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 Wednesday, April 14th.
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers ($8,000)
Simmons is enduring a major cold streak and has fallen short of 30 DKFP in six of his last 10 games. The defensive specialist and playmaker has only reached his season average for dimes in two contests during that span, and he lacks aggression from the field. He could be a quality leverage play against the Brooklen Nets’ subpar defense, but skipping over him for a more reliable option shouldn’t hurt you too much in GPPs or cash games.
OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors ($7,300)
You’d think that injuries to Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet would help Anunoby’s fantasy value, but he’s in a slump. He’s failed to return even 5x value in five straight games. While Gary Trent Jr. ($6,100) has been ruled out with an ankle injury and has been far more consistent than Anunoby on offense in April, don’t expect Anunoby to excel with his fellow 3-and-D out of the mix.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers ($6,400)
Love enjoyed plenty of freedom while the Cavs were banged up in the frontcourt, but Jarrett Allen ($7,800) and Larry Nance Jr. ($7,100) are set to return to Cleveland’s lineup for Wednesday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. The younger bigs both have higher DKFP averages than Love, and their development is far more important to the Cavs than a 32-year-old stretch 4.