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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 1/21

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 21, 2021, 2:28 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 Thursday’s three-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Stephen Curry - Golden State (vs. New York) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $46

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Curry is one of the best plays on tonight’s three-game slate. The former MVP has amassed 46+ fantasy points in two of his last three outings, and this is a tasty home matchup against the Knicks. Making matters even better, the point guard position doesn’t have much opportunity cost outside of him. Sure, Curry will be extremely popular this evening, but I’m not afraid to label him as a DFS cash game essential. 

Also Consider: Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday  

SHOOTING GUARD

Jordan Clarkson - Utah (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $20

Clarkson is my favorite “per dollar” shooting guard tonight. You can look towards his teammate, Donovan Mitchell, as well. That especially holds true on FanDuel - where you are required to select two shooting guards. However, I’m viewing Clarkson as the better value while hitting 33+ fantasy points in three of his last four. That includes 33 FP in 29 minutes against this same Pelicans team on Tuesday. There’s a good chance Clarkson will fall within that range tonight, representing a serviceable return on this brief slate. 

Also Consider: Donovan Mitchell

SMALL FORWARD

Kelly Oubre Jr. - Golden State (vs. New York) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,600 / Yahoo: $19

Oubre Jr. gets the featured write-up, but that shouldn’t take away from Khris Middleton as a legitimate DFS option. I’ll be looking to pair both of them in the same lineup across all three DFS sites … Talking specifically about Oubre, he’s starting to pick things up with 36+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. We all know the guy can produce, as he repeatedly flashed fantasy upside as a member of the Suns in previous seasons. It seems like he’s finding his role for the Warriors, and his DFS salary is too cheap after a slow start. 

Also Consider: Khris Middleton

POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson - New Orleans (at Utah) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $35

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Julius Randle are all legitimate options on this slate. However, Williamson is much cheaper than all of them, and I really like his value prospects. Zion had a tough stretch in late December, averaging just 24 FPPG in a three-game stretch. He has bounced back with a solid 41 FPPG mark in six games since then. I believe that represents his floor with tangible 50+ FP upside to boot. He posted 44 FP at Utah a few days ago, and he’s looking extremely aggressive on offense. 

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Draymond Green (value)

CENTER

James Wiseman - Golden State (vs. New York) - DK: $4,500 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $16

Rudy Gobert is a really nice option through all formats. If you can reach his salary, then roster him by all means. However, there’s a ton of star power on this slate, and your cap space could be spent on guys like Curry, Giannis, AD, Zion, Middleton, etc. Even though he has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, Wiseman makes for a realistic bargain pivot off Gobert. The rookie has produced 33+ fantasy points in two of his last three games, and I could see him falling into that range tonight - as long as he stays out of foul trouble. His opponent, New York, ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers. 

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert  

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