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NBA DFS Plays: Saturday

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 5, 2019, 12:32 pm ET

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 seven games.

POINT GUARD

 

Elfrid Payton – New Orleans (at Cleveland)

 

Payton showed solid progress in his second game back from injury, logging 33 minutes with 34 fantasy points at Brooklyn on Wednesday. That’s good to see considering he only played 24 minutes in his return on Monday. Payton carries a mid-range salary, and there’s reason to believe he’ll see a quality workload of 30-34 minutes. That makes him a solid DFS play against a Cleveland team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards.

 

Also Consider: Stephen Curry, Collin Sexton

 

SHOOTING GUARD

 

James Harden – Houston (at Portland)

 

The salary is pretty absurd, but you can still squeeze Harden into some confident lineups. Using a minimum-salary punt play on FanDuel (lowest score dropped) helps to make that a reality. Harden has been on an amazing run with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out of the lineup, notching 69, 72, and 81 fantasy points respectively over his past three. He’s looking at a competitive, high-scoring matchup at Portland – who ranks below average in team defensive efficiency on the year. I’ll be doing my best to blend Harden into my squad.

 

Austin Rivers – Houston (at Portland)

 

Rivers is a bargain play who helps create DFS cap space for teammate James Harden. As mentioned in the previous write-up, Houston is without Chris Paul and Eric Gordon at the moment. Rivers has seen 37+ minutes in three straight games as a result while averaging 26 FPPG over that span. That’s a satisfying baseline while considering the economical price point on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

 

Also Consider: Klay Thompson, Furkan Korkmaz (if Butler out)  

 

SMALL FORWARD

 

Kyle Anderson – Memphis (at San Antonio)

 

Anderson was a featured write-up in our NBA GPP Pivots article yesterday, coming through with a nice triple-double for 40.2 fantasy points. He’s a great play through all formats on this slate, seeing a ton of playing time with a 36 minute per game average over his past five. That includes logging 37+ minutes in three of those five outings. His fantasy floor/ceiling combination subsequently rises, and Anderson has taken advantage with 38+ FP in three contests over that span. Perhaps he’ll have some extra motivation tonight while playing against his former team, San Antonio.

 

Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard, E’Twaun Moore (tournaments), Gerald Green (value)  

 

POWER FORWARD

 

Draymond Green – Golden State (at Sacramento)

 

You’d be wise to give this Warriors-Kings game a strong look for DFS purposes. After all, the over/under stands at 238.5 total points with both teams ranking in the top ten for pace. This is an especially strong matchup for Green, who will face a Sacramento team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs frontcourts and 27th in rebound rate. Draymond is fresh off a stat-sheet stuffing 42 fantasy point performance against Houston on Thursday, and he should thrive in tonight’s promising draw.

 

Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis (at San Antonio)

 

I don’t mind dipping down to Al-Farouq Aminu if you need the extra savings. However, looking towards Draymond Green and Jaren Jackson Jr at power forward is my preferred strategy this evening. Jackson has been up-and-down lately, which isn’t exactly surprising for a rookie. However, he seems to be trending in the right direction while averaging 33 minutes and 35 fantasy points over his past two. The inconsistencies of last week actually create a buy-low situation on this discounted salary. Now is the time to invest, as Jackson finds himself in a golden matchup against a San Antonio team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs power forwards.

 

Also Consider: Anthony Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu  

 

CENTER

 

Julius Randle – New Orleans (at Cleveland)

 

Nikola Miortic will continue to miss time, so Randle will keep seeing starter minutes. That’s excellent news for DFS backers, as the New Orleans’ center is an efficient fantasy producer with massive upside if things break in his favor. Hitting 47+ FP in two of his past three serves as evidence. Randle could post another dominant performance against a bad Cleveland team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency vs frontcourts as well as rebound rate.

 

Also Consider: Clint Capela, Jakob Poeltl (punt)  

Spencer Limbach

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