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 DFS fades on Friday, May 28th for the 2021 NBA playoff game slate.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics ($9,400)
Jayson Tatum was already averaging below his DKFP average against the Nets before the postseason began and there are legitimate causes for concern after the first two games of this series. Tatum nearly was held to just 22 points on 30 percent shooting in Game 1 before leaving Game 2 midway through the third quarter due to an eye injury. Hitting the court for tonight’s pivotal Game 3 in Boston, he’ll play through an apparent corneal abrasion and will have to deal with potential problems to his vision. Avoid placing Tatum in your lineups for tonight as Brooklyn smells blood in the water.
Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks ($7,600)
Dallas has jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Los Angeles Clippers and their resident Latvian unicorn Porzingis has been so-so in the series so far. After a mediocre 14 point on 31 percent shooting in Game 1, he stepped it up on both ends in Game 2 on Tuesday with 20 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks to the tune of 36.5 DKFP. Kristaps will now take the court again against a desperate Clipper team who: 1. Has held him below his DKFP average in four matchups this year and 2. Ranks at the top in the league in OPRK against PF/C. With LAC potentially tightening up defensively, I’d steer clear of Porzingis for tonight.
RJ Barrett, New York Knicks ($6,100)
Knicks-Hawks is proving to be the best theater of all of the first-round series and in the middle of it is RJ Barrett, who put up 13 points and eight boards in New York’s come-from-behind win in Game 2 on Wednesday. Shooting accuracy hasn’t been one of Barrett’s strongsuits as he has gone over 50 percent just once in his last 10 outings. Averaging 31.3 DKFP a game this year, RJ’s been a solid value option but can be prone to clank a sub-30 performance from time to time like he did in Game 2. With the intensity of this series ratcheting up, there are better value options to slot into your lineup than Barrett.