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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 1/16

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 16, 2020, 11:46 am 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 the five-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET on Thursday. 

POINT GUARD

Lonzo Ball - New Orleans (vs. Utah) 

Ball has been on fire for the Pelicans, hitting 40+ fantasy points in four of his last five. His salary remains in the mid-range category despite that recent uptick, making him a strong DFS value through all formats on this five-game slate. Some people may cringe at this matchup against Utah. However, the Jazz rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to point guards over the last 10 games. That can be attributed to Mike Conley’s absence, which will continue to be the case tonight. In other words, Ball will have an opportunity to keep thriving. 

Also Consider: Markelle Fultz, Monte Morris

SHOOTING GUARD

Donovan Mitchell - Utah (at New Orleans) 

Mitchell’s salary is artificially low, as he scored only 15 fantasy points in 22 minutes last Friday against the Hornets. He was dealing with an illness at the time, which forced him to miss Sunday’s game at Washington. However, Mitchell bounced-back with 31 fantasy points in 36 minutes Tuesday against the Nets. Sure, that’s not the level of efficiency we have come to expect with Mitchell, but it’s nice to see him return to his full playing time. Playing up in pace at New Orleans, who ranks 27th in team defensive efficiency, makes for an excellent spot to return satisfying fantasy value. 

Also Consider: Lou Williams, R.J. Barrett 

SMALL FORWARD

Joe Ingles - Utah (at New Orleans) 

Ingles has looked good over his past two games, topping 40 fantasy points against the Wizards and Nets. There’s a good chance he’ll keep that momentum while facing a Pelicans team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Ingles has the ability to produce in every category (except blocks), and there’s scoring upside if his threes are falling. New Orleans is allowing the fifth-highest percentage (37%) from behind the arc, so this could be a big game from Ingles. 

Also Consider: Gordon Hayward, Will Barton, Wes Iwundu (if Fournier out) 

POWER FORWARD

Julius Randle - New York (vs. Phoenix) 

Strategy note: I’ll be trying my best to make Julius Randle and Kawhi Leonard work in the same lineup. There’s potential for numerous value plays while monitoring injury situations across the board. Depending on how that goes, a Randle-Kawhi combo seems likely … As for Randle, he has notched 44+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. The New York forward finds himself in a smooth matchup against the Suns, who rank 24th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. 

Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard, Jerami Grant (if P.Millsap out) 

CENTER

Rudy Gobert - Utah (at New Orleans) 

Once again, Gobert’s fantasy viability depends on the number of bargains at our disposal tonight. He’s a worthy expenditure no matter how you slice it, playing up in pace against a New Orleans team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers. Gobert has been flexing upside with 46-57 fantasy points in each of his last four games. He should fall within that range again tonight, as this is another terrific matchup. 

Also Consider: Montrezl Harrell 

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.