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 Sunday’s six-game main slate starting at 6:00 ET.
Jordan McLaughlin - Minnesota (at Denver)
D’Angelo Russell will not play for Minnesota tonight, which elevates Jordan McLaughlin into a full-time role. The matchup at Denver doesn’t look great on paper, but “J-Mac” has been serviceable from a fantasy standpoint whenever he’s pressed into 30+ minutes. For example, he posted 36 and 45 FP in back-to-back games earlier this month with 31 and 36 minutes respectively against the Hawks and Clippers. In other words, I believe McLaughlin can string together decent fantasy value on his near-minimum salary. He’s one of the better bargain lifts of this slate.
CJ McCollum - Portland (vs. Detroit)
Damian Lillard is still out, meaning CJ McCollum is an elite DFS commodity once again. CJ came through with 44 FP in 37 minutes with Dame sidelined on Friday, and that’s a realistic expectation with upside for more. Tonight’s matchup should oblige in a competitive home date with Detroit. To put it bluntly, McCollum is one of the better “per dollar” plays tonight.
Carmelo Anthony - Portland (vs. Detroit)
The absence of Damian Lillard will boost the rest of Portland’s starting lineup as well. McCollum, Whiteside, Anthony, Ariza, and (maybe) Trent Jr. all represent solid DFS acquisitions - in order of preference. Carmelo should see an uptick in usage, and we know he’s not shy to take advantage of the increased opportunity. His salary is somewhat relaxed, and the matchup looks good against a Detroit team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to small forwards and 24th to opposing frontcourts.
Also Consider: Trevor Ariza, TJ Warren
Naz Reid - Minnesota (at Denver)
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell will both miss tonight’s game, and the Wolves will need Naz Reid to hold down their frontcourt. That was the case on Friday, while Reid responded with 40 fantasy points in 32 minutes against the Celtics. He’s still too cheap when considering the expanded role. As a result, Naz makes for an obvious bargain despite the subpar matchup at Denver.
Hassan Whiteside - Portland (vs. Detroit)
As mentioned earlier, Whiteside is another Portland regular who should see a boost with Lillard out. The Blazers’ big man would make for a strong DFS choice even if Lillard was playing, as this is a strong matchup against a Detroit frontcourt that no longer has Andre Drummond. There’s plenty of debate between Whiteside and Jokic at the center position tonight, but I’ll side with Whiteside in a more competitive game.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic