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NBA DFS Starting Five: April 11

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Justin Fensterman gives you his top play at each position to build around for today's DFS NBA slate.

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JUSTIN FENSTERMAN: Happy Sunday FA nation. Justin Fensterman here. And I got a DFS NBA starting five for all of you so we can all crush this eight-game slate here that we have on April 11, 2021. Let's get to work.

We'll start at the point guard spot. Go with Jrue Holiday. $8,700 on FanDuel, $8,200 on DraftKings. Giannis is looking like he's gonna sit for another game. And Holiday's usage blossoms to nearly 28% with the Greek Freak off the floor.

Orlando is near the bottom of the league at defending against point guards. And even with Cole Anthony back in the mix, Holiday will still be able to take advantage of the Magic's lack of experience. He should take around 17 shots in this game. And he's scored 29 actual points in two of his last three outings.

He grabs nearly two steals per outing. And he's blocked shots in three of his last five games. He'll help pull down boards and contribute dimes, and he even plays during blowouts. And with the spread of this game at 8.5 at the moment, with Giannis not officially ruled out, I'm not worried about Holiday's minutes getting limited.

At shooting guard, going Paul George. $9,000 on FanDuel, $8,400 on DraftKings. Speaking of huge usage, George has an over 34% rate with Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup. And it's Detroit that he's facing.

They aren't stopping George in the post. And if the Clippers run away with this game, George will be the one pulling them ahead. George has scored 33-plus points in his last two games. He dishes over five dimes per game, and he's grabbed at least seven boards in five of his last six games. He's also grabbed multiple steals in three of his last five outings.

He'll get time to bring up the ball. And he'll need to force his way inside more with Serge Ibaka still off the floor. It's seeming to be a tremendous match-up. And, like with Holiday, I'm not worried about Georgia's production suffering in the event of a blowout.

At the small forward, going RJ Barrett. $6,200 on FanDuel, $6,500 on DraftKings. Not only are the Raptors the worst in the league at defending small forwards, but OG Anunoby is out, and Barrett has been balling lately. He's hit the 20-point mark in each of his last three games. He grabs nearly six boards per game, and he plays a lot of minutes no matter what.

It's a major [? pace-up ?] spot for the Knicks, and Barrett should be taking 12 to 14 shots in this contest. He's also grabbed steals in two of his last four games. His lethal shooting and driving lately have helped him elevate his game overall.

At power forward, going Pascal Siakam. $8,900 on FanDuel, $8,800 on DraftKings. Siakam is going to destroy the Knicks tonight, especially with OG Anunoby Fred VanVleet out. It's also not confirmed that Kyle Lowry will suit up for this game. And Siakam is also coming off of a rest game.

The Knicks inside defense is an absolute joke. They don't even have the personnel to defend the rim. And Nerlens Noel is soft. And Taj Gibson is just plain old. Siakam has scored 27 points or more in three of his last four games. He's also blocked shots in his last three, and he's grabbed multiple steals in three of his last four games.

If Lowry sits, expect him to have more time bringing up the ball. And that will up his dimes as well. He also grabs over seven boards per game.

Finally, at center, Jonas Valanciunas. $7,500 on FanDuel, $7,400 on DraftKings. Let's be safe because there isn't Myles Turner in this contest on the other side of the match-up, and the Pacers rank 22nd in the league at defending centers. Valanciunas has improved his scoring lately, producing 19 or more points in four of his last five battles.

He's been grabbing 12.5 rebounds per game this year. And he's even blocked four shots total in his last two contests. Indiana doesn't have the size to stop him inside. And Domantas Sabonis has proven to be not as effective of a defender.

Don't worry about the minutes with him because he's been able to produce double-doubles even without playing 30 minutes. The spread on this game is currently 3. Vegas isn't worried about a blowout. And we should be able to expect Valanciunas to notch 30 minutes in this game.

That's your DFS NBA starting five, FA nation. Happy Sunday. Let's kick that butt in DFS NBA.