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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 3/4

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: March 4, 2021, 2:52 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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET. 

POINT GUARD

De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento (at Portland) - DK: $8,900 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $40

Fox is a priority in my DFS lineups tonight. He’ll settle into a fantastic matchup at Portland, who ranks last in defensive efficiency to point guards. This tilt also has the highest over/under of the night at 237.5. Fox posted 46 fantasy points in 36 minutes against the Blazers last time around (Jan. 13), and that’s certainly attainable tonight. In short, Fox could post top-tier fantasy production while holding an upper-mid-range salary that won’t break the bank. 

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Malcolm Brogdon, Brad Wanamaker   

SHOOTING GUARD

Eric Bledsoe - New Orleans (vs. Miami) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $18

Admittedly, Bledsoe is probably best suited for FanDuel’s roster construction, as you need two “true” shooting guards over there. He’s still in play for DraftKings and Yahoo, although you have more options on those two sites. Bledsoe is starting to heat up with a cool 36 FPPG average over his last three. His salary lags behind that uptick, creating an appealing value situation in tonight’s competitive tilt vs. Miami. 

Also Consider: DeMar DeRozan, Ty Jerome

SMALL FORWARD

Khris Middleton - Milwaukee (at Memphis)- DK: $8,400 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $34

Middleton’s rationale is similar to Fox’s write-up earlier. Both players aren’t overly expensive (compared to the top-dollar picks), but they have upside akin to the top-tier. Middleton is averaging 43 FPPG over his last five, and he’ll look to keep the hot hand against a Memphis team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. There should be enough value to comfortable fit him into your lineup, and I highly recommend that strategy. 

Also Consider: Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore

POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson - New Orleans (vs. Miami) - DK: $9,300 / FD: $8,900 / Yahoo: $40

The debate between Williamson and Antetokounmpo is tough. If you have enough room to make Giannis work, then that’s a viable alternative in a welcoming matchup. However, Zion could be looking at better “per dollar” production. The second-year phenom has averaged 49 FPPG over his last six games, but he’s priced closer to his overall 41 FP average on the season. There’s a great chance his heater continues in this competitive game vs. Miami. 

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trey Lyles

CENTER

Nerlens Noel - New York (vs. Detroit) - DK: $5,600 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $20

Noel is a strong value play through all formats tonight. He’s seeing a ton of minutes with Mitchell Robinson missing time, and the matchup looks good against a Detroit team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to centers. At his very worst, Noel’s fantasy production won’t hurt your squad. If he’s on his game, then we could legitimately see him work towards 40 FP. That was the case last week against this same Detroit team, where Noel posted 40 FP in 39 minutes. 

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic

ALSO CONSIDER

Brad Wanamaker (PG - GS) and Kent Bazemore (SF - GS) will look to step up tonight. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are out for Golden State, and Kelly Oubre Jr. is questionable. The last time Curry was out, Wanamaker came through with 31 FP in 33 minutes. Bazemore posted 27 FP in 30 minutes with Oubre out yesterday, and he blew-up for 48 FP in 37 minutes the last time Green was out (Feb. 17 vs. MIA). 

Ty Jerome (SG - OKC) isn’t a must-play bargain, but he’s someone to keep on your radar. He’s seeing 25-30 minutes off the bench for OKC, which has resulted in a 24 FPPG average over that span. That’s not bad for a minimum-salary filler. 

Trey Lyles (PF - SA) will continue to see extra work with LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay sidelined for San Antonio. 

Robert Covington (PF - POR) is a player who comes and goes for DFS purposes. Sometimes he’ll defer to other players, which results in lackluster fantasy production. However, “RoCo” has produced 40+ fantasy points in five of his last eight. The other three games have resulted in 12-20 FP, so that’s the risk/reward proposition we are looking at for tournaments. 

Reggie Jackson (PG - LAC) and Dennis Smith Jr. (PG - DET) are a few injury-contingent plays. Kawhi Leonard is questionable for the Clippers, and Jerami Grant/Josh Jackson are iffy for the Pistons, which would boost those aforementioned guards DFS prospects respectively. 

Spencer Limbach

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