NBA DFS Plays Wednesday 10/27

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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 Wednesday’s 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Ja Morant – Memphis (at Portland) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,500 / Yahoo: $35

Morant is the second-most expensive PG on FanDuel and DraftKings, but is more of a bargain on Yahoo. This should be a great game for fantasy, with both teams allowing a ton of fantasy points to opponents. Portland currently ranks first in pace, fifth in turnover rate, and 18th in defensive efficiency. Memphis ranks 30th in defensive efficiency, leading Vegas to put the day’s highest over/under of 234 points on this game. Morant has been outstanding to start the season, with two 55-plus fantasy point games out of three. His minutes and peripheral production provide a nice boost to his primary source of value – scoring.

Also Consider: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Reggie Jackson, Dennis Schroder, Cole Anthony

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart – Boston (vs. Washington) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $24

I’m choosing to save a bit at SG, but getting the high floor and 40-plus fantasy point upside of a guy like Smart, in a great game environment makes sense. Smart had an awful game against Toronto last week, but otherwise has played well over 30 MPG and returned decent value with stats in every category, including at least two steals in every game so far. He’s dealt with a few odd ailments – a sore knee after the opener, migraines – and his shooting hasn’t been very efficient. As long as there are no reported setbacks or additional headaches, this feels like a great spot for him to break out.

Also Consider: CJ McCollum, Fred VanVleet, Devin Booker, Anthony Edwards, Khris Middleton, Terrence Mann, Nickeil Alexander-Walker

SMALL FORWARD

Harrison Barnes – Sacramento (at Phoenix) - DK: $7,500 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $29

If LeBron James is good to go tonight and Anthony Davis is out, I’m going to do what I can to roster James tonight in a great matchup with higher than normal usage. However, while that situation remains murky, I’m looking at Barnes to fill a high-floor SF slot. A healthy Barnes is a consistent Barnes. He has played exactly 36-38 MPG while scoring between 24 and 36 points per game and bringing down at least seven rebounds per game. Phoenix hasn’t quite gotten into the defensive groove they enjoyed last season as the Suns currently rank 29th in defensive efficiency. Opposing small forwards get a Top 5 DvP (among tonight’s teams) against the Suns, giving Barnes the potential to show off some of the upside we saw in the Kings’ opener.

Also Consider: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyle Anderson, Norman Powell (if starting), Kelly Oubre, Desmond Bane

POWER FORWARD

Miles Bridges – Charlotte (at Orlando) - DK: $7,200 / FD: $7,700 (SF) / Yahoo: $28

This won’t be one of the flashier games that draws peoples’ attention tonight, but I think it has a good amount of fantasy potential. Both teams rank in the Top 10 in overall fantasy points allowed, and since Charlotte has been dealing with some early injuries, Bridges has been playing lights out. I also like Kelly Oubre providing Terry Rozier remains out. I think Bridges is benefitting more from P.J. Washington’s injury, though, so he is a safe play regardless. In the last three games, he’s scored at least 25 real points per game, with at least seven rebounds and a steal or more per game too. Orlando ranks fifth in turnover rate. His salary is up there, but he has been a solid option to fill a PF or F slot so far and that should continue in a plus matchup with the Magic.

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Kuzma, Evan Mobley, Jaren Jackson Jr.

CENTER

Richaun Holmes – Sacramento (at Phoenix) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $25

I’m torn between Holmes and Steven Adams (see below), as the salaries vary a lot between sites. Holmes gets a lot of the same positive factors I noted for Barnes above, in that the Suns are not the defensive stalwart they were last season (yet). Whether due to the contract dispute or something else, Deandre Ayton in particular has been underperforming, with only one game logging double-digit points or rebounds. He only has two blocks in three games. On the other hand, Holmes has double-digit rebounds and at least two blocks in every game he’s played, while also scoring an average of 14 points per game. He’s a real value on DraftKings tonight, and though his minutes have fluctuated, if he can stay out of foul trouble, he should have no problem getting another 35-ish fantasy points tonight.

Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonas Valanciunas, Jusuf Nurkic, Mo Bamba, Bam Adebayo, Steven Adams

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Terrence Mann (G – LAC) or Desmond Bane (G – MIN) make for cheap fillers in the G or F slots. You’ll remember Mann’s breakout performances during the playoffs last year, so the ceiling is there. For a very low percentage of the salary cap, Mann is playing a lot of minutes, and contributing in every category every night, including four steals Monday night. Bane has produced identical stat lines to yield 33 fantasy points per game for the Timberwolves. I haven’t mentioned this game much, but it also should be targeted on both sides with a high point total, both teams playing at Top 5 pace, and the Bucks ranking near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency.

Kyle Kuzma (PF – WAS) is not as cheap as I’d like, but I’m still fitting him into lineups thanks to guys like Smart and Mann. One of Boston’s vulnerabilities so far this season is in the frontcourt, giving Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell a bit of a boost. Kuzma is coming off his first ‘bad’ game of the season, in which he was inefficient from the field, missing all five three-point attempts. Still, he somewhat salvaged his line with 13 rebounds and two assists. I expect him to get back to double-double form in what should be a brisk and competitive game.

Steven Adams (C – MEM) is hard to fade because he is just as good and cheaper than Holmes. If using Adams instead of Holmes gets me from like Gordon Hayward to Anthony Edwards in a G or SF slot, it’s worth doing. This might be most relevant on Yahoo, where Adams is only $17 or DraftKings, where he is $5300. Adams has immediately found his place in Memphis, doing what he does best, which is scoring at the rim and rebounding. He has a surprising number of assists through three games as well, leading him to score within the narrow range of 33-42 fantasy points per game so far.