NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 3/21

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Mike Gallagher and Andy Means from RotoGrinders go over this monster Friday slate.

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Mike Gallagher and Andy Means from RotoGrinders go over this monster Friday slate.

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings 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.

Take note that we are looking at the main slate (six games) starting at 7:00 ET.


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De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (vs Dallas)

This Dallas-Sacramento matchup represents one of the best fantasy environments of the night. Hopefully the Mavericks will keep things competitive while playing their third game in four nights. The Kings’ generous defense often prevents them from burying opponents, so I believe we’ll see a reasonably tight contest. That would be good news for Fox’s fantasy prospects, as Dallas ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards. The Sacramento floor general has notched 40+ fantasy points in four of his past six games, and he should easily surpass that threshold tonight.

Also Consider: Kemba Walker, Tyus Jones, De’Anthony Melton


Donovan Mitchell – Utah (at Atlanta)

I’m taking a different approach to the shooting guard position depending on the site. For DraftKings, Luka Doncic makes for a nice all-around play at $8900. However, his $10k tag on FanDuel is pretty steep. That has me looking towards Mitchell over there, as he’s on sale with an $8800 salary. The matchup is arguably better for Utah’s guard as well, facing an Atlanta team that ranks first in pace and dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Mitchell has been “good but not great” in recent games; however, that creates a buy-low opportunity in this fantastic draw.

Also Consider: Buddy Hield, Luka Doncic, Jeremy Lamb


Nicolas Batum – Charlotte (vs Minnesota)

Batum is a cheap mid-range pick who deserves attention through all formats on both sites. His last two performances were underwhelming, but I’m expecting the Charlotte forward to get back on track this evening. Facing a Minnesota team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards serves as the main source of optimism. Batum will continue to see a full complement of minutes, which should help his floor/ceiling combination in this competitive tilt.

Also Consider: Jabari Parker, Joe Ingles


Josh Jackson – Phoenix (vs Detroit)

Kelly Oubre Jr is doubtful tonight, meaning Jackson should step into a solid 32-35 minute role. That makes him a strong value through all formats on both DFS sites. The matchup doesn’t look great while facing Blake Griffin and Detroit, but we can all agree that Jackson is underpriced relative to his ascending role for the shorthanded Suns. Go ahead and target him with confidence!

Also Consider: Marvin Bagley III, Dwight Powell


Nikola Jokic – Denver (at Washington)

Similar to the shooting guard write-up, I’m treating the center position differently depending on the site. Karl-Anthony Towns is my preferred pick, but Jokic and Rudy Gobert make for respectable pivots if KAT doesn’t organically fit into my lineup. All three of these guys have outstanding matchups to consider, and Jokic arguably has the best one while facing a Washington team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to centers.

Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert


  • Double-check the status of Trevor Ariza. If he’s out, Troy Brown Jr.(SF – WAS) steps up as a quality bargain. Brown posted 25 fantasy points through 29 minutes with Ariza leaving early last game.

  • Minnesota PF Taj Gibson is questionable. Dario Saric (PF – MIN) would join the ranks of viable salary relief options if Gibson can’t go.

  • Maxi Kleber is questionable for Dallas. If he plays, he’s a decent DFS bargain. If he’s out, Justin Jackson (SF – DAL) becomes an interesting minimum-salary filler after hitting 27 fantasy points through 33 minutes with Kleber sidelined last night.

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