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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.
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LaMelo Ball – Charlotte (at Atlanta) - DK: $10,400 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $40
Tonight is a stars and scrubs kind of night, with a couple of games dominating my plans. This is one of them, with the night’s highest over/under. Both teams play pretty fast, and rank in the bottom five in the league in defensive rating. We know Ball can do it all, averaging just under 20 points per game, two steals per game and 7.5 assists per game. The Hawks are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to point guards this season, adding another reason to prioritize Ball over some of the competitors. He’s generally taken advantage of good matchups, posting some of his best games vs. other DvP stars (Lakers, Cavs, Kings).
Bradley Beal – Washington (vs. Miami) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $8,600 / Yahoo: $37
I’m having a tough time deciding between Beal and Mitchell. Mitchell gets the better matchup, but not by much (Miami ranks fifth in fantasy points to SG), and is also at more risk of a blowout in Sacramento. Beal’s game might be lower scoring with both teams highly rated on defense, but it should also be a close one. Beal recently has been much better than he started the season, with one of his 40-plus games coming against the Heat earlier in the week. He’s averaged about 10 more fantasy points per game at home, too, for what that’s worth. Fortunately, there are a bunch of cheap SG plays to pair him with, making this high salary more doable (especially FD and Yahoo).
Josh Hart – New Orleans (at Indiana) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $20 (PF)
Hart is coming off a great game Friday night, but he’s been hitting 30 or more fantasy points most games this month while playing 35-38 MPG. His salary is just really low for that kind of steady production.
Larry Nance – Portland (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $3,200 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $12
Nance’s playing time has increased so that he has five games over 20 minutes in the last week or so. He’s steadily increased his productivity too, with a 40-fantasy point effort vs. Chicago Thursday night. He’s the kind of salary savings you’ll need to fill a lineup with stars tonight, and despite their slow pace and good offensive rating, the 76ers rank just 23rd in defensive rating and give up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing PFs. That’s not likely to change until Joel Embiid comes back, which won’t be tonight. This game has a pretty high point total, with the Trail Blazers moderate home favorites. Nance doesn’t have to be as good as he was Thursday to exceed value at these salaries.
Rudy Gobert – UTA (at Sacramento) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $35
He might not have the highest ceiling, but Gobert has the highest floor among the centers I’m considering for sure. He leads the league with over 15 rebounds per game, adding about two blocks per game as well as 15 points. Yes, that means a double-double is his baseline. Always relatively affordable, Gobert should excel in this plus matchup, third-best in the league for centers. The Kings play at the eighth-fastest pace and give up the sixth-most overall fantasy points. This game has the second-highest over/under and the Jazz are 7.5-point favorites. In two previous meetings, Gobert is averaging 48 fantasy points vs. Sacramento.
Robert Williams (F/C – BOS) Since Al Horford is unlikely to play on the back-to-back, I’ll be keeping an eye on Williams’ status tonight. If he’s ready to return to the court, he should be a nice value play. The last time he played when Horford was out he went for over 45 fantasy points, and this is OKC we’re talking about on the other side. The Thunder are the fifth-best overall fantasy matchup, first for PF and eighth for centers.
Gordon Hayward (SF– CHA) is coming off a great game Friday night, and that made his fourth in the last six Hornets’ games. He’s a lower floor option than I like for the price on DraftKings, but he’s only $6300 on FanDuel and should be able to reach value in a game you already know I’m targeting as much as possible.
John Collins (PF – ATL) and Kevin Huerter, who is still super cheap ($11 Yahoo, $4300 FD and $3800 DK), are the other Hawks I’m trying to squeeze into my lineups. Collins is a player who can definitely let you down, but he’s been very solid lately with three of his last four games over 40 fantasy points. If you come down from Tatum, try to land on Collins. I’ve focused on the Hornets, but it’s actually the Hawks that get the better end of this game from a matchup standpoint. Charlotte ranks third in pace and 25th in defensive rating, with the second-most overall fantasy points allowed.