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 six-game main slate starting at 2:30 ET.
Ja Morant – Memphis (at Portland) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $30
The Grizzlies have been putting on a highlight show while scrimmaging in Orlando. There’s a chance that inspired play will carry into tonight’s “restart game” against the Blazers. For Memphis, it all starts with Morant, who is currently favored to win Rookie of the Year. There’s a good chance he’ll stuff the stat-sheet against a Portland team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards. I’m eager to see how the young Grizzlies perform in Orlando, and I believe they’ll get off to a strong start this evening.
Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Ish Smith
Caris LeVert - Brooklyn (vs. Orlando) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,200
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: the Nets are a mess right now. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will remain sidelined, while Taurean Prince, Spencer Dinwiddie, and DeAndre Jordan are not with the team in Orlando. That leaves LeVert to take over as the primary offensive weapon for Brooklyn. Soaking up a massive usage rate should translate to a healthy fantasy score, and I’m willing to pay LeVert’s marked-up salary to gain exposure to some outstanding upside.
Khris Middleton - Milwaukee (vs. Boston) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,100 / Yahoo: $32
This Milwaukee-Boston matchup is one of the better games of the night from a real-life point of view. There’s plenty of fantasy implications too. Most people will be swarming towards MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, but I believe teammate Khris Middleton could provide more bang for your buck. Boston is a solid defensive team, but Middleton should be able to pay fantasy dividends in the neighborhood of 35-40+ FP. He posted 40 FP in his last game against the Celtics, and there’s upside beyond that if his minutes trend closer to 35 instead of the low 30’s.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis (at Portland) - DK: $4,900 / FD: $4,700 / Yahoo: $21
It’s optimistic to think that Jackson will see around 30 minutes tonight. However, he’s cheap enough (especially FD & DK) with enough fantasy efficiency to make for a reliable DFS streamer through all formats. The matchup isn’t too shabby either, as Portland ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Both Jackson and teammate Brandon Clarke make for intriguing bargains on this slate, but I believe the former has a better floor/ceiling combination from a fantasy perspective.
Jarrett Allen - Brooklyn (vs. Orlando) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $6,700
The center position is very site-specific tonight. Jarrett Allen makes for a strong choice on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Jakob Poeltl is a cheaper alternative that works best on Yahoo. Deandre Ayton finds himself in a beautiful matchup against Washington, so he deserves DFS consideration on all sites too … As for Allen, he has proven himself as an efficient fantasy producer whose fantasy upside was directly tied to playing time. DeAndre Jordan (among others) is out for Brooklyn, so Allen should see starter-like minutes to make for an excellent DFS play through all formats.
Ish Smith (PG - WAS) and Shabazz Napier will likely split the minutes at point guard for Washington. Remember, John Wall and Bradley Beal are out, so the Wizards need someone to handle the ball and initiate their offense. Smith isn’t a “100% must play bargain” with the Wizards spreading minutes to everyone, but he makes for a fine fallback option when looking for savings.
Jakob Poeltl (C - SA) should see more minutes and statistical opportunities with LaMarcus Aldridge and Trey Lyles out. That’s enough to consider him a strong value choice through all formats on all sites. It helps that his opponent, Sacramento, ranks 21st in rebound rate this season.
Jonathan Isaac (SF - ORL) is too cheap on FanDuel at $3,500. That’s likely a pricing error with the Orlando forward hoping to return from injury. Isaac is questionable tonight, but he should see around 25 or so minutes if he’s cleared. Pay attention to his status as we move closer to tipoff, and definitely take advantage of his minimum salary (on FD) if he’s given the green light.
The Suns find themselves in a strong spot against one of the worst defenses in the league: Washington. Guys like Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton will get plenty of love in DFS, but don’t sleep on Mikal Bridges (SF - PHX) either. Kelly Oubre Jr. will not play today, which opens the door for Bridges to see plenty of minutes in order to post serious numbers against a Washington team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Robert Covington (PF - HOU) could slip through the proverbial cracks despite participating in the highest over/under (229) of the night. Covington’s role as a scorer and rebounder for the “small-ball” Rockets gives him fantasy upside on any given night. We can’t forget about his defensive prowess either, enabling him to pile up steals and blocks - two categories that really add up with FanDuel’s scoring. Keep “RoCo” in mind when building multiple tournament lineups.
As mentioned earlier, the Nets are a mess right now. We aren’t really sure how their rotation will play out, but Tyler Johnson (PG - BKN) should see legitimate playing time off the bench. He’s a legitimate scorer/playmaker who could absorb a strong usage rate (and the corresponding stats) while leading Brooklyn’s second unit. I’m looking to him as a tournament bargain for that reason.