NBA DFS Plays Saturday January 30

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Renee Miller
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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 the Saturday’s 8-game Main slate starting at 8:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Damian Lillard – Portland (at Chicago) - DK: $10,600 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $48

I’m going to have to compromise on one of my top picks today due to salary considerations (especially on DK and Yahoo), but I’m going to lay out the case for each of them first. Lillard faces a Chicago team that plays at the second-fastest pace, ranks 26th in defensive efficiency and allows the sixth-most fantasy points to PGs. The Bulls also turn the ball over at the second-highest rate, so there could be some bonus steals in Lillard’s future. Without (or with) CJ McCollum, Lillard is the undisputed king of this Trail Blazers team, with a 31.2 percent usage rate this season. He’s pricey, but cheaper than Luka Doncic and not on a back-to-back or facing a defensive juggernaut like Phoenix.

Also Consider: Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, De’Aaron Fox, Dejounte Murray, Coby White, Lonzo Ball, LaMelo Ball

SHOOTING GUARD

Victor Oladipo – Houston (at New Orleans) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $34 (SF)

Oladipo might be somewhat site-specific as positional eligibility is different and his salary is variable. He’s the first player of my Top 5 that I’ll let slip if salary constrains my lineup building. That said, he’s playing in what should be a close and high scoring game with the Pelicans tonight. New Orleans ranks 25th in defensive efficiency and turns the ball over at the fifth-highest rate, while giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. Oladipo has a range of outcomes, but should end between 40-50 fantasy points in this one. If you can’t reach the salary threshold for Oladipo, Sterling Brown is also a possibility here. At near minimum salary, he’s been returning about 19 fantasy points per game and gets all the same positive factors as Oladipo (with fewer minutes and less talent, but still).

Also Consider: Kendrick Nunn, Gary Trent Jr., Zach LaVine, Devonte Graham

SMALL FORWARD

Jerami Grant – Detroit (at Golden State) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $36

Grant has run into a string of difficult matchups with highly defensive-minded teams over the last week or so, and as a result has been struggling to reach value. That’s caused his salary to drop some, making him an especially good value on FanDuel as he now faces the Warriors, the third-fastest team in the league, giving up the fifth-most overall fantasy points to opponents. I expect a nice bounce-back from Grant, and think he could be one of the lower-rostered pleasant surprises of the slate.

Also Consider: LeBron James, Jaylen Brown, Khris Middleton, Kyle Anderson, Keldon Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Kelly Oubre

POWER FORWARD

Jayson Tatum – Boston (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $43

I can’t wait for this game and yes, it is loaded with stars. Expect a defensive battle, but a losing one as these two offenses excel at finding ways to get the buckets. I settled on Tatum as the priority play because I think he’s the most fairly priced for his floor and upside combination, and therefore usable in all lineups. The salaries of Kristaps Porzingis, Bam Adebayo and Christian Wood are high to me (and the last two are only C-eligible on Yahoo and DK), and while there’s a fair amount of cheap value to be had, Tatum hits that 40-point floor, 60-point upside I want tonight.

Also Consider: Zion Williamson (DraftKings), Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brandon Clarke, Jae Crowder, Thaddeus Young, Kyle Kuzma (if Anthony Davis is out again)

CENTER

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix (at Dallas) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,100 / Yahoo: $32

Center is interestingly barren tonight given the number of games we have to choose from, especially on FanDuel. Luckily, Ayton gets a sneaky good matchup for big men (Dallas gives up the seventh-most fantasy points to the position), and should continue to soak up some extra usage with Devin Booker out. The first time these teams met was not a shining moment for Ayton – he played only 24 minutes and scored around 30 fantasy points. Tonight, Vegas expects a close, but lower scoring game, conditions where Ayton has produced some of his best numbers. Center is also a way to save, if you’d rather spend on Oladipo or LaVine, especially on FanDuel where there are some underpriced options.

Also Consider: Steven Adams, James Wiseman, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Kyle Anderson (SF – MEM) and a few of his teammates return to action tonight in San Antonio. You’ll notice I sprinkled Grizzlies throughout in the “also consider” section, since the rotation is going to be so short, each active man should have ample opportunity to produce. Since they haven’t played in a while, Memphis guys could be overlooked in what I think is a sneaky-good game to draw players from tonight. Anderson stands out as a really good SF value ($5800 FD, $5600 DK, $21 Yahoo) against a Spurs team that offers the league-best SF DvP.

Cody Zeller (C – CHA) is still near minimum salary everywhere, and while facing the Bucks isn’t easy, center isn’t one of their great defensive strengths. Regardless of matchup, if you can get 25-plus fantasy points for $11 (Yahoo), $4500 (DraftKings) or $4900 (FanDuel), you do it. Zeller should stay over 25 MPG now that he’s back and playing well.

Kendrick Nunn (G – MIA) has his ups and downs, so at his current salaries, I view him more as a tournament play. Consider the cheaper Gary Trent Jr. a cash game option at G. Nunn, however, should be able to take advantage of the absence of Goran Dragic, and possibly Tyler Herro and Andre Iguodala, in a spectacular matchup with the Kings. Sacramento ranks 30th in defensive efficiency, allows the most fantasy points to shooting guards (third-most to point guards), and Miami is the home favorite in the game with the second-highest point total.