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, May 12th.
Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers ($7,200)
Nurkic is peaking at the right time, but that doesn’t mean he’s likely to take over against Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert. He is still alive and well as Utah’s defensive anchor in the paint, and Nurkic is averaging just 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game against the Jazz.
Kenyon Martin Jr., Houston Rockets ($6,600)
Martin maintained his fantasy value despite the return of Kelly Olynyk, but Christian Wood (ankle) could also get back into the frontcourt rotation on Wednesday. Martin’s price has risen for four straight games, but his more bodies and the defense of Anthony Davis could limit him against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers need every win they can get and will be going all out in pursuit of the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards ($5,300)
Hachimura started garnering more attention when Bradley Beal suffered a hamstring injury last week but has yet to show that he can be Washington’s clear-cut second option on offense. The second-year forward can score with ease, but often offers little to nothing as a playmaker and rebounder. The Atlanta Hawks are one of the NBA’s better rebounding teams and could hold Hachimura to five or fewer boards for the eighth time in his last 11 games.