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 main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Thursday.
Damian Lillard - Portland (vs. Dallas)
CJ McCollum is highly questionable tonight, and Lillard will continue to soak up a ton of usage if he’s out. Truth be told, Lillard is an amazing DFS play regardless of McCollum’s status. “Dame” is coming off a brilliant performance on MLK Day, scoring 61 real points (85 FP) in overtime vs. Golden State. He should be rested up and ready to keep getting buckets in this primetime date with the Mavericks.
Bradley Beal - Washington (at Cleveland)
This Washington-Cleveland matchup is terrific from a fantasy point of view, as these are the two worst teams in terms of overall defensive efficiency. Beal should emerge as the highest fantasy scorer in this beautiful draw, as the Cavs rank 29th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Beal is fresh off a sweet 57 FP showing at Miami yesterday, and this is a much better matchup to retain fantasy upside.
Also Consider: Caris LeVert, Gary Trent (if McCollum out)
LeBron James - LA Lakers (at Brooklyn)
I’m locking in LeBron James as a priority spend tonight. He’s significantly cheaper than Luka Doncic while playing at a small forward position that lacks opportunity cost. That’s especially the case on FanDuel. LeBron and the Lakers are playing the second half of a back-to-back set, but I’m a fan of his matchup potential. Brooklyn ranks middle-of-the-pack in overall defensive efficiency and sixth in pace. Put it all together, and LeBron makes for a strong overall play, and there should be enough value to make him work.
Jarrett Allen - Brooklyn (vs. LA Lakers)
Allen is a much better play if DeAndre Jordan (questionable) is out. However, Allen is still acceptable even if DJ plays, as this is a three-game slate with limited options. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Allen holds a strong fantasy baseline while seeing around 30 minutes per contest. I’m going to classify Allen as a stronger DFS asset on FanDuel than DraftKings, as his salary is more relaxed over there.
Hassan Whiteside - Portland (vs. Dallas)
Whiteside is probable to play tonight. He has the highest upside of any big man on this slate, and playing a Dallas team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to centers doesn’t hurt. Whiteside has achieved 58+ fantasy points in two of his last three games, and there’s a chance he’ll find that range in a competitive home date against the Mavericks.
Also Consider: Tristan Thompson