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NBA DFS Plays: Friday 8/21

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: August 21, 2020, 10:48 am 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 Friday’s four-game main slate starting at 1:30 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Kemba Walker - Boston (at Philadelphia) - DK: $6,600 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $24

Walker makes for a safe DFS acquisition through all formats tonight. He posted an efficient 32 fantasy points through 25 minutes in Boston’s Game 2 runaway victory, and we could see more output with increased minutes in a competitive game tonight. The absence of Gordon Hayward should push more usage throughout the Celtics’ starting lineup, and Walker stands to benefit once again. 

Also Consider: Kyle Lowry, Jamal Murray  

SHOOTING GUARD

Fred VanVleet - Toronto (at Brooklyn) - DK: $7,600 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $31

The shooting guard position is filled with quality fantasy options like Doncic (depending on the site), George, LeVert, and others. However, VanVleet is less expensive than that trio despite holding a realistically similar projection. The Toronto guard has been marvelous in the first two games of the series, hitting 57 and 46 fantasy points respectively. The latter is more impressive in my opinion, as “FVV” only shot 8-22 from the field (3-11 behind the arc) and still posted 46 fantasy points. Look for him to keep producing in this plum matchup against the Nets. 

Also Consider: Luka Doncic, Paul George, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 

SMALL FORWARD

Kawhi Leonard - LA Clippers (at Dallas) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $46

My strategy revolves around trying to combine Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid in the same lineup, then surrounding them with mid-range picks and bargains. Leonard has a similar price tag as guys like Jayson Tatum and Nikola Jokic while being moderately cheaper than Luka Doncic. Kawhi outscored Luka with 50 fantasy points (compared to 47) in Game 2, and I don’t think that’s a fluke. In other words, Kawhi’s well-rounded game and reasonable salary makes him a better “per dollar” value on this slate … If you can’t make Kawhi work, then Tobias Harris makes for a fine drop-down. 

Also Consider: Tobias Harris, OG Anunoby, Garrett Temple 

POWER FORWARD

Marcus Morris - LA Clippers (at Dallas) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $18

Morris is one of those bargain fillers to help you squeeze Leonard and Embiid in the same lineup. That especially holds true on FanDuel, where the power forward position is somewhat murky … As mentioned in this article on Wednesday, Morris will play a key role in this series vs. the Mavericks. The Clippers need him on both sides of the ball, and Morris has responded by averaging 36 fantasy points and 33 minutes in the first two games. I believe he’s a strong bargain to flirt with those numbers once again. 

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Serge Ibaka

CENTER

Joel Embiid - Philadelphia (at Boston) - DK: $9,800 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $49

Embiid is probably one of the best overall plays on this slate - even better than Leonard. I’m expecting the Sixers to come out swinging after falling behind 2-0 with an embarrassing loss on Wednesday. Most of that will fall on Embiid’s shoulders, as he will continue to hold a lofty usage rate with Ben Simmons sidelined. The big man has posted 51 fantasy points in the first two games of this series, and he should fly past that number with Philadelphia extra-motivated to win. 

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert
BEST BARGAINS

OG Anunoby (SF - TOR) represents a fine bargain through all formats on Friday. His fantasy totals of 28 and 26 fantasy points through the first two games of this series have been serviceable, but not necessarily great. However, he’s seeing starter minutes (35 MPG) against a patched-up Brooklyn team. That’s enough to garner consideration in tonight’s tidy four-game slate. 

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (SF - BKN) and Garrett Temple (SF - BKN) will look to step up with Joe Harris missing tonight’s game. Of course, Caris LeVert could be the primary beneficiary of Harris’ absence, but TLC and Temple should see more opportunities as well. Temple has posted 31+ FP in two of his past three, and he’s the more well-rounded option of these two.
GPP PIVOTS

Lou Williams (SG - LAC) has been sneaky-good with 36+ fantasy points in two of his past three games. He’s reasonably cheap too, holding salaries of $5.6k, $5.6k, and $19 on DK, FD, and Yahoo respectively. The Clippers’ backcourt will be without Patrick Beverley (doubtful) once again, which doesn’t hurt Lou’s cause. 

Enes Kanter (C - BOS) is a risky tournament play, but there’s a chance he’ll provide a solid return on his near-minimum salary. Kanter has posted 20-25 FP in three of his last four outings, which includes a nice 22 FP showing in Game 2. The risk comes from no guarantee in minutes, but he held his own against Embiid on Wednesday, and maybe that will earn him 17-20 minutes in Game 3. 

Spencer Limbach

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