NBA DFS Plays Wednesday 5/19

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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 two-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

Game overviews

San Antonio at Memphis: These two teams played their three games early in the season, so the fact that Memphis won two of them shouldn’t mean too much now. Still, Memphis is the home favorite, by four points, as the Spurs rank just 22nd in defensive efficiency. San Antonio gives up the 12th most fantasy points to their opponents. Memphis is the unique team that plays with a fast pace (eighth in the league) and great defense (sixth in the league).

Golden State at LA Lakers: It’s all about LeBron James and Anthony Davis here. The Lakers won the final four games of the season with James appearing in the last two. The season-series between these two teams tilts 2-1 LA. The Lakers get the benefit of Golden State’s second-fastest pace, and overall more generous fantasy outlook, but both of these teams are Top 5 in defensive efficiency, with LA leading the league in that stat. The Warriors also come into tonight’s matchup on a winning streak – five in a row on the strength of Stephen Curry’s outstanding play.

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POINT GUARD

Ja MorantMemphis Grizzlies (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $30

The choice of Morant over Curry comes down mostly to price, and a little bit to LA’s defense. Best believe, the Lakers’ No. 1 priority will be shutting down Curry, and they’ve done so pretty effectively this season (he’s averaged 39 fantasy points per game against them). Morant, meanwhile, has a better implied team total, much friendlier opponent, and great numbers vs. the Spurs. In three games, Morant has averaged 28 MPG and 44 fantasy points per game vs. the Spurs. He’s playing great ball lately, and has a fully healthy squad alongside him.

Also Consider: Stephen Curry

SHOOTING GUARD

Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $19

As noted, there’s plenty to like about the Grizzlies tonight and I could justify using their whole starting lineup if I wanted to. I’ll stop at Brooks, because SG is the barren landscape of this slate. You’re choosing between Brooks and Andrew Wiggins for the most part (though DeMar DeRozan is still SG on FanDuel). When it comes to it, they have largely overlapping ranges, with Wiggins being the higher upside play, but also carrying the higher salary. Both are pretty likely to score in the 30-ish fantasy point range tonight, so I’ll take the cheaper player in the better matchup.

Also Consider: Andrew Wiggins

SMALL FORWARD

LeBron James – LA Lakers (vs. Golden State) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $43

James just isn’t a guy I feel like I can fade tonight. He’s ready to put his money where his mouth is, so to speak and I think the Lakers get the easy path to the ‘real’ playoffs with a win tonight. He and Anthony Davis together are formidable, and in tournaments, I would absolutely get some Davis lineups in. This is totally unscientific but the playoffs always get James in another gear, and I think he’s the focal point of this game tonight.

Also Consider: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Anderson

POWER FORWARD

Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors (at LA) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $31

Green stook out to me tonight for his DraftKings’ salary. It makes this slate much easier to navigate on that site, for sure. To his credit, Green finished the season a lot stronger than he started it, with well over 40 fantasy points a game in May, including solid efforts vs. some equally talented defensive teams (Phoenix, Utah). Green’s appeal is his multi-category contributions, which makes it extremely likely that you’ll pick up the double-double or triple-double bonus (on DK) as well as a few blocks and/or steals.

Also Consider: Jaren Jackson, Jr., Anthony Davis

CENTER

Andre Drummond – LA Lakers (vs. Golden State) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $22

Drummond in LA was a big question mark, but he finished the season very strong, even when both James and Davis were back in the lineup. He looks to be back to who he’s always been – the double-double machine. He finished the season with four in a row, including seven blocks. The Warriors have been particularly susceptible to opposing centers this season, too, which, in addition to his much lower salary, is the main reason I like Drummond over Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas has been terrific lately, and if you can afford him or want to differentiate a bit in GPPs, I won’t argue with you.

Also Consider: Jonas Valanciunas

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G – LAL) can be one of the very cheap pieces you round out your lineups with tonight. He has generally been playing about 30 MPG or more, and though his usage rate is low with James and Davis on the court, his quality shooting and knack for steals almost guarantees him a fantasy line of 20 or better. Among the other cheap options you might consider – Patty Mills, Keldon Johnson – KCP is either cheaper or safer or both.

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