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 the four-game main slate starting at 12:30 ET on Sunday.
Russell Westbrook - Houston (vs. New Orleans)
Westbrook has been on fire lately, hitting 60+ fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. The salary has risen alongside that recent production, but there’s enough value on this slate to make Russ work - even alongside his superstar teammate. The matchup looks great while playing up in pace against New Orleans, a team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to point guards.
James Harden - Houston (vs. New Orleans)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, this Rockets-Pelicans game should have plenty of scoring. After all, the over/under has been set at 246 total points! New Orleans plays fast while ranking below average in defensive efficiency to backcourts, which should enable both Harden and Westbrook to come through with solid fantasy lines. That was the case on Friday, when Harden and Westbrook posted 72 and 61 FP respectively. If I had to choose between one, Harden gets the nod (due to lower opportunity cost), but I’ll be trying my best to make both work into my lineup.
Will Barton - Denver (at Detroit)
Barton checks in as a decent mid-range lift to help make room for Westbrook and Harden. He’ll continue to see adequate usage with Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, and Michael Porter Jr. all doubtful for the Nuggets. Barton is coming off a strong 44 FP effort at Milwaukee on Friday, and he should be able to make some fantasy noise against a Detroit squad that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Serge Ibaka - Toronto (vs. Chicago)
Marc Gasol and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will continue to miss time, meaning Ibaka should keep seeing an extended run in Toronto’s frontcourt. He has posted 37 and 28 in the past two games with that role. I’m thinking Ibaka should find himself closer to the higher end of that range, given that Chicago ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to power forwards and 28th to centers. Needless to say, he’s a strong cash game option through all formats on this four-game slate.
Deandre Ayton - Phoenix (at Milwaukee)
Ayton checks in with a cheaper salary than guys like Nikola Jokic and Andre Drummond on this slate. Despite that, the Phoenix center could realistically finish with similar fantasy production. The matchup at Milwaukee doesn’t look great from a defensive-efficiency point of view, but Ayton has been seeing a ton of minutes to score 51+ fantasy points in two of his past three outings.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic