Mobley for $100 less than Jackson, but on DraftKings and Yahoo, the savings you get with Jackson are much larger and more important. Jackson is a draw for the game environment; another relatively fast-paced one with New Orleans ranking dead last in defensive efficiency (right behind the Grizzlies, incidentally). The Pelicans give up the sixth-most overall fantasy points to opponents, and Vegas has the over/under set at 221.5 points and the Grizzlies small favorites on the road. Jackson’s last five games have been great; at least 13 real points, two blocks and four rebounds in each for an average of about 35 fantasy points per game in that span.
Montrezl Harrell – Washington (at Orlando) - DK: $6,300 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $25
There are some star centers that I’m ignoring tonight in favor of this more balanced approach to the slate. Harrell has a nice combination of price, matchup and consistently good stat lines that make him a perfect fit tonight. He’s been terrific from the free-throw line, is likely to block a shot or two, and a double-double is always within reach. He’s averaging 18 points per game and has hit that mark more often than not.
Eric Bledsoe (G – LAC) scares me, but I have to notice that he’s put up over 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, is playing heavy minutes and contributes in every statistical category. He’s super cheap on all three sites (about nine percent of the cap) and previously put up good numbers vs. the Timberwolves.
Brandon Ingram (SF – NOP) is questionable, but after full practice on Thursday it seems like he’s getting closer. If he starts tonight, I’d expect him to have a very low rostership rate despite a great game script and positional matchup. Memphis ranks second in fantasy points allowed to opposing small forwards. He would be a tournament play at F for me, but be sure to check on his status before tip.
Jarred Vanderbilt (or Jaden McDaniels) (PF – MIN) You can get some much needed salary savings by digging deep in the Timberwolves frontcourt. Vanderbilt started against the Lakers Friday night and responded in 18 minutes with 26 fantasy points. It was the second game in a row where he put up stats in every single category. He’s minimum salary on Yahoo. Whether he starts tonight is key to his value; if the Wolves go back to McDaniels, you can consider him at F instead. Off the bench last night, McDaniels played more minutes than Vanderbilt, but wasn’t as efficient. It’s also worth noting that Vanderbilt was far more effective vs. the Clippers in the previous two games than McDaniels was.