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 main slate starting at 6:30 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Toronto (at Boston) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,900 / Yahoo: $32
When it comes down to it, I’m taking Lowry over fellow point guards Kemba Walker and Jamal Murray. The gap is narrow, but the Toronto PG has a solid floor/ceiling combination in this matchup. Lowry has 46+ fantasy points in three of four games in this series, and Monday’s disappointment (23 FP in 34 minutes) is nothing more than an outlier. The Raptors are on the brink of elimination, and you better believe their floor general will be pulling out all the stops tonight.
The memes and snarky tweets have subsided, as Paul George has silenced his critics with a pair of strong performances against the Nuggets. That has translated to 44 and 46 fantasy points, and it’s nice to see his shooting form back on track (12-18 FG, 5-7 3PT in Game 3). George is seeing 40+ minutes per contest, and his confidence is trending upward. The salary is still low after some mediocre performances last series, but PG seems to be back to his fantasy-friendly ways.
Jaylen Brown - Boston (vs. Toronto) - DK: $7,600 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $27
Full disclosure: I really prefer Kawhi Leonard in this spot, as he has been fantastic from a real-life and fantasy perspective lately. However, Jaylen Brown makes for a better “per dollar” value to help you click some other top talent into a lineup (Jokic, anyone?). Brown has posted 40+ fantasy points in three of his past four games against the Raptors, which is actually on par with Kawhi’s 46 FPPG over the past three. Obviously, Leonard has a higher floor with much more upside, but there’s a number of scenarios where Brown comes through with a similar fantasy performance for a much cheaper cost.
Jerami Grant - Denver (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $16
The Rotoworld NBA DFS Optimizer loves Jerami Grant, and I’m pretty much in agreement. His Denver teammate, Michael Porter Jr., went off in Game 3, but we can’t overlook Grant’s role in this series. Grant has seen 40+ minutes in his last two games, and the Nuggets need his defensive presence to slow down the Clippers. He’s not that great of a DFS producer, hitting 34 and 15 fantasy points respectively while logging heavy minutes in the last two. However, I believe Grant can make just enough fantasy noise to cash in on his bargain salary. Having an abundance of playing time should help.
Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $9,900 / FD: $9,900 / Yahoo: $43
Jokic is a pillar to lineup configuration on this slate. That especially holds true on FanDuel and Yahoo, where you don’t have as much flexibility with positions. Regardless of those constraints, Jokic projects as the top overall fantasy scorer on this slate, according to Rotoworld’s NBA DFS Optimizer. He has carried the Nuggets with 50+ fantasy points in three of his last four, and I’m expecting him to continue that trend. The Clippers are adamant about containing Denver PG Jamal Murray, so the scoring burden will likely fall on Jokic once again.
Also Consider: Chris Boucher (if Ibaka out)
Chris Boucher (C - TOR) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (PF - TOR) would get a strong boost if Serge Ibaka (questionable) is sidelined. This is the first game of the night, so we should receive news on Ibaka’s status before lineups lock. Boucher is the more intriguing option here, as he has produced efficient fantasy lines in limited minutes throughout the season. He would be worth a look as a dirt-cheap filler (through all formats) if Ibaka can’t go.
Gary Harris (SG - DEN) has been ramping up while coming off an extended absence, and there’s a good possibility he’s back to a full-time role. Harris posted 31 fantasy points in 35 minutes in Game 3, which suggests he’s back closer to 100% and feeling good. The Nuggets need his defense in their lineup, so I’m assuming they’ll keep feeding him minutes as long as no setbacks occur. Harris is priced according to receiving 20-25 minutes earlier in the playoffs, so there’s a big inefficiency to take advantage of.
Lou Williams (PG - LAC) profiles as a nice PG2 on FanDuel and utility filler on DraftKings and Yahoo. He usually relies on his scoring ability for DFS value, but Lou has actually been racking up rebounds and assists en route to a 27 FPPG average this series. There’s upside beyond that if his jumper starts falling, but Williams makes for a realistic bargain while seeing around 27-30 minutes of playing time.
Marcus Morris (PF - LAC) will probably be forgotten on this slate. Michael Porter Jr. will demand plenty of attention after a huge Game 3, and Daniel Theis is trending up at the power forward position as well. Let’s keep Morris in mind as a sneaky-good GPP Pivot, given that he’s still seeing 30-34 minutes per contest. He hasn’t done much with that playing time over the past two, but Morris is capable of filling it up similar to his 33 FP showing in Game 1.
For a full breakdown of tournament plays, check out Renee Millers' NBA DFS GPP Pivots article.