The revenge narrative is alive and well on Thursday night, when former Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade comes home to face his former franchise for the first time ever.
The star shooting guard is just 4-4 with the Chicago Bulls after leaving Miami this past summer, but stated this week that his return to South Beach will be special.
It might be tough to trust Wade on the second game of a back to back set, but he looked great last night if you used him in daily fantasy basketball contests and it’s going to be awfully tough to fade him across all DFS sites. He’s just $6.5k on DraftKings and $6.7k on FanDuel, and with shooting guard so weak across both sites, he feels like a must-play option – especially in big GPP tournaments.
Whether or not you’re into Wade tonight, there are still a handful of NBA DFS options you’re going to want to consider. Here are our favorite daily fantasy basketball picks at each position for Thursday night’s four-game slate:
Goran Dragic, PG, Miami Heat
Point guard is a wasteland tonight. I do not love Dragic’s pricing on any of the top sites, but I do like his role with Wade in Chicago, as well as the fact that he’s facing Rajon Rondo at home.
The Dragon has been really solid for most of the year, as he’s averaging almost 35 fantasy points per contest and has failed to top at least 31 fantasy points just once. In a good matchup against a tired Bulls team, I expect a solid game out of Dragic.
The real kicker, though, is that there isn’t anywhere else to go at point guard tonight. Stephen Curry has exceeded value just once all year and is dealing with a bum ankle on the second game of a back to back set and every other PG option feels risky.
Dragic has been pretty steady and perhaps may even end up being a little contrarian given his price and the fact that Curry might play through a rolled ankle.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Chicago Bulls
Narrative Street pops up tonight in a big way, as Wade heads back to South Beach to face the Heat for the first time ever.
That’s a pretty big deal, so I’m not entirely sure his age or the fact that he played last night is really going to scare me away here.
Even more important is how bad shooting guard is tonight. Giannis Antetokounmp is a SG on FanDuel, but you need to fill two slots there and the only other truly viable shooting guard is Klay Thompson.
Thompson hasn’t exactly been elite this year, either, so all roads seem to lead back to D-Wade.
Wade isn’t going to be limited here, as Chicago doesn’t want to drop to 4-5 and Wade sure as heck doesn’t want to lose to the Heat. I expect a big game and plenty of DFS points to match a reasonable price on all sites.
Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State Warriors
This is pretty obvious, but hey, we’re looking at our top NBA DFS picks, not trying to get cute. Truth be told, Durant is the top small forward on both sites, and it’s not close.
Obviously he’s elite and he gets a bad Nuggets defense, but your other options at SF are Rudy Gay, Jimmy Butler and Danilo Gallinari.
Those three guys are fine, but the first two have bloated salaries on FD and arguably even on DK. If you’re targeting one SF, it’s KD.
That being said, you’ll need a second SF on FanDuel and we like two options above the rest: Gallo and perhaps Justise Winslow. Both provide salary cap relief and can return value. Gallo can get hot quickly, while Winslow can rack up a ton of defensive stats.
If you’re looking to take a sharp dive, consider Solomon Hill, who actually torched the Bucks in a shootout earlier this year.
Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
We’re not getting crazy at power forward, either, as The Brow was a monster the last time he faced the Bucks and is undeniably the top PF to target on both sites tonight.
Of course, the aforementioned Durant wins out at DK, where positional versatility makes him almost $2k cheaper. There, he’s easily the better play.
Still, you’ll want to consider using Brow no matter where you play, seeing as he erupted for nearly 70 fantasy points against Milwaukee last time and they still don’t have anyone that can slow him down.
Power forward is quite drab tonight, so it makes sense to use KD or Brow and fade the position the rest of the way on DK. On FD you need to use two, so pairing Brow with Julius Randle or Draymond Green makes the most sense. Taj Gibson could be in play for a little extra value, but everywhere else you turn is a risk.
Hassan Whiteside, C, Miami Heat
Let me just start by saying I love me some DeMarcus Cousins. He’s still under $10k on FanDuel and over there, I am going to be hard-pressed to fade him. His $9.5k price tag is just too cheap for what he can do against the freaking Lakers at home.
That being said, on a four-game slate you can’t just run after the best players. You need to find a way to build the best team.
On both sites, that probably makes Whiteside the top center play. He’s too cheap on FD ($8.2k) and is probably even too cheap at DK ($8.5k). This is a double-double machine that can erupt for 50+ fantasy points every time out. Tonight he’s at home and draws Robin Lopez, who is actually a solid defender but isn’t getting even 30 minutes a night and is still part of a Bulls defense that is giving up too much production down low.
The beauty is Whiteside doesn’t even need to score 20+ actual points to pan out. He can grab all of the rebounds or swat 5+ shots. He can make an impact in a number of ways and comes at a value at both sites. He probably has more staying power at DraftKings, though, since they reward guys for double-double efforts.
Our picks put an emphasis on value when it makes sense, but really these are simply our favorite options above all others on the slate, with all things considered. If you can somehow safely jam all five of these guys into your NBA DFS lineups tonight, you might be in good shape.
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