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 Monday, April 12.
John Wall, Houston Rockets ($8,000)
Wall is averaging more than 51 DKFP in April and is logging heavy minutes after sitting out for the first three games of the month. He’ll rest in one half of back-to-backs for the remainder of the season, but should be fresh for Monday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately for Wall, the Suns are the NBA’s top defense against point guards on DraftKings. Competing with Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. for looks as a 12-point underdog on DraftKings Sportsbook could make things tough on Wall.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors ($6,700)
The Denver Nuggets have been elite on defense since they traded for Aaron Gordon, so Green’s offensive contributions will likely be insignificant. He went 0-for-3 from the field against the Rockets in his last outing and hasn’t made more than three field goals in three games. Green can impact games without scoring, but will likely have to depend on above-average rebounding and assist numbers to return significant value.
Eric Bledsoe, New Orleans Pelicans ($6,400)
The Pelicans have been short on point guards all month, but Bledsoe has only been able to top his DKFP average three times in four games. He likely won’t do much on offense with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson healthy again. Lonzo Ball (hip) is injured again, but Kira Lewis Jr. and Isaiah Thomas can pick up the slack while he’s out.