The Daily: The Best Bang for Your Buck in NBA DFS


Point Guards:

  1. LaMelo Ball $7,700 at Cleveland (25th)
  2. Tyrese Maxey $5,300 vs Brooklyn (3rd)
  3. Chris Paul $7,300 at Los Angeles (29th)
  4. Collin Sexton $7,500 vs. Charlotte (21st)
  5. Dejounte Murray $7,000 at Denver (23rd)
  6. Malcolm Brogdon $7,500 at Washington (18th)
  7. De’Aaron Fox $8,400 vs. Utah (8th)
  8. Donovan Mitchell $8,800 at Sacramento (28th)
  9. Devin Booker $8,200 at Los Angeles Lakers (11th)
  10. James Harden $9,400 at Philadelphia (5th)

The Assist: LaMelo Ball, priced at $7,700 is the best bargain on the slate. By this time next week Ball will cost about $1,000 more—take advantage while you still can. With the Ben Simmons saga continuing in Philadelphia, Tyrese Maxey continues to step in and play well at the PG position. As always with James Harden, defense is optional. I would expect Maxey to have a strong performance for a bargain-basement price of $5,300. The Los Angeles Lakers looked disinterested in playing defense in the opener, and that could carry over for a few games. Do not be afraid to fire up either of the Suns’ backcourt mates—Chris Paul at $7,300 or Devin Booker at $8,200.

Shooting Guards:

  1. Zach Levine $8,000 vs. New Orleans (1st)
  2. Fred Van Fleet $6,900 at Boston (14th)
  3. Jaylen Brown $8,300 vs. Toronto (27th)
  4. Buddy Hield $6,400 vs. Utah (12th)
  5. Tyrese Haliburton $6,000 vs. Utah (12th)
  6. Evan Fournier $6,500 at Orlando (22nd)
  7. Chris Duarte $6,000 at Washington (9th)
  8. Nickeil Alexander-Walker $6,500 at Chicago (7th)
  9. Derrick Rose $6,100 at Orlando (13th)
  10. Will Barton $5,700 vs. Sacramento (16th)

The Assist: Zach Levine is in a tier to his own. Levine leads an offensive assault into New Orleans in a game that has sneaky shootout potential. Fred Van Fleet is a bargain play at $6,900—you can expect his price to rise steadily. Jaylen Brown has taken another step in superstardom and there is no one for Toronto that can check the Celtics’ shooting guard in this one.

Small Forwards:

  1. Gordon Hayward $7,000 at Cleveland (16th)
  2. Harrison Barnes $7,300 vs. Utah (3rd)
  3. Kevin Durant $9,300 at Philadelphia (11th)
  4. Jayson Tatum $8,800 vs. Toronto (27th)
  5. Demar Derozan $7,100 vs. New Orleans (7th)
  6. RJ Barrett $5,800 at Orlando (22nd)
  7. Brandon Ingram $7,500 at Chicago (23rd)
  8. Miles Bridges $6,800 at Cleveland (16th)
  9. Michael Porter Jr. $6,300 vs. Sacramento (12th)
  10. OG Anunoby $6,200 at Boston (21st)

The Assist: Gordon Hayward is a candidate to lead Charlotte in scoring nightly. Hayward is a bargain at only $7,000. Harrison Barnes ignites a Kings offense that needs some offensive juice. Barnes looks to extend his hot streak Friday night. You have to pay up for Kevin Durant, but he is worth it in this spot against Philadelphia. Outside of Matisse Thybulle, there is no one on the Sixers roster that can come close to matching Kevin Durant on the defensive end of the court.

Power Forwards:

  1. Tobias Harris $7,200 vs. Brooklyn (3rd)
  2. Evan Mobley $6,900 vs. Charlotte (19th)
  3. Julius Randle $8,500 at Orlando (8th)
  4. LeBron James $9,100 vs. Phoenix (24th)
  5. Domantas Sabonis $9,000 at Washington (12th)
  6. PJ Washington $6,300 at Cleveland (16th)
  7. Kyle Kuzma $5,700 vs. Indiana (23rd)
  8. Jae Crowder $5,500 at Los Angeles Lakers (19th)
  9. Bojan Bogdanovic $5,600 at Sacramento (10th)
  10. Wendell Carter Jr. $5,600 vs. New York (26th)

The Assist: With an ailing Joel Embiid, I expect Tobias Harris to carry more of the load offensively for the 76ers. The Cavaliers wasted no time getting the rookie big man into action—Evan Mobley is an offensive force in the making. Julius Randle should have ample opportunity against a Magic defensive frontcourt that struggles with physicality.


  1. Anthony Davis $8,900 vs. Phoenix (11th)
  2. Nikola Jokic $10,200 vs. San Antonio (14th)
  3. Rudy Gobert $7,900 at Sacramento (18th)
  4. Jonas Valanciunas $7,200 at Chicago (7th)
  5. Nikola Vucevic $7,800 vs. New Orleans (12th)

The Assist: When Anthony Davis is healthy and playing 30+ minutes he is a force in DFS. Nikola Jokic can be a DFS wrecking machine. You have to pay the iron price of $10,200—worth it. Rudy Gobert is modestly priced at $7,900 against a Sacramento defense that struggles on the interior.

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