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 Saturday’s 5-game main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
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Jordan Poole – Golden State (at Memphis) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $4,600 / Yahoo: $12
Poole put up another flashy stat line last night in this same matchup. He’s now had seven consecutive games with at least 14 real points, so while his peripheral stat production could be higher, he’s at least got a decent scoring floor. While Steph Curry is out, Poole should continue to contribute at a nice ROI. Slotting in Poole allows you to be a lot more flexible in how you want to spend up at other positions tonight.
Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Ben Simmons
Terry Rozier – Charlotte (at LA Clippers) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,400 / Yahoo: $27
Rozier is having himself a great season, and his consistency is welcome on a slate with only four games to draw from. The matchup isn’t a great one on paper – the Clippers rank 28th in overall fantasy points allowed to opponents, play at a slow pace, and are huge favorites as one of the best teams in the league. Still, Rozier plays big minutes, and has shown that he’s capable of the 35ish fantasy points we’re looking for from him in even tougher matchups (like against the LA Lakers earlier this week).
Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $9,200 / FD: $9,300 / Yahoo: $41
As noted, the Clippers are big favorites tonight and facing a Hornets team that ranks fifth in overall fantasy points allowed to opponents and is Top 4 vs. forwards. Leonard and the Clippers are back home and haven’t played since Wednesday night. It’s worth noting that Leonard averages about seven more fantasy points per game at home this season, and that, along with the high point total and generous matchup makes him a lock for me at SF.
Also Consider: Khris Middleton
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $11,100 / FD: $11,400 / Yahoo: $56
There isn’t always enough salary for Giannis, but tonight there certainly is. There is a ton of strong value to allow for you to pay up at both forward positions. The Bucks are big favorites in another high scoring tilt (Vegas has a 231.5-point total on this game), as the Spurs play in their fifth road game in a row on a back-to-back tonight. There’s really no reason to not include Antetokounmpo in lineups as long as you can afford him, and the risk of fading his 60-70 fantasy points is not one I’m willing to take in cash game lineups.
Bargain options: Tony Bradley
Dwight Howard – Philadelphia (vs. Sacramento) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $18
There are multiple 76ers in play tonight, given that Sacramento is the second-best overall fantasy matchup, ranking dead last in defensive efficiency, but playing at a fast pace. Without Joel Embiid, Howard has been a nice fantasy fill-in, playing close to 30 MPG and averaging about 35 fantasy points in his last two games, both double-doubles. The Kings are especially generous to opposing centers, and Howard should be well rested after not playing since Wednesday.
De’Aaron Fox (PG – SAC) would be next in line for my spending priorities. He’s difficult to fit with the two top forwards, but in GPPs, I think he’ll be a nice pivot. He’s been on fire since before the All Star Break, and his salary has come up a lot, but he’s still worth it for the high floor and upside he offers. At $41, he’s almost feeling like a bargain on Yahoo.
Keldon Johnson (F – SAS) needs a mention here after last night’s explosive 23-point 21-rebound double-double. What a game! Without LaMarcus Aldridge, Johnson is going to have his opportunity to shine, but a word of warning that this stat line is not the floor by any stretch. If you’re rostering him for 30 fantasy points, you’re in the right mindset, but expecting another monster game is most likely going to lead to disappointment. Different game, but same warning on Andrew Wiggins. Chasing points is dangerous for DFS lineups…
Danny Green (G/F – PHI) is another potential way to save tonight as the absence of Embiid has opened up more usage for him and other players. Green has a few nice streaks going, with a block in each of the last eight games, and he’s a lock for at least one three pointer and a few rebounds. The Kings’ perimeter defense isn’t anything to write home about, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Green stayed hot from beyond the arc tonight. At just $13 (Yahoo), $4600 (FanDuel) and $4700 (DraftKings), he’s an easy fit in a great scoring environment.