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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Darius Garland – Cleveland (at Chicago) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,700 / Yahoo: $22
Much of my lineup build strategy tonight centers around fitting Giannis Antetokounmpo in. He’s the headline star of the small slate, and in cash games, it’s dangerous to fade him. Garland is the perfect point guard option in terms of price, matchup and productivity. Chicago plays faster than Cleveland, and ranks 11th in overall fantasy points allowed. Aside from Russell Westbrook (who is at risk of resting on a b2b after overtime) and Stephen Curry (who gets one of the toughest matchups for guards with Boston), Garland is putting up comparable numbers to every other point guard priced higher than he is, making him the bargain play for around 40 fantasy points.
Dillon Brooks – Memphis (at Milwaukee) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $19 (SF)
Brooks is coming off a stellar game vs. the Bulls last night, in which he scored 32 real points. He’s basically a lock for double-digit scoring, and in his last game vs. the Bucks, Brooks put up a massive 50-fantasy point line that included three blocks and three steals. He’s usually not so prolific in his peripheral contributions, which keeps his salary low, but with several teammates doubtful to play tonight, he could do it again. With a 20-ish fantasy point floor and that kind of upside, in a game Vegas expects to be the highest scoring, Brooks is a nice value add.
DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio (at Phoenix) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,900 (SG) / Yahoo: $33
To be completely honest, I’d be more comfortable with Devin Booker (or Deandre Ayton or Chris Paul) from this game, but the salary discrepancy between the two wings is a lot (except on Yahoo -- $2). The Suns are big favorites, and though all the game factors point to this being a tough one for the Spurs, DeRozan has thrived in these kinds of games throughout his career. In the past week, DeRozan has two games with over 50 fantasy points, and he has three double-doubles in his last five games.
Bargain Options: Saddiq Bey
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs. Memphis) - DK: $10,600 / FD: $11,000 / Yahoo: $54
The big questions in my mind are will Giannis play over 30 minutes and will it kill your lineup’s chances of cashing if he only puts up 30-40 fantasy points? I think the answer to the first is a yes. And if that’s a yes, I think the chances of a poor showing are significantly lower. But on a five-game slate, spending over $10K/$50 for 30 fantasy points is likely going to hurt you. On the positives, many other people will be in the same boat, and there is no clear alternative with the upside of Antetokounmpo. Consider Jayson Tatum, who is not that far behind the Greek Freak in salary, but is coming off an equally bad game (29 fantasy points vs. the Lakers). Tatum is a wild card, good for big GPPs, but I trust Giannis much more in cash games.
Tristan Thompson – Boston (vs. Golden State) - DK: $4,500 / FD: $4,300 / Yahoo: $12
Thompson should continue to start with Robert Williams out, and is coming off a nice game vs. LA of 14 points, 6 rebounds, a surprising 5 assists, and a block. The Warriors are dealing with their own frontcourt injuries, and are currently ranked sixth in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. The Celtics have the third-highest implied team total tonight, and get the benefit of Golden State’s fast pace. For the cost of Thompson, I think a small double-double and/or about 25 fantasy points is a reasonable expectation.
Bargain Options: Kevon Looney
Jarrett Allen (C – CLE) has come right back to where we want him to be, and at just $7000 (FD), $7600 (DK), and $29 (Yahoo), he’s in a great spot tonight. If you're inclined to spend up a little at center, it’s mostly a salary decision as to whether you like Allen in the fourth-best center matchup with Chicago or Ayton, who is a bit cheaper on DK and Yahoo, and has been playing exceptionally consistent ball.
Devin Booker (SG – PHX) should be one of those luxury, if I can afford him, plays tonight. The Spurs have been pretty generous to opposing guards, and grade pretty average in most defensive categories. The Suns own the second-highest (behind the Bucks) implied team total, and their scoring correlates well with Booker’s. If he can get his three-point efficiency up, he’s overdue for a big game. I’m using him in GPPs.