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.
Here is the injury report as of Saturday morning:
Victor Oladipo out. Domantas Sabonis questionable. Oladipo will continue to miss time while Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and others will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. If Sabonis is out tonight, Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Myles Turner could see a marginal boost.
Jaylen Brown questionable. He has missed two straight games for the Celtics, where Marcus Smart stepped in for an average of 34 minutes and 30 fantasy points over that span. Smart would obviously deserve attention as a DFS bargain if Brown is ruled out again.
Marvin Bagley III questionable. If he’s out, Harry Giles III will step into a larger role with a chance to showcase his strong FP/minute ratio on the season. He would be a strong bargain candidate in that situation.
Joe Harris questionable. DeMarre Carroll stepped up in his absence last game, and he would be a reasonable value play if Harris is on the shelf again. More details on that in the small forward section below.
Now let’s move on to the NBA DFS Plays for Saturday! We are focused on the six-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyrie Irving – Boston (at Minnesota)
The Celtics have been on the right side of blowouts lately, limiting Kyrie Irving’s minutes and subsequent fantasy output over the past week. However, he has been on fire when receiving a full workload, notching 71, 54, 59, and 38 fantasy points respectively when seeing 33+ minutes. Boston will likely need Kyrie to carry the team on the road against a Minnesota team that has been playing much better as of late. The Celtics check in as two point underdogs in this competitive draw, and Irving should be able to capitalize against a Wolves’ defense that ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency, three-point defense, and opponent assists per game.
Also Consider: Darren Collison, De’Aaron Fox
Klay Thompson – Golden State (at Detroit)
Stephen Curry is set to return for Golden State tonight. Some may view that as a detriment to Klay Thompson’s fantasy value, but I’m actually thinking the opposite holds true. Curry’s presence should give Thompson more open looks, and bringing back the team’s best passer doesn’t hurt a spot-up shooter like Klay. A competitive matchup against a Detroit team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards doesn’t hurt either.
DeMarre Carroll – Brooklyn (at Washington)
The small forward position is tricky tonight. Kevin Durant’s salary has ballooned and Stephen Curry is now back. Kawhi Leonard has blowout risk. Other reasonably priced options have consistency issues. Due to that, I may look to punt the position with DeMarre Carroll. It would help if Joe Harris missed another game for Brooklyn. That was the case yesterday, and Carroll ended up with 39 fantasy points in 38 minutes. Some of that was boosted by overtime, but it’s safe to say his role increased with Harris sidelined. Carroll would make for a fine bargain in that situation against a Washington team that ranks bottom five against opposing frontcourts.
Blake Griffin – Detroit (vs Golden State)
There are enough value options on this slate to plausibly stack Irving, Griffin, and Towns in the same lineup - or some other combination of top dollar picks. I’m making Blake Griffin a priority among the expensive commodities on this slate. While his matchup doesn’t look great on paper, consider that this is the highest scoring game of the night (229 over/under) with relatively low blowout risk. This is a big game for Detroit vs the reigning champions, and Griffin should respond with an abundance of minutes and subsequent fantasy output.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota (vs Boston)
This recommendation parallels the write-up of Blake Griffin in many ways. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Karl-Anthony Towns could be primed for a strong fantasy outing while leading his team in this big game. KAT has taken over following the Jimmy Butler trade, and the Wolves are starting to click as a team. Towns is averaging 49 fantasy points and 34 minutes over his past three, and Minnesota will likely run their offense through the big man tonight.
Spencer Dinwiddie – PG – Brooklyn (at Washington)
Dinwiddie doesn’t get a ton of publicity, but he has emerged as one of the leaders for Brooklyn. While the Nets’ guard has been up-and-down from a fantasy standpoint lately, there’s room for a breakout performance against this bottom five Washington defense. The last time Dinwiddie faced the Wizards, he went for 50 FP in 31 minutes.
Jarrett Allen – C – Brooklyn (at Washington)
Allen has hit a rough patch in tough matchups over the past week (vs Philadelphia & Utah namely), but he bounced-back for 40 fantasy points yesterday vs Memphis. He’s still underpriced across the DFS industry, facing a Washington team that ranks fifth in pace and 25th in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers.
Markieff Morris – PF – Washington (vs Brooklyn)
The Wizards have been a mess this season, and that remained the case in a blowout loss vs Philadelphia last night. Morris only played 22 minutes with 8 fantasy points as a result. His legs should be relatively fresh for a much better (and more competitive) matchup vs Brooklyn tonight. Keep in mind that Markieff posted 33+ fantasy points in four straight before last night’s mishap. I’m expecting him to get back within that range against a Brooklyn team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs opposing frontcourts (and 26th in rebound rate).
Jabari Parker – SF – Chicago (at Houston)
This Chicago-Houston matchup currently has a 12 point spread. If the Bulls want to keep this one competitive, they’ll need guys like Jabari Parker to step up. He has done that lately with 38+ fantasy points in five of his past six games, clearly feeling more comfortable in a larger role for this injury-laden Chicago team. As mentioned earlier, the small forward position has low opportunity cost, causing me to look towards Parker in tournaments. He’s someone with proven upside to post if this game stays reasonably close.