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Top stars and bargains for Thursday's NBA DFS slate

A tilt with the Lakers makes Ben Simmons a particularly interesting daily fantasy option on Thursday. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Each day, we provide you with the best players to target in your daily fantasy hoops leagues, from high-priced stars to solid midrange values to cheaper, riskier players who carry upside.

In general, you'll want to use safer options in your cash games and rely on some riskier, high-upside options in your bigger tournaments. If you can average at least five points per $1,000 of salary, you'll typically end up with at least some cash in your pocket.

Note: We're sending out these Insider tips early in the day, and a lot can change after these are posted. Be sure to follow this Twitter list of NBA reporters, bloggers and announcers for late-breaking injury updates and lineup changes.

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