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 five-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
John Wall - Houston (at Memphis) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $30
Wall profiles as a solid overall value on tonight’s five-game slate. His salary has fallen to a comfortable mid-range level, and the matchup looks decent at Memphis. Making matters even better, it seems that teammate Victor Oladipo will probably not take the floor. That should translate to more usage, minutes, and playmaking opportunities for Wall - who has been extremely efficient from a fantasy standpoint to begin with. Go ahead and look towards him through all formats (on all sites) this evening.
Josh Richardson - Dallas (vs. Golden State) - DK: $4,900 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $16
He’s back! Truth be told, Richardson was a flop to begin the season, averaging just 22 FPPG in his first seven games. Then he missed a few weeks due to health protocols. After easing back into the lineup, Richardson has reclaimed a full-time role with the Mavericks. That has translated to 40 and 34 fantasy points in the last two games, looking more like his solid fantasy days from Miami. Armed with playing time and confidence, Richardson is still underpriced on all DFS sites. He provides a sensible solution to the problem of shooting guard tonight.
Will Barton - Denver (at LA Lakers) - DK: $5,200 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $16
Gary Harris and PJ Dozier will remain sidelined for Denver. That should lead to more secure playing time for Will Barton, who came through with 34 fantasy points in 37 minutes after Harris’ early departure last game. Looking at Barton’s non-imposing salary, this is another classic case of someone who is underpriced relative to their expected role. Go ahead and lock in “Will the Thrill” - does anyone still call him that? - through all formats.
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Kristaps Porzingis - Dallas (vs. Golden State) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $32
The power forward position is loaded. Anthony Davis and Chrisitan Wood carry extreme upside in their respective matchups, but Porzingis checks in with a significantly cheaper salary and comparable fantasy floor. The Dallas big man has produced 41+ fantasy points in back-to-back games, and I believe he can get there again tonight. The draw should help, as Golden State ranks fourth in pace, 26th in defensive efficiency, and dead last in rebound rate. That’s a dream matchup for any PF/C option, and Porzingis will look to take full advantage.
Enes Kanter - Portland (at Philadelphia) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $28
Disclaimer: I am trying to roster Nikola Jokic through all formats. That goes without saying, as “The Joker” should continue his red-hot ways in this big matchup against the Lakers … However, Enes Kanter represents a fine pivot if you don’t have the salary to make Jokic work. The matchup against Joel Embiid and the Sixers looks tough, but Kanter is a fantasy-friendly player who can light up the box score in a hurry: as long as he stays out of foul trouble. The Portland big man has produced 38+ FP in three of five, and the Blazers will need him on the floor to try and limit Embiid.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic
Monte Morris (PG - DEN) should continue to benefit from a shorthanded Denver backcourt that will miss Harris and Dozier. Monte has carved out a nice 25-minute role for the Nuggets, pumping in 22 fantasy points last time around. He’s a decent bargain choice to help you reach for the top-shelf players.
Draymond Green (PF - GS) saw 36 minutes last game, helping him produce 34 fantasy points. That could become the norm with James Wiseman and Kevon Looney sidelined. Needless to say, we have a value opportunity on our hands, as Green’s moderate salary is pinned to a smaller role of around 27-29 minutes per contest. Go ahead and play him with confidence across the board tonight.
Maxi Kleber (PF - DAL) is a deeper bargain that I’m only considering as a filler to round out lineups. It appears that Kleber is back to his 25-30+ minute role, as he was prioritized over Dwight Powell and James Johnson (both did not play) last time around.