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 five-game main slate starting at 4:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento (at Brooklyn) - DK: $7,600 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $34
If there was an All-NBA Team for the bubble, Fox would be pushing for those honors. He has been brilliant in three of four games since the restart, and his only shortcoming came in a blowout against the Magic. Otherwise, Fox has topped 49 fantasy points in his other three outings. He should continue to thrive against a banged-up Brooklyn team that already ranks below average (18th) in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Caris LeVert - Brooklyn (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $34
I’m liking this Brooklyn-Sacramento game from a fantasy point of view, as both teams rank subpar defensively. It could be a good strategy to select the top playmaker from each side: Fox and LeVert. The Nets’ guard struggled against tougher defenses like Orlando and Boston, but he thrived in a cushy matchup (46 FP) with Washington. Tonight’s date with Sacramento (20th vs. SGs) could bring out his fantasy upside once again. LeVert would see a usage boost if Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris (both questionable) were ruled out, but he’s a strong DFS streamer either way.
Brandon Ingram - New Orleans (vs. Washington) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $32
Ingram had a dreadful 12 fantasy point performance last week against the Clippers, which could be keeping his salary modest. He bounced-back nicely with 42 FP vs. Memphis the next time around, proving there’s nothing wrong with his overall game. Now we have Ingram as an underpriced fantasy asset while stepping into a beautiful matchup against Washington - who ranks 28th in team defensive efficiency. Go ahead and look towards him through all formats.
Rodions Kurucs - Brooklyn (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $3,900 / FD: $3,600 / Yahoo: $10
We’ve listed some expensive options throughout this article, so now it’s time to wash it down with value. As mentioned earlier, Jarrett Allen is questionable for the Nets. There’s a reasonable chance Brooklyn will hold him out this afternoon, which would promote Kurucs to a heightened role. The last time Allen didn’t play, Kurucs posted 22 fantasy points in 28 minutes. That represents decent fantasy value when considering his bargain-basement salary.
Joel Embiid - Philadelphia (vs. Orlando) - DK: $10,500 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $50
Ben Simmons will not play for Philadelphia, which should provide a usage boost to Joel Embiid. Tonight’s matchup vs. Orlando (10th in defensive efficiency to centers) doesn’t look great on paper, but Embiid is certainly matchup-proof. There’s a legitimate chance he’ll take over this game while trying to maintain his whopping 61 FPPG average across three games in the bubble.
Also Consider: Thomas Bryant
Shake Milton (PG - PHI) should see a few more minutes and overall opportunities with Ben Simmons sidelined. He’s not a “slam dunk bargain”, but Milton represents a fine value play to blend with the aforementioned top dollar picks.
Evan Fournier (SF - ORL) and Terrence Ross (SG - ORL) could see more fantasy opportunities with Aaron Gordon doubtful this afternoon. Fournier can be considered through all formats, while Ross is more of a tournament target who depends on scoring for DFS value.
Troy Brown Jr. (SF - WAS) had a breakout 49 FP effort against the Nets, but he’s only averaging 26 FPPG in three other contests since the restart. I’m thinking he could move the needle closer to his ceiling while facing a New Orleans team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Most people will be looking towards Joel Embiid or the hot-hand of Thomas Bryant at center. Let’s not forget about Nikola Vucevic (C - ORL), who could see extra usage with teammate Aaron Gordon doubtful. The matchup against Embiid and Philadelphia will scare some people away, but “Vuce” shouldn’t be overlooked while trying to carry his squad. Rotoworld’s NBA DFS Optimizer actually has Vucevic projected higher than Embiid tonight, and I believe there’s something to that.
Jrue Holiday (SG - NO) has been extremely mediocre since the restart. His salary is dropping, which creates an interesting tournament situation for today’s slate. Holiday has significant matchup potential as well, facing a Washington team that ranks among the worst in the league for overall defense.