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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 9-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $28
This game has the highest over/under of the slate, and the Bucks are the biggest favorites of the night as well. Charlotte ranks 26th in defensive rating, giving up the fourth-most overall fantasy points with especially generous DvP to guards. Holiday is a super-solid, multi-category player with upside tonight. At his salary, he’s worth consideration in all lineups tonight.
Darius Garland – Cleveland (at Miami) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $27
It seems likely that Miami will be at least somewhat, if not desperately, shorthanded tonight. So although the Heat is a very good defensive team, I’m open to taking advantage of a couple of the well-performing Cavs, including Ricky Rubio and Garland. Garland is a high-volume shooter easily averaging 18 real points per game, and pretty much hitting that mark in every game last month. His high assist numbers contribute to his high floor, making him a preferable cash game play tonight. His salary is much easier to do on Yahoo and FanDuel; on DraftKings, I’m generally dropping down to Bledsoe or (hopefully) Beasley, who had a great game against the Heat last week.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Washington (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $4,400 / FD: $5,100 / Yahoo: $16
My preferred lineup construction is going to be tight, so I’m looking to save money especially at this position. Caldwell-Pope isn’t the first name in DFS excitement, but he has been getting at least 25 fantasy points per game in every game but one in the last 10 days, with the one off-game being a blowout loss to New Orleans. His main contributions are scoring and rebounds, which should be ample tonight against a Timberwolves team that ranks 24th in rebounding rate.
Jae’Sean Tate – Houston (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $5,600 / Yahoo: $19
This game features two teams that play relatively fast (Houston is first in pace) but are terrible offensively, ranking 30th (Oklahoma City) and 28th (Houston) in offensive rating. Both are middle of the road in defensive rating, but give up the most (Houston) and fifth-most (OKC) fantasy points per game. The Thunder are especially generous to opposing forwards, making Tate one of the best DvP options on the slate. He’s a bit up and down, but has played a bit more the last two games and come away with 28-36 fantasy points in each, the better being against OKC. In fact, in three games vs. the Thunder this season, Tate is averaging 37 fantasy points per game. Use him as a very affordable matchup-based forward play in cash games on all three sites.
Nikola Jokic – Denver (at Orlando) - DK: $11,800 / FD: $11,000 / Yahoo: $54
My big spend is on Jokic at the center position. While Giannis is tempting, Jokic is so much the driver of this Nuggets team that I’m finding it impossible to fade him in such a good game and positional matchup. Orlando gives up the second-most overall fantasy points, with their young frontcourt allowing the sixth-most to centers. The Magic also play at a higher pace and rank seventh in turnover rate, which should increase Jokic’s opportunities tonight. In his first game back, he was his usual dominant self and remains one of the safest players to spend top dollar on.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G – OKC) is my top choice to spend on if you have the leftover salary. I’m finding it possible on all three sites, but only if I don’t use Garland on DK. He is the motor of the Thunder, and as I noted above, this game is full of DvP-based opportunities. For SGA, it’s the best PG matchup in the league. He’s been amazing since he returned from a brief injury time out.
Terence Davis (G/F – SAC) is a super cheap play who has been returning about 6X value the last couple games. If Harrison Barnes remains out, he should be worth a look again tonight. It’s not a great matchup, but he also won’t be a focal point of the Clippers’ defense.
Caleb Martin (G/F – MIA) will be on everyone’s radar if Jimmy Butler is out again tonight. He was great in the spot start on Monday, with 18 points and plenty of peripherals. For the price, he’d be hard to fade given the sure usage. Even with Tyler Herro probably back tonight, the Heat could use the multi-category production Martin showed Monday.