Saturday NBA DFS Plays
Saturday’s main slates differ by the New Orleans vs. Phoenix game (included on DraftKings, not on FanDuel), so I’ve prioritized the seven common games in the plays below. Of course, Anthony Davisis always a top option, and I think Jrue Holidaycomes close to a must-play if you’re able to draw from that game. Since no one needs to be told that LeBron Jamesis good, I’ll try to focus on some slightly less obvious, but great options at each position for tonight’s games.
Quinn Cook – Golden State (FD: $4400, DK: $4200)
Expect at least 100 percent ownership of Cook tonight, but he’s kind of impossible to fade, at least in cash games. There are a lot of guys to spend up on tonight, so his value is truly off the charts. Brooklyn hasn’t been a pushover team this season, making strides in both offensive and defensive efficiency metrics (13th and 16th in the league, respectively), and they’re on a 3-game win streak (largely thanks to D’Angelo Russell, whom I also like a lot tonight). The Warriors are without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but backup forward value from Golden State has been disappointing. Cook provided a good return on investment last season when he started for Curry, and I expect the same tonight, blowout or not.
Zach LaVine – Chicago (FD: $8800, DK: $8100)
With the way I’m building my lineups tonight, James Hardenand DeMar DeRozan–in what should be an exciting Texas face off – aren’t making the cut. I’m coming down to LaVine, who has similar upside and a rock solid floor this season for a couple thousand dollars less. Cleveland ranks 30th in the league in defensive efficiency and gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing 2-guards. There are a lot of ways to save at SG tonight, so LaVine may have decently low ownership in tournaments too.
Paul George – Oklahoma City (FD: $10,400, DK: $9200)
George is a splurge, not a LeBron James-type splurge, but nonetheless, he’ll cost us. With Russell Westbrook out, he is the motor of this Thunder team, playing 35-38 minutes and averaging over 20 points per game over the last three games. Coming off a monster 60-fantasy point effort thanks to six steals, among other things, George should dominate a Mavericks team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to small forwards, ranking 26th in defensive efficiency and that turns the ball over third-most in the league.
Jaren Jackson – Memphis (FD: $6300, DK: $5200)
This is a horrible position tonight, making FD lineups a real challenge. Jackson’s salary makes it possible to build the lineup I want while imbuing the PF slot with a very nice floor/ceiling combination. Philadelphia ranks third in fantasy points allowed to opposing fours, and the pace upgrade the 76ers offer works in the favor of Jackson and Mike Conley more than anyone else on the Grizzlies. In the wake of trading away Dario Saric and Robert Covington, Philadelphia is likely to be more vulnerable tonight.
Hassan Whiteside – Miami (FD: $9300, DK: $8200)
Whiteside not only gets a terrific matchup with the spiraling Wizards, who rank dead last in rebounding rate and 28th in overall defensive efficiency, but is priced thousands less than Joel Embiid or Anthony Davis (on DK). Whiteside offers a solid 30-plus fantasy point floor with a ton of huge double-double upside tonight in what should be a fast paced and fantasy-friendly game for several Heat players.