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NBA DFS Plays: Friday 1/31

Updated On: January 31, 2020, 12:43 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 seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Friday. 


Lonzo Ball - New Orleans (vs. Memphis) 

Ball has everything we are looking for in a stable point guard for cash games. The asking price is moderate despite his strong floor/ceiling combination with a friendly matchup to boot. His opponent, Memphis, ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to backcourts. Ball has achieved 40+ fantasy points in six of his last 10 games, and this is an excellent spot to cross that threshold once again. 

Also Consider: Ja Morant, Jalen Brunson 


Dennis Schroder - Oklahoma City (at Phoenix)

Schroder has been a mainstay in the NBA DFS Plays article series lately. The OKC guard is averaging a steady 41 fantasy points over his last five games, yet the salary remains low - especially on FanDuel. Schroder will step into a competitive matchup at Phoenix tonight, and the Suns rank 20th in defensive efficiency to opposing shooting guards. Go ahead and lock-in Schroder for rewarding value through all formats. 

Also Consider: Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson  


LeBron James - LA Lakers (vs. Portland) 

This will be an extremely emotional game with the Lakers taking the court for the first time since the death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant. All eyes will be on LeBron James, who we are expecting to come out with an incredible effort in the wake of this tragedy. It just so happens that the matchup isn’t too bad either, as Portland ranks 17th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. In other words, I wouldn’t be surprised to see LeBron at his best tonight, which happens to correlate well for DFS purposes as well as a feel-good story for a franchise blindsided by grief. 

Also Consider: Jae Crowder, Trevor Ariza 


Brandon Clarke - Memphis (at New Orleans) 

Jaren Jackson Jr. will not play tonight, which opens up more minutes for Brandon Clarke. Jackson was ejected Wednesday after playing 19 minutes, while Clarke stepped up for 35 fantasy points in 26 minutes. Clarke should see around 30 minutes tonight, which should translate to strong fantasy production against a New Orleans team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. 

UPDATE: Clarke is now listed as a game-time decision. His absence would boost Soloman Hill, Jae Crowder, and Kyle Anderson into larger roles.

Also Consider: Serge Ibaka, Zion Williamson


Jonas Valanciunas - Memphis (at New Orleans) 

Valanciunas stands to benefit from the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr. as well. You could conceivably take “JoVal” and Clarke in the same lineup tonight. Their opponent, the Pelicans, rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers, which should be enough to propel Valanciunas to his fifth outing of 36+ FP in eight ties. 

Also Consider: Clint Capela

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