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 Friday’s 8-game Main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Luka Doncic – Dallas (at Milwaukee) - DK: $11,000 / FD: $11,600 / Yahoo: $54
There are a lot of ways to spend today, but I’m going full in for Doncic. He’s been on fire, posting over 70 fantasy points in three of his last four games. This one should be both high scoring and competitive, and Dallas gets the huge pace bump. It could be a scenario where fading his salary in a big tournament pays off, but he’s the highest floor/upside combination on the slate, if not in the league right now.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City (vs. Chicago) - DK: $7,700 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $32 (PG)
Gilgeous-Alexander and Paul George are pretty much neck-in-neck for me, and I’m going with SGA just because he’s considerably cheaper than George and every dollar counts tonight. Both get great matchups, and both are capable of 50-ish fantasy points. I’ll always take the less expensive option when that’s the case. Gilgeous-Alexander has had a couple down games, for him, particularly vs. the Lakers in the second half of a back-to-back set on Wednesday. I expect a nice bounce-back, potentially with a low roster percentage for him tonight.
Malik Beasley – Minnesota (vs. Memphis) - DK: $7,000 (SG) / FD: $6,400 / Yahoo: $21 (SG)
Small forward is often the tricky spot for me, even on relatively big slates like this. Since I’m committed to spending on guards and center (see below), I’d like to save at forward tonight. Beasley accomplished that pretty well on FanDuel and Yahoo, but is a tougher spend on DraftKings. This game has a 224-point total and the Timberwolves are 3-point favorites. Memphis is the best SF matchup on the slate, giving up the second-most fantasy points to the position. Beasley knocked it out of the park Wednesday with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
James Johnson – Dallas (at Milwaukee) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $4,200 / Yahoo: $11
Continuing a salary-saving theme, Johnson should enjoy many of the same game factors as noted above for Doncic. He’s scored about 27 fantasy points in each of the last two games, in 26 minutes, even though Kristaps Porzingis returned in limited fashion on Wednesday. His stat lines have been very complete – with multiple rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – and I think he’ll continue to see this kind of usage off the bench for the Mavs. He’s the best cheap option here, unless someone like Anthony Davis sits tonight.
Karl-Anthony Towns - Minnesota (vs. Memphis) - DK: $9,900 / FD: $10,800 / Yahoo: $48
I’m doing what I can to fit Towns in my lineups at center, despite his steep salary. He is listed as probable and in both games he’s played since returning from the wrist injury he’s posted big double-doubles for over 50 fantasy points. One of those efforts was a 25-point, 14-rebound, 3-assist, 2-block game against the Grizzlies, one of the best center matchups in the league. If you can’t get to Towns, you can absolutely go right back to Jonas Valanciunas, who matched Towns’ fantasy numbers Wednesday night for a couple thousand less.
RJ Barrett (SG – NYK) is a player I wanted to bring up in order to discuss this game at Cleveland a bit more. It carries a point total of 196.5, after opening at an already low 203.5. That’s the lowest I’ve seen all season and a warning to those looking to mine DFS value here. Both teams play at incredibly slow pace, and rank in the bottom three in offensive efficiency, but both are decent defensively. I do like Barrett, where his salary is fair (FanDuel, $6300) but that’s about it from this game. There are bargains galore for Cleveland, but their ultimate value is complicated by the impact of the recent trade with Brooklyn. We don’t know who, if anyone, will be available tonight. It’s a situation to avoid for me.
De’Anthony Melton (PG – MEM) makes this section because salary dollars are so important tonight. Melton isn’t as effective as Tyus Jones, but I don’t think Ja Morant will be back tonight, and Melton was fantastic in this matchup on Wednesday, notching over 30 fantasy points. Even though he’s playing off the bench, Minnesota’s fast pace and lax defense (27th in defensive efficiency), not to mention generous fantasy DvP, make Melton a justifiable way to save at PG/G tonight.
De’Andre Hunter (SF – ATL) deserves a mention here since I am finding him in my lineups fairly often tonight. His mid-range salary is working in my otherwise stars and scrubs style builds, and I think he works well in both cash and tournament lineups tonight. He had a nice streak of 30-plus fantasy point games going before the blowout win over Philadelphia limited Hunter to only 22 minutes on Wednesday. He should play his more typical 33-34 MPG tonight in a more competitive game in Utah. The Jazz are a slower-paced team but this game still has a pretty high over/under (up three points to 226.5). Hunter isn’t a guy I’m actively forcing into lineups, but I don’t mind when he fits perfectly, as he does best on FanDuel ($6000).