NBA DFS Plays: Wednesday 4/17

Spencer Limbach
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Spencer Limbach finds the best NBA DFS Plays for the three-game playoff slate on Wednesday, April 17.

NBA DFS Plays: Wednesday 4/17

Spencer Limbach finds the best NBA DFS Plays for the three-game playoff slate on Wednesday, April 17.

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 playoff slate starting at 7:00 ET.  

POINT GUARD

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Ricky Rubio – Utah (at Houston)

It may be strange to start this article with a featured write-up of Ricky Rubio. After all, more exciting picks like Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, or even Eric Bledsoe are available in the point guard pool. However, this is playoff daily fantasy, and price is very important on a brief three-game slate like tonight. That’s why I’m looking towards the mid-range salary of Rubio, hoping he can chip in another serviceable line. He went for 32 fantasy points through 31 minutes in Game 1, as Houston is clearly letting Rubio see opportunities while trying to limit Donovan Mitchell. If that’s the theme again tonight, the Utah point guard could have another solid outing for DFS purposes.

Also Consider: Kyrie Irving, Eric Bledsoe, Ish Smith (value filler)

SHOOTING GUARD

Eric Gordon – Houston (vs Utah)

James Harden should be the featured write-up at shooting guard. However, everyone knows what Harden is all about, and he doesn’t really need an explanation. In order to make Harden work in your lineup, you’ll need to dig a little deeper. That’s where Gordon comes in. He’s cheap while seeing around 30 minutes for the Rockets, benefitting from Utah’s defense collapsing on Harden. He took that role and turned it into 27 fantasy points in Game 1, and that’s a reasonable expectation tonight. Either way, I don’t believe Gordon will post a fantasy line that will hurt your squad.

Also Consider: James Harden, Luke Kennard

SMALL FORWARD

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs Detroit)

My strategy tonight revolves around stacking James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the same lineup. That is more of a reality on FanDuel, where you can completely punt a roster spot while dropping your lowest score. I recommend deploying that strategy at small forward, taking Antetokounmpo and a minimum-salary filler to drop. Giannis cruised to a 52 fantasy point performance through just 23 minutes in the blowout win of Game 1. Imagine what he’s capable of if this one stays somewhat competitive?

Also Consider: Gordon Hayward, punt on FanDuel

POWER FORWARD

Marcus Morris – Boston (vs Indiana)

Morris looked good in the series opener with 28 fantasy points through 29 minutes. That’s more than enough to suffice as respectable value for his bargain salary. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 fantasy points is a realistic range for Morris tonight, as he’s averaging 25 FPPG on the season. He could see a few more looks if Al Horford (questionable) is out or limited in any capacity.

Also Consider: Thaddeus Young, PJ Tucker  

CENTER

Brook Lopez – Milwaukee (vs Detroit)

I’m not in love with the matchup/price combination of any top-dollar centers like Andre Drummond, Rudy Gobert, or Clint Capela. That leaves a fallback guy like Brook Lopez, who is coming off a strong 33 fantasy point showing through 24 minutes in the first game of this series. Running a similar theme through all the Milwaukee players, there’s upside to be had if a (more) competitive atmosphere forces the starters to play full minutes.

Also Consider: Al Horford (if playing), Aron Baynes (if Horford out)         

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