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NBA DFS Plays: Saturday 1/4

Updated On: January 4, 2020, 12:53 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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Saturday. 

POINT GUARD

Aaron Holiday - Indiana (at Atlanta) 

Holiday is one of the most reliable value options on this slate. Malcolm Brogdon will remain sidelined, elevating Holiday to a 30-33 minute role. That should translate to a strong fantasy baseline against an Atlanta team that ranks fourth in pace and 29th in overall defensive efficiency. Holiday only tallied 19 FP in 21 minutes on Thursday, but that was due to foul trouble. Needless to say, this is an excellent bounce-back opportunity, and I believe Holiday will take full advantage. 

Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic 

SHOOTING GUARD

Buddy Hield - Sacramento (vs. New Orleans) 

Hield has shown the ability to coexist (for fantasy purposes) alongside De’Aaron Fox lately. In fact, you could realistically take both Sacramento guards in the same DFS lineup tonight. The matchup is that good, as New Orleans ranks sixth in pace and 26th in team defensive efficiency. Hield has been great while producing 40+ FP in two of his last three, and he could see more opportunities with fellow SG Bogdan Bogdanovic doubtful. 

Also Consider: Damion Lee, Marcus Smart (better if K.Walker out) 

SMALL FORWARD

T.J. Warren - Indiana (at Atlanta)

Warren mirrors the write-up of his teammate, Holiday, mentioned earlier in this article. I’m willing to lock-in value at small forward, fill out my other positions, then see how much cap space is left to determine which top-flight stars (or mid-range upside picks) will blend into my lineup. Warren has been a shaky DFS commodity this season, but he’s starting to pick things up with a 33 minute and 33 FPPG average over his last five games. The salary hasn’t accounted for his recent uptick, so you can still take advantage of this buy-low opportunity. Warren makes for a strong bargain lift, and we know he’s capable of upside if things start falling his way - as showcased frequently in his days with the Suns. Playing up in pace against an Atlanta team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards doesn’t hurt. 

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jaylen Brown

POWER FORWARD

Derrick Favors - New Orleans (at Sacramento) 

Favors has been a beast for the Pelicans lately, averaging 40 FPPG over his last five. That includes 47 FP in a tricky matchup against the Lakers last night. While I don’t love the fact that Favors is on a back-to-back, he’s still too cheap considering his recent production. In other words, he makes for a strong mid-range lift in a healthy game environment against the Kings. 

Also Consider: Nemanja Bjelica, Christian Wood

CENTER

Andre Drummond - Detroit (at Golden State) 

Drummond isn’t a must-play by any stretch of the imagination. I’ll be closely monitoring the status of Enes Kanter, looking to click him into my lineups if he’s a full-go. However, Drummond has my attention if enough value makes him easier to roster. Blake Griffin and Markieff Morris will be sidelined tonight, and the Pistons will rely on Drummond to take care of business on both ends of the court. That could unlock his upside against a Golden State team that ranks 24th in overall defensive efficiency. 

Also Consider: Enes Kanter (if playing), Steven Adams


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