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 (now) 7-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (vs. Portland) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,300 / Yahoo: $31
This is my favorite game of the night to draw from. It carries a 236-point total, and Portland is only a 4.5-point favorite. Both teams play at a fast pace, and both rank near (or at, in Sacramento’s case) the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency. Fox appears to be past his minutes restriction as he played 38 minutes in Monday’s game vs. Indiana, putting up 43 fantasy points in a near double-double. I expect a much better game than he had Friday vs. Portland, as the Kings are currently the No. 1 PG matchup for fantasy. Use Fox at his reasonable, mid-range salary as much as you want tonight.
C.J. McCollum – Portland (at Sacramento) - DK: $8,600 / FD: $9,200 / Yahoo: $36
Much of what I just said about this game for Fox applies to a high-volume scorer like McCollum as well. McCollum and Damian Lillard should both be effective here, but McCollum fills a more difficult roster spot. He’s coming off back-to-back 51-fantasy point efforts, including the one against the Kings last Friday. He’s pricey, but worth it tonight.
R.J. Barrett – New York (vs. Brooklyn) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $26
New York gets a nice pace boost from the Nets tonight, who play at the fourth-fastest rate. That should benefit a shooter like Barrett, who has done well against other fast teams like Milwaukee or Atlanta. He hasn’t been great lately, and that may put some people off him. I’m thinking this is a good opportunity for him to get back on track, and if you don’t get a ceiling game from him, at least his rebounding and assists provide a solid floor. Both of these teams tie for the sixth-highest turnover rate, which could also help Barrett get back to the 35-40 fantasy point range with a couple steals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (at Detroit) - DK: $10,600 / FD: $11,000 / Yahoo: $51
It’s not every slate that I’ll willingly pay up for the Greek Freak, but I’m not so interested in LeBron James or Kevin Durant, both of whom claim to be playing in their respective back-to-backs. The Bucks are big favorites, and there is always a risk with this team that key star players will only be on the court for three quarters. Giannis scored 61 and 41 fantasy points in his first two meetings with the Pistons this season; I’ll be happy if he splits the difference tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas - Memphis (at Minnesota) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $6,900 / Yahoo: $26
Valanciunas is having another solid season with the Grizzlies, posting between 30-40 fantasy points just about every night. He’s done well in tough matchups, which he should expect from Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, even though without Towns, the Timberwolves have been the league’s best center matchup. I’d go with Towns for upside, but Valanciunas figures to be a very safe play for the salary.
Kristaps Porzingis (PF – DAL) is set to make his long-awaited debut tonight at Charlotte. There is no better PF matchup for DFS than the Hornets, so while Porzingis carries a ton of risk given his price ($8400 DK, $8000 FD, but only $23 Yahoo (C)), he could also return to the scene in a big way. The Mavs are without several key players and the original indication was that Porzingis would start when he returned. He’s definitely a tournament only play, but could be a nice payoff at low rostership.
Josh Hart (G/F – NOP) could find himself thrust into a bigger than normal role tonight as the Pelicans could be extremely shorthanded in the backcourt. Lonzo Ball is out, and both Eric Bledsoe and JJ Redick are questionable. Hart has been playing heavy minutes as it is, for the price ($12 Yahoo, $4400 FD, $5400 DK), and has returned over 30 fantasy points in two of his last five games. He’s a nice way to save tonight in a high upside game.
De’Angleo Russell (G – MIN) is another very solid guard play tonight in the mid-range. Whether you can use him at PG (Yahoo) SG (FanDuel) or both (DraftKings), Russell should return another 35-45-fantasy point night vs. Memphis. The game should be close and high-scoring, and Russell has done a good job of balancing the stat sheet, though some categories are still highly variable. One way or another, he’s been producing and though his salary has come up a bit, it’s still affordable enough for most lineups.