After a 11-game slate on Thursday, we have seven games Friday night, with the first being at 8 p.m. ET between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. Then to end the night, the Indiana Pacers will go on the road to play the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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 Friday, March 12.
Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,700)
Valanciunas isn’t one of the bigger named centers in the NBA, but after his 29-point, 20-rebound performance on Wednesday, many DFS players might opt to place him in their lineups.
However, buyer beware as Valanciunas will be going up against the Denver Nuggets and center Nikola Jokic on Friday night. This season, the Nuggets rank fifth against opposing centers (OPRK). Also, Wednesday night’s game from Valanciunas was more of an anomaly as it was only the second time in nine games that he scored at least 20 points. He also hasn’t had a 20-rebound game since February 8 against the Toronto Raptors.
Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,000)
This spot would’ve went to either John Wall or Victor Oladipo since the Rockets are playing the Jazz on Friday night. But since the Rockets just played on Thursday, both players are going to rest. Therefore, another fade at guard is Lonzo Ball as he’s going up against a Cavaliers’ team that features two crafty and fast guards in Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.
This season, the Cavs rank sixth against opposing point guards (OPRK). In the Pelicans’ last three games, Ball is averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a horrendous 31.6 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three-point range.
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,900)
Kuzma was a player I highlighted as a fade for Friday night’s showdown contest between the Pacers and Lakers. The reason behind it was him being able to put together some consistent performance. The former first-round pick is currently listed as probable to play, but its likely he will see the floor.
In the Lakers’ last two games before the All-Star break, he had two double-doubles and averaged 39.3 fantasy points per game. But against the Portland Trail Blazers, he had four points and 11 rebounds (19.8 DKFP). Then against the Jazz, Kuzma posted five points and seven rebounds (20.8 DKFP).
With Anthony Davis still out, the Lakers would like to see the Kuzma, who had back-to-back double-doubles. But that might not be in the cards against Indiana, who rank 10th against SF/PFs (OPRK) this season.