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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 Saturday’s 5-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

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Russell WestbrookLA Lakers (at Portland) – DK: $10,900 / FD: $9,600 / Yahoo: $45

If both Anthony Davis (thumb) and LeBron James are out, it’s going to be nearly impossible to fade Westbrook. Even with only James out, it would be a hard choice. Westbrook is bound to put the team on his shoulders and this makes for a good triple-double possibility. Portland gives up the ninth-most overall fantasy points while ranking 24th in defensive efficiency. Westbrook is costly, but his upside is unmatched tonight.

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Dennis Schroder, Shake Milton, Lonzo Ball


CJ McCollum – Portland (vs. LA) – DK: $7,900 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $32

On the other side of this game, McCollum gets a Top 5 SG matchup with the Lakers, who play at the second-fastest pace in the league. Both Lillard and McCollum are in prime spots tonight, and both have been reliably returning about 30-40 fantasy points per game. Both have tremendous 60-plus upside. So, when I’m trying to decide between them, I’ll take the lower salary every time.

Also Consider: Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Jordan Clarkson (if Donovan Mitchell out), Tyler Herro


De’Andre Hunter – Atlanta (at Phoenix) – DK: $4,100 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $10

Hunter has been playing about 30 MPG over the Hawks’ last three games. This slate requires some salary saving, and I like the idea of targeting this game to get it. The Suns are pretty far from the defensive juggernaut that they were last season, offering Top 5 DvP to SFs so far this season. They also provide a nice pace bump and this should be the highest scoring game of the night. Atlanta has a ton of wings, so I sometimes try to avoid the situation, but it feels like Hunter is the one getting the biggest opportunity right now and he should come through with 20-30 fantasy points tonight in a fantasy-friendly environment.

Also Consider: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Aaron Nesmith, Mikal Bridges


Carmelo Anthony – LA Lakers (at Portland) – DK: $5,800 / FD: $6,500 / Yahoo: $17

With LeBron out and Davis definitely questionable, Anthony is another affordable name to have ready to roll out. Melo is providing value, scoring as usual, but also showing up in the hustle stats with four steals and five blocks in the last three games. Portland is the No. 1 SF matchup in the league so far, and they have been susceptible to opposing forwards for a few seasons now. He’s an especially good value on Yahoo (8.5 percent of the cap).

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, John Collins, Georges Niang


Clint Capela – Atlanta (at Phoenix) – DK: $7,100 / FD: $6,400 / Yahoo: $25

I’ll discuss below some tweaks you can make to this core lineup plan, and if you do so, you might be able to make the step up to Al Horford tonight. Truly, I prefer Horford, but Capela is not a bad discount option. The salary savings are key with Capela. Plus, he’s in nearly as good a matchup as Horford (Phoenix ranks seventh in DvP to C), in potentially a higher scoring game, with a pace advantage. Capela has four straight double-doubles and should make it five tonight.

Also Consider: Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, JaVale McGee


DeMar DeRozan (F – CHI) is on fire. We loved him Wednesday in this matchup and we love him again. If you decide to go without Westbrook tonight, DeRozan is the guy I’m prioritizing fitting in (with Booker, see below). He has scored over 30 PPG in his last three, with 10 rebounds vs. the 76ers earlier this week. He and the Bulls will look to revenge the close loss and with three days’ rest, he should be in perfect form to exceed value again.

Devin Booker (G – PHX) is another player I’m interested in getting exposure to tonight. Atlanta ranks just 25thin defensive efficiency, allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. Booker has been coming on stronger lately, not just in the points department but in every category. If he can limit turnovers and stay hot from three-point range (four in the last game), he should be a nice, lower rostered option. I’ve played with using him at PG on DraftKings, which enabled me to fit McCollum and DeRozan.

Shake Milton (G – PHI) is our NBA DFS Optimizer’s top value play on every site tonight. Milton made a big jump to 34 minutes on Thursday, after a somewhat lackluster showing vs. the Bulls the night before. If he gets the same kind of usage tonight, he very well could be the best bargain of the slate. However, he’s not without risk, even though the Sixers are shorthanded, as Tyrese Maxey and Seth Curry are playing well in the backcourt. I’ll be more comfortable if Furkan Korkmaz and Danny Green are ruled out.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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