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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 three-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Dennis Schroder - LA Lakers (vs. Brooklyn) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $5,700 / Yahoo: $17
Schroder’s fantasy production has been all over the place lately, but we are expecting big things from him tonight. The Lakers’ point guard came up with 43 fantasy points at Minnesota on Wednesday, and he’ll continue to step up with Anthony Davis sidelined. This is a high-scoring matchup against Brooklyn, who ranks fourth in pace and 22nd in defensive efficiency to point guards. Schroder should see plenty of opportunities to make good tonight, and the salary is definitely tame on all three DFS sites.
Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Kendrick Nunn
Fred VanVleet - Toronto (at Milwaukee) - DK: $7,900 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $36
VanVleet was able to post 50 fantasy points against this same Milwaukee team on Tuesday. I’m not ruling out another 50-burger tonight, especially with Kyle Lowry questionable for Toronto. VanVleet is a fine DFS pick regardless of Lowry’s status, but his usage would spike if the veteran point guard is out or limited. Milwaukee ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards, and VanVleet already torched them for 50 fantasy points twice this season. Why not make it three?
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Jimmy Butler - Miami (at Sacramento) - DK: $8,800 / FD: $9,200 / Yahoo: $40
LeBron James makes sense with Anthony Davis out, but Jimmy Butler could post a similar fantasy score for a fraction of the cost. Butler himself will continue to see more usage with Goran Dragic sidelined, helping him achieve 48+ fantasy points in four of his last six. Butler has a chance to really get after it tonight against a Sacramento team that ranks dead last in team defensive efficiency. Needless to say, he’s a cornerstone DFS option within this three-game slate.
Chris Boucher - Toronto (at Milwaukee) - DK: $6,300 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $23
If an injury situation (Lowry?) creates more value, then I’ll be looking to roster Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward. As things stand on Thursday morning, you probably won’t have enough salary to make him work alongside the other featured picks in this article. Boucher has been flirting with 30 minutes per contest recently, which really enhances his fantasy upside. That translated to 37 FP in 30 minutes on Tuesday at Milwaukee, representing a legitimate baseline in this rematch. The price seems respectable across the board, so Boucher is definitely on my shortlist through all formats.
Hassan Whiteside - Sacramento (vs. Miami) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $14
Richaun Holmes is out for Sacramento. That was the case last game vs. Brooklyn, and Whiteside stepped up for 60 fantasy points in 23 minutes. While we aren’t expecting a repeat performance, we all know that Whiteside can fill up the box score in a hurry. It’s doubtful that his fantasy output will hurt your squad on this three-game slate, and the upside could be tremendous. He’s an easy value lift on tonight’s condensed slate.
Also Consider: Montrezl Harrell