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NBA DFS Plays Friday January 1

by Renee Miller
Updated On: January 2, 2021, 2:48 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 Friday’s 10-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET. Happy New Year!

POINT GUARD

Raul Neto – Washington (at Minnesota) - DK: $3,400 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $12

While I have no issue with the expensive PGs on this slate, it seems clear that Russell Westbrook will rest tonight, leaving Neto to start. Expect everyone to be on the value guard, but with good reason. This game should be fast and high scoring, and Neto played 32 minutes and put up 40 fantasy points the last time Westbrook rested on a back-to-back.

Also Consider: Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Terry Rozier, Jrue Holiday, Dennis Schroder, Monte Morris (if Jamal Murray is out)

 

SHOOTING GUARD

C.J. McCollum – Portland (at Golden State) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $33

This was a tough choice for me, but on a big slate like this one, I want high ceilings. If you want a cheaper option with a high floor, consider Donovan Mitchell, but for 50-plus, I’m taking McCollum in a favorable matchup with Golden State. This should be a high-scoring and fast-paced game, with the Warriors giving up the second-most overall fantasy points to their opponents this season. You can get the high ceiling at SG with Bradley Beal as well, but at a much steeper salary.

Also Consider: Donovan Mitchell, DeMar DeRozan, Khris Middleton, Bradley Beal

SMALL FORWARD

Kevin Durant – Brooklyn (vs. Atlanta) - DK: $9,100 (PF) / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $45

Durant was excellent when these teams played Wednesday night, and it was one of the highest scoring regular season games I can remember (145-141 Nets). The Nets are favored again, by six points, and I expect that Durant is a big reason why. He hasn’t scored fewer than 22 points this season, but reached a season-high 33 points Wednesday. He also nearly triple-doubled, with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Durant is one of my two pay-up priorities on this slate.

Also Consider: LeBron James, Josh Jackson, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Bogdan Bogdanovich, Miles Bridges, Will Barton

 

POWER FORWARD

John Collins – Atlanta (at Brooklyn) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $30

Sticking with the high scoring game, and hoping for another repeat performance, Collins is a strong mid-range PF play tonight. I get spending up for either of Giannis Antetokounmpo or Anthony Davis, or saving with some of the value that’s opening. Collins showed Wednesday the kind of player he can be, shooting 60 percent from the field and making two three-pointers. He’s solid from the free-throw line, and was able to notch his second double-double of the young season against the Nets Wednesday. A repeat isn’t guaranteed, but the game environment is good enough to take the chance on this mid-range upside forward.

Also Consider: Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Draymond Green, Jae Crowder

 

CENTER

Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. Phoenix) - DK: $10,600/ FD: $10,200 / Yahoo: $48

Unsurprisingly, Jokic is my second spending priority. Phoenix has improved dramatically on the defensive side of the ball this season, and should keep this game close. While Jamal Murray could be back tonight, Michael Porter Jr. has been ruled out. There are some inexpensive ways to take advantage of that news too (Will Barton), but I expect Jokic’s already high usage rate to soar. He’s expensive, but gives you the best chance for 60-plus fantasy points at the position, and on the slate overall.

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert, Jonas Valanciunas, Thomas Bryant, Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Josh Jackson (SF/F – DET) is still very cheap for when he has such a clear opportunity ($4800 FD, $5200 DK, $16 Yahoo). Blake Griffin will be out tonight, and Jackson has scored over 30 fantasy points in three of his four games this season…the one where he didn’t being the one where Griffin played 44 minutes and dominated. He’s my favorite way, with Neto, to bring the value that balances the higher priced players I’ve promoted above.

Donovan Mitchell (SG – UTA) is a good compromise at SG in cash games. He’s much less expensive than McCollum on DraftKings, but still has a high floor in the mid-30’s. This game is expected to be fairly high scoring and close (226.5 total, Clippers minus-2.5), great conditions for guards like Mitchell. On Yahoo and FanDuel, I’m still going with McCollum, however.

Draymond Green (PF/C - GSW) is the wild card of the night. Expected to make his debut tonight, we have no real sense of how much he’ll actually play. We definitely have the sense that the Warriors need him badly, and that after a weird, down, injury-ridden 2019-20 season, he may be able to return to the triple-double form we used to know and love. His salary, $6000 FD, $6100 DK, $26 Yahoo, puts him in a range where you are taking on risk to roster him. It could be incredibly stupid or incredibly smart. Deploy only in your multi-entry tournament lineups, please.