There will be a seven-game main slate on DraftKings on Thursday night. As usual, there are pricey players that you’ll want to be wary of.
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 Thursday, April 8th.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns ($9,200)
With there only being seven games in the association Thursday night, DFS players might be tempted to throw Booker into their lineup. The star guard is coming off a 43.5 fantasy point performance against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Booker is averaging 50.5 fppg in the Suns’ last four game, which is higher than his season of 39.6 fantasy points per game.
On Thursday night, he’ll be going up against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are ranked second against SGs in OPRK. The Clippers have two solid perimeter defenders in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors ($8,500)
Siakam saw his value go up from $7,800 to $8,500 after he scored 58.3 fantasy points (36 points, seven rebounds, and five assists) last week against the Warriors. Since then, he’s averaging 40.8 fantasy points in the Raptors’ last two games. On Thursday night, Siakam will be facing a Bulls’ frontcourt that features Nikola Vucevic, Thaddeus Young, and Lauri Markkanen. With the Raptors down a couple of players, there might be an urgency to put Siakam in your lineup. However, there are cheaper options on the board that could save you salary cap.
Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings ($6,500)
The rookie point guard out of Iowa State has seen his value increase after having seven-straight games of scoring 10 points or more. This will be the second game in a row that he’s been valued at $6,500. Against the Timberwolves earlier this week, Haliburton had 29.5 fantasy points as he stuffed the box score (nine points, two rebounds, and seven assists).
On Thursday night, he’s facing a Pistons’ team that does not have much to play for this season, but has players who are looking to prove themselves for next season. They are surprisingly ranked fifth against opposing PG/SGs in OPRK.