The NBA Has eight games scheduled for the main DFS slate on DraftKings Saturday night. Here, we’ll go over some top options at each position to help you build the best lineup possible for both GPPs and cash games.
Fred VanVleet, TOR vs. BKN, $6,900 — The Raptors are on a tear, winning their 13th straight game Friday night over the Pacers. Unfortunately, the injury bug hit them again, this time PG Kyle Lowry, who left due to whiplash and is not expected to play tonight. So we can load up FVV in cash games at this price in a great matchup against the Nets, who don’t have good perimeter defenders. It is worth noting that Brooklyn plays better defense with Kyrie Irving out, but the usage and minutes for VanVleet will be too high to fade.
Other Options: Jrue Holiday, NOP @ IND, $6,700; Reggie Jackson, DET vs. NYK, $6,600
Buddy Hield, SAC vs. SAS, $5,700 — #FreeBuddy. The Kings continue to bring Hield in off the bench when he deserves to be starting. Like, he’s playing starters minutes anyway, but it still feels like a disrespectful move. Anyway, as long as Buddy is getting 30+ minutes, I’m going to roll him out in both formats at this price. The Spurs rank 24th in opponent 3PT% on the season at around 36% and Hield has made at least five 3-pointers in three of the past four games.
Other Options: Devin Booker, PHX vs. DEN, $8,300; Lou Williamson, LAC @ MIN, $6,000
Bruce Brown Jr., DET vs. NYK, $5,200 — Reggie Jackson ($6,600) will be a trendy play and I’m all about it despite the big price jump. Brown is cheaper and the minutes are there, but he may not see high usage like Jackson. Still, this is a winnable matchup at home vs. the Knicks. We saw last night how Detroit will proceed without Andre Drummond — a very tight rotation of about seven players. That may change, but that doesn’t mean Brown will see fewer minutes. I’d lean GPPs for Brown, but given the price and matchup, I’m OK with cash games here as well.
Other Options: Paul George, LAC @ MIN, $8,400; Miles Bridges, CHA vs. DAL, $6,200
Domantas Sabonis, IND vs. NOP, $9,500 — This is a pretty nutty price for Sabonis. It’s tied for his highest salary of the season, but the box score can’t be ignored. Sabonis is a double-double machine and the Pelicans could be without both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram tonight. Not that either is a particularly good defender, but it’s less taxing on Sabonis on the defensive end and on the boards. New Orleans ranks 28th the past 10 games in terms of points allowed in the paint at 55.8. I’d lean GPPs over cash games for Sabonis given the price.
Other Options: Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. BKN, $8,200; Christian Wood, DET vs. NYK, $6,700
Nikola Jokic, DEN @ PHX, $10,200 — The Suns are on the second of a back-to-back and have been miserable at defending the paint recently. The past 10 games, Phoenix ranks dead last in defensive rebounding percentage (70%) and 21st in opponent points in the paint (50.8). Jokic isn’t your ordinary big man and should get a nice offensive boost, plus crush it on the boards. A triple-double seems like a reasonable floor to project in this matchup. Jokic over the past nine games is averaging 26.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game while shooting 53.8% from the floor and over 30% from distance.
Other Options: Deandre Ayton, PHX vs. DEN, $9,100; LaMarcus Aldridge, SAS @ SAC, $7,100