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 six-game Main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Trae Young – Atlanta (at Brooklyn) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $46
You save a bit with Young over Luka Doncic tonight, and get a player that ranks second overall in player efficiency with a 36.1 percent usage rate. Furthermore, this game carries the highest point total of the night (239) and should easily be the fastest paced game on the slate. Young is playing amazing basketball right now, and the only problem you might have with him tonight is his popularity.
Caris LaVert – Brooklyn (vs. Atlanta) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $27
Since I already noted the attractive game features of this one, focus on LaVert himself. The skill is there, and although we can’t expect a repeat of what he did Monday without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, I do think he’s a solid play for the price tonight. The Nets are without Spencer Dinwiddie now, and LaVert is the best option to soak up that usage. LaVert is a capable ball handler and shooter, and routinely adds value with steals (8 through four games). That last is something to note as teams that play fast like Atlanta often rank high in turnovers. As you can see below, there is no shortage of options at SG tonight, both more and less expensive than LaVert, but he hits the sweet spot for my lineups tonight.
Gordon Hayward – Dallas (vs. Charlotte) - DK: $7,200 (SG) / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $33
Dallas is a big favorite over Charlotte tonight, but I like players on both sides of this game. Hayward is a big salary step down from LeBron James (who is questionable but almost certainly will play) and Durant, who are viable options on a slate with plenty of value. You also have players that should meet value in the $4-5K range, but like LaVert, Hayward offers a high floor with upside at a very reasonable salary. I don’t want to go full “studs and duds” on this smallish slate, but rather fill my lineups with steady, multi-category production, which is what Hayward offers. So far, he’s Top 10 among SFs in both usage rate and player efficiency, playing 35-36 MPG in a favorable matchup tonight.
PJ Washington – Charlotte (at Dallas) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $6,400 / Yahoo: $19
Washington might not get as much attention as the Charlotte guards, who have been terrific so far this season, but PF is not an easy position to navigate tonight, unless you’re spending all your salary here. Washington is a perfect compromise, especially on sites where you only need one true PF (FanDuel is tough). Washington had a slow start, and dealt (is dealing?) with an ankle sprain, but has scored 40 fantasy points in his last two games, against Brooklyn and Oklahoma City. He’s added a ton of fantasy value in blocks and steals, and had his first double-double Monday night. His floor-ceiling projection fits right in with how I’m building tonight.
Enes Kanter - Portland (at LA Clippers) - DK: $4,400/ FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $10
Kanter is for the people who want Giannis and/or Davis in their lineups tonight. He should be a great value tonight, given that he ranks 19th overall in player efficiency with an 82 true shooting percentage and 25.7 rebounding rate. He’s playing only about 20 MPG, but is averaging well over a fantasy point per minute and a 12/10 double-double. The Clippers are on the second night of a back-to-back, although given the easy win they got over Minnesota last night they may not be as tired as usual. Still, if you’re looking to save, Kanter is a solid path to 5X value-plus and you’re not missing out on too much greatness at the top of the position.
Also Consider: Jonas Valanciunas
Tyus Jones (PG – MEM) will take over the point guard duties for Ja Morant as he recovers from a bad ankle sprain. Monday night, Jones played 35 minutes and turned in a 25 fantasy point effort against the Nets. Boston is a tough defensive matchup for guards, and the sites had time to price Jones according to his new role, but I still think he makes for the best complement to Young on two-PG sites like FanDuel or as a G/Utility on Yahoo or DraftKings.
Dennis Schroder (SG/G – LAL) has been a mainstay of my articles and lineups so far this season. He’s scoring well, rebounding well, dishing plenty of assists, and has a steal in the last two games. The Lakers get a very favorable matchup with the Spurs in the game with the second-highest point total. I expect Schroder to once again come in between 30-40 fantasy points tonight.
Marcus Smart (PG/G – Boston) gets his best matchup of the young season tonight and should take advantage. He has been somewhat disappointing so far, and is priced very near Schroder, so may go overlooked. He’s a sweet tournament play for those reasons, one I will definitely force some exposure to.
Jonas Valanciunas (C - MEM) is my center of choice if you aren’t forcing all the stars into your lineups tonight. He’s so consistent, and not to be a broken record, but this 40-fantasy-points-in-his-sleep is what I’m going for on this slate.