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NBA DFS Plays Wednesday 4/7

by Renee Miller
Updated On: April 7, 2021, 2:28 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 Wednesday’s 9-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn (vs. New Orleans) - DK: $10,200 / FD: $10,400 / Yahoo: $46

With James Harden taking a turn on the sideline, Brooklyn is setting up to have a very healthy post-season. In the short term, I’m bullish on Irving, especially in the most fantasy-friendly game of the slate (over/under 237 points, Nets minus-10.5). New Orleans ranks 28th in defensive efficiency and gives up the ninth-most fantasy points to opponents, with guards getting the best of it. Irving has put up two double-doubles (one rebounds, one assists) without Harden on the court in the past week (4/1 and 4/5). Look for him to make it three tonight.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Luka Doncic, Terry Rozier

Bargain Options: T.J. McConnell, Derrick Rose, R.J. Hampton (Cole Anthony in GPPs, maybe)

 

SHOOTING GUARD

De’Angelo Russell – Minnesota (at Indiana) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $21 (PG)

Russell is carrying a questionable tag, but the expectation is that he’ll play. In just 24 minutes on Monday, Russell put up 40-plus fantasy points, scoring 25 points and otherwise filling the stat sheet. This game sets up well for both teams from a DFS perspective with a high point total, fast pace, and narrow spread. Indiana is on a back-to-back and has been without several key starters (note Myles Turner hurt his ankle last night), which might make Russell’s job a bit easier tonight. His salary should be higher than it is right now.

Also Consider: Caris LeVert, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Devonte’ Graham, Terrence Ross

Bargain Options: Will Barton, Dillon Brooks

 

SMALL FORWARD

James Ennis – Orlando (vs. Washington) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $12

Ennis has been supplying solid value for the Magic in the post-trade setting. Teammates Terrence Ross, Chuma Okeke, and Wendell Carter Jr. are also on my radar tonight, but Ennis fills a tough SF slot for really cheap. Washington is the fastest paced team in the league, and also the most fantasy-generous. This is another game with a relatively high point total and close spread, all good signs for the fantasy assets on both sides (these are two bottom-ranking defenses). Ennis has played 36-38 MPG in his last three games, scored at least 12 points in each, and compiled significant peripherals to yield an average of almost 30 fantasy points per game.

Also Consider: Kevin Durant, Kevin Porter

Bargain Options: Kyle Anderson

 

POWER FORWARD

Kelly Olynyk – Houston (vs. Dallas) - DK: $5,900 / FD: $8,800 / Yahoo: $18

Among several mid-low range PF options tonight, I’m comfortable with Olynyk in just about any format. He’s always been a reliable option when given the opportunity, and he is getting it in Houston. Even playing alongside Christian Wood, Olynyk has managed to impress, with 45 and 30 fantasy points in his last two games. The Rockets are big underdogs tonight, but given that they just took Phoenix to a close three-point finish, I’m not discounting the fantasy value of the cheaper Houston players tonight (Wood is just too expensive for me given what he’s been producing).

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Julius Randle, Zion Williamson

Bargain Options: Chuma Okeke, Jae’Sean Tate, P.J. Washington (GPP play)

 

CENTER

Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota (at Indiana) - DK: $10,700 / FD: $11,400 / Yahoo: $50

It’s a “spend on center” night with plenty of options to choose from. I’ll take a red-hot Towns in a plus matchup with one of the league’s worst frontcourt defenses that might be without its top shot blocker in Myles Turner, who sprained an ankle last night. Towns had a 30/10 double-double the last time these teams met, and you have to go back two full weeks (8 games) to find a game when Towns didn’t double-double. He should be worth his super high salary tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Wendell Carter
 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Wendell Carter (C – ORL) has been playing great since his trade, and it’s a trend I expect to continue as this Magic team is accustomed to running through its big man. Carter has scored in the double-digits in his last four games, logging two double-doubles in that span. Those came vs. Utah and New Orleans, teams that are ranked as two of the best in rebounding. Tonight he’ll face a Washington team that not only ranks as the fastest-paced and most fantasy-friendly opponent, but also the sixth-worst rebounding rate. His salary is up, but I love him tonight if you can’t quite get to Towns, or want to differentiate a bit.  

Devonte’ Graham (SG – CHA) has been a steady option since LaMelo Ball’s injury, and now the team is without Gordon Hayward as well. A fantasy explosion didn’t happen in the last game, as Graham hasn’t cracked 30 minutes in the Hornets’ last four games, but he’s still been effective. I’m highlighting him tonight because the Hornets should be successful against a young, fast Thunder team, and the last time he played them, Graham posted a 14-point, 10-assist double-double. His salary is most attractive on Yahoo (10 percent of the cap) and FanDuel (10.8 percent).

Kyle Anderson (SF – MEM) is a regular in my columns, as he just often seems to fit at a difficult position. That’s the case as usual tonight, unless you’re paying up for Kevin Durant. Anderson has two 40 fantasy point games in the last week or so, and put up 45 fantasy points vs. the Hawks earlier in the season. It’s a great game to look at tonight, with a 227.5-point total and three-point spread (Hawks favored at home).