This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings 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.
Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main slate at 7:00 ET with six games.
Fred VanVleet – Toronto (at Philadelphia)
Kyle Lowry has missed four straight games, and he’s highly questionable for tonight’s contest. His absence would vault Fred VanVleet into a key role yet again. VanVleet is averaging a steady 34 FPPG in recent games without Lowry. In addition to that, there’s a chance the Toronto guard could pick up even more usage with Kawhi Leonard resting. His opponent, Philadelphia, ranks 21st in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards as well. As you can see, VanVleet makes for a confident all-around pick due to these circumstances.
James Harden – Houston (vs San Antonio)
Chris Paul will miss time moving forward, which frees James Harden to absorb even more of the Houston offense. That’s a scary though considering how dominant Harden has been in recent weeks even with CP3 in the lineup. How dominant was he? Well, Harden has averaged 66 fantasy points over his past five games with two totals surpassing the 70 FP threshold. The salary keeps climbing, but Harden is a worthy expenditure on tonight’s slate. Facing a San Antonio team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards doesn’t hurt.
Trevor Ariza – Washington (vs Phoenix)
Ariza was greeted by heavy minutes in Washington, and that will continue with Otto Porter Jr sidelined. The fit has been great when considering Ariza’s production of 52 and 36 fantasy points through his first two games with the Wizards this season. He’s facing his former team this evening, a Phoenix team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards. Go ahead and target Ariza for another solid performance through all formats.
Pascal Siakam – Toronto (at Philadelphia)
Serge Ibaka is questionable tonight. I believe Siakam is a strong DFS play regardless of his status, but there would obviously be more frontcourt responsibilities to absorb if Ibaka sits. Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out (as mentioned earlier), so there will be plenty on Siakam’s plate already. The matchup looks good against Philadelphia, who ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs opposing power forwards.
DeAndre Jordan – Dallas (at Golden State)
If you have enough cap space to make Joel Embiid work, then definitely go for it. The Raptors have been struggling against opposing centers after Jonas Valanciunas’ injury, so this matchup certainly has breakout potential for the Philly big man.
However, if you are looking for a more economical center with respectable upside, DeAndre Jordan could be your guy. Golden State has been generous to opposing big men this season while ranking 21st in defensive efficiency against the center position. They actually rank dead last in that regard over their past five games, which is strange considering that is the exact time Draymond Green returned from injury. No matter how you slice it, this is a strong matchup for Jordan, as the Warriors also rank 22nd in rebound rate with a fairly brisk pace (12th in possessions/game) to increase fantasy opportunities. DeAndre has been very good with 46+ fantasy points in two of his past three, and he could certainly keep the momentum in this one.