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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 Friday’s seven-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Jordan Poole – Golden State (at Atlanta) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $26
Although Poole didn’t get the star rest treatment on Wednesday, he is certainly playing like a star, averaging about 27 points per game and over 40 fantasy points per game since Curry was injured. Atlanta allows opponents the 10th-most fantasy points per game with above average DvP to guards. This should be a fun, competitive game to draw from tonight and I’m finding Poole’s mid-range salary just right for how I’m building my early lineups.
Donovan Mitchell – Utah (at Charlotte) - DK: $9,000 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $37
Utah is the No.1 rated offensive team for most of the season, and Mitchell is a big reason why. He’s playing particularly well right now, averaging 34 points per game (50 fantasy points per game) over the last couple weeks. Tonight, he gets a Hornets team that plays at the league’s third-highest pace, allows the sixth-most overall fantasy points, and is a top positional matchup for SGs. Vegas has the over/under set at 229.5 points right now, and the Jazz are only 3.5-point favorites on the road, so conditions are perfect for big games from the top scorers in this one.
Otto Porter – Golden State (at Atlanta) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $17
I’m surprised to see Porter’s salary remaining so low. Despite the return of Draymond Green to the Warriors’ lineup, Porter has stayed productive in a 25 MPG role. In fact, before he rested Wednesday night, he had posted back-to-back double-doubles totaling 30 points and 31 rebounds. He’s a nice way to save some salary with a good floor and great upside for the price.
Obi Toppin – New York (at Miami) - DK: $4,500 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $16
Toppin came through for us on Wednesday, and Julius Randle is questionable again tonight. If Randle sits, I’m very happy to use Toppin here again, even in a difficult on-paper matchup. The Heat are playing in the first half of a b2b tonight, and have several starters listed as questionable. Both teams are slow-pace and Miami in particular is great defensively. Still, Toppin’s getting an opportunity right now and he appears to be taking full advantage of it, coming off an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double in 40 minutes against the Hornets.
Joel Embiid – Philadelphia (at LA Clippers) - DK: $11,200 / FD: $11,200 / Yahoo: $55
Embiid is the obvious star to pay up for tonight, although I can definitely see using a second center in a Utility slot tonight given the many good matchups here. For Embiid, he’ll get a Clippers team that ranks just 27th in rebounding rate, and against whom he previously scored 40 points with 13 rebounds, six assists and a block. He’s pretty much a lock for between 50-70 fantasy points or more, not something I feel as confident in saying about any of the other similarly salaried stars tonight.
Corey Kispert (F – WAS) has been the key to fitting both Embiid and Mitchell in lineups tonight. He’s playing 30-plus MPG over the last couple weeks, and although his efficiency isn’t amazing, he’s reliably returning about 20 fantasy points per game in that span. Detroit is one of the best overall matchups for fantasy and especially favorable for opposing small forwards (second-most fantasy points allowed).
Immanuel Quickley (G –NYK) has also been taking advantage of his recent opportunities, playing around 25 MPG but returning close to 30 fantasy points per game in that span, with double-digit scoring, and a steady streak of 5-6 rebounds and assists per game to boot. He’s another cheap way to fill a second PG or G slot ($17 Yahoo, $5200 FD, $5300 DK).
Killian Hayes (G – DET) has quietly put up at least 27 fantasy points in four of his last five games, the one exception being the Orlando game where he suffered a minor head injury. The Wizards are a decent matchup, ranking 25th in defensive rating and in the bottom third of the league in rebounding. Hayes won’t likely change the slate too much, but if you have the salary left for him, he’s a player I’m happy to add to that last spot.
Christian Wood (C – HOU) looks like a big step down from Embiid, but has the 50-fantasy point upside for a much lower salary. He allows you to mix it up, possibly rotating in LaMelo Ball or Luka Doncic at guard. The matchup with Portland is a great one; the Trail Blazers rank 29th in defensive rating with the sixth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. Both sides of this game could be fantasy gems, but with both teams tanking, a lot of players are hard to trust in cash games.