NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 3/18

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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 Tuesday’s seven-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Chris Paul - Phoenix (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $30

I really like Chris Paul’s salary, especially for $6.9k on FanDuel. He won’t break the bank, and there’s a good chance he’ll return value in tonight’s comfortable draw vs. Minnesota. The Timberwolves play fast while ranking 28th in defensive efficiency to point guards, which is the perfect combination for a savvy playmaker like CP3 to take advantage. Go ahead and roster the veteran with confidence tonight!

Also Consider: Lonzo Ball, Michael Carter-Williams

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SHOOTING GUARD

Jordan Clarkson - Utah (at Washington) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $21

Mike Conley will not play this evening, opening the door for Jordan Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell to absorb more ball-handling responsibilities. Clarkson would’ve been an attractive value play even if Conley was active, and the injury news has moved him into cash game territory. Facing a Washington team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts doesn’t hurt either.

Also Consider: Immanuel Quickley (if playing), Donovan Mitchell

SMALL FORWARD

RJ Barrett - New York (vs. Orlando) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $5,900 / Yahoo: $24

New York is thin on ball-handlers tonight. Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton are doubtful. Immanuel Quickley is questionable. Barrett will be asked to carry a heavy workload even if Quickley plays, but his floor/ceiling combination would rise if “IQ” is ruled out too. Barrett has been trending upward through this stretch with Rose/Payton out, hitting 51, 41, and 35 fantasy points respectively over his past three. His opponent, Orlando, ranks 23rd in team defensive efficiency.

Also Consider: Rui Hachimura, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram

POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson - New Orleans (at Portland) - DK: $8,900 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $39

The Pelicans were in their first competitive game since the All-Star break on Tuesday, and Zion showed out with 47 fantasy points. We can expect more of the same moving forward in this rematch with the Blazers. This is the highest over/under of the night (240), and Zion is priced at a discount due to three-straight blowouts prior to Tuesday’s bounce-back. You can’t go wrong here.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Robert Covington

CENTER

Rudy Gobert - Utah (at Washington) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $36

There should be enough value at other positions to roster Rudy Gobert comfortably. I believe that’s a good call, as the matchup looks great at Washington - who ranks 28th in d-eff to centers and 25th in rebound rate. Gobert has flexed some massive upside recently, and this is an excellent situation to prove that wasn’t a fluke.

Also Consider: Deandre Ayton, Moses Brown

ALSO CONSIDER

Michael Carter-Williams (PG - ORL) has come up against inconsistencies and blowouts, but his salary remains low because of that. I’m expecting him to bounce-back nicely in a competitive battle with the Knicks. Remember that MCW hit 38+ FP in back-to-back games earlier this month, and he should see 30+ minutes.

Immanuel Quickley (SG - NYK) is questionable tonight. If he’s playing, then he should be on your DFS shortlist with Rose and Payton doubtful. If he’s out, then Reggie Bullock would need to take on a heightened role, and he’s near minimum-salary.

Rui Hachimura (SF - WAS) still hasn’t had his salary fully adjusted after notching 51, 39, and 32 fantasy points over his last three. Washington has shuffled some of their frontcourt, and Rui is clearly benefiting. The matchup vs. Utah doesn’t look great, but it doesn’t take much for Hachimura to return positive value on a discounted price.

Moses Brown (C - OKC) was on fire last game, but we have some questions about his playing time tonight. Al Horford should be back for Oklahoma City, so Brown won’t be unleashed - as he has been over the last three. He could still see around 20-25 minutes though, but that’s not guaranteed.