NBA DFS Plays Thursday 12/30

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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 four-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

R.J. Hampton – Orlando (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $3,900 / FD: $5,300 / Yahoo: $11

The first decision you have to make tonight is whether you want star guards, forwards, or centers. You can comfortably fit two of the six elite players on tonight’s slate into your lineups; maybe three uncomfortably. Hampton is one of the ways to make that happen. He’s a lot cheaper than Gary Harris and has pretty much the same range of outcomes given the depleted state of the Magic backcourt. He’s had eerily good numbers vs. the Bucks in each of the three games these teams have played so far this season, with Tuesday’s being his worst effort (still 26 fantasy points). I expect at least 30 from him tonight.

Also Consider: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Spencer Dinwiddie

SHOOTING GUARD

Will Barton – Denver (vs. Golden State) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $20

Barton is back to playing 33-35 MPG and with his average fantasy point per game output, that puts him right in contention tonight. The game with Golden State should offer a modest pace bump and although the Warriors are arguably the best defensive team in the league, they are without Draymond Green again tonight. In Tuesday’s version of this game, Barton was excellent, scoring 21 points with a handful of peripherals.

Also Consider: Donte DiVincenzo, Patty Mills

SMALL FORWARD

Andrew Wiggins – Golden State (at Denver) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $23

While Steph Curry is a nice tournament option tonight, his numbers vs. Denver from Tuesday night were not great. That was an extremely low-scoring loss for the Warriors, but with Draymond Green sidelined, Wiggins really stepped up. With 21 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block, he bested his season average by nine fantasy points. No guarantees he does it again, but if he and Curry have this overlapping range, I’d rather pay a few thousand less for Wiggins tonight and save my big spends for the center and utility slots.

Also Consider: Kevin Durant, Khris Middleton, Deni Avdija, Franz Wagner

POWER FORWARD

Evan Mobley – Cleveland (at Washington) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,300 / Yahoo: $28

At PF, you could consider Giannis in a potential blowout game, where he might be good for three quarters, or Durant coming off the COVID list. The salaries on those two are so high that they have to be at the top of their game to make the spend worthwhile. It’s fine in tournaments, but I’m choosing to save a little and go with Mobley, in a great matchup with the Wizards. The Cavs are shorthanded like everyone else, and Mobley should see another 30-plus minutes tonight. Kevin Love is also someone to consider, but his salary has really jumped up.

Also Consider: Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Giannis Antetokounmpo

CENTER

Joel Embiid – Philadelphia (at Brooklyn) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $10,800 / Yahoo: $50

It’s possible to go with both Jokic and Embiid on sites where you can use a utility guy, and that’s not a bad option. If choosing only one center stud tonight, it’s Embiid for me. He’s just enough cheaper than Jokic to make an impact elsewhere in your lineups and has the equivalent floor/ceiling combination. This should be the closest and potentially highest scoring game of the small slate, and Embiid, Maxey and Harris could all benefit from the pace bump Brooklyn offers. Embiid is averaging 50 fantasy points vs. the Nets this season, and about 34 real points per game in his last five games.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Kevin Love, Bobby Portis

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Donte DiVincenzo (G/F – MIL) is entering his third game back tonight, and I believe he will continue his upward trajectory as the rust wears off. He’s a player with 30-40 fantasy point upside and in this matchup, he could come close to that. Assuming his minutes ramp up, the fantasy points will follow. For now, he’s mainly a GPP option, but at his low, low salary, one with a ton of upside.

Tyrese Maxey (PG – PHI) is a mid-tier guard option that fits well into a moderate build. He’s coming off a terrible game vs. Toronto, which will probably reduce his roster percentages tonight. He should bounce back in this fantasy-friendly game as it wasn’t a minutes issue – he played 36 MPG on Tuesday. Use him when the salary is right for your second PG/G slot.

Nikola Jokic (C – DEN) is a clear priority tonight, over Durant, Antetokounmpo, Harden and Curry. He’s on fire the past week, averaging a 25-point, 20-rebound double-double in his last three games. That includes one vs. the Warriors, in which he went 0-5 from three-point range. If his long range shot starts to fall, we’re looking at an easy 70 fantasy points from Jokic, and his floor is about 50 right now.