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 6-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Malcolm Brogdon – Indiana (vs. Detroit) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $34
It’s a significant salary drop for Luka Doncic to Brogdon, but not necessarily a huge production drop off. Doncic has been playing great, even against the top ranked defensive-minded Lakers. But so has Brogdon, and with two key playmakers in Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis sidelined again tonight, I expect him to put up more big numbers. Detroit is an above-average (ninth-best) point guard matchup for fantasy, and this game is one of the higher scoring, closer bouts on tonight’s main slate. Brogdon offers the perfect balance of upside and solid floor for your cash game lineups.
Jordan Clarkson – Utah (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $5,900 / Yahoo: $20
With Donovan Mitchell out, Clarkson and Joe Ingles have been seeing increased usage and value. While not a super creative or exciting play, Clarkson is facing one of the league’s best guard matchups, vs. a Timberwolves team that plays at the third-fastest pace while ranking 27th in defensive efficiency. The Jazz are big favorites here, but Clarkson should still play enough to get us 30-plus fantasy points in this setting.
Also Consider: Caris LeVert, DeAngelo Russell
Jimmy Butler – Miami (vs. Chicago) - DK: $9,500 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $43
I’m splurging more on forwards tonight, and there are several options to consider. Butler is one of the most consistent players in the league, perfect for cash game lineups but with the 50-60 fantasy point upside you’d want in GPPs too. Chicago offers a nice pace bump and falls in the bottom half of the league in defensive efficiency. This game has a low point total (207 points), but in a previous meeting, Butler put up 52 fantasy points on the Bulls. He should be worth the high price again tonight.
Also Consider: Brandon Ingram, Michael Porter
Zion Williamson – New Orleans (vs. San Antonio) - DK: $10,100 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $45
Like Butler, Zion is going to cost you. Fortunately, between the Pacers, Rockets and Nuggets, there should be plenty of value to allow this luxury. Williamson has helped lead the Pelicans to the league’s best rebounding rate, but his main fantasy contribution is in his scoring. He ranks fourth in the league in player efficiency rating with a 34.2 percent usage rate. His 65.6 true shooting percentage is second only to Kevin Durant’s among the top power forwards. This game should be the most competitive of the slate, with an over/under of 228.5 points. All things considered, I feel great about spending up here.
Also Consider: Jerami Grant
Bargain Options: Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin, Aaron Gordon
Kelly Olynyk – Houston (at Denver) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $20
Paying up for Butler and Williamson means not paying up for Nikola Jokic. Jokic is a tough player to fade, especially on a six-game slate, but his team is massively favored over the Rockets, and frankly, his last two games have me hesitating on the $11K salary. This is the perfect bounce-back spot for him if the Rockets can keep the game close into the fourth quarter, so Jokic isn’t a complete fade but he’s not in my cash game lineups. Speaking of the Rockets, they have almost no one available tonight. Christian Wood is doubtful at best, meaning Olynyk is in for another sizeable workload. His FanDuel salary stands out the most among the three main sites, but if you can make it work, I like him across the board (DraftKings is the big challenge). Olynyk is coming off a nice double-double Friday night, when Wood also had a huge game despite his injured ankle, so I expect one of his 40-50 fantasy point games tonight. He put up 37 fantasy points vs. Denver last weekend, with Wood in action.
Bargain Options: Willie Caulie-Stein (if the other Dallas bigs are out)
Willie Caulie-Stein (C – DAL) is a nice pivot on DraftKings, where Olynyk is too expensive for this build. WCS will only set you back $3100, which is a salary at which I’m okay using him even if Kristaps Porzingis or Maxi Kleber play tonight. This is a situation to monitor, but if he were to see 30 minutes again like he did on Thursday, he is capable of a 10X return on value tonight. Caulie-Stein put up 28 fantasy points in this exact matchup two days ago.
Armoni Brooks (SG – HOU) could be the only guard standing for Houston tonight. They are devastated by rest, injuries and COVID protocols. Brooks has played at least 20 MPG in his last five games, and has returned decent value for the price. Denver is favored in this game by 13.5 points, but Houston is going to need whomever is active tonight to play big minutes. Brooks is cheap enough to look at even if Avery Bradley and Danuel House play tonight, but I’d use caution with DaQuan Jeffries unless both of them are out.
Oshae Brissett (PF – IND) has seen his salary increase across all the sites, but if Goga Bitadze and Doug McDermott are both ruled out again, he’s a lock for another big game. At DraftKings, he is only $4200, but at $16 (Yahoo) and $5200 (FanDuel), he’s still a very reasonable addition to lineups. Watch for the news on the other Pacers’ forwards closer to lock. If McDermott is available, he’s also at or near minimum salary.