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NBA DFS Plays: Wednesday 1/1

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 1, 2020, 11:17 am 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 the three-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET on Wednesday. 

POINT GUARD

Damian Lillard - Portland (at New York) 

Lillard profiles as a safe DFS option through on Wednesday. He’s part of the most competitive game environment of the night (at least on paper), as the Blazers check-in as four-point favorites in New York. The other two contests have double-digit point spreads. That makes Lillard a worthy expenditure, especially considering there’s enough value to blend his cumbersome salary alongside superstars like LeBron James and (maybe) Anthony Davis - more on that later. It helps that Lillard is facing a New York team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to point guards, something that could help him achieve 50+ FP for the fourth straight game. 

Also Consider: Shabazz Napier, Ricky Rubio 

SHOOTING GUARD

Devin Booker - Phoenix (at LA Lakers) 

We can’t be too picky on this slate, as there are only three games to choose from. Even though the Lakers are favored by 11 over the Suns, I’m thinking this will be a reasonably competitive tilt that requires full minutes from the starters. In other words, there’s not nearly as much blowout risk as a depleted Minnesota squad traveling to Milwaukee. Due to that, Booker makes for a confident choice at an otherwise underwhelming shooting guard position. The Phoenix superstar is averaging 48 FPPG over his past three, and I’m optimistic he can come through with another strong showing tonight. 

Also Consider: Khris Middleton, Danny Green (punt) 

SMALL FORWARD

LeBron James - LA Lakers (vs. Phoenix) 

James is cheaper and healthier than Giannis Antetokounmpo, and there’s less risk of a blowout for the Lakers (compared to the Bucks). The matchup isn’t too bad for LBJ either, as he’s facing a Phoenix team that ranks 21st in overall defensive efficiency. Put it all together and James makes for a priority spend on tonight’s abbreviated three-game slate. I’m combining him with fellow small forward Jarrett Culver in order to satisfy the salary cap. 

Also Consider: Jarrett Culver, Carmelo Anthony 

POWER FORWARD

Julius Randle - New York (vs. Portland)

If you have enough funds to make Anthony Davis work, then go for it. However, Randle is significantly cheaper with a realistic chance of providing similar output. In fact, Randle is averaging 50 FPPG over his past three games compared to 44 FPPG for Davis over that span. Sure, AD has a higher floor/ceiling combination, but Randle is facing a Portland team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts. The New York forward makes for a better “per dollar” option tonight. 

Also Consider: Anthony Davis, Robert Covington

CENTER

Gorgui Dieng - Minnesota (at Milwaukee) 

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeff Teague are all doubtful tonight. That makes Shabazz Napier, Jarrett Culver, Gorgui Dieng, and (maybe) Robert Covington acceptable bargain choices in order of preference. Needless to say, there’s a massive usage void with Minnesota’s top three options sidelined. Dieng has been filling in admirably for Towns, averaging 39 FPPG over his past five games. His salary has risen, but Dieng should see a ton of minutes and opportunities to reach his value threshold at Milwaukee. 

Also Consider: Aron Baynes 

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