NBA DFS Plays Thursday, Jan. 13

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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 Thursday’s five-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Dennis Smith Jr. – Portland (at Denver) - DK: $4,000 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $12

Starting your cash game lineup with Smith at the point allows you a lot of flexibility later on to add a star to your other PG or G slot. Portland is without both Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons tonight, not to mention CJ McCollum and Norman Powell, so Smith has no excuse not to get busy, even though the Trail Blazers are massive underdogs in this game. It helps that Denver is ranked as the fourth-best PG matchup for fantasy.

Also Consider: Steph Curry, James Harden, Ja Morant

SHOOTING GUARD

D’Angelo Russell – Minnesota (vs. Memphis) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $28

This is a game I’m trying to target as much as possible. It carries the highest over/under of the small slate, and the Grizzlies are only four-point favorites. Both teams play at a relatively high pace, and are well-enough matched to keep it competitive. Russell has performed well against them, averaging about 10 more fantasy points than his season average in two previous games. After a slow start back after COVID, Russell has been back to his usual self, with three consecutive double-doubles.

Also Consider: Desmond Bane, Anthony Edwards, Klay Thompson, Cam Thomas

SMALL FORWARD

Josh Giddey – Oklahoma City (at Brooklyn) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $27

I should just say use a Josh in your SF slot, because it’s so hard to choose between Giddey and Hart tonight. Giddey has a slight pace bump from the Nets, and the advantage of playing against a backup squad as Brooklyn is resting a few players, including Kevin Durant tonight. His floor is solid given his regular multi-category input and plentiful minutes, and his ceiling is a big triple-double.

Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Khris Middleton, Will Barton, Andrew Wiggins

POWER FORWARD

Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $3,300 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $11

Sharpe has played just over 20 MPG in these last two Nets games, and averaged 30 fantasy points per game. With Durant, Nicolas Claxton, and LaMarcus Aldridge out tonight, there should be the same or more available to him tonight. Sharpe will be a popular play, but could easily be the best points per dollar guy tonight.

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jarred Vanderbilt, Robert Covington

CENTER

Nikola Jokic – Denver (vs. Portland) - DK: $12,500 / FD: $11,500 / Yahoo: $56

One of the reasons to save at PG and PF is to be able to fit Jokic. On small slates, he’s a luxury I don’t want to be without. Portland is shorthanded, and overall a good fantasy matchup anyway, giving up the 10th-most overall fantasy points to opponents and ranking 29th in defensive rating. Jokic can be the best player of the slate pretty easily and if you doubt that he plays the full game, you can easily pivot to Giannis or Harden to fill the “stud” slot in tonight’s lineups. I think he’ll have a pretty typical 60-plus night.

Also Consider: Blake Griffin, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jusuf Nurkic

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Wes Matthews (G – MIL) is another cheap player to keep on the radar. Over the last four games, he’s played around 32 MPG, and while he can’t be called the most efficient player on the team, his 20-25 fantasy points would be fine for the price. Jrue Holiday is out, and George Hill is questionable, so Matthews should keep his role against the Warriors tonight. It’s not a great on-paper matchup, but should be close and high-scoring, great conditions for a cheap guard.

Blake Griffin (C – BKN) is another value option from the Nets. He’s the better bet to see 30ish minutes tonight, and when in that situation this season, has typically been worth every salary dollar. The matchup with the Thunder is a good one, as noted above, and a small double-double is very much in play here.

Josh Hart (F – NOP) has been playing very well lately, having scored double-digit points in every game since his return December 8. He’s had multiple double-doubles and a few near triple-doubles. Against the Clippers, who rank 28th in rebounding rate, he’s averaged 11 rebounds, 11.5 points, and two steals per game, for an average of 39 fantasy points per game. He’s a player I’m putting into my F or Utility slot often.