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NBA DFS Plays: Saturday

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 20, 2018, 1:36 pm ET

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.

 

Now let’s move on to the NBA DFS Plays for Saturday!

 

 

POINT GUARD

 

Jamal Murray – Denver (vs Phoenix)

 

Murray stumbled in the season opener by going just 3-12 from the field against LAC. Don’t let that discourage you from taking him in DFS tonight. This is a fantastic bounce-back situation while looking at a fast-paced home draw vs a bad Phoenix defense. Hopefully we can snag him at a lower-than-deserved ownership rate due to Wednesday’s mediocrity. I’ll be taking him in cash games and tournaments alike, feeling optimistic to catch some upside in this beautiful matchup.

 

Also Consider: Kyle Lowry (Kawhi out), Dennis Smith Jr. Darren Collison

 

 

SHOOTING GUARD

 

Zach LaVine – Chicago (vs Detroit)

 

LaVine was amazing for DFS purposes while piling up 45 FP in 32 minutes despite Chicago getting blown-out. That came against a quality Philadelphia defense as well. LaVine may need to soak up a ton of usage yet again with Kris Dunn questionable (Valentine iffy too) and Lauri Markkanen out. If you’ve followed LaVine throughout his tenure in Minnesota and Chicago, you’d know that he doesn’t need to be told twice to go get some buckets. That should be his role this evening vs Detroit, and I’m expecting another quality outing for fantasy purposes. UPDATE: Dunn and Valentine have both been ruled out. Fire up LaVine with confidence.

 

Also Consider: Luka Doncic, Victor Oladipo, Danny Green

 

 

SMALL FORWARD

 

Josh Richardson – Miami (vs Charlotte)

 

Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, and Dion Waiters have all been ruled out for Miami on Saturday night. That helps secure minutes and usage for Josh Richardson, who will look to continue his 39 FPPG mark through the first two games of the season. Through those appearances, J-Rich has seen 37 and 38 minutes respectively, an expectation that certainly rises his floor/ceiling potential in DFS. His opponent, Charlotte, ranked in the bottom half of the league vs small forwards last season, and I’m optimistic he can come away with another solid performance in this competitive draw. Roster him with confidence through all formats!

 

Also Consider: Will Barton, OG Anunoby (punt with Kawhi out)

 

 

POWER FORWARD

 

Bobby Portis – Chicago (vs Detroit)

 

Bobby Portis is a building block on both DraftKings and FanDuel tonight. As mentioned earlier, the Bulls will continue to be shorthanded with Lauri Markkanen out. That secures starter minutes and high usage for Portis, who has been a dependable fantasy asset when given extended opportunities in the past. Case in point, he notched 42 FP in 33 minutes while facing a tough Philadelphia defense in the season opener. The salary is still way too low for Portis, and he should easily provide a healthy return on fictitious salary cap investment.

 

Also Consider: Dario Saric, Domantas Sabonis (questionable), Serge Ibaka

 

 

CENTER

 

JaVale McGee – LA Lakers (vs Houston)

 

I can’t believe I’m writing about JaVale McGee in two straight games, but here we are. This is a pure salary relief play that will enable you to stabilize the rest of your lineup while reaching for the stars. Let’s be honest here, McGee has some nice DFS upside while seeing around 20+ minutes for this fast-paced Lakers squad. That was on display with 36 FP in 21 minutes at Portland on Thursday, and McGee should be able to get in on the action with this high over/under vs Houston. Am I expecting a repeat performance from the season opener? No, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 26-27 fantasy points (with upside for more) will suffice at this current price point.

 

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Deandre Ayton

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.