The first NBA slate of the weekend is here. There will be an eight-game main slate on DraftKings on Saturday. As usual, there are pricey players that you’ll want to be wary of.
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 Saturday, April 3rd.
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons ($7,400)
Grant is having a career year, but his performance has fallen off in the back half of the 2020-21 season. The Pistons forward has shot worse than 36% from the field in four of his last five games while falling short of 23 DKFP in four of those outings. The New York Knicks have the best scoring defense in the NBA, so banking on a bounce-back game from Grant here will be risky.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings ($6,200)
Barnes has been playing out of position as a power forward for some time and his stats have taken a hit because of that. Barnes has been held under 10 points in four of his last six outings and facing off against Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t help his offensive outlook. If he scores less than 24 DKFP, as he has in three of his last five games, he’ll be a waste at this price point.
Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat ($7,300)
Oladipo was underwhelming in his Heat debut on April 1 and scored just six points on 2-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes. The star wing returned to the hardwood from an illness and is still figuring out his role with Miami. His hot nights will come, but expecting him to take over for Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo this early on is unlikely. Even if he is playing against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.