There are seven games in Saturday’s main NBA slate on DraftKings. Some players may look like quality options at a glance but could ruin the upside of your GPP lineups by busting. In NBA DFS, there will always be some flashy names that may tempt you to pay up — even in an unfavorable matchup. Name value sometimes comes with reliability, but the trick to cashing in on your NBA lineups is to maximize the boom while operating under the salary cap. Sometimes, this means fading the chalk plays and spending elsewhere.
Here, we’ll break down three top NBA DFS fades for the game slate on Saturday, February 27th.
Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,500)
Sexton has scored at least 22 points in seven straight games but fell short of his DKFP average in three of those games. While the Philadelphia 76ers don’t rate well against point guards on DraftKings, Ben Simmons’ perimeter defense has reached new heights, and Joel Embiid will be locking down the paint. The Sixers have two Defensive Player of the Year candidates waiting on Sexton, and injuries could make several less expensive point guards more appealing in this slate.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic ($10,000)
Vucevic has been on a tear as one of the Mavericks’ only consistent offensive players, but he’ll be up against the extremely hot Utah Jazz. Only the Los Angeles Lakers have a better defensive rating than Utah this season, and Rudy Gobert has the defensive skill to make things very hard on Vuc. The Jazz are 9.5-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, and it’s unlikely that Vucevic will return enough value to pay off his price in a blowout.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,200)
Playing Rubio against the team with the fourth-worst defensive rating in basketball might seem like a good idea because the Washington Wizards are the worst team at defending point guards on DraftKings, but Rubio rarely exceeds expectations as Minnesota’s starter. He’s shot worse than 40% from the field in four of his last 10 games while scoring less than 30 DKFP in seven of those performances.