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FanDuel NBA Plays: Thursday

by Josh Lewis
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We have another two game NBA playoff slate on FanDuel tonight, and once again, tonight’s matchup between the Celtics and Wizards is much more attractive for daily fantasy purposes. My primary concern tonight is the same I had on Tuesday, which is that the Warriors handle the Jazz easily. I won’t be targeting Utah players unless I absolutely have to, and I’m not going out of my way to take Warriors either. Lastly, we’ll once again have to get creative with our value plays as these small slates generally don’t offer much, especially in the playoffs.



Let’s look at what we’re working with tonight and don’t forget to check out RotoGrinders' DFS Alerts for any late-breaking news before finalizing your lineups.




Point Guard

Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, $9600 – Thomas dropped 53 points in an overtime win against Washington in game two, and with the series moving to DC, I fully expect the next two games to be extremely close. With the way these two teams have been playing, we should see another high-scoring game, and Thomas should once again be the best option from the Celtics. He should play nearly 40 minutes and easily surpass 40 fantasy points. He’ll be high owned, but I would look to get a ton of exposure to him tonight in your lineups.



John Wall, Washington Wizards, $10,800 – Last time I wrote the NBA article for RotoWorld, we had the same two game slate. Those picks worked out pretty well, so you’re going to see a lot of the same players written up today. Wall is the top overall play of the evening as he should post a huge stat line in tonight’s home matchup against the Celtics. The first two games of this series have been extremely high-scoring, and there’s no reason to think that’s going to change tonight.

Wall posted a ridiculous 71.1 fantasy point line in game two, and although that game went to overtime, it illustrated the type of upside he has. No other player on the slate has as much upside as no other player is as imperative to his team’s offense. Everything runs through Wall, which is why you see him post huge assist totals even if he’s dropping 40 real points. He’s a must for me tonight.



Additional Plays: Terry Rozier ( GPP punt option )

Shooting Guard

Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, $6300 – Bradley briefly left game two with a hip injury, but he was able to return, and his status shouldn’t be in doubt for tonight. I would expect him to play his same typical heavy minutes load, and given he’s offering around a 25 point floor with well over 30 point upside, he’s an easy play at the shooting guard position for just $6300. On a per dollar basis, he’s the clear top option.



Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, $7600 – Beal struggled in game two, but I’m going back to the well with Washington returning home for game three. I simply can’t recommend Klay Thompson, and other than Marcus Smart, there simply aren’t any viable options at the position. Expect a bounce back performance from Beal tonight as he has a likely floor above 30 with upside well over 40.



Additional Plays: Marcus Smart

Small Forward

Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, $5600 – Porter’s price has gone up $700 from last game, but he’s still an easy play at the small forward position. Kevin Durant isn’t worth paying up for, and given I think the Warriors handle the Jazz easily once again, I’m not too high on Gordon Hayward. This is a pay down position for me, and Porter is the clear top per dollar play. He’s eclipsed 30 fantasy points in each of the first two games of this series, and I expect him to make it a third tonight. He’s likely to play heavy minutes in a game that Washington has to win to try to get back into this series.



Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, $6300 – Crowder feels like a bit of an overpay at $6300, but he’s also a lock for heavy minutes and will almost certainly finish in the 25 to 35 fantasy point range in what should be another fast-paced, high-scoring game. I don’ t think he’s a must play, as punt option Kelly Oubre is just $3100, and offers us a decent opportunity to save salary cap space. Along with Porter, Crowder is who I would slot into the small forward position if I had to make just one lineup.



Additional Plays: Kelly Oubre

Power Forward

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $8800 – As was the case Tuesday, the power forward position is offering us very little to work with. Green is by far the best option, and given the sorry state of the position, he’s a must play. Despite a matchup with a slow-paced, strong defensive Jazz team, Green did what he always does and posted a very well-rounded line in game one, easily eclipsing 40 fantasy points. He’s crossed that threshold three times in his past three games, and he’s likely to make it a fourth given he contributes in so many ways. He’s the only bust-proof option at the position, and my plan would be to use him in every lineup tonight.



David West, Golden State Warriors, $3400 – At risk of just writing up the best plays at every position, I thought I’d offer up West as a possible value option tonight. Markieff Morris is the other play that’s likely to be high-owned, but as we saw in the Atlanta series, he’s very capable of disappearing and posting dud fantasy lines despite seeing minutes. Plus, he was limited in game three due to an ankle injury, and we don’t know if that will affect in game three. Derrick Favors, of course, is not usable because he is dealing with back soreness and plays very few minutes.

West is a dud risk, but he’s actually been quite productive in his limited court time over the past several games. He’ll likely see some run off the bench as I fully expect the Warriors to be in control of this game from start to finish. He’s eclipsed 20 fantasy points in each of the past two games, and while he’s certainly a risk, he may work out very nicely if he can produce a quality line and Morris flops.



Additional Plays: Markieff Morris


Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, $6200 – On a per dollar basis, Gortat is my number one option at the center position. He’s been very productive this series matched up against softy Al Horford. He’s posted consecutive double doubles with a handful of peripheral stats, and I expect nothing less again tonight in this extremely fantasy-friendly matchup. With scores of 34.5 and 41.6 already in this series, expect Gortat to once again exceed the 5x value mark and offer a terrific return on your investment.



Additional Plays: Al Horford

Josh Lewis
RotoMonkey83 is a top 25 grinder overall and has expertise in the NBA, MLB and NHL. He is a leading contributor to RotoGrinders.