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NBA DFS Plays: Friday 1/17

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 17, 2020, 12:27 pm ET

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 the seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Friday. 

POINT GUARD

Kyle Lowry - Toronto (vs. Washington) 

Lowry has lost some luster in DFS circles as the salary has risen, and Pascal Siakam is back for Toronto. However, the Raptors’ point guard finds himself in a beautiful matchup against the Wizards - who rank dead last in team defensive efficiency. Lowry produced 46 fantasy points last Sunday (vs. San Antonio) despite Siakam returning to the fold. Fred Van Vleet is questionable, and his absence would place even more opportunity on Lowry’s plate. He’s a solid DFS acquisition regardless. 

Also Consider: Ja Morant, Malcolm Brogdon 

SHOOTING GUARD

DeMar DeRozan - San Antonio (vs. Atlanta) 

DeRozan has been brilliant lately, averaging 50 FPPG over his past four games. That’s impressive considering two of those came against tough teams (BOS & MIA) ranking top five in defensive efficiency vs. opposing shooting guards. That will not be the case tonight, as Atlanta ranks 25th in that regard. In other words, DeRozan has a clear path to fantasy upside, and he’s an excellent lift through all DFS formats. 

Also Consider: Josh Richardson, Dillon Brooks

SMALL FORWARD

Tobias Harris - Philadelphia (vs. Chicago) 

Harris has been playing minutes at power forward with Joel Embiid sidelined. That bodes well for tonight’s matchup, as the Bulls have been generous to that position (27th in d-eff to PFs). Harris caught fire with 54 fantasy points against Brooklyn on Wednesday, and his price remains fair in the mid-to-upper range. He’ll continue to see plenty of opportunities with Embiid on the shelf, and that could translate to solid fantasy production in this welcoming draw. 

Also Consider: Pascal Siakam, Dorian Finney-Smith 

POWER FORWARD

Al Horford - Philadelphia (vs. Chicago) 

I’m not afraid to roster Horford, Harris, and (maybe) Richardson in the same lineup. Horford and Harris are strong options while Richardson is more of a value filler. Horford will continue to man the center position with Embiid out, and he has looked great with 39+ FP in three of four games with that role. Consider that his baseline (with upside for much more) against a Chicago team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to centers. 

Also Consider: Serge Ibaka, Jaren Jackson Jr. 

CENTER

Jonas Valanciunas - Memphis (vs. Cleveland) 

Valanciunas has a wide range of fantasy outcomes. After all, the guy has been between 19-61 fantasy points in his last four games. The lows keep his salary in check, and he’s primed for reaching the higher end of that range while facing a Cleveland team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. The last time these clubs met (Dec. 20), “JoVal” went for 45 fantasy points in 30 minutes. 

Also Consider: Steven Adams 

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