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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 7-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Trae Young – Atlanta (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $9,800 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: $39
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (at Atlanta) - DK: $9,200 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $41
You’ll see that this game comes up a lot today. Sacramento gives up the most fantasy points per game in the league and ranks 30th – dead last – in defensive efficiency. Atlanta isn’t quite as favorable a matchup, but they are above average in their fantasy generosity, and rank 23rd in defensive efficiency. The game carries a point total of 239.5, and the Hawks are just 3.5-point favorites. When it comes to point guards, both are great matchups, thus I give you the choice between Fox and Young. They’re quite similar, fantasy-wise, and many people have strong preference among them. I like Fox tonight, but can see both of them putting up 50-plus fantasy points here.
Bargain options: Ricky Rubio
Kevin Huerter – Atlanta (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,300 / Yahoo: $19
Game factors aside, Huerter has been the constant in the Hawks’ wing rotation. Lately, he’s been contributing about 30ish fantasy points per game through a combination of double-digit scoring, ample rebounds and assists, and the occasional steals and blocks. His minutes range from 30-35 most nights, and in this above average matchup, I love the savings and stability he offers for all both tournament and cash game lineups.
Norman Powell – Toronto (at Charlotte) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $27
The Raptors are still without several key players as Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Fred VanVleet remain out due to COVID protocols. In their absence, Powell has been nothing short of amazing, averaging over 30 real points per game in his last four games. Though his salary has come up, this is another high scoring and potentially close game that I’m trying to target. Charlotte has been particularly generous to opposing wings and offers a slight pace bump. Powell has been significantly more consistently good than any other player at this relatively sparse position, making him the easy lock at SF.
Bargain Options: Josh Richardson
P.J. Washington – Charlotte (vs. Toronto) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,100 / Yahoo: $24
Washington is a player I like to root for, and it’s been great to see him playing so well lately. He does have some ups and downs, but has been fantastic against Toronto this year, in two games played. He’s averaged 41 fantasy points per game in those – 12 points over his season average. He’s also been slightly better at home this season, and the Raptors defensive rating is down without their normal starters in place (they currently allow the ninth-most overall fantasy points, third-most to power forwards). Washington fits best on a solidly-constructed lineup with one or maybe two stars rather than a more extreme stars and scrubs build.
Clint Capela – Atlanta (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $7,500 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $36
Although Nikola Jokic is so tempting, he forces some bargain plays that I don’t love. I’ll be reserving him for those more extreme GPP lineups mentioned above. Capela on the other hand, gets a terrific matchup with the Kings, who give up the fourth-most fantasy points to centers. He had a couple dips in production before the break, but has come back nicely – better than his DraftKings’ salary indicates, for sure. He blocked five shots Thursday night! Capela is also a rebounding machine, and should dominate the boards against this Kings team who ranks 19th in rebounding rate.
Chris Boucher (PF/C – TOR) is another guy, like Washington, that I like to root for, and I dearly hope that this opportunity he’s been given due to all the COVID absences translates to more consistent playing time in general. He’s one of the main reasons I’m paying down a bit at center tonight, because I love this game’s fantasy upside and think Boucher is a good bet to go for 50-plus fantasy points again (a super value at $6700 (FD), $25 (Yahoo) and $6600 (DK)).
Mason Plumlee/Isaiah Stewart (C – DET) Although Detroit is a big underdog against the Nets tonight, this game shouldn’t go completely overlooked (on either side, if you can afford the Nets). I noted Josh Jackson as a strong play on the bargain end, but at center I’m torn between the plodding starter and the fresh, talented rookie. Price may be the solution to this tough decision tonight, as every dollar really needs to count. Stewart has played at least 20 MPG in his last five games and saw the most run the last time the Pistons were getting blown out (by the Knicks). On the other hand, Plumlee went for a whopping 50 fantasy points the last time Detroit played Brooklyn.
Ricky Rubio (PG – MIN) is where I’m leaning when it comes to saving at that second PG or G position tonight. He has picked up some slack with D’Angelo Russell out and Malik Beasley suspended and produced some ‘turn back the clock’ stat lines. He was notably effective against these Trail Blazers in the beginning of the season (10 assists and five steals), and Portland does remain the very best PG matchup for fantasy. At just $4800 (FD) and $16 (Yahoo), I’m loving Rubio, but at $5700 (DK), the salary is too high.