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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

I’m here to break down tonight’s five-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 7:00 ET. Keep in mind that this column was created earlier in the day, meaning injury information could change the fantasy landscape throughout the afternoon. Obviously you’ll want to keep track of any developments through Rotoworld’s NBA Headlines & Injuries Feed as we move closer to tip-off.



With that, let’s dive into each position while mining for the best value and overall plays in this slate.



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John Wall – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,500)


Wall is currently questionable tonight. This is the first game of the night, so we’ll probably get clarity on his status before lineups lock. If the Washington point guard makes his return tonight, he’s the easiest pick of the day on FanDuel – considering the miniscule salary. We aren’t expecting a full workload if Wall takes the floor, but he should be able to provide a nice return even if limited to 20-25 minutes. Pay attention to the NBA News Feed as move closer to tip-off.



Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Dejounte Murray, Darren Collison





Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $7,800)

I’m really liking Khris Middleton tonight, and here’s why: 1) He’s currently on a roll with 39+ fantasy points in each of his past five games. 2) He’s playing in the highest-scoring tilt of the night at Golden State. 3) The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Middleton should have an easier time with Klay Thompson still sidelined. 4) Middleton is $1000 cheaper than Victor Oladipo with a realistic opportunity to provide similar fantasy output (or more).



Also Consider: Victor Oladipo, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Dwyane Wade




Kevin Durant – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $10,800)


Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are probable in this high-scoring, nationally televised matchup vs Milwaukee. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson remain out. That means Durant will run the show with an extreme usage rate to provide higher-than-usual fantasy upside. Don’t overthink it: he’s a viable spend through all formats tonight.



Also Consider: Paul George, Denzel Valentine, David Nwaba




Noah Vonleh – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,600)


Vonleh is still cheap despite notching 25+ fantasy points in four of his past five games. That represents a solid baseline for the Chicago forward, and there’s upside for more with Cristiano Felicio doubtful. Teammate Bobby Portis ($6300) could see more minutes as well. I’m leaning toward Vonleh in cash games, as the value blends comfortably with the rest of my lineup.


UPDATE: Lauri Markkanen has been ruled out. This adds even more confidence to the fantasy profiles of Noah Vonleh and Bobby Portis for tonight.



Also Consider: Skal Labissiere, James Johnson (better if Whiteside out), Domantas Sabonis (if Booker out)





Andre Drummond – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $9,400)


I really like Andre Drummond tonight. Kevin Durant is higher on my list, but Drummond is a close second when thinking of priority expenditures. If John Wall ends up playing, his value would allow you to roster Durant and Drummond comfortably in the same lineup … The matchup is neutral against Washington, but Detroit’s starters will continue to see a ton of minutes while fighting for a playoff spot. That’s good news for Drummond’s fantasy potential, and the big man went for 58 FP in his last meeting vs the Wizards.



Also Consider: Kosta Koufos, Myles Turner, Pau Gasol (if Aldridge out)

Spencer Limbach

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