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, May 4th.
Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,900)
Ingram’s price has now dropped for fives games in a row, and his fantasy production has struggled despite his efficient shooting. He’s fallen short of his DKFP average in five of his last six games and scored less than 20 points in three of those contests. He’ll go toe-to-toe with perimeter stopper Andrew Wiggins for the second night of a back-to-back, so Ingram should be challenged by the Golden State Warriors on defense. There are much safer places to get 5x value for $8K.
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns ($6,700)
The Suns have won seven of their last 10 games, but Ayton has been underwhelming throughout their four-game winning streak. The big man has fallen short of 30 DKFP in six of his last 10 games. His rebounding has been solid during that stretch, but he failed to score at least 10 points four times. Jarrett Allen ($7,300), one of the NBA’s better rim protectors and rebounders, will be opposite Ayton, so his slump will likely continue.
Isaiah Stweart, Detroit Pistons ($6,300)
Stewart emerged as a quality value big when the Pistons first started resting Mason Plumlee, but his price has gone up, and his allure has run out. He eclipsed 30 minutes for the first time in six games on Monday and has only eclipsed 30 DKFP once during that stretch. Other young frontcourt options are getting a chance to show what they can do.