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 Sunday, April 18.
Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors ($7,300)
There’s no telling what you’ll get from Raptors players this season, and Boucher has had a very up-and-down year. While his shot-blocking and perimeter shooting can help him put up absurd numbers, he’s hardly ever worth paying up for in classic slates. Toronto has added front court depth with Khem Birch and Freddie Gillespie in recent weeks, and Boucher’s price is on the rise after failing to return 5x value in three straight games. Playing Boucher could hurt you unless he tallies 40 or more DKFP against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s reached that figure just twice in his last 10 games.
Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,000)
Edwards has shot worse than 40% from the field in four straight games. While the rookie has been able to return decent fantasy value despite his shooting woes, Kawhi Leonard (foot) and Paul George could be across from him in Sunday’s matchup against the Clippers. Most of Edwards’ fantasy value comes from scoring, but he was held under 13 points in each of his games against the Clippers this year.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings ($6,600)
Barnes has struggled as a power forward for weeks and has failed to reach his DKFP in four of his last five games despite averaging more than 40 minutes per contest. Facing players who are 6’10” or taller on most nights has taken a toll on Barnes, and being forced to play a different way than he usually does has lowered his ceiling. The Dallas Mavericks aren’t an elite defensive team but are above average at defending small forwards and power forwards on DraftKings.