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NBA DFS Plays Saturday January 2

by Renee Miller
Updated On: January 2, 2021, 2:45 pm ET

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 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Malcolm Brogdon – Indiana (vs. New York) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $33

Even though this is a relatively small slate, there are a lot of tough decisions to be made. The main problem is cheap upside right now. It could open up later, so keep an eye on the NBA News Feed, but it’s hard to design a stars and scrubs lineup I like. So a lot of my favorite plays tonight are more middle-of-the-road in terms of salary and solidity. Brogdon is basically the poster child for this kind of player; scoring about 20 points per game, with six assists and four rebounds, not to mention a couple steals here and there. He posted his best line of the season in the opener vs. the Knicks.

Also Consider: Trae Young, LaMelo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Colin Sexton – Cleveland (at Atlanta) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $30

Sexton, too, has been Mr. Reliable to start the season, scoring at least 20 points in each of the Cavs’ five games. He’s averaging almost 40 MPG, and this game has the highest point total of the night by far (233). The Hawks are on a back-to-back, so this game might stay more competitive than one would think. Either way, Sexton has a super-high floor, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came in around 40 fantasy points tonight.

Also Consider: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Victor Oladipo, Terrence Ross (especially if Evan Fournier can’t play), Seth Curry

SMALL FORWARD

Tobias Harris – Philadelphia (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $7,300/ FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $29

Continuing the theme, Harris is the easy solution to a tough SF position tonight. The 76ers are big favorites over Charlotte, who is on the second night of a back-to-back. The Hornets have been a fantasy-friendly matchup for opposing forwards, and are also above average in turnovers. Harris started slow, but has shot at least 50 percent from the field (40 percent from three-point range) and scored at least 30 fantasy points in the next four games. He’s neared a double-double in the last three, and should get his second of the season tonight.

Also Consider: R.J. Barrett, Larry Nance, Jr.

 

POWER FORWARD

Domantas Sabonis – Indiana (vs. New York) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $42

Sabonis is a tough fit tonight on DraftKings and Yahoo. But oh, how I am trying to make it work, given that the Knicks are the league-best frontcourt matchup. Sabonis is playing huge minutes for the Pacers and has double-doubled in every game so far this season. More surprising are his assist numbers; he’s averaging 7.2 APG! Expect a few steals tonight (he had only one against them in the opener, his best game of the season, but New York is above average in turnovers again this year). It’s a PF play that forces some compromises that I’m still working out on the two sites I mentioned, but I’m prioritizing fitting Sabonis over Joel Embiid, for example.

Also Consider: John Collins, Zion Williamson, Julius Randle, Doug McDermott (FanDuel, Yahoo)

 

CENTER

Nikola Vucevic - Orlando (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $8,700 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $38

The only thing I have against Embiid is his salary, by the way. He should dominate and if you want to force him in, I have no issue with it. Saving around $2K on Vucevic is how I’m choosing to play this position tonight. Vuc gets a terrific matchup with the Thunder, who are still working on their rotations. Not that the matchup matters much; Vucevic has double-doubled in four of his five games this year, including some of the best defensive opponents. Against OKC last week, he managed 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Look for more of the same tonight.

Also Consider: Joel Embiid, Myles Turner, Clint Capela, Al Horford

ADDITIONAL NOTES

LaMelo Ball (PG – CHA) is a key value play on FanDuel tonight. He’s posted two really strong games in a row as both Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier are struggling right now, but he’s been between 4-8X value in each of the last four games. His salary has come up at DraftKings ($5600) and Yahoo ($21) but he’s only $5300 on FanDuel.

R.J. Barrett (G/F – NYK) is another guy who holds the most value on FanDuel, but is playable on all three sites ($5900 FD, $6500 DK, $23 Yahoo). He’s still hard to trust after an erratic season last year, but Barrett has come through with double-digit points in every game so far, 6-8 rebounds per game, and around four assists per game. His best outing by far was against the Pacers (he hasn’t made a three-pointer since after going 3-for-3 against Indiana). Though his FG% isn’t great, he is making up for it with volume and peripherals in his heavy (37-38) minutes.

Al Horford (PF/C - OKC) can be used at PF on DraftKings, where his salary is $6100. He rested the first time these teams met, but has posted well-rounded stat lines in the other games he’s played with his new team. He provides some nice stability to a young Thunder team, and for us, he contributes in every category. It’s not a great matchup for him, and I would hesitate strongly to use him in the only FanDuel C slot, but he’s one of the cheaper PF/F I feel good about on DK.