NBA DFS Plays Thursday Nov. 18

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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 6-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

D’Angelo Russell – Minnesota (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $25

You can fit two stars without a problem tonight, but three is a real stretch. As of this writing, Curry is the odd man out for me. He has an injury designation, hip, seemingly out of nowhere. Though he’s been on fire recently, it’s possible the Warriors are considering a night off for him. To be safe, I’m going with Russell, who is also in a great matchup. In fact, this game has the highest over/under of the slate and the Timberwolves are small home favorites. Russell was terrific last night and just generally turns out reliable, value-reaching stat lines. Patrick Beverly was phenomenal last night, but I expect his minutes to dip on the back-to-back, and his production as well. If, or when, his three-point shot comes back, Russell has 50-plus fantasy point upside with a very solid floor.

Also Consider: Steph Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Ja Morant, Ricky Rubio, Kyle Lowry, Reggie Jackson

SHOOTING GUARD

Austin Rivers – Denver (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $3,300 / FD: $3,900 / Yahoo: $10

If he starts again, which is a big unknown at this point, consider using Rivers for some salary relief. Will Barton was downgraded but then upgraded and is now a game time decision for tonight. If he starts, I’d steer clear of Rivers, instead looking for value from the Warriors’ guards if Curry is out, or the Philadelphia backcourt (Seth Curry, Shake Milton). Rivers put up about 18 fantasy points in the Nuggets’ last game, which is fine for the money. Philadelphia is a top SG matchup, but you’ll have to be watching the news closely.

Also Consider: Donovan Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, Bradley Beal, Jordan Poole

SMALL FORWARD

Paul George – LA Clippers (at Memphis) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $47

George is a star I don’t want to be without. This game should be fast-paced and fantasy friendly, especially for the Clippers. Memphis gives up the second-most overall fantasy points and most to opposing SFs. The Grizzlies rank 29th in defensive efficiency, while George is one of the best players in the game. He ranks second in usage rate behind Luka Doncic, accounts for a third of his team’s points and steals, and about 30 percent of the Clippers’ assists and rebounds. In other words, he is doing it all. The sky is the limit for George tonight.

Also Consider: Scottie Barnes, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Anderson, Cedi Osman, Keldon Johnson

POWER FORWARD

Draymond Green – Golden State (at Cleveland) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $28

Especially if Curry is out, but even if he plays, I love Green tonight. He’s found a rhythm that is getting him 30 fantasy points per game. For his salary, I’m happy with that and although his range of outcomes is certainly much wider, against a depleted Cavs frontcourt, I like his chances to exceed value tonight. Cleveland ranks third in turnover rate, so he could boost his bottom line with a few steals tonight as well as his usual complement of points, rebounds and assists. Depending what you do with your stars, you could also save with rookie Jonathan Kuminga, who has posted at least double-digit fantasy points in three straight games for the minimum. Our NBA DFS Optimizer is bullish on him tonight.

Also Consider: Deni Avdija, Pascal Siakam, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon, Thaddeus Young, Jonathan Kuminga

CENTER

Nikola Jokic – Denver (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $12,000 / FD: $11,600 / Yahoo: $54

I’m tempted to go full stars and scrubs tonight, and Jokic is one of the reasons. Yes, his salary is eye-popping but who else is considered likely to score in the 60-plus range any given night? With no Joel Embiid, this is a much better matchup (no offense to Andre Drummond’s quality play). The 76ers rank 24th in defensive efficiency and are no match for Jokic’s rebounding or passing, much less his ability to score 25-30 points per game. If you just don’t want to spend this kind of money, I’d take the cheap route with Eubanks or Ivica Zubac which might allow you to add Jimmy Butler or Anthony Edwards.

Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Montrezl Harrell, Rudy Gobert

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Deni Avdija (F – WAS) isn’t a hot name in fantasy, but in four of his last five games he has exceeded value, sometimes up to 10X. The Heat are a strong defensive team, but they are on a back-to-back with a couple questionable players. Avdija is capable of a modest double-double with a block or two as long as he continues to see 25-plus MPG. If you can make it to Harrell or Daniel Gafford, salary-wise, they are both producing at a nice rate.

Reggie Jackson (G – LAC) is a nice guard to pair with Russell tonight, and shares a lot of similarities in solid production for price. As noted above, the Grizzlies are not a defensive-minded team, and although Jackson didn’t have the best game the first time these teams met, he isn’t going to sink your lineup either. He’s just enough cheaper than Ricky Rubio to make me go for it.