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 six-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Ben Simmons - Philadelphia (vs. Brooklyn)
Simmons finds himself in a nice matchup after the All-Star break, as he’ll take on a Brooklyn team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to point guards. The 76ers’ All-Star has produced 50+ fantasy points in each of his last two games, and there’s a good chance he’ll get there again tonight. The last time Simmons went up against the Nets, he posted 84 FP (!) in 42 minutes on January 20. He went bonkers with Joel Embiid sidelined in that one. Even though the Philadelphia big man is back in the lineup, I still believe Simmons can come through with another hearty performance.
Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Goran Dragic
Jimmy Butler - Miami (at Atlanta)
There should be enough value to make the Simmons/Butler combination work through all lineup formats. Bargains like Duncan Robinson, Bruce Brown Jr., Jae Crowder, and others help soften the blow from a salary point of view. Butler was battling through a shoulder injury prior to the All-Star break, so the extra rest came at a good time for him. I’m expecting to see the “stat-sheet stuffing” version of Butler while playing up in pace at Atlanta, who ranks dead last in team defensive efficiency this season.
Tobias Harris - Philadelphia (vs. Brooklyn)
Harris checks in with an acceptable mid-range salary tonight. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Tobias will continue to see full-time minutes while hitting 39+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. Similar to his teammate, Simmons, Harris went off against the Nets last month with 54 FP in 35 minutes (1/15). Admittedly, Tobias isn’t’ a “must play” by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a fine mid-range fallback from the expensive small forwards.
Robert Covington - Houston (at Golden State)
Covington is another confident mid-range choice through all DFS formats. His matchup looks great against a Golden State team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Covington has a somewhat shaky fantasy profile that depends on sinking three-pointers while gathering steals and blocks along the way. This is an excellent environment for him to do just that, and “RoCo” should be on his way to a healthy fantasy return this evening.
Marquese Chriss - Golden State (vs. Houston)
This should be a high-scoring tilt between the Rockets and Warriors. I’m expecting Chriss to find fantasy success within that, taking advantage of an undersized Houston team. Chriss has really stepped up lately, hitting 47, 36, and 43 fantasy points respectively in his past three contests. Joel Embiid is a fantastic DFS play if you have the salary to make him work, otherwise Chriss is an acceptable fallback choice.
Also Consider: Joel Embiid