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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Wednesday.
Lonzo Ball - New Orleans (vs. Chicago)
Lonzo Ball has been, well, ballin’ as of late. That includes a lofty 38-57 FP range with a 47 FPPG average over his last four games. Ball has produced 20+ real-life points in each of those contests, and I’m expecting the momentum to spill into tonight’s tilt vs. Chicago. The Bulls have been good against point guards this season, but they still rank below average in overall team defensive efficiency this season. Jrue Holiday is out for the Pelicans as well, which should funnel even more usage towards Ball. Needless to say, he’s a fine mid-range pick in this high-scoring (224 over/under) game.
James Harden - Houston (at Atlanta)
This is probably the easiest pick of the night, as the difficult part revolves around finding enough value to make Harden’s cumbersome salary work. There are nine games on this slate with plenty of injury situations, so you should be able to prioritize Harden through all formats. The matchup is outstanding against an Atlanta team that ranks 29th in team defensive efficiency. Russell Westbrook is resting tonight, so Harden should help himself to a buffet of usage against one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.
Brandon Ingram - New Orleans (vs. Chicago)
As mentioned earlier, Jrue Holiday will remain sidelined tonight, which opens up more opportunities for the fast-paced Pelicans. Ingram was fantastic with Holiday on the shelf last game, as the New Orleans forward racked up 55 FP against a tough Utah defense. He should have an easier time while facing the Bulls at home, and Ingram is in a perfect situation to reach for fantasy upside once again. I believe he’s a better “per dollar” option than Giannis Antetokounmpo for over $2,000 less.
Michael Porter Jr. - Denver (at Dallas)
Will Barton has been ruled out tonight, which should translate to more frontcourt minutes for Porter. He has been inconsistent this season, but Porter has recently flexed upside with a career-high 25 points (32 FP) in 22 minutes at Indiana on January 2. He could push for 25-30 minutes with Barton sidelined, which makes the 2018 first-round pick more stable as a DFS streamer. Porter is averaging a fantasy point per minute this season (albeit without consistency), so I believe he can pay dividends on his near-minimum salary tonight.
Nikola Vucevic - Orlando (vs. Washington)
Clint Capela, Rudy Gobert, and Nikola Vucevic are all strong cash game options, but I’m leaning towards the latter tonight. "Vuce" has been a beast with 44+ fantasy points in three straight games, and I would be surprised if he didn’t (at least) flirt with 50 FP tonight. The fact that Washington ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers (while playing with a banged-up frontcourt) creates that optimism, and I’ll be trying my hardest to make Vucevic work alongside Harden and Ingram tonight.
Also Consider: Clint Capela