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NBA DFS Plays Wednesday February 3

by Renee Miller
Updated On: February 3, 2021, 7:00 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 the Wednesday’s 10-game Main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

POINT GUARD

Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee (vs. Indiana) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30

Holiday isn’t probably going to be the most popular PG option tonight but there are several reasons to start with him tonight. His salary is one of the main ones. Very affordable, for the consistent production he offers. Holiday has scored over 20 real points for around 45 fantasy points in each of his last three games. The matchup with Indiana should be a good one, despite the fact that the Bucks are pretty large favorites, and the point total on this game is one of the highest of the night, with both teams playing at an above average pace. I will rarely have a non-salary argument against the top super-stars, and that is the case tonight with Luka Doncic – use him if you can afford it happily, but if not, consider Holiday a solid mid-range option to build around.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Luka Doncic, Malcolm Brogdon, LaMelo Ball, Lonzo Ball, Theo Maledon, Goran Dragic, Kemba Walker

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Victor Oladipo – Houston (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $33

With John Wall already ruled out tonight, Oladipo vaults into my must-play list. He’s been limited to just 25 minutes in the last two games, blowout wins for Houston, but he’s still managed good-to-great fantasy numbers. One of those was against the Thunder Monday night, but I expect more from Oladipo in terms of ball handling and scoring without Wall tonight. The Thunder rank just 26th in defensive efficiency, but both teams play at a Top 10 pace, making Oladipo close to a sure value tonight.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Malik Beasley, Collin Sexton, Devonte' Graham, Jeremy Lamb, Immanuel Quickley, Hamidou Diallo, Alec Burks

 

 

SMALL FORWARD

Jimmy Butler – Miami (vs. Washington) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $36

Butler’s last game before he entered the COVID protocols was a 26-point, 10-rebound, 9-assist near triple double for about 60 fantasy points against the Wizards. Since returning to action, he’s posted two more 50-plus fantasy point games. Clearly at the top of his game, Butler again faces the league’s fastest-paced team, a Wizards team that gives up the third-most overall fantasy points and ranks 29th in defensive efficiency. The Heat are big favorites at home in one of the higher scoring games of the night, and I’m trusting Butler to stay hot.

Also Consider: Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris, Khris Middleton, Eric Gordon, Keldon Johnson

 

POWER FORWARD

Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas (at Atlanta) - DK: $7,500 / FD: $7,600 / Yahoo: $32

I may be most tempted by Julius Randle, who has had two really good games in a row and gets a delicious matchup with the Chicago frontcourt, but his salary is difficult tonight. On the other hand, we have Porzingis, continuing to work back from a prolonged absence, playing 32-33 MPG and doing a bit of everything on the court. Since he hasn’t produced a monster stat line (yet), his salary has continued to fall. He’s coming off one of his better games, a modest double-double, and claims he needs to play longer stretches at a time to get in the groove. Vegas has this as a close game, and Atlanta, while a much improved defensive team overall, isn’t a matchup to shy away from. Porzingis could be a big surprise on this slate, and I definitely want some significant exposure to him, even in cash game lineups.

Also Consider: Julius Randle, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bam Adebayo, John Collins, Zion Williamson, Taurean Prince (if starting), Ed Davis (if starting)

 

CENTER

Joel Embiid - Philadelphia (at Charlotte) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $10,200 / Yahoo: $47

Center is weird tonight, and while there are some tempting cheap plays that will help fill utility slots, Embiid is a star I can’t overlook tonight. He’s off the injury report, and when he’s healthy, he’s played extremely well this season, averaging almost 30 points per game and over 11 rebounds per game along with a decent amount of assists, blocks and steals. He's the second-best in player efficiency rating too. Charlotte ranks as the fifth-most generous overall matchup for fantasy and Philly is a decent favorite against them. Still, Charlotte has shown that they can put up big points against tough opponents (see Miami and Milwaukee in their last two games), so I could see this being close enough for force four full quarters from Embiid.

Also Consider: Clint Capela, Thaddeus Young, Jakob Poeltl, Cody Zeller

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Theo Maledon (PG – OKC) has played an average of 30 MPG in his last three games, scoring double-digit points in each and contributing a small amount of peripheral stats thanks to the absence of George Hill. Without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the lineup tonight, Maledon should soak up a bunch of extra usage, and I expect him to reach the 30-fantasy point range, which for his price, would be excellent. Also consider Hamidou Diallo a cheap filler who should also benefit from SGA’s absence tonight.

Keldon Johnson (SF – SAS) has been playing really well, and his lower-mid range salary is fair (especially FanDuel and Yahoo (PF)). I’d like him as a player to use if the salary was the right fit for the rest of my lineup on a normal night, but with LaMarcus Aldridge out tonight, Johnson takes on more priority. I won’t force him in, but I love filling a SF or F slot with him tonight in a friendly matchup with the Timberwolves (against whom he is averaging about 29 fantasy points per game this season).

Bradley Beal (SG – WAS) If you find yourself with some extra salary and don’t know what to do with it – Luka? Giannis? – consider Beal the answer. He’s significantly cheaper than both of them, and equals their floor/upside combination. I’m especially keen to see if Russell Westbrook sits this one out, since it is the second half of a back-to-back for Washington. Miami isn’t an easy matchup, but they do have one attractive feature – they turn the ball over at the league’s highest rate. A couple extra steals never hurt anyone’s fantasy line, right? Beal enjoys the league's highest usage rate (36.5 percent) and ranks 10th in player efficiency.