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 the nine-game slate starting at 7:00 ET on Saturday.
Russell Westbrook - Houston (vs. New Orleans)
Westbrook’s debut with Houston was fantastic, outside of arguing with James Harden and ultimately losing to Milwaukee. Let me rephrase that statement: Westbrook’s debut with Houston was fantastic from a DFS perspective while nearly hitting 60 FP. Harden and Westy should coexist nicely this season, and there’s room for both of them to eat against a fast-paced New Orleans team with a generous backcourt defense. Luka Doncic posted a triple-double on the Pelicans last night, while Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet racked up some gaudy numbers on Opening Night. Westbrook and the Rockets enter this game fully rested while looking to dismantle the Pels - who are playing the second half of a back-to-back.
Lou Williams - LA Clippers (at Phoenix)
Williams carries a mid-range price tag, but he carries legitimate upside along the same lines as expensive shooting guards like Bradley Beal and Devin Booker. That especially holds true when considering a high-scoring draw (229 over/under) at Phoenix - who ranked 27th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts last season. While the Suns should marginally improve in that area this year, they are still vulnerable with a fast pace to inflate opponent numbers. In other words, this is a great spot for Williams to build on his 40 FPPG average to begin the season.
Kelly Oubre Jr. - Phoenix (vs. LA Clippers)
This Suns-Clippers draw carries one of the highest over/under of the night, trailing only the Rockets-Pelicans in that regard. There’s also plenty of value to be had within this Western Conference date, as Deandre Ayton is out and Ricky Rubio is questionable for Phoenix. Regardless of Rubio’s status, Oubre makes for a solid mid-range commodity who has stepped up for 40 FP in each of his first two games this season. He’s a stat-sheet stuffer who has been unleashed in Phoenix, and his salary lags behind the current level of production. I’m not afraid to tail those strong performances in tonight’s fast-paced game atmosphere.
Frank Kaminsky - Phoenix (vs. LA Clippers)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, Deandre Ayton is going to miss some time moving forward. That will continue to push more minutes to Kaminsky and AAron Baynes (more on him in the next section). Kaminsky relished the increased opportunity yesterday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 32 fantasy points in 32 minutes despite a tricky matchup at Denver. He probably won’t see 30+ minutes against a smaller team like the Clippers, but Kaminsky still represents a strong fantasy bargain who is underpriced relative to his expanded role. Go ahead and look towards him for value through all formats.
AAron Baynes - Phoenix (vs. LA Clippers)
Baynes follows the same rationale as his teammate, Kaminsky, in the previous paragraph. He started for Ayton last night, producing an efficient 30 fantasy points in 29 minutes. The Suns could play smaller against the Clippers tonight, but Baynes will still see quality minutes to meet value expectations on a near-minimum salary. He’s not a 100% must play at the position, but definitely keep him in mind, especially on DraftKings and Yahoo - where there’s more flexibility with your lineups … If you have the necessary cap space, taking Nikola Vucevic against a vulnerable Atlanta frontcourt is my preferred center option.