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 Friday, April 16th.
Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks ($8,800)
Porzingis has been on a tear for the last 10 days, averaging well above his DKFP season average (39.7) by putting up 25.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game on a Dallas Mavericks team that’s trying to boost their way out of the Western Conference play-in tournament. However, he did come back down to earth with only 30 DKFP against Memphis on Wednesday and will be matching up against a Knicks team that is tops in the league in scoring defense. Considering he only put up 14 points on 35 percent shooting in his first matchup against his former team this year, I’d hold off on Porzingis for tonight.
John Wall, Houston Rockets ($8,200)
Wall’s 31 point, nine assist night against Indiana on Wednesday earned him 52.75 DKFP and marked the third time he’s gone over 50 fantasy points in 10 games. Tonight, they’ll welcome in a Denver team that should still be solid defensively even in the absence of Jamal Murray. The matchup to watch, of course, will be Christian Wood against Nikola Jokic down low and with Wood potentially being stymied, that takes away a potential assist option for Wall, who is averaging 6.2 a game at home this season. Stay away from Wall tonight.
Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets ($8,100)
Scary Terry’s DKFP numbers haven’t really strayed away from his season average since LaMelo Ball went down with a wrist injury, but he did have a solid 22 point, eight assist and seven rebound night against Cleveland on Wednesday to rack up 53.25 fantasy points. Don’t expect him to replicate that same level of production against the Nets, who will have both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the lineup for tonight’s contest. There’s other value PGs to turn to for the evening.