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 three-game slate starting at 7:00 ET on Thursday.
Stephen Curry - Golden State (vs. LA Clippers)
You could actually look towards Curry and Westbrook in the same lineup tonight. Granted, Curry is the better play for a similar salary, and here’s why: Kevin Durant is out of town, and Klay Thompson is injured. This is a situation we would’ve drooled over last season, as Curry has no choice but to turn into a high-usage monster. Sure, D’Angelo Russell will get his looks as well, but Curry could realistically lead all fantasy scorers tonight in this fast-paced matchup with the Clippers. That’s a strong statement considering the star-studded field with James Harden, Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Andre Drummond - but Curry is a priority expenditure in this slate.
Derrick Rose - Detroit (vs. Atlanta)
Rose stepped up with 18 points, two rebounds, and nine assists (30 FP) through 26 minutes in his Detroit debut last night. He should continue to see 25-30 minutes in a high-usage role off the bench. Rose could find similar success against a fast-paced Atlanta team that ranked near the bottom in defensive efficiency allowed to opposing backcourts last season. On top of that, PG Reggie Jackson is dealing with an injury, and Rose could see more minutes if R-Jax is unable to assume his regular workload. Add it all up, and the former MVP makes for a realistic bargain in tonight’s abbreviated slate.
Luke Kennard - Detroit (vs. Atlanta)
Kennard was featured as a dirt-cheap bargain filler yesterday, but he definitely overachieved with 30 points, three rebounds, and two assists (36 FP) in 28 minutes. We aren’t expecting him to score 20-30 points per contest, but he’ll have a decent opportunity to reach fantasy value with Blake Griffin still sidelined. Yesterday’s strong performance could’ve earned him a few more minutes in this intriguing matchup against a bad Atlanta defense.
Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre’ Bembry (punt), Mo Harkless (tournaments)
Draymond Green - Golden State (vs. LA Clippers)
The absence of Durant and Thompson should help Draymond Green as well. On top of seeing more usage, Green will be able to find more rebounds while potentially taking more shots to raise his fantasy floor and ceiling. Tonight’s matchup is a good one as well, given that the Clippers play fast while ranking in the bottom-half for defensive efficiency allowed to opposing frontcourts last season. Taking Green and teammate Marquese Chriss (bargain value filler) in the same DFS lineup is a viable strategy. For more on Chriss and other well-aligned value plays, check out the NBA DFS Bargains column by Renee Miller.
Also Consider: Marquese Chriss, PJ Tucker
Andre Drummond - Detroit (vs. Atlanta)
Drummond was fantastic last night, piling up 82 fantasy points (!) with 32 points and 23 boards across 40 minutes. The Pistons will continue to lean heavily on him for minutes, usage, and rebounds with Griffin remaining on the sidelines. It’s unrealistic to expect a repeat performance from Drummond, but facing an Atlanta team that ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers last season should inspire another hearty stat-line.