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 9-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET or on Yahoo, the 8-game slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Cole Anthony – Orlando (vs. Chicago) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,000
This game is not included in Yahoo’s main slate tonight, but for those playing on FanDuel or DraftKings, Anthony should remain a priority. Many of us swapped to Anthony when Theo Maledon was ruled out last night, and no regrets were had. Anthony put up another great stat line, and has now shot better than 50 percent from the field in his last three games. He’s racking up the peripherals, too, and given that Chicago plays fast and ranks second in turnover rate, he should continue to boost his numbers with those transition steals. Chicago is the fourth-best matchup for fantasy point guards, so you’re saving with Anthony, but you’re saving on a situation I’d be targeting anyway.
Malik Beasley – Minnesota (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,200 / FD: $6,900 (SF) / Yahoo: $24
Beasley may not be as flashy as some of the top names, but he has been playing great basketball lately. The Timberwolves are getting him 32-33 MPG and he’s rewarding us with 30-40 fantasy points a night. In this matchup Friday night, Beasley once again exceeded 20 real points, making six of a whopping 12 three-point shots. This matchup features two teams that play at Top 10 pace, and the Thunder give up the fifth-most fantasy points overall, with notable generosity to wings like Beasley. You can certainly spend here, see the note on James Harden below, but I also like Fred VanVleet and Zach LaVine a lot tonight, but taking a mid-range approach with Beasley gives more flexibility to spend on forwards.
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Brandon Ingram – New Orleans (vs. Memphis) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $8,100 / Yahoo: $34
In what should be one of the closest and highest scoring games, per the Vegas betting lines, Ingram stands out as a key play. Both of these teams are pretty fantasy-friendly, and while Memphis ranks highly in defensive efficiency, they have given up plenty of fantasy points to opposing small forwards (and rank 11th in overall fantasy points allowed). Ingram is coming off a very complete 30-point, 7-rebound, 6-assist effort vs. Indiana last night, and I expect him to stay hot tonight. He hasn’t really had an issue playing in back-to-backs, but this is only the second time the Pelicans have been in that situation. I also like Lonzo Ball tonight, but am less high on Zion Williamson, mainly due to a better frontcourt defense by the Grizzlies and his creeping salary.
Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas (vs. Golden State) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $34
Porzingis is putting it back together and has yielded three consecutive 40-plus fantasy point games, including against these Warriors on Thursday night. His salary has been up and down, and I think it’s settled in a very comfortable spot, especially given a plus matchup with the Warriors at home. Vegas gives this game a 231.5-point total, with the Mavericks four-point favorites. The total went way higher on Thursday in what turned into a Golden State blowout. Golden State plays at the league’s second highest pace, while ranking fourth in fantasy points allowed to power forwards.
Clint Capela – Atlanta (vs. Toronto) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $34
Capela has some competition tonight, and he definitely isn’t in the easiest matchup (that honor goes to Al Horford, who did not disappoint as my center headliner last night, but I’m waiting to see if he’ll play in the back-to-back). Still, this game has loads of fantasy potential with both teams having similar offensive and defensive numbers. Toronto is on a back-to-back, but Atlanta may be without Trae Young. Capela failed to double-double against Utah Thursday night, for just the fourth time this year. He’s been machine-like in his consistency, and I can forgive a poor scoring night when facing Rudy Gobert. He should be in for a nice bounce-back game tonight.
James Harden (SG – BKN) becomes a spending priority with both Kyrie Irving and maybe? Kevin Durant sitting out tonight. The news on Durant is back and forth, so this is definitely a situation to monitor. While Philly is a terrific defensive team, Vegas still has this as the highest scoring game of the night, with a narrow spread. Monitor the injury news on both sides, but pencil Harden into lineups if you have the extra salary to spend.
John Collins (PF – ATL) can be used alongside Capela if you like. I think this game could be a bit underrated by DFS players, and Collins’ premier matchup could be overlooked. The Raptors quietly give up the third-most fantasy points to power forwards this season, a trend that continues from last year when they lost Kawhi Leonard.
Isaiah Roby (PF – OKC) is the deepest value play you’ll find given what we know at the time of this writing. Near or at minimum salary on all three sites ($10 Yahoo, $3900 FD, $3700 DK), Roby is one of the eight or nine healthy bodies the Thunder have. Hamidou Diallo, Darius Bazley, and Al Horford are great plays too, but all more costly. Roby caught on a bit when Horford was missing time, but in this recent shorthanded situation, he played 34 minutes and put up 34 fantasy points with a well-rounded stat line that included three blocks and three steals against Minnesota. If he starts, he could be the best value of the night, and help you get to another star.