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 Saturday’s 8-game Main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Russell Westbrook – Washington (vs. Portland) - DK: $9,100 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $41
When it comes to guard matchups, it’s hard to beat Washington and Portland. Originally I was going to highlight Damian Lillard here, but on DraftKings and Yahoo, going down to Westbrook in salary is a real difference-maker in how you can construct lineups. On FanDuel, Lillard is ony $200 more than Westbrook, and I’m typically using Lillard. Clearly, I think both stars should shine in this close and high scoring game (point total is 240.5, Wizards minus-2). Portland ranks 29th in defensive efficiency and gives up the fourth-most fantasy points to PGs, while Washington ranks 28th in defensive efficiency and gives up the most fantasy points to opposing PGs. I haven’t tried getting both of them in lineups, but I am prioritizing spending up on at least one of these two guards.
Paul George – LA Clippers (at Brooklyn) - DK: $8,900 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $36
This is another game with a 240-point total and very narrow spread (Nets minus-1). Of course, Kevin Durant and James Harden are hard to pass up on this slate, except for the fact of their salaries…they are both totally playable if you can fit them. Saving a bit at SG, a position I hate tonight, with George gets you some top tier exposure to this game while still allowing you to build an all-around quality lineup. George has been a very consistent source of four-category production just about every single game this season. The fact that Brooklyn plays at the league’s fourth-highest pace and ranks seventh in turnover rate bodes well for him picking up some extra peripherals and giving us one of his 45-plus fantasy point games.
Pascal Siakam – Toronto (at Orlando) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $35 (PF)
Do it again, Siakam! It looks like the Raptors will be without Normal Powell and OG Anunoby again tonight, and Siakam was fantastic when these teams met under those conditions on Sunday. He scored 30 points with 10 rebounds, three steals and a block. Orlando’s defense has been slipping overall and the loss of Aaron Gordon won’t help their cause. Siakam is a nice salary savings with 50-plus fantasy point upside.
Jayson Tatum – Boston (at Golden State) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $9,500 / Yahoo: $43
Tatum offers a high floor and upside in a fast-paced matchup with the Warriors, who are allowing the third-most overall fantasy points. He also fills a position I don’t love tonight outside of Durant, but I can see the argument for saving at this position as well. You could take advantage of the nice matchup with Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker or even Jeff Teague with Marcus Smart out. Tatum and Brown have definite overlapping ranges, but PF is harder for me to fill than SF on most sites (e.g. DraftKings and Yahoo, where Khem Birch is center eligible only; see below). I don’t normally make a lot of home/road splits, but I certainly don’t mind noting that Tatum is averaging about eight more fantasy points per game on the road this season so far…
Myles Turner - Indiana (vs. Memphis) - DK: $6,800 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $30
Paying up for guards and forwards leaves me in a compromising position for center. Rudy Gobert gets a great matchup with Detroit (assuming the game plays), while Nikola Vucevic is always a reliable option. Both are too expensive for my primary builds. Turner should get a Jonas Valanciunas-less Grizzlies team that ranks seventh against centers this season. He has worrying scored single digit points in two of his last three games, with the broken hand, but is still averaging almost four blocks per game and seven rebounds per game. He’s a good mid-salary range guy with a solid floor and some upside in a high scoring game and plus matchup.
Khem Birch (PF/C – ORL) is averaging about 20 fantasy points per game for near or exactly minimum salary, including 21 fantasy points against the Raptors on Sunday. With Aaron Gordon now out, I expect his usage to increase, propelling him toward more 30-plus fantasy point games and eventually, a rising salary. Other cheap Orlando options I’m considering to fill out my star-studded lineups include Gary Clark and Dwayne Bacon.
Malcolm Brogdon (PG – IND) is impossible not to like, tonight and pretty much any night. If you want to spend up at center, he’s a fine substitute for Lillard or Westbrook at PG. Consistency is the name of his game, but he can occasionally go over 50 fantasy points. I consider him a solid cash game option every time he takes the floor.
James Harden (G – BKN) in the best real game of the night is an easy candidate to be the best fantasy play of the night. He so rarely disappoints and in a huge potential NBA Finals matchup with the Clippers, back at near full strength, Harden should be flaunting his best stuff. Having not played since last Friday, look for Harden to easily put up one of his 60-70 fantasy point specials. I’m reserving him for tournaments due to his sky-high salary, but have no arguments against him otherwise.
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