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 Tuesday, April 20th.
Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets ($7,500)
Bridges’ price has reached new heights. The third-year wing has put up 34 or more DKFP in four of his last five games, but he’s done most of his damage against terrible defenses. The New York Knicks are far from mediocre this year and rank inside the top 10 defensively against shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards on DraftKings. PJ Washington ($5,400) is back in action and could cut down on Bridges’ exposure.
Wendell Carter Jr., Orlando Magic ($6,600)
WCJ has gotten comfortable in Orlando, but his team’s upcoming matchup against the Atlanta Hawks could be disappointing. Clint Capela anchors the Hawks’ interior and is one of the NBA’s most energized shot blockers and rebounders. John Collins is back in the mix at power forward, and WCJ was held to just six points and six rebounds in 26 minutes when he faced Atlanta without Capela earlier this year. Things won’t get easier with Capela protecting the rim.
Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,000)
Ball has fallen nearly 10 points under his DKFP average in three straight games and will be on a minutes restriction against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. He’s working his way back from a hip injury and will likely only play in short bursts. He’s made four of his last 19 shots since returning from injury. While the Nets aren’t spectacular on defense, it’s unlikely that he’ll break out of his run given his recent contributions.