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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 Wednesday’s 13-game slate starting at 7:00 ET. Enjoy the day off NBA Thursday; Happy Thanksgiving!
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Malcolm Brogdon – Indiana (vs. LA Lakers) – DK: $7,600 / FD: $7,700 / Yahoo: $34
It’s always tough on these huge slates to come up with one play at each position. I love a lot of PGs tonight, but the one that makes the most sense for how I’m building is Brogdon. He’s as steady as they come, with some upside in a game with a Lakers team allowing more fantasy points to the position than anyone else. Despite LeBron James being back tonight, the Pacers are home favorites in what should be a competitive and fun game. Brogdon is very capable of a double-double or more and his peripherals are up a bit in the last two games.
Also Consider: LaMelo Ball, Dejounte Murray, Jrue Holiday
Josh Giddey – Oklahoma City (vs. Utah) – DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $26 (SF)
I don’t normally get excited about targeting a great defensive team like Utah, especially when the Jazz are such big favorites, but Giddey is the exception. Not only does he pick up extra usage with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out, he doesn’t take a minutes hit even when the Thunder are getting blown out. The extra usage Monday night got him closer to a triple-double, and though his 3-point shooting has been abysmal, he’s doing enough to put up a consistent 30-plus fantasy points. High floor with upside for the price!
Also Consider: R.J. Hampton, Jalen Suggs, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Edwards, Devin Vassell
Scottie Barnes – Toronto (at Memphis) – DK: $6,600 / FD: $6,500 / Yahoo: $26 (PF)
As noted above, I’m generally not breaking the bank on the superstars tonight, instead aiming for a more middle-of-the-road approach with Barnes or Buddy Hield at the dreaded SF position. Toronto has a lot of question marks tonight, the biggest of which is will OG Anunoby return? Barnes has been consistently good with or without Anunoby, so that isn’t swaying my decision-making too much. He’s coming off a nice double-double and with some of the Raptors frontcourt still likely to be absent, he should have a shot at repeating it. Memphis is the worst team in defensive rating, giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to SF and third-most overall.
Also Consider: Buddy Hield, Kevin Durant, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Kuzma, DeMar DeRozan
John Collins – Atlanta (at San Antonio) – DK: $7,200 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $29
Collins has been having a very nice, consistent season especially over the last two weeks. This game has appeal on both sides; the Spurs are a favorable PF matchup, giving up the ninth-most overall fantasy points while playing at the fifth-highest pace. The game carries one of the highest point totals of the big slate (221.5 points) and the Hawks are modest favorites. When trying to decide between a couple different players, game environment makes a big difference, and this should be a fantasy-friendly one. Collins has a good shot at getting back into double-double territory tonight.
Also Consider: Draymond Green, Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis, Jaren Jackson Jr., Wendell Carter Jr.
Deandre Ayton – Phoenix (at Cleveland) – DK: $7,400 / FD: $7,700 / Yahoo: $29
Cleveland remains without rookie star Evan Mobley tonight, which makes both Jarrett Allen and Ayton appealing. The Suns are pretty big road favorites tonight, not surprisingly. Ayton is clearly no longer hampered by any sort of injury as he has been on fire since returning five games ago. Three of those are double-doubles, and the other two are near misses with plenty of assists, blocks or steals to keep his stat line right around 38-39 fantasy points per game.
Also Consider: Jarrett Allen, Montrezl Harrell, Mo Bamba, Rudy Gobert
Devin Vassell (G – SAS) is a nice salary-saver in that great game environment I mentioned above. Atlanta ranks 27th in defensive rating and is a top matchup for guards. He’s a player who has a wide range of outcomes, but over the last two weeks he’s been as steady as anyone, with only one game fewer than 24 minutes (a dud vs. the Clippers). Otherwise, he’s good for 27-28 fantasy points a game from steady scoring and good three-point shooting.
R.J. Hampton (G – ORL) has been picking up the slack with Cole Anthony out. Averaging about 30 MPG and 38 fantasy points per game, Hampton is taking every advantage of his opportunity. I do think Jalen Suggs will bounce back from his lackluster performance Monday and he makes for a lower-rostered approach to this opportunity driven play. Charlotte is giving up the fourth-most overall fantasy points to opponents, and second-most to SG.
Draymond Green (PF – GSW) is a versatile F/C/Util play tonight. When on the court, he’s been very solid because his production can come from anywhere. So even when his scoring isn’t great, he has enough rebounds and assists to make up for it. Curry gets all the attention, and deservedly so, but Green is an affordable add to this high-floor lineup build tonight. Philadelphia will be without Embiid for sure tonight, and Tobias Harris is a game-time decision.