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NBA DFS Plays Thursday March 24

by Renee Miller
Updated On: March 24, 2022, 4:10 pm ET

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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 Thursday’s five-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee (vs. Washington) - DK: $8,000 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $33
With both Antetokounmpo and Middleton out tonight, Holiday should be high on your list of targets. Not only is this expected to be a high scoring game (even with the over/under dropping dramatically after the injury report came out), but Washington ranks just 25th in defensive rating. Holiday is playing well, coming off a 27-point game and can easily exceed 40 fantasy points with a few peripherals and steals, which his additional usage tonight should ensure.

Also Consider: Tyus Jones, Darius Garland, Fred VanVleet, CJ McCollum

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Desmond Bane – Memphis (vs. Indiana) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $24

Not only will the Grizzlies be without Morant, they added Brandon Clarke and Dillon Brooks to the list tonight on the back-to-back. Bane is scoring over 20 real points most nights, including in a matchup with Indiana last week. He’s also upped his peripheral production without Morant on the court, with an average of six assists per game in his last two games, and four steals in that span. More expensive players at his position have an overlapping range of outcomes tonight, and this game should be one of the more fantasy-friendly of the slate, giving Bane the value boost I like.

Also Consider: Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Tyrese Haliburton

 

SMALL FORWARD

Mikal Bridges – Phoenix (at Denver) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $24

Bridges has stepped up a lot since Chris Paul went down, and his salary doesn’t quite reflect what has become a consistent level of play. He’s become almost a lock for 30-plus fantasy points in March, with much higher upside. The matchup with Denver is a good one for forwards, and is expected to be a close and high-scoring game. While it will stretch your budget to fit Booker, Bridges is an affordable and safe solution to this position.

Also Consider: Buddy Hield, Pat Connaughton, Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert

 

POWER FORWARD

Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis (vs. Indiana) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $6,600 / Yahoo: $25

Expect Jackson to continue to be a solid PF option tonight in a matchup with Indiana’s young frontcourt. He had his best game in recent history against them last week, and is producing double-digit point efforts every single night with multiple blocks to bump that fantasy line. There are a lot of injuries at this position tonight, but instead of trying to scoop up the bargain options to start, I’m locking in true value at what is still a very reasonable price.

Also Consider: Scottie Barnes, Rui Hachimura, Oshae Brissett, Jaxson Hayes

 

CENTER

Jonas Valanciunas – New Orleans (vs. Chicago) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $31

Center is the toughest position to decide on tonight. There are too many good options! I’m rolling with Valanciunas in another great game environment – high scoring (over/under 227.5 points) and close. The Bulls are without DeRozan tonight, a key defensive presence for them in the frontcourt. Valanciunas is riding a five-game double-double streak, while also hitting threes, dishing assists and generally returning excellent value for the price. I like Jokic and Porzingis next best, but for the savings, I’m building around Valanciunas.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis, Bobby Portis, Deandre Ayton, Nikola Vucevic

 

Additional Notes

Tyus Jones (G – MEM) is still $10 on Yahoo, and ridiculously cheap everywhere as no one knows when Ja Morant will be back. It’s not tonight, so feel free to ride Jones again as a cheap G filler. He gets the third-best PG matchup in the league and I’ve already noted the friendly game factors here.

Zach LaVine (G – CHI) is another possible SG/G option tonight, who should be in great shape if he plays. His questionable tag might allow him to go under the radar but if he’s out there as expected, he should enjoy additional usage with DeRozan sitting out.

Pat Connaughton (F – MIL) isn’t a player to light the DFS world on fire, but he has been good for the price with Middleton out. That should continue to be the case tonight. He’s added some rebounds and assists to his repertoire, but mainly we’re looking for his scoring. He has drained eight threes in the last two games, so as long as the minutes are there, he’s got upside for the low salary.

 

GPP Pivot

Fred VanVleet (G – TOR) and the Raptors face the Cavaliers in the night’s slowest-paced and probably lowest-scoring game. That, combined with the star power at center and the value that continues to open up across the slate, might make VanVleet someone you just scroll past. But with about 45 fantasy points per game in his last two games, he’s as good as ever and cheaper than usual.