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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (9/5/20): NBA DFS Lineups

One of these Friday nights, I'll remember I can't fall asleep watching the end of the late game and I'll have the Saturday article up at a reasonable time. Now that we are almost a week into these two-game slates, we have to take into account each coach game-planning a certain way every game. As each series progresses, it will get easier and easier to figure out the rotations, but also make sure you are paying attention to roster updates so you can accurately play the right sleepers, rather than taking a complete shot in the dark.

Neither of these games seem relatively safe based on the previous games, so while Kawhi Leonard is the highest priced player for a reason, the value lies in the Raptors - Celtics matchup. Even thought the Celtics still seem to have control of that series, the games are remaining close so we don't have to worry about the main players getting enough minutes in that game.

Here are our daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/5/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Kemba Walker - PG, BOS vs TOR ($8,000)

Despite the Celtics having one of the more well-balanced teams, the late-game scoring has fallen upon Walker's ability to collapse the defense. Not only did he assist a go-ahead dunk in the waning seconds of the game, but he was one of the few Boston players that seems composed enough to actually score when it matters. That is absolutely a knock against the rest of the Celtics and the only downside here is his price. He needs to put up near 40 FPTS to hit value, but based on how the Celtics are firing right now, Walker is a pivotal part and that won't change now that he is arguably carrying the offense.

Gary Harris - SG, DEN vs LAC ($4,000)

If you are looking for value that isn't Lou Williams, you have, literally, three options. You can go with Terence Davis for the ultra-risk play, banking on a blowout or injury. Norman Powell, the slightly-less-risky play that doesn't look like he will be effective versus a lengthy Celtics team, or Gary Harris, one, if not the Nuggets best defender. He is returning from injury so the scoring isn't there, but Denver has decided that he is deserving of nearly 25 minutes every game, and that's enough to roster him based on his price. The value is scarce and Harris is one of the few players guaranteed at least 20 minutes.

Fred Vanvleet- PG/SG, TOR vs BOS ($7,700)

Fred VanVleet might not be producing at the rate Kyle Lowry is, but in terms of consistency, there have been few players that the Raptors have been able to count on for this series. The Celtics are dominating in most aspects, but VanVleet is getting to his spots and most importantly, contributing in other areas when he isn't able to score. His price doesn't seem to be wavering anymore, but his upside still remains incredibly high playing against this specific backcourt. The Boston defense might be one of the best in the league, but they can do very little if Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet are playing this well.

 

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Marcus Morris Sr. - SF/PF, LAC vs DEN ($5,400)

If Marcus Morris Sr. continues this impressive shooting, the Nuggets have absolutely no chance. It is one thing if your only hope at winning is praying Paul George keeps missing open threes, it's another when you are banking on another professional basketball player missing uncontested, 15-foot jump shots. His role shouldn't change in the offense given the recent success, so expect his price to increase slightly as the games go on. Tonight might be one of the last nights you can catch Morris at a sub-$6K pricing.

OG Anunoby - SF/PF, TOR vs BOS ($5,600)

The only shot he made in the second half of Game 3 was the game-winner. That's usually not the strongest reason to play someone, but there are going to be few players walking into Game 4 with as much confidence as O.G. Anunoby. He is posting impressive stat lines regardless so, similar to Morris, there is little chance his price remains this low given the his role. Both Morris and Anunoby are set for high-usage, heavy-minute games, so at the price, you don't have much choice and rostering both can allow you to play Kawhi Leonard with minimal downside.

Jerami Grant - SF/PF, DEN vs LAC ($4,900)

Jerami Grant and the Nuggets were tasked with going with defense-oriented lineups, fighting the Jazz and Rudy Gobert for seven games. Now that they are playing the Clippers, what Denver needs is more scoring. Denver will be forced to alter their strategy depending on how Game 2 starts, but based on how the first game went, the Nuggets need to play Grant in the frontcourt for the sake of limiting the Clippers weapons, and hope the guards can find some sort of groove to help Grant contribute from the outside.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Serge Ibaka - C, TOR vs BOS ($5,900)

It's hard not to play Marc Gasol here because of his price, but Serge Ibaka is coming off his worst game of the series. This means there will be a clear effort to rebound from Ibaka, because that 15FPTS performance is out of the ordinary for anyone playing against the Celtics frontcourt. Both Gasol and Ibaka, are viable options, but Ibaka has the upside and track record that make him the safer play. If his price remains, he is going to be the perfect pivot from Jokic since the Nuggets are severely struggling with the Clippers.

 

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (9/3/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

The Toronto Raptors are in a must-win situation heading into Game 3 versus the Boston Celtics, while the Los Angeles Clippers start their series against the un-rested Denver Nuggets. After a series of powerful performances from Jamal Murray, it's unmistakable who the first and second options are in that offense heading into Game 1. Nikola Jokic is still the lead playmaker, but Murray has forced himself into the role of top shooter. Jokic just played seven straight games against the league's best defensive big, so now that he is going to be dealing with Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell, expect fireworks from the start.

The Nuggets might be stuck running defensive lineups with as many weapons as the Clippers have, but Jokic and Murray are going to be solid plays with a ton of upside and exposure each night. Los Angeles is already marked down as an 8-point favorite, so while there is blowout potential, stacking the value in the later game is the safer route. Outside of Robert Williams, there is little value on both sides of the Raptors-Celtics matchup, so wait for updates before rostering someone like Marc Gasol or Norman Powell...or Chris Boucher.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 9/3/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Lou Williams, PG vs. DEN ($5,300)

If you are targeting any type of value, you have to go with Lou Williams at such a low price. The Nuggets will either need to defend better than they have all season, or throw out so many weapons on offense the Clippers top-ranked defense won't be able to do anything but keep up with the scoring. Since the Nuggets struggled with the Jazz, it's looking like even Paul George has upside heading into this series. It's going to take a game or two for the Nuggets to properly adjust for Williams' scoring ability, so look for him to pick up where he left off against the Mavericks.

Landry Shamet, SG - vs. DEN ($4,200)

Speaking of value, there aren't many options outside of the secondary scorers in this paticular game. We know who is going to be doing a majority of the scoring, but there will be one or two low-end players every game that does just enough to make it worthwhile for DFS players. Shamet proved he can be that player above someone like Reggie Jackson, but he is fairly point-reliant, whereas Jackson fills the stat sheet much easier. The Nuggets guards are talented, but that will only give upside to Shamet's scoring and it will give him more chances to create turnovers and post some defensive stats.

Torrey Craig, SG - vs. LAC ($4,200)

He clunked a game-sealing layup against the Jazz, which means he's ready to make it up, right? Since the Nuggets are going to have to make a defensive stand at some point, that means they will need Craig out there guarding one of the Clippers big three. The return of Gary Harris allows Craig to play a more-involved defensive role, guarding Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, while allowing someone like Michael Porter Jr., the chances to contribute and see more minutes without costing the team too many points.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Jerami Grant, SF - vs. LAC ($4,800)

Only two more Nuggets players, I promise. Jerami Grant's defense was a pivotal part of the Nuggets Game 7 victory and comeback versus the Jazz, so it's certain they will continue to need his size and rebounding against the Clippers. He hasn't been able to really space the floor as consistently as we would like, but that hasn't stopped him from taking shots and at least getting the opportunities to exceed his projected. The Clippers primary defenders will be too busy elsewhere to prioritize Grant taking open shots on the wing.

Serge Ibaka, SF - vs. BOS ($6,500)

It's unfortunate Serge Ibaka's price isn't slightly cheaper, but FanDuel accounted for upside and they are sadly right. Ibaka did everything Marc Gasol wasn't able to, and unless the Raptors decide to run Chris Boucher at the five, which they could resort to rather quickly knowing Nick Nurse's adjustment techniques from the regular season, Ibaka will continue to get a serious chunk of minutes each game. Ibaka has upside against the Celtics frontcourt per usual, but the further the Raptors fall, the more Ibaka is going to be forced to do until other players start contributing.

Michael Porter Jr., PF - @ LAC ($5,100)

The Clippers defense is going to be focused on Michael Porter Jr., when he is on the court, but his length gives him an advantage you can't defend. The Nuggets desperately needed his offense, but Porter Jr.'s defense was so terrible he couldn't be on the court for too long without being a liability against the Jazz. Denver is going to need as much help as they can get, and they won't be able to afford benching one of the few scoring threats they have. Eventually, Porter Jr. will not be consistently playable because of his defense, but I don't expect that to be a problem until at least Game 3.

FanDuel DFS Centers

Chris Boucher, C - vs. BOS ($3,700)

Super-risk here, but anyone who has played Chris Boucher in the past knows his incredible upside. He just needs minutes and similar to Ibaka, the less Gasol contributes, the more upside someone like Boucher has. There aren't any cheaper options, but there is always the chance he doesn't see over ten minutes. With how the Raptors have played in Game 1 & 2, they need to make adjustments to account for the Celtics wings, meaning add an athletic shot-blocker. He might get dunked on all game, but that won't stop him from posting a few blocks and enough counting stats to burst through such a low projected.

 

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/29/20): NBA DFS Lineups

The NBA is back after a brief hiatus in support of social equality, and although it hasn't changed the fact that black americans are extremely discriminated against in this country, NBA players and other black athletes have marked the start of a revolution centuries overdue. Racism is evident and an inability to recognize the atrocities and tragedies that happen to black americans on a daily basis is an attempt to downplay the consequences of american history, more importantly the financial implications and overall lasting impact of slavery.

While there is no end to the conversation of race and the only end-goal is ultimate equality, NBA players made demands that are being met and hopefully this can spark any positive change towards the treatment of black people in america. With all of this being said, games have resumed this Saturday and we have two potential elimination games worth stacking. I wish you all the best today and remember that when these players take the court, that they are playing for more than the game, and the conversation needs to be bigger than basketball, or any sport.

Here are our daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/29/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lock.

DraftKings DFS Guards

Markelle Fultz - PG, ORL vs. MIL ($5,100)

Despite Markelle Fultz controlling the point-guard duties in Orlando, not many people expected him to actually produce against this type of defense, this quickly into the playoffs. He might not be carrying that winning impact, but he is putting up serious stats with a minimal price. It's been a fight choosing whether to play D.J. Augustin or Fultz at the right time, and even though Fultz is the clear-cut starter, Augustin has had a few inconsistent explosions that don't necessarily make it easy to fade. If he has one of those games, it doesn't matter who you played. If you missed out on Augustin, you most likely lost a top sleeper pick.

Since this is an elimination game, I trust Augustin to live up to expectations, but that won't change the reality that is Fultz getting to the rim with ease and his teammates simply missing shots and killing his upside. If the Magic can find a way to contribute, Fultz sees a major boost.

James Harden - PG/SG, HOU vs. OKC ($11,400)

You don't have to spend up today, and if you decide to save a few dollars by going with Giannis Antetokounmpo, you aren't sacrificing too much upside. With that, James Harden is the highest priced player tonight for a reason. He has been torching the Thunder all series, aside from one game, and  based on the Rockets previous games, he'll need to keep that up until Russell Westbrook can provide some relief. Oklahoma City has been holding strong throughout the entire series, so if the Rockets continuing this trend of missing shots, Harden will have THAT much more upside.

Danny Green - SG/SF, LAL vs. POR ($4,000)

After last game versus Portland, the Lakers were able to exhibit their own little shooting gallery that allowed players like Danny Green to get back into some type of shooting form. Green might be one of the cheapest players with any viable upside tonight, so not only do you have to consider him, but failing to roster him might ruin any chances for cashing if he excels.

 

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Robert Covington - SF/PF, HOU vs. OKC ($5,700)

The Rockets are struggling to shoot, but it won't change them continuing to do so. Robert Covington might be the best-bad-shooter in the league, but after having a mediocre outing in Game 4, it's clear he needs to increase his usage and scoring. With the lack of value, there aren't many safe options and even with Covington coming across as a safer option, his price is off-putting based on past performances. Take the risk if you want, but Covington is just someone who is good for a rebound game, despite not having too much upside as it is.

Danilo Gallinari - SF/PF, OKC vs. HOU ($6,300)

As mentioned earlier, the value is scarce and you are going to need to go with more mid-level options than value plays. You can go for high-risk players, but if you do decide to play it safe, Gallinari is one of the top options. Playing the Rockets allows for maximum upside and he has been taking advantage of the matchup every game. There is no reason for him to slow down his shooting output, so if Steven Adams does miss anymore time or even minutes, that's just more offense needed from Gallinari.

Kyle Kuzma - SG/SF, LAL vs. POR ($5,300)

Similar to Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma is benefitting from the Lakers offensive outburst last game. He was able to establish himself in the game as a shooter, and it gave him the confidence to help with other aspects. Kuzma is a typical young player who struggled until he starts contributing, but how the Lakers are set up, they do whatever they can to help out shooters. He will continue to struggle in the playoffs, but after having his first real good game of the post-season, it's unlikely for someone with his mindset to regress, even after a short break.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Steven Adams - C, OKC v. HOU ($5,500)

There are plenty of quality options at center, but few are going to be as automatic as Steven Adams versus Houston. It doesn't need to be drilled into everyone's heads at this point that the Rockets play without a true center, and because of that, Steven Adams, as passive of a rebounder as he is, is eating on the glass and in the paint. His price is ideal and although he might be dealing with an injury, 25 minutes is enough for him to exceed a sub-$6K pricing. He hasn't needed to do as much scoring with how well the Thunder have shot the ball, but seeing how they are due for a regression, look for Adams to be a major factor in the paint as usual.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/22/20): NBA DFS Lineups

At one point last night, the air was sucked out of everyone's lungs, and all watching Mavericks-Clippers feared the worst. When Luka Doncic went down holding his ankle, barely able to put weight on it as he left the court, a speedy exit meant a quick return for the young king. It was deemed just an ankle sprain, and while he did try to come back into the game, albeit too late, it still meant that the Mavericks had a chance. Doncic is the reason the Mavericks are winning right now, and it's hard not to want him to continue to succeed. Luckily he has a day off, but Game 4 is right around the corner and leg injuries and basketball players do not mix well. We all hope for a fast recovery.

With the games being played, there was a pretty obvious trend. If you play it safe, the right players are there. You do not have to spend up to make a well-rounded roster, just lacking those big-time superstars always makes you feel like you are going to miss out. Rather than my usual super-value plays, expect some more mid-level options that are set to make a serious splash Saturday.

Without further ado, here are our daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/22/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Chris Paul - PG, vs. HOU ($7,800)

The first player I noticed was Chris Paul. After last game, I don't see any regression, and if you like to take player's words for it, Paul has already talked about himself stepping up even more than he has already. If you want to take that as a sign, which I did, then Paul at just $7,800 doesn't seem too terrible. Especially seeing how the reality of the fact, that Oklahoma City's offense is stagnant without Paul and hitting 3's late in the game should give him more than enough confidence to start Game 3 off the way he ended Game 2. If his price were higher, I'd consider him an easy fade, but I think at below $8K he at least exceeds his projected.

Yes, you can also play Shai Gilgeous-Alecander here as well, both are viable based on how the Thunder offense operates.

 

Justin Holiday  - SG, vs. MIA ($4,100)

The Holiday name doesn't really resonate negatively with DFS players, but Justin Holiday is significantly less of a consistent option. Usually he has a good game every two games or so, but playing against the Heat, Nate McMillan has clearly found something he likes about the matchup. Playing Holiday forces the Heat to take more contested jumpers and forces them to stay home on rebounds more often than they would like to. Since the battle between Bam Adebayo and Myles Turner has become more impactful, other players are having to step up in terms of rebounding and play defense in the paint.

Holiday isn't a paint presence, but he does all those little things the Pacers need right now. Since Holiday plays defense and has shown the ability to score in bunches, playing him alongside Victor Oladipo, Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren, and Myles Turner makes complete sense.

Gary Trent Jr. - SG/SF, vs. LAL ($4,800)

His price shouldn't be this high based on his history against the Lakers, but every game he seems to be slowly figuring things out. He shined before playoffs, and the atmosphere has made an immediate impact on his efficiency. His confidence doesn't look shot, but he does seem slightly more hesitant in terms of producing. Last game was a step in the right direction, and regression hasn't happened with Trent since the bubble started. He's young and will have bad games, but as long as he is getting minutes for this Portland team, and considering they need offense to help Damian Lillard, I expect his production to only go up as the series progresses.

 

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Danuel House Jr. - SF/PF, vs. OKC ($4,700)

Similar to Justin Holiday, just with more upside and consistency, Danuel House Jr. is going to be heavily played today. After improving every game, last game was a defining moment for House and DFS players. He might not focus on statistical output, but he focuses on the things that lead to stats, three's and rebounds. That it his calling card and the Thunder are struggling to really contain that aspect of his game. Oklahoma City cannot afford to lose, but more importantly, they can't afford to gameplan for House with the rest of the Rockets starters. Until Russell Westbrook comes back, House is an easy play, especially at that price.

Terrence Ross- SG/SF, vs. MIL ($5,000)

Does anyone else look at Terrence Ross' game log and see if they can notice the every other game trend? Just me? Ok. Regardless, there is only so much to be said about Ross at this point in DFS' lifespan. He's been around for forever and hasn't really changed his style. You know what you are getting when you play him, but you also know that if you play him on a night where he is hitting, he is, without a doubt one of the best plays that night. Call it a hunch, but Ross didn't play well last game after playing well the game before, and wouldn't you know he didn't play well the game before that, despite playing well the game before THAT. You see where I'm going with this.

Jusuf Nurkic - PF/C, vs. LAL ($8,900)

Jusuf Nurkic might have won Game 1, but he lost Game 2 handily and Anthony Davis made it known what exactly Nurkic has to overcome. It's a steep mountain, but the Blazers don't have a choice, especially if Damian Lillard isn't 100% because of his finger. Nurkic needs to repeat his Game 1 figures and that means he needs to step up his game on the rebounding end more than anything. Nurkic dominated from the jump Game 1, grabbing every rebound he could. Game 2 was a different story and he was out-hustled. Not really a knock being out-hustled by Anthony Davis, but if Portland wants to win, they need more from Nurkic. Expect them to look for him more often than the previous two games.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Bam Adebayo - C, vs. MIA ($7,300)

Even though Bam Adebayo was busy dealing with Myles Turned all game, his stats suffered and he price took a minor dive. Even though he will still be guarding Turner, the Heat were extremely lucky they were shooting hot from the field and Duncan Robinson carried most of the offense. Miami doesn't need to get Adebayo involved, but the more they do, and they more freedom he has to take the ball up and work in the post just multiplies his upside. I'm not saying he has Turner figured out, but based on last game, Adebayo is ready for a heavy defensive workload combined with offensive output.

Brook Lopez - C, vs. ORL ($5,300)

Brook Lopez is shooting well and the rest of the Bucks aren't. It's a simple play and the only downside is whether Lopez is actually hitting. Seeing how this is playoffs and Lopez is one of those players that shines in that envireoment more than shying away, its no surprise that he is one of the more productive options Milwaukee has. If Khris Middleton can't find his stroke, the Bucks have no choice but to resort to outside shooting from their tallest player. The price won't kill your salary, but know the risk, upside, and that Lopez is absolutely a focal point of the Bucks offense. The downside is minimized and that's just science.

 

Good luck to everyone in their NBA DraftKings contests!

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/20/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

Immediately looking at the full roster for today, it's going to be a rough slate. Not in terms of determining the outcome, but more in trying to predict the value plays that are going to hit. Ben McLemore, Danny Green, Gary Clark, Gary Trent, and Justin Holiday all offer a ton of value, but their floor is so incredibly low, the risk doesn't seem worth it. Gary Trent Jr. can be an exception because of his more notable game log, but we also have to remember this is his first real taste of playoff experience, and embracing shooting slumps from young players has a history of burning DFS players.

Yesterday, the top value came from players who have been known to produce, but their low prices reflect some type of recency bias, in the example of Marcus Morris and Kemba Walker. On the other hand, low-priced players with seemingly a ton of value have been a tough spot. Plenty of players got burned by Alec Burks last night, so when making lineups today, make sure to consider the likeliness they produce and their upside.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/20/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Duncan Robinson, SG - vs. IND ($4,200)

With news of Jae Crowder's ankle injury, Derrick Jones Jr. is set to get the start, but someone will need to fill in to replace some of the shooting and spacing. Since Tyler Herro is just $400 above both Crowder and Duncan Robinson, that is the safer play. The Heat force his hand more often than not and his ability to hit shots is not altered by the playoff atmosphere. As a pivot, Robinson is looking for his first real exposure and since Kendrick Nunn has been, basically, cut from the rotation, the Heat will resort to whoever is playing well. Robinson doubled his minutes from Game 1 to Game 2, so look for him to actually do something with the extra run.

T.J. McConnell, PG - vs. MIA ($3,600)

The Heat defense doesn't worry me as much as the Pacers themselves can hurt T.J. McConnell's upside. After only playing 13 minutes in Game 1, it's clear he has the ability to post raw numbers, the minutes just aren't a safe bet. McConnell isn't prone to having good or bad games, he produces at the same rate against just about anyone. He isn't a strong shooter, but he can score. He isn't the most skilled passer, but he moves the ball. Since the Pacers will need to value that if they actually want to win a playoff game, look for him to get more minutes if he can manage to apply pressure to the Miami backcourt.

Wesley Matthews, SG - vs. ORL ($3,600)

This Orlando Magic team is not the same Magic team that was recorded as having the top defense in the league....they are, but you get what I'm saying. Game 1 proved that is was nothing more than the Magic playing well and the Bucks lack of consistent shooting and urgency. While the Bucks will come into Game 2 with a different mindset, I don't expect the bench production to follow. Wesley Matthews on the other hand, is one of the few options that seems ready at all times and still has the ceiling to make it worthwhile. As long as Matthews is getting minutes in a playoff atmosphere, he is a viable sleeper.

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Carmelo Anthony, SF - vs. LAL ($5,500)

Carmelo Anthony is a safe pick. He is fantasy gold and his role, despite altering his mindset to fit a winning mentality, is still to shoot, score, and produce. His defense is valuable from an experience standpoint, but Anthony is going to be required to do more scoring the more the Lakers are able to gameplan for Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic. Anthony is the odd-man-out in terms of who will get the most attention from the defense, so until his price reflects someone good for a double-double each night, Anthony needs to be played for his potentially game-changing upside.

Danuel House, SF - vs. OKC ($4,200)

Before you sell yourself on more familiar names, Gary Clark should not been seen as a bad play tonight, either. The Magic are notorious for their Game 1 escapades, so while they might not pour it on the Bucks like previously, Clark's versatility will still be on display against one of the league's most athletic teams. Similarly, Danuel House is a flexible wing that had an underwhelming performance against Oklahoma City in Game 1. He played the fewest minutes out of all the starters, but much of that comes from Jeff Green 's success as a tandem-peice to James Harden. Both Green and Harden should continue this success, but it should also allow for House to see some extra time as an oversized guard.

Anthony Davis, PF - vs. POR ($10,400)

There are quite a few high-priced options available tonight, but the biggest development from the price-setting should be where Anthony Davis ended up. With Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden playing tonight, teams are offering a ton of value for you to roster two of the three, so playing both Davis and someone like Harden should be the end-goal. With players like Nikola Vucevic and Jimmy Butler available, you can avoid spending up too much and roll with two, extremely safe, and upside-ridden options. For what it's worth, you can force a lineup, with Harden, Davis, Vucevic, Butler, and Goran Dragic.

FanDuel DFS Centers

JaVale McGee, C - @ POR ($3,600)

This is easily one, if not the cheapest, viable option tonight. The Trail Blazers didn't handily win Game  1, but it was bad enough to force the Lakers to alter their strategy. Since both Jusuf Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside are playing the four and five together, the Lakers need to go big, either running Anthony Davis at the five, despite his wishes, or run Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee alongside him. Since McGee is known for some of those high-upside games, he gets the nod over Howard. Regardless, both centers are due for a minute increase if Portland continues to play their bigs heavy minutes.

 

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/15/20): NBA DFS Lineups

Single-game contests are a great way to get fully involved in a small slate, and one game Saturday doesn't give us any other options. While most fans are still wishing it were the Suns and Trail Blazers competing, this play-in game is a first for everyone and should give Damian Lillard another chance to make history in the bubble. Lillard hit another, higher gear when Portland needed him most, and more and more teams grow fearful of seeing Lillard in any round of the playoffs. Not to distract from what is really important, but Lillard needs to be the top guy for lineups, just in case.

All the previous games for the Trail Blazers have had serious implications, same with the Grizzlies, meaning both these teams have become normalized to intense game situations. Despite Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas having the skill to carry a team through one game, they are facing, literally, the last player you want to play against in an elimination game.

Here are our daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/15/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lock.

DraftKings DFS Guards

Dillon Brooks - SG, MEM vs POR ($6,600)

Since you are not going to want to pass up on Damian Lillard for MVP, these options being listed are just reasonings to why you should spend less for these options so you can spend up elsewhere. If you are tinkering or debating slots, use this to help guide your decision. Dillon Brooks might not be the typical player that thrives when the game is on the line, but there are few players with his scoring upside weirdly enough. No other player takes nearly as many shots as Brooks, and although he misses quite a ton, taking the gamble on Brooks has a chance of paying off. Really, anything is going to be possible with both of these defenses gracing the floor. Points will be scored.

 Gary Trent Jr. - SG/SF, POR vs MEM ($6,200)

Somewhat the opposite of Brooks, and cheaper, Gary Trent Jr. will once again make his presence felt, only on a national stage. He has been anchoring his production through scoring, but the way the Trail Blazers have set up their offense, Trent is a key contributor and has upside every game. He will hit shots and when he is having one of those games where he just can't miss, his point-reliance won't matter. He has shown the ability to fill the stat sheet, but between the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers, there is no shortage of athletic, hustle players that willingly chase down rebounds. Trent will have to score to exceed his projected Saturday.

 Grayson Allen - SG, MEM vs POR ($4,800)

The riskiest pick of the three because he is also the MOST point-reliant. Grayson Allen will need to score, not just to exceed his projected, but if Memphis wants to move deeper into the playoffs. He won't face much easier defenses later, so Allen taking advantage of this matchup could be huge for his team, but more importantly, DFS. Like mentioned earlier, the risk is there and almost guaranteed, but the Jaren Jackson Jr. injury has opened up the offense. If Brooks isn't able to hit, then Allen is next up to get minutes and the green light. This is the time for desperation.

 

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 Zach Collins - PF, POR vs MEM ($4,600)

Zach Collins has been quick off the bench 'for the past year or so', but his upside remains limited until he shows consistency. He can hit threes, play defense, rebound...in surges. This leads to upside, but for some reason he can't seem to put all the pieces together at the same time to dish out awesomely productive DFS nights. Pay attention to any updates where Collins might see a few extra minutes. That would be a reason for an automatic start.

Anthony Tolliver - PF, MEM vs POR ($3,200)

This is the cheapest pick of the night and rostering Anthony Tolliver could be what propels you into the money. Don't get me wrong, his price comes with heavy risk, but Tolliver has been playing in important role in a lot of the Grizzlies more recent games. He rebounds, plays defense, and takes threes. You can't ask for much more from a veteran on a young team, so don't get distracted by what you see on paper. Tolliver has been a huge part of the team and when he is on the court, you can't ignore him. Look for his experience to be the reason he sees so many minutes tomorrow.

Carmelo Anthony - SF, POR vs MEM ($7,200)

If there is one player you can count on not changing his style in a high-pressure game, it's Carmelo Anthony. For the Grizzlies, the top sources of production are coming from Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas, with Brandon Clarke sprinkled in. On the opposite end, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the obvious one and two, but Carmelo Anthony is somehow in the shadows with everything that is going on with Gary Trent. If Trent continues his hot shooting, the floor opens up for Anthony, which is frightening for any team. Since Trent has shown no signs of slowing down, Anthony is more than a viable play. Even if Trent has an off game, that just means more points for Melo.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Jusuf Nurkic - PF/C, ($10,000) vs. Jonas Valanciunas - C, ($8,600)

Despite Jonas Valanciunas triple-doubling last game, Jusuf Nurkic has the advantage. Nurkic is more consistent and is able to control the paint with more ease on defense. Offensively, Valanciunas can compete with anyone, but his athleticism makes it tough for him to defend for long periods. Although the Grizzlies can't afford to NOT play Valanciunas, he hasn't shown the same durability that Nurkic has shown over the past week.

It's going to be a battle, and by no means does Nurkic' defense scare me away from playing JVal on any other night, but straight up against eachother, Nurkic has the chance to pile up numerous defensive stats along with plenty of actual points.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/14/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

Last night was the conclusion of one of the greatest storylines in modern NBA history. The league has never seen an obstacle like COVID-19, and how the players dealt with the bubble and an impromptu restart was going to be a enlightening experience about plenty of young and even experienced players. First off, all respect goes out to the Phoenix Suns who went undefeated against some of the league's best players and teams. They deserved a chance to make it to the playoffs and if it weren't for Damian Lillard and that meddling kid Gary Trent Jr., the Suns would have gotten away with it too.

With just four games on this slate with zero, real, playoff implications, the backups are set to thrive once again. Look for value and do not get caught spending up. If there is any night where you have a chance of both cashing out and leaving something like $5K in salary, it's tonight.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/14/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Shake Milton, PG - PHI vs. HOU ($4,600)

Since Shake Milton should see plenty of minutes, this might be one of the safer plays. He always has upside and in terms of filling the stat sheet, he does a bit of everything. The Rockets don't have the depth to really play their backups, but since they aren't going to risk injury, look for Austin Rivers to see a ton of minutes along with Chris Clemons. With the lack of defense, the upside is seemingly everywhere, and if you look outside of this game, Reggie Jackson versus the Thunder is likely to be one of the top plays of the day.

Lou Williams, SG - LAC vs. OKC ($5,300)

Even though he might not seem like the typical player that will get a ton of minutes this 'late' in the season, Lou Williams had a late start and still needs some time to get into his form. His upside might be limited and he won't get the chance to have one of those typical Lou Will nights, but that doesn't mean he won't be shooting the lights out when he gets on the court. The Thunder defense is solid, but we have to remember that as the last game of the season, those particular players won't be playing with the same intensity. Williams might not be the best play, but I don't see many Clippers hijacking the scoring from him tonight.

 

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Matisse Thybulle, SF - PHI vs. HOU ($3,700)

Last outing versus the Raptors, both Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz tied for most minutes played. It's hard to see that going in any other direction with both their playing styles, so look for them to continue this trend of young players seeing high-usage, especially the tandem of Thybulle and Korkmaz. Where Thybulle excels on defense, Korkmaz excels at shooting, and vice versa. They play off each others strengths and weaknesses to the point where they have a ton of DFS upside.

Jerami Grant, PF - DEN vs. TOR ($4,800)

Even with the Nuggets not playing their starters, Jerami Grant provides safe value with surprisingly a ton of upside. The only question here is whether or not he will get minutes, and even with players like P.J. Dozier and Keita Bates-Diop taking playing time, Grant is that second unit guy they want controlling the offense in these throwaway games. There is no real reason to worry about opposing defenses, although the Raptor's Chris Boucher fills up the stat sheet naturally and is eager to block shots.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

P.J. Tucker, C - HOU vs. PHI ($3,700)

Joel Embiid is listed as questionable and for him to play in this game seems outrageous. If he doesn't play, not only is P.J. Tucker a decent play, but value opens up on both sides. You can look at the Philadelphia bench to find automatic minutes, or you can target whoever they decide to run out there. If you go with Norvel Pelle, you have more value, but you jeopardize just about any upside, since he is still finding the ropes in terms of producing at an NBA level. Looking at Tucker and the Rockets backups is a more viable strategy, simply because the Houston bench is more accustomed to getting minutes.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/13/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

With a seven-game slate Thursday, the playoff race has become more intense than ever. With the prospect of a play-in game, teams like the Trail Blazers and Suns have more to fight for than just seeding. Both teams need to keep winning games and if the cards fall in the right spot, the Suns could complete the miracle storyline by going undefeated in the bubble to streak into the playoffs. The previous few days have been specifically interesting in terms of DFS, and in some cases, you are cashing out with lower scores than usual.

With the randomness of the late season, you need to gauge where each game is going to go. Will the starters play 30 minutes or will coaches reach to the deepest part of the bench? It's pretty easy to tell when you get the first injury update and starter announcements, it's just takes that attention to detail to make sure you are setting yourself up for success. Based purely off feel of how this week has been going, it will be a Damian Lillard / Devin Booker kind of night since both the Suns and Trail Blazers are peaking.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/13/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Ricky Rubio, PG - PHO vs. DAL ($6,500)

Despite Devin Booker being the guy in Phoenix right not, they wouldn't be as successful without Ricky Rubio. He might not have contributed every game like fans would want, but his consistency with primary ball-handling duties and ability to attract the defense constantly makes him a threat. The Suns need to keep winning and they are one of the few teams that you can bank on starters playing full minutes to keep the streak alive. Dallas backcourt has never been one that focuses on defense, so now that they are facing Rubio, someone who punishes poor defense, this game might come down to Rubio's shooting ability if Booker isn't able to get help from anywhere else.

Wes Iwundu, SG - ORL vs. NOP ($4,000)

Normally, there isn't much to playing Wes Iwundu, he's a natural fade, but with him getting starter minutes on the Magic, there is no reason to let the upside go to waste. He usually plays around 20 minutes, but since he isn't the strongest shooter and usually relies on driving to score his points, Iwundu rarely sees high-usage or high-minute games, ultimately never really getting the chance. Since he was able to contribute last game versus the Nets, and even if he wasn't, a matchup versus the Pelicans defense is ideal for this hybrid, wing forward.

The work may not be cut out for him and he'll have to hit his shots for production, but New Orleans defense won't be targeting him by any means.

Kyle Korver, SG - MIL vs. MEM ($3,700)

Since Giannis Antetoukounmpo will miss the Bucks last game against the Grizzlies, the offense will need to start somewhere. Kyle Korver might not be the focal point like he used to be, but he's proven when given the chances, he can make the most of it. Since the Milwaukee offense will be running through different channels, similar to the Washington and Toronto games, Korver will have those chances again. Being a shooter, he is extremely point-reliant, but at this price and upside, he could do nothing more but have a mediocre game, and still exceed his projected with a wildly low ownership rate.

DFS players are going to roll with backup Bucks against the Grizzlies, but I wouldn't sell out on the first names coming off the bench when value can make the rest of today's lineup easy pickings.

 

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Robert Williams, PF - BOS vs. WAS ($3,800)

If you decide to not to pay up here, Robert Williams is your perfect pivot. With Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis already listed as out, the Celtics are already desperate for offense. Williams might not offer that exactly, but being on the floo allows for players like Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker to play without worry. Williams anchors the paint and seems to have a real love for rebounding and absorbing all the hustle plays. Marcus Smart has clearly had some small affect on this team and it comes out with the young players and their ability to defend and produce despite not having the skill rely on scoring.

Not to insult Williams, but since his range is slightly limited, it does give him upside in matchups like this. Even facing Thomas Bryant, that won't be enough to keep the Celtics frontcourt from attacking the rim and grabbing up rebounds. If Williams gets the minutes, the production should follow.

Keldon Johnson, SF - SAS vs. UTA ($4,300)

Truthfully, not a fan of his price, but based on how the Jazz have committed to NOT playing starters a full workload, the Spurs should be able to play their bench players extended minutes. Usually you can succeed in DFS by avoiding the Spurs, but that isn't the case when there is so much value on the line. Keldon Johnson can do a bit of everything, but his improvement in just a few games on the defensive end has been a great reason to keep giving him run. He is coming off his best game and players will know that, but no player can afford to leave those points on the table, especially if their $4k player didn't hit their projected.

Johnson is a safe bet for someone who will be a longtime contributor, but right now he still has some inconsistencies in his game. Nonetheless, I trust him for DFS purposes, especially versus the Jazz, who have notably been playing backups for the past week or so.

Khem Birch, PF - ORL vs. NOP ($3,800)

Believe it or not, these last two picks have really nothing to do with their last-game explosions. Both Johnson and Khem Birch thrived in their first chances at a high-volume night since the NBA restart, and there was nothing about either player that showed a clear, upcoming regression. Birch plays in the paint, bullies other players around down low and understands his role offensively. The Pelicans are already out of contention and Brandon Ingram is already not going to play. The game might not be close, but playing in the paint against limited weapon gives Birch plenty of upside tonight.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Deandre Ayton, C - PHO vs. DAL ($7,300)

Obvious chalk here. Looking at the options, Jusuf Nurkic is underpriced and a great play versus Brooklyn, but it's hard to pass over Deandre Ayton, knowing the implications. From a basketball players standpoint, it's almost impossible to imagine Ayton NOT trying his absolute hardest to grab every rebound and make things tough for Kristaps Porzingis, and the Maverick frontcourt. Knowing Ayton's skill-set, especially in a game where defense will be important, it's hard to sell anyone on that aspect of Ayton's game alone.

That being said, he has the length and has proved multiple times that it doesn't matter the opponent, Ayton can produce against anyone. Yes, he still struggles defensively, but guarding Porzingis will come down to positioning rather than strength and experience. If Porzingis is hitting, defense doesn't matter. So look for Ayton to try and return any favors Porzingis might send his way by forcing the Mavericks to keep Ayton out of the paint.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/9/20): NBA DFS Lineups

Just when the NBA makes you think the season is just about done from a competitive standpoint, one of the smallest slates since the restart turns out to be the best night of basketball in recent memory. Both the Clippers and Trail Blazers play the second-half-of-back-to-back games Sunday after playing each other Saturday afternoon, so look for the Trail Blazers to rebound against Philadelphia, while the Clippers will once again play most of their backups versus the Nets.

Timing is key and you should wait until right before tip-off before you set your lineups. Although teams have unpredictable rotations and are resting players seemingly at random, it's pretty easy to understand what direction you should go with based on who is being rested. If the starters are playing, chances are they will see closer to 25-30 minutes rather than not playing at all. After yesterday, the playoff atmosphere has really hit, so hopefully teams pick up where they left off and we can have competitive games rather than DFS junk.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/9/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineup lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Austin Rivers - PG/SG, HOU vs SAC ($3,400)

With Russell Westbrook still out with a quad injury, Austin Rivers picked up the immediate slack, playing 32 minutes last outing against the Lakers. The minutes shouldn't go down versus the Kings and playing that type of defense gives any player upside. Rivers is shifty, but notoriously inconsistent when it comes to shooting. Luckily, he fills the stat sheet as most point guards should, but without scoring, he usually turns into a useless pick.

Based on price and matchup, he should be good for 20 FPTS assuming he plays another starters-worth of minutes, there is no real reason Rivers can't find his shot against the Kings. Look for the Rockets to do their usual thing against a defense that has not shown any signs of being able to stop James Harden, or any isolation scorer for that matter.

J.J. Redick - SG/SF, NOP vs SAS ($4,100)

The Spurs might have started to peak at the right time, but their defense is still struggling to contain shooters. Natural scorers have had no problem dissecting the San Antonio defense, and most wing shooters, like Redick, have had a field day when they are playing along someone is able to get them the space they need. While the Pelicans, on paper, don't stick out as an offense that "dissects" defenses, players like Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, and Brandon Ingram have been carrying the offense lately in terms of playmaking.

Redick has done an excellent job shooting the ball and has momentum built from each game. He should get plenty of chances Sunday, so his price and Zion Williamson already being labeled out means the offense is coming from five places, one being Redick.

Luguentz Dort - SG/SF, OKC vs WAS ($3,800)

Targeting the Wizards has been a viable strategy lately, mainly because Thomas Bryant has managed to hold his own in the paint and keep the game generally close despite poor shooting from his teammates. Rui Hachimura and Troy Brown Jr. have improved drastically since returning, but the Thunder are still far better in multiple aspects. While Luguentz Dort will have his hands full with Hachimura and Brown, his offense lately has been his strongest asset. He's starting, playing the minutes and backing up his play with hard statistics. Until he goes into a shooting slump, a sub-$4,000 for Dort is un-passable.

 

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Darius Bazley - PF, OKC vs WAS ($3,400)

Similar to Dort, Darius Bazley has been a focal point of the Thunder second unit. With how things have been playing out lately, the Thunder are set to win this game, although the breakdown between these teams favors the length and size of Washington. Chris Paul, Steven Adams, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are going to carry the offense and create problems for the Wizards defense off the start, so unless the Wizards can shoot the lights out, something their team has failed to collectively do as a team, look for the Thunder to run away with this one. Bazley doesn't have the upside of Dort, but his price is significantly cheaper and can be the perfect pivot to any Thunder-Wizard stack.

Lonnie Walker IV - SG/SF, SAS vs NOP ($4,300)

If you read me talking bad about the Spurs defense, then you know the Pelicans defense is going to be a heavy target in terms of stacking favorable matchups. Unfortunately, that means you would have to potentially stack the Spurs, and if you ask any experienced DFS player, that is a nightmare strategy. On a normal night, Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, and DeMar DeRozan carry value, but these aren't normal nights. Last game, the second unit saw extended run and specifically, Lonnie Walker IV saw over 30 minutes for just the second time since the restart.

The Spurs are 3-0 in games Walker's played over 25 minutes, so while getting him on the court isn't the golden strategy, there is something to playing an athletic, defensive-minded, hybrid guard that makes it tough for opposing teams to win. He tends to be point-dependent which is a problem for nightly play, but whenever he gets the minutes, Walker finds ways to contribute. Since the Pelicans don't have that type of defense to stop taller, athletic guards, as long as Walker can get the minutes, no New Orleans player will be able to keep up with the other Spurs AND Walker.

Gordon Hayward - SF/PF, BOS vs ORL ($6,800)

Even with the Magic going through some struggles, it still shouldn't be enough to lead to a blowout. The Celtics frontcourt is severely lacking size and rebounding, but they have the skill to burn Orlando's defenders, so that's where most of the value will lie. Nikola Vucevic will be talked about later, but Daniel Theis won't be able to anchor the paint on his own. Interior defense might not be Hayward's strong suit, but when asked to help with that, he manages to make the most of it and turn it directly into counting stats.

Regardless if he decides to help out on rebounds or leak for fast break points, the Magic are too riddled with injuries to contain all the Celtics pieces. Hayward has the price and upside Sunday to make him someone most players will gloss over.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Nikola Vucevic- C, ORL vs BOS ($8,200)

The Celtics defense is held down by Daniel Theis, which despite Theis' attention to defense, he doesn't have the size to stop the All-Star Nikola Vucevic. If the rest of the Magic aren't contributing, which has been a trend this bubble, Vucevic will be stuck in no man's land. Seeing how it's been a night-to-night basis with Orlando and who is going to contribute, there is a good chance Vucevic will be heavily-faded with so many other options available. This game has a good chance of getting overlooked, but the blowout chances are slimmer than most people think. Expect the high-scorers and stat-leaders in this game to be near the top at the end of the day, not to mention Vucevic' 25% usage rate should only go up the less other Magic players contribute.

Robert Williams - C, BOS vs ORL ($3,500)

With the Celtics lacking some serious rebounding ability and size, there is one player on Boston's bench that can change the game. Robert Williams is not just a stat-hog when he gets minutes, but he impacts the game with his paint presence. Getting minutes is still up for grabs as it usually will be with him, but if the Celtics are giving up any playing, Williams is sure to make the most out of the court time. Since the price can't hurt you, wait for a pregame update before finalizing Williams in any rosters. This is simply a sleeper, pivot, what-if pick.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/8/20): NBA DFS Lineups

With just five games on today's slate, it's the beginning of the end. There are no NBA games scheduled a week from today, and with the Western Conference playoff picture looking how it is, the fight for eighth is coming down to these final days, not to mention the play-in tournament is set to be historic with five teams, four games or fewer behind eighth. Diving deeper within the West, comparing Portland's last four games to Memphis' last three, the Grizzlies win over Oklahoma City might be their last. They face Toronto, Boston, and Milwaukee, in that order to close out the season, so hopefully the Grizzlies will face those squads with resting players. The Trail Blazers will go up against the Clippers, 76ers, Mavericks in three of their last four, but with Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony, those games seem more winnable than a Jaren Jackson Jr.-less Grizzlies team beating a "potentially" healthy top of the Eastern Conference.

What "potentially" healthy means is what the Jazz did last night. They rested all their starters, but left a few key players in for some type of moral support, for example, Joe Ingles played, but only 16 minutes. Looking at the Heat tonight, a team flooded with actual injuries, they are likely to give their young players plenty of run. Tyler Herro has shown the knack for scoring, but anyone watching the Heat can see why he could see the biggest benefit from all the injuries on Miami's roster. Both Herro and Duncan Robinson have fought and earned their spots in the rotation, but they both need to work on their playmaking and become familiar with high-usage games. While the Heat need to fill gaps because of untimely injuries, most teams will be playing backups, simply to try and increase their depth for playoffs. Look for this to be a common trend among teams safely in the playoff picture for the last few days of the regular season

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/8/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineup lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Gary Trent Jr. - SG/SF, POR vs LAC ($4,800)

There have been a few players who have exploded since the NBA restart and the bubble has allowed for them to shine. Gary Trent Jr. is one of those players and DFS sites have not adjusted the price accordingly. First, T.J. Warren got the bump to $8,800, next is Michael Porter Jr., and after that has to be Gary Trent Jr. He has not only stepped up defensively on a team that lacks a defensive playmaker, but he has been hitting open shots. Too often do young players miss open shots and it leads to fewer minutes because they aren't able to contribute defensively to make up for the lack of scoring. Until Trent Jr. shows signs of slowing down on the offensive end, there is no downside here. His price needs to jump to $6,000 before he is worth a fade. Portland needs to keep winning and Trent Jr. is part of that winning formula.

Landry Shamet - SG/SF, LAC vs POR ($3,300)

As one of the few basement-level options that will actually see minutes, Landry Shamet is still finding his shooting stroke in the bubble. His last game was the first time he's played above 25 minutes, so this could be a great sign especially if the Clippers follow the trend of resting their top players. Shamet is in the ideal group that isnt' valuable enough to rest, but is way too skilled to not dominate playing with a second unit. If anyone sees less minutes in the Los Angeles backcourt, Shamet is going to see an immediate bump, with Rodney McGruder and Terrence Mann being the next guy up after that. Start looking for backups that still provide value, but won't sacrifice playing time.

P.J. Dozier - PG, DEN vs UTA ($3,300)

There may or not be a reason that P.J. Dozier is hidden beneath two shooting guards. With the Nuggets and Jazz committing to their backups, Dozier has ridiculous upside with his playmaking, scoring ability, and momentum heading into this game. Both of these teams are safely in the playoffs, and with neither wanting to risk injury to their best players, they also have the depth to run backups all game with minimal downside. Dozier, Justin Wright-Foreman (Jazz), Miye Oni (Jazz), Bol Bol, and Keita Bates-Diop all have upside this game.

 

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Marvin Williams - PF, MIL vs DAL ($3,400)

Almost setting the tone for the rest of the league, the Bucks have been happily resting their superstars, allowing Marvin Williams to show why he would start on a majority of other teams. The Mavericks have held their own against some of the leagues top teams, but they lack the rebounding ability that doesn't come from their size. Williams just needs minutes to contribute and the only downside is that he gets passed over for someone like D.J. Wilson or Ersan Ilyasova.

Jae Crowder- SF, MIA vs PHO ($4,600)

When injuries are depleting a team, you have to go with the players who are willing, and have a track record of stepping up. Jae Crowder, time and time again has had underwhelming nights because of the role he plays, but when asked to do more, he goes above and beyond. The Suns have been playing like the best team in basketball, but even with their impressive play, the Heat are one of those teams that can still be a contender without their star players. Since adding Crowder, Andre Iguodala, and Solomon Hill, Miami has depth at small forward, but Crowder is still the best shooter of the bunch and he'll get the green light versus Phoenix.

Justin Holiday - SG/SF, IND vs LAL ($4,200)

This is one of those times where Justin Holiday gets the nod in the article, but his price is still a tad too high. He has yet to post over 20 FPTS since the restart and his price has somehow seen an increase, despite the Pacers returning players throughout the return to action. Holiday tends to step up to the competition, so if the Pacers manage to keep it close, Holiday will see his normal workload, but if the Pacers or Lakers decide to throw in backups, Holiday is still in that group of players who will benefit from backups seeing starter minutes.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Chris Silva - C, MIA vs PHO ($3,000)

Bam Adebayo had an underwhelming game last outing, but that isn't enough to make me think he will rebound versus the Suns. Based on the matchup, yes, he should have a great game against DeAndre Ayton, but the Heat are all over the place right now. Rather than going full force against the Suns, I expect roles to be somewhat reversed with players like Tyler Herro, Crowder, and Andre Iguodala controlling most of the ball-handling duties. Bam Adebayo is a solid play because his price is low for his ceiling, but unless he is getting a full workload, it's hard to buy-in with fewer games on the slate. On the other hand, Chris Silva is about as risky as you can get, but still has upside in terms of matchup. Adebayo could be in the running for playmaking duties, but he is too valuable to Miami's playoff success that it's not worth him getting hurt against an out-of-conference team. Look for players like Silva to start seeing 20 minutes and playing full quarters at a time.

DeAndre Ayton - C, PHO vs MIA ($7,600)

Based on his raw production, DeAndre Ayton's price should be way higher. His ceiling is limited by his defense, but lately he has shown across-the-board improvement. The Suns have been playing on an entirely different level and much of that has come from Ayton dominating the paint. He will need to establish himself on the defensive end, but he does alter shots and can block players that aren't consistently going to the rim strong. Even if he goes up against someone like Adebayo, he will be able to use his size to get by, although it will be difficult. For his price, there are very few defenders that will able to hold him beneath his projected.

Good luck to everyone in their NBA DraftKings contests!

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/6/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

Yesterday was the second slate of NBA DFS where unpredictable rotations and the solidified playoff picture has affected DFS production. First, the Bucks pulled their starters against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, and last night the Lakers seemingly played the Thunder like it was just a regular season game...which it was. Nothing wrong with resting starters, but spending up on superstars who won't be getting as much exposure as we need will come back to haunt us.

Tonight, Luka Doncic is a solid pivot from James Harden since the Mavericks are still technically fighting for seeding, but Harden is looking at an even heftier workout with Russell Westbrook potentially missing a game with a thigh injury. Another viable strategy would be targeting the Trail Blazers against the Nuggets. Not only is Damian Lillard underpriced, but Nikola Jokic is cheaper than Jusuf Nurkic, pretty much forcing a Nuggets-Trail Blazers stack for tonight. There is no real reason to fade anyone in the Lakers-Rockets contest, because on paper, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and even secondary scorers like Robert Covington and Danny Green have upside. It's just whether they will get the minutes and both teams will play their starters full minutes. This game, and toda is general, will be a great indication on where we see teams start to flow with their rotations. Resting will become more common to avoid playoff injuries.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/6/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Let's get those lineups set!

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Paul George, SG - LAC @ DAL ($7,700)

Once you see the price you'll understand how, once again, you can't really fade Paul George. He will have his hands full on defense, assuming he is guarding Doncic, but the Clippers offense doesn't really have a focal point beyond George and Kawhi Leonard. Reggie Jackson is a fairly consistent playmaker, but in terms of scoring, Los Angeles is still missing another key bucket-getter. George and Leonard set the tone of the offense, but it;s up to the secondary scorers to feed off of George, not necessarily build them up. So, as is the case on most nights, George is set for another big usage night, and since he is facing the Mavericks defense, the only thing we need to avoid is Doc Rivers resting his starters.

Duncan Robinson, SG - MIA @ MIL ($4,300)

Since Jimmy Butler is still out with a foot injury, plenty of other Heat players have a ton of upside. Most people will be looking at Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk, which isn't a problem, you must consider both players tonight when the Heat are missing their most impactful player in Butler. As a pivot, which might not be a pivot after last game, Duncan Robinson was the clear beneficiary from the lack of Heat offense. He was nearly forced production and even if he wasn't hitting, Miami was looking to get him the ball and made it so on any possession they could. If the Bucks continue this trend of saving their starters, which in this case would be ideal for Robinson's upside, his price is too low and if Robinsons continues HIS trend, that price won't stay below $4K for much longer.

Gary Trent, SG - POR @ DEN ($3,900)

Why his price is still so low baffles me, but Gary Trent has been playing inspired basketball lately. Not only did he step up to the challenge of Russell Westbrook, playing defense and giving the work back on offense, Trent has made it clear he deserves a spot in the rotation. Outside of shooting inconsistency, Trent offers no real downside. He is full of energy and it's on display nearly every game with how he attacks rebounds, pushes the pace, and understands his role. He knows that while he isn't the focal point, he needs to generate offense to help those starters. That is extremely uncommon for a young player, and it's hard to believe Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts can't see that influence that he brings to the game. The Nuggets might be talented offensively, but they only have few players who fit the role as huslte players and none of them will be facing up directly against Trent, so his upside remains high with a dangerously low price.

 

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Cameron Johnson, SF - PHO vs. IND ($4,200)

This is the game of the week. Both teams have been streaking since the restart and while the Pacers have been fueled by bubble All-Star T.J. Warren, the Suns have been powered through Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Cameron Johnson. Johnson rebounding ability has been his saving grace and even when he isn't able to score like he wants to, his intensity on the rebounding and defensive end leads to points. The Pacers have some size and Myles Turner can somewhat anchor the paint, but without Domantas Sabonis, there is a massive gap in the frontcourt and with how Johnson has played recently, his skill-set works into Indiana's weaknesses.

Dion Waiters, SF - LAL @ HOU ($3,800)

If you weren't feeling confident in any of the other Lakers, Dion Waiters had his first productive game in around a year, and he should carry that momentum into a game versus the Rockets. The Lakers have no reason to keep giving both Anthony Davis and LeBron James 30 minutes a night, so seeing that Waiters received 25 last night is a great sign. With his price, upside, and role in the offense, Waiters is solid play whenever he is lined up for minutes, especially on the second night of back-to-backs. Rest is something that should concern you and playing players when they are playing their second game in two days would normally be a fade-able strategy, there is no travel, there is nothing else to do. Outside of injured players, fading players on the second night of a back-to-back isn't something you should base your lineups off.

Justin Holiday, SF - IND @ PHO ($3,700)

Another solid value play, only playing Justin Holiday requires solid output and a hot night shooting. Holiday doesn't struggle to get stats by any means. He stretches the defense, uses his energy to his benefit, and his length allows him to easily contribute on both end of the floor, statistically. His most recent games have been extremely generic in terms of what he produces, but when he has one of those games, he doesn't just exceed his projected value, he crushes it and forces the price-setters to consider his upside. Holiday is a baller, meaning that he does what needs to be done. Sometimes that is nothing and it's extremely unfortunate. I don't see that being the case against the Suns hybrid guards, and his length is going to be a problem for anyone that lines up across from him.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Ivica Zubac, C - LAC @ DAL ($4,500) 

Last time out, Ivica Zubac was a stud. Luckily for us, he is playing the Mavericks who, outside of Kristaps Porzingis, don't have the size and strength combination to stop someone like Zubac. He doesn't stretch the floor and he is a traditional big man at heart, but that can also work in his favor against teams that don't like to bump around in the paint. The Mavericks do have players like Boban Marjanovic and Maxi Kleber, but neither are really set to stop someone like Zubac. Marjanovic has the size, but not the speed, and Kleber is the opposite, speed without size. All in all, for Zubac' price, his upside is matchup-based and it is prevalent.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (8/1/20): NBA DFS Lineups

After today, every team will have officially played one game and we will have a better understanding of rotations as each day goes on. So far, the rotations have made sense, outside of a few hiccups with the Pelicans and Mavericks. In both these games, Alvin Gentry and Rick Carlisle, respectively, didn't adapt to play the hot hand, and it arguably cost their teams the game. Zion Williamson is still returning, so the whole "short burst" strategy makes sense, but it did seemingly worsen the Pelicans chances to win as that game went on. For the Mavericks and Carlisle, Trey Burke was having a phenomenal night and through most of the 4th quarter, he was on the bench.

Through the first few games, expect the coaches to "stick to their guns" rather than scrapping a gameplan. No teams can really afford losses at this point, especially teams that aren't in the playoff picture. So looking at the rotations, the coaches are slowly going to realize how important it is to play the hot hand and feed off of that, rather than suffer through a bad shooting night. With the 76ers, Nuggets, Heat, Thunder, Pacers, and Raptors playing their debut game, expect one or two games to figure out rotations and who will be the key contributors.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/1/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineup lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Alec Burks - PG/SG, PHI @ IND ($4,300)

What has been working for DFS in these early games is rostering natural scorers. Players who have built a career off making tough shots and creating space in impossible situations have been thriving early in this "bubble season." Since we don't have a game log to go off, basing it off price and general skill, Alec Burks seems like a steal. The 76ers do not have outside scorers, and they don't have many players that can take the ball and just pull shots without ruining efficiency. Since this is the first game back and there is some emotional investment, running with someone like Burks seems like an ideal strategy since scoring is in his blood.

Reggie Jackson - PG, LAC v. NO ($4,100)

For as long as Lou Williams is out and Reggie Jackson is starting, it's hard not to roster him with confidence. The biggest problem will be his ownership, but looking at his debut game, it was still only near 30-40%. That's rough, but still useable with few point guard options available. Mike Conley is a decent pivot here, and for the extra price you are getting a bit more stability. Jackson played really well in his debut and he should continue to play well if he get's the minutes, we just need a few less DFS players on that bandwagon.

Aaron Holiday - PG/SG, IND v. PHI ($4,000)

Aaron Holiday might be the most underrated point guard in the NBA, but that doesn't mean he is guaranteed production. While he might be skilled and a great role-playing point guard, he still struggles in a few departments. His scoring could use some consistency, but luckily for us, he's had big games in the past and he has shown both the ability to have high-scoring games, play defense at a passable level, and involve his teammates to get that bump in assists. The 76ers defense is a tough one to be tested, but the Pacers do have options that can create space.

If Holiday really wants to burst through his projected, he will need some help. Even if he doesn't get that help, he should still be able to get to his spots like he had been near the end of the "regular season", and hoping Philadelphia plays someone like Shake Milton or Burks at point guard, Holiday will have an added size advantage. His size should benefit him since Milton and Burks defense leaves much to be desired.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

LeBron James - PG/SF, LAL v. TOR ($10,900)

LeBron James versus the Raptors is basically a trend at this point. Tempting the defense of the Raptors and Pascal Siakam seems like poking a bear, but this is LeBron. We aren't going to worry about defense. He's a bit pricey, but that makes sense given this is his game to show up. Anthony Davis tends to have his work cut out for him by just being on the court, but if you watched Lakers-Raptors games in the past, James sets the tone. This game might not have deep-seeding implications, but the Lakers are not going to willingly roll over to anyone and James is built to dismantle the Raptors specifically, assuming Siakam doesn't have the best game of his career on this particular night.

Jerami Grant- PF, DEN v. MIA ($4,000)

Another solid option here is Derrick Jones Jr., but both carry a fair amount of risk heading into this game. Grant will fill his normal role like he has been doing since joining the Nuggets, but the addition of Bol Bol to the starting lineup has made it easier for Grant to find comfort in his spots. Rather than being forced into situations where he has to create offense, Nikola Jokic playing point allows Grant to have a more stationary role on offense, which works perfectly for him.

Grant is still able to play under the rim so he can fight for rebounds and put-backs, but this extra spacing is also allowing him to find more open threes. He might not be taking more attempts, but those attempts have been better shots, rather than Grant taking a contested jumpshot late in the shot clock. Overall, the offense is working to favor more role-players in the Nuggets offense, as long as they have the spacing they are getting from their stretch bigs.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Steven Adams - C, OKC v. UTA ($5,300)

Rudy Gobert versus Steven Adams is the ultimate clash of the titans and statistically speaking, this usually tends to favor Gobert. Adams might have the touch on offense, but Gobert has the length to really cause a problem in most offenses, especially the Thunder. Chris Paul is going to find a way to involve Adams, and while it won't be the reason Adams exceeds his projected, it's going to help and the better Paul plays, the more we can expect from anyone playing center. With Adams' price so low and expectations high, it's hard to pass on this price. We need to free up space to roster someone like LeBron James anyway, so Adams seems like an ideal fit that won't kill your salary.

Nicolo Melli - PF/C, NO v. LAC ($3,800)

If Ivica Zubac is the who Nicolo Melli will be lining up across from, you have to take your chances. Both Jaxson Hayes and Melli are solid picks here, mainly because they already have a game under their belt against one the toughest defenses in the league. Hayes and Melli will face the likes of Marcus Morris, Zubac and Joakim Noah. The Pelicans frontcourt youth will help and while they are at a disadvantage because the Clippers frontcourt is technically skilled, they still don't have the size to dominate someone like Hayes, and they don't have the speed to play out on someone like Melli.

If his last game is any indication, Melli has turned into a hustle player that has the ability to shoot, he just needs to actually showcase that ability before he is really useful. One of these games he will find his shot, so it's only a matter of time, but realize what you are getting for his price. The scoring ability is there, but as of right now Jaxson Hayes skill around the rim is more consistent.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (7/30/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

It's been too long. Hopefully this bubble turns into one of the few good ideas to come out of this quarantine and we can enjoy a few decent nights of basketball. Two game slates are never ideal since it guarantees repeated lineups, but it opens the door for low-priced sleepers to be the deciding factors. Playing in Orlando removes home court advantage from every game and that should lead to more intense games, which should favor hustle players, superstars, and energetic young players in terms of box score numbers. It's going to be weird, and that means it's going to take a lot of focus and persistence from players if they want to thrive (the way we want them to for DFS purposes). That will be the philosophy going forward, and with the four teams playing Thursday, there is no shortage of value and upside. Looking at the top stars tonight Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George and Anthony Davis are go-to guys. With Davis seeming almost uncontested against the Clippers frontcourt, while Kawhi Leonard should be the lowest owned superstar basing it off Paul George's ridiculously low price.

Immediately looking at the value of both games, Brandon Ingram sticks out as a too-cheap-to-fade option based on the matchup. Rudy Gobert roams the paint, but he won't be able to help out on Ingram if he decides to stick to his pull-up and mid-range like he wants to. Despite the Jazz defense having the ability to stop some of the best offenses, Ingram's style removes Gobert from the equation, not to mention Zion Williamson just returned to practice. Whether or not he will play or not is still a question, but if he does, Gobert won't have the chance to settle in and bait Ingram and the rest of the Pelicans offense like he wants to. In the Laker-Clipper game, Lou Williams has officially opened the window for one Clippers player to shine and maybe not become a household name, but to become a DFS legend, obviously just for one night. Unfortunately, Reggie Jackson is about to have 100% ownership and his double-double will go down in history as a wash, while those who played Frank Jackson benefit from an unexpected bubble debut.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 7/30/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineup lock. Good luck!

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Nickeil Alexander-Walker  - SG, NO vs UTA ($3,500)

Frank Jackson might have been the teaser in the introduction, but Nickeil Alexander-Walker has been playing just as many minutes and there is no real reason you can't run both Alexander-Walker and Jackson in the same lineup. They don't subtract despite playing together, and with this being the debut, it's hard to really say which way coaches will lean. Will they go all out in terms of trying to win with few games, or will they save their players and be more concerned with the health aspect.

Initially, the coaches should ween a more winning attitude onto the players and treat these first few games as participation games. It's doubtful they throw games away for the sake of playing bench players, but looking at the Pelicans bench regardless, Jackson and Alexander-Walker are at the top of the food chain...you know, at the bottom of the totem pole. If you need more reassurance, look at the shot distribution and you see a clear pattern of where both guards leave plenty of room to crush their basement level pricing.

Josh Hart - SG, NO vs UTA ($4,400)

If you are concerned about going too cheap and it coming back to haunt you, Josh Hart can offer an equally disturbing monster to mess around with. He does offer more upside and his price reflects that, but it's hard to picture Hart not playing with added intensity. Hart is one of the few players that seems to play the game regardless if fans were watching. He will miss shots. He'll probably airball one attempt Thursday, but the way the Jazz play, at a slow place, Hart is guaranteed to cause a disturbance, not to mention his defense will be needed on an individual level. There are quite a few factors working in Hart's favor here, but his scoring ability does limit his upside unless it's just one of those nights.

Terance Mann - SG, LAC vs LAL ($3,500)

In complete honesty, Reggie Jackson is more than likely going to take up most of the usage that would have gone to Lou Williams. Nothing wrong with that, but already, Jackson's ownership is going to be a tough spot to waste a lineup on. Rodney McGruder has had big games when asked to step up in the past and he has been Doc Rivers go-to-guy when he needed a replacement guard or small forward throughout the "original" season. He has that ability, but otherwise is extremely underwhelming as a player. He does little things, rarely shoots, but when he has one of those nights, he absolutely crushes, but that is usually because his price is always so low.

Terance Mann on the other hand, has shown flashes of having high-volume shooting nights and can fill the box score because of his playmaking and hustle. He does struggle and if the right player is guarding him, let's say a Danny Green or Avery Bradley, it's going to be a tough night. Assuming the Clippers are in full force, minus Lou Williams, McGruder should get the start, but Mann, along with a few others, will have the green light.

Jordan Clarkson - PG, UTA vs NO ($4,300)

This is easily the safest value guard in the player pool. Jordan Clarkson is a shooter at heart, and not only is he finally playing for a contender, but he was playing arguably some of the best basketball he's ever played before the shutdown. Aside from Joe Ingles and Bogdan Bogdanovic the Jazz lack confident outside shooters. Clarkson adds a shooter and someone that can attack the rim with ease, opening up space for everyone else in the offense, an ideal fit. You don't need to look at the previous box scores for Clarkson to know what you are going to get nightly from him. You just have to know whether he is playing or not. Well, Thursday night he plays the Pelicans, and despite the Pelicans being extremely exciting from an offensive standpoint, their defensive backcourt is severely lacking and Clarkson will exploit that simply by being on the court.

 

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JaMychal Green - PF, LAC vs LAL ($3,600)

JaMychal Green lives outside and far from the spotlight. He was only averaging close to 20 minutes a game this season, but the Clippers had a decent rotation and Green was healthily seeing minutes and usage regardless. When playoffs came, Green was set for heavier minutes because of how well he can fill any role, play defense at a high-level, and in some cases stretch the floor. With the Clippers rotation still up for grabs, it's pretty certain that a healthy Green will see plenty of minutes in a dilapidated frontcourt. It won't be an easy task going up against someone like JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard or worst case scenario, LeBron James, but minutes are minutes and Green should be a main recipient along with Joakim Noah, who looks ready to start in any contest.

Kyle Kuzma - PF, LAL vs LAC ($4,700)

It's hard to gauge when Kyle Kuzma is going to have a good game and the first game back after a quarantine doesn't strike me as one of those times for an offensive explosion. Then again, anything can happen and with a price that low, I'll take the chances. His height alone makes it hard for the Clippers to really stick someone on him and if he does end up hitting his shots, Kuzma rarely disappoints. It's a bold strategy and I doubt Kuzma makes it into many final lineups, but based on price he's a great pick.

Marcus Morris  - PF, LAC vs LAL ($4,200)

As a much safer alternative to JaMychal Green, Marcus Morris has a better track record and is set for more minutes and usage, just at a slightly more expensive cost. It would be wise to free up the cap space to roster Morris over Green, but I wouldn't sell out on an entire lineup for the price differential. This game is going to be intense and it'll be hard to keep these players from trying to win the first game back, especially one between both Los Angeles teams. This is the type of game Morris thrives in, so even with his hands full playing against the unstoppable Lakers frontcourt, Morris will make sure to return the favor on the other end and his price is too low to pass up. Based on every option listed, Marcus Morris has more security in my lineup than Kuzma and Green combined.

Dion Waiters - SF, LAL vs LAC ($3,800)

Now I do not know Dion Waiters on a personal level, but I can only imagine the excitement surrounding his official return. If the scrimmages were any indication, he's ready to contribute and Waiters Island is fully functioning and apparently cheap upon the NBA's restart. It's a risk, there's no hiding that and there's no reason to. Waiters plays a shooters role and with the Lakers offense, he might have to adapt to find comfort. That's just looking at it from an analytical standpoint because based on the eye test, you would have thought his price would be closer to $5,000. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has the most to lose and depending on the night, it's going to come down between who is more valuable. Waiters' shooting, or Caldwell-Pope's defense.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Derrick Favors - C, NO vs UTA ($5,400)

Not only is this a revenge game, but Derrick Favors is a walking double-double, even in limited minutes. (I had to double-check the price to make sure it was really that low.) Of course, things are always going to be uncertain within these first few games, but even Gobert can't really keep Favors from getting to his spots. He's built a career off of being an immovable object in the paint that has the touch to drag big-men into no man's land. Look for that to happen a lot this bubble (get used to that), especially if players struggle to adapt to the new environment. Favors' post game is just as good as anyone's and if your offense is struggling like the Pelicans has in the past, a mix of Favors stationary brute strength and Williamson's flying hulk routine will jumpstart even the slowest paced offenses.

Joakim Noah - C, LAC vs LAL ($3,800)

JaVale McGee was the placeholder before Joakim Noah stole the headline, so look for both to be exceeding their projected scores Thursday. McGee's downside comes from that he can't play 35 minutes a night and he splits time with Dwight Howard, but other than that, at $4,400, McGee is just as worthy as a roster spot as Noah, especially seeing how McGee was actually playing consistently during the "original" season. That being said, Noah has looked fantastic in the scrimmages and there's no reason to fade him as confident as he has been playing. He fills a much needed role on the Clippers and since this will be a matchup we'll see in the future, expect him not to take it lightly. His style is hard to mimic and he brings a totally different style to the table, so not only with he have to figure out how to deal with the Lakers, but the Lakers will have to figure out how to play against Noah.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 21)

I know my editors hate how late I am with my articles, so I will keep this intro brief. (I blame my puppy for trying to shut my laptop every time he hears me type but...) Once again, we are getting to the end of the season and fantasy basketball is at it's peak. By peak, I mean the variance is at it's highest, and the people putting in the work and paying close attention will have the upper-hand. With talk of no-name athletes getting minutes and having upside, you need to make sure you invest your time and waiver picks on the right players, it's too late to make mistakes and get away with it.

Jae Crowder, Aron Baynes, Kelly Olynyk, Jerami Grant, and Dario Saric are just a few of the players that have been fairly consistent all year, but also have fail to find a secure home off the waiver wire. For these last two months, they all will find usage and production, and all five of these players can contribute in multiple categories and have shown consistency at some point all season. For the crucial, upcoming month, if there is someone that is not pulling their weight, or is just not producing enough to translate to wins, substituting one of those five players could increase your upside across the board, and possible steal you one or two categories when the matchups matter most.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 20

Shaquille Harrison, PG/SG – Chicago Bulls

Ownership: 9%

4.8 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .468 FG% /  .8 SPG  

It might be unfair to say it has been a rough season for Shaquille Harrison, simply because, specifically, he is playing well despite the Bulls, as a whole, being utterly terrible. Even if his overall numbers have not been eye-catching, that is probably the reason he is only at 9% ownership right now. He is posting top-20 production over this past week, all of that value anchored by his incredible number of steals. While his upside seems unhindered now that Chicago seems dedicated to giving Harrison minutes, nearly all his value lies within his defense. He will get minutes because of his ability to defend and create chances, but scoring is an entirely different story. If Harrison is going to get near three steals a game, I'd roster him alone just to make sure I win the steals category in these waning weeks.

Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF – Atlanta Hawks

Ownership: 29%

10.3 PPG /  3.6 RPG /  .380 FG% /  1.1 SPG  

There hasn't been much consistency to Cam Reddish's game all season, but lately he has turned his inefficiency into overall production. He has been dealing with injuries and is currently dealing with some leg cramps, but he should be able to get back into his normal form for this upcoming week. The Hawks don't play any top-tier defenses until facing the Thunder on the 18th, but there is no way I will miss the opportunity to play Reddish against the Hornets, Knicks, Cavaliers, and Pelicans before that. As mentioned before, Reddish relies on scoring, but in the games where he has struggled in that department, he focuses elsewhere without having that shooters hesitation so many young players struggling to shoot go through. For what it's worth, the upcoming matchups dictate his upside more than Reddish himself. If he gets the minutes, it'll be harder for him not to produce.

Naz Reid, C – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership 39%

 8.9 PPG /  .404 FG% /  4.1 RPG / 0.8 BPG

This isn't much news, but to anyone that might still be doubting the abilities of Naz Reid better think again. He established himself when Karl-Anthony Towns was injured, and now he is making it known that he is the center on this team. Since he has been getting over 20 minutes a game, he has not disappointed, and along with his defense, he brings more spacing to the offense, hitting at least one triple a game. This last week, and for most of March already, Reid is playing his best basketball, even double-doubling two games in a row, a career-best. The frontcourts he faces in the upcoming week are not terrible, but they give up points and have been known to struggle against rebounders. His ownership is 39% and it should be higher considering his nightly upside.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (3/7/20): NBA DFS Lineups

Just a five game slate this Saturday, and already there is a clear emphasis on the importance of value tonight. With plenty of super-cheap options, if you don't ride the upside, someone will. Here's a perfect example for how tonight is going to play out. Gary Harris has been struggling this season, and although he has had great games here and there, he has been the thorn in the side of a ton of DFS players, specifically this season.

With the amount of value throughout the slate, it's hard to value someone like Harris, who has posted some truly terrible games, compared to someone like Matisse Thybulle, a player with a ton of upside. While it will come with risk, playing both Harris and someone like Thybulle, can allow the rest of your roster to to consist of high-tier players you NEED to play tonight. Since we all know Harris has the ability to produce against anyone, it's time we start taking him in games where his upside is maximized. He needs the space to get open shots, and along with Jokic playing extremely well, the Cavaliers defense have hung their caps on giving opposing offenses all the comfortability they need.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 3/7/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before line-up lock. Find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Matthew Dellavedova - PG/SG, CLE v. DEN ($3,100)

Even though it was his highest-minute game of the season, Matthew Dellavedova fumbled the opportunity. He saw more minutes and shot attempts this game, than any other game this season, but he literally couldn't hit a shot. The bump in minutes is the effect of injuries and there should be no change to that for the next few games, but clearly there is going to be a ton of risk simply playing him. It's hard to believe he will post another dud like he did against the Celtics, and even if he fails to score, his price allows for another low-production game to have minimal impact in case he flops again. I wouldn't plan on another scoreless outing and there are few players cheaper that have Dellavedova's potential.

De'Anthony Melton - PG/SG, MEM v. ATL ($4,400)

Over the past few weeks, De'Anthony Melton has gone from a key contributor, to accepting a backseat role in the offense. The Grizzlies are still 3-3 since starting Melton, but what's important here is the change in team-dynamic. Since Melton has been getting the start, his production has had an adverse effect, while the Grizzlies as a whole, have been thriving. He is producing less against quality defenses and he is usually tasked with an increased defensive role in those games. It's understandable given his size and athleticism, but for DFS, this recent trend works in our favor. His price has seen an ideal decrease, and playing against the Hawks, a team he has produced against in the past, gives him plenty of upside. Memphis also plays the Magic, Spurs, Trail Blazers, and Jazz this week, so look for this game and the Grizzlies road game versus Portland to be the two games he actually has the chance to contribute.

Jordan McRae - PG/SG, DET v. UTA ($4,500)

In his first game with the Pistons, Jordan McRae scored 15 points on 11 shots. It was a great debut and with the amount of injuries the Pistons have in their backcourt, McRae is guaranteed another high-usage game. Both Bruce Brown and Langston Galloway are available and will play, but neither offer the same type of, inside-out offense that McRae brings to the Pistons. If he is going to see near-starter minutes in his first game, it would seem wise to take advantage of this situation before the price gets out of hand. Rudy Gobert might anchor the Jazz defense, but McRae is fearless when it comes to driving and I expect him to find ways to other ways to contribute around Gobert's paint presence.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Harrison Barnes - SF/PF, SAC @ POR ($4,900)

Harrison Barnes might be coming off a strong month, but that doesn't mean he is slowing down his production. His usage rate has seen a slight decrease over this last week, and Barnes is still one of the Kings most consistent sources of offense. Even with his scoring going down slightly, he has increased his production elsewhere, and that alone makes this price worth it. Even though the rankings say the Trail Blazers fall in the top 15 versus opposing small forwards, anyone paying close enough attention knows that isn't the case for this current Portland team.

Glenn Robinson III - SF/PF, PHI @ GSW ($3,900)

These next two value picks go hand-in-hand. Both offer upside because of the matchups, but both have also flopped plenty of times against horrible defenses. Glenn Robinson III is the riskier pick because he gets less minutes and doesn't start, but the narrative is there for him to crush his projected score tonight. This is technically a revenge game against a team he played for earlier this season, and it's important to note that for a decent amount of time, he was the best player on that team on a nightly basis. He might not be aware of the ins-and-outs of this exact roster, but he will have confidence knowing he can score against them.

Royce O'Neale - SF, UTA @ DET ($3,800)

Although an entirely different situation with Royce O'Neale, the Pistons forwards have a top-15 defensive rank against small forwards, but rarely do they keep wing-shooters from getting shots. The Jazz have too many sources for offense, and that team-defense will only get Detroit so far in this game. They will need to find ways to stop, specifically, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, and now, a-heating-up Mike Conley. If Conley continues this hot-streak, look for O'Neale to be the main beneficiary. Normally, the better the starters play, the less upside the role players have, but O'Neale plays better when he has more spacing and the defense is forced to focus elsewhere.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Mason Plumlee - PF/C, DEN @ CLE ($3,700)

This is just a normal value pick banking on the Nuggets outright beating the Cavaliers. Normally, the Nuggets play down to their competition, as I have previously stated in too many articles to count, but this is a matchup nightmare for Cleveland. Nikola Jokic makes it near impossible for the Cavaliers frontcourt to find any stability, and the spacing players like Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and Jerami Grant is enough to force all the Cavaliers best defenders to abandon help defense. Obviously, they can't simply do that, so look for Jokic to have a field day with the mismatches and assignments, while Plumleee should see a few extra minutes as a result. Even if this game doesn't turn into a blowout, Plumlee runs enough minutes at power forward that Denver can run both Jokic and Plumlee to make things even worse for Cleveland.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (3/5/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

If you have been using RotoBaller’s Lineup Generator, you might have noticed the slight mishap that happens on night’s with small slates. With only four games being played, the generator is taking the best matchups, but we all know Jabari Parker isn’t even really playing for the Kings. Since his price caused the generated lineup to be considered “outdated,” the goal of this article is to find Parker’s DFS replacement, preferably a super-value play that actually has potential.

With the smaller slate, you won't need as much risk, but any risk you decide to take can lead to much bigger payouts. There is flexibility tonight because of injuries, so make sure you are checking lineups before tip-off. If you have any questions, find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 3/5/20. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Austin Rivers - PG, vs. LAC ($3,700)

Initially, Patrick Beverley was going to be considered my value play, but this game has so many extra factors buried within, most specifically surrounding Beverley, that I don’t trust he will be contributing like we need him too. We know Beverley and Russell Westbrook have history. The same can be said between James Harden and Beverley. Whether it’s friendly competition or not, it’s obvious Beverley’s attention will be on defense, whereas Austin Rivers knows nothing but offense. Rivers has a similar price, playing against his former team, a defense he knows he can score against. Most DFS players should see Beverley as the key play tonight, but Rivers has the ability and track record of performing well against this team.

Cody Martin - SG, vs. DEN  ($4,300)

There is absolutely a case to be made for both Martin’s here, but it’s obvious which twin carries the upside and which one’s price reflects a riskier play. While Caleb has the price we want tonight, his minutes has seen more variance compared to Cody, who has been getting near 30 minutes a game, all while recently producing as one of the Hornets top bench options. Caleb should be able to turn in a nice performance based strictly on his price, but Cody’s upside is levels above Caleb’s projected. Their usage numbers are similar, but Cody has been filling Malik Monk’s role perfectly and the Hornets front office has been rewarding him with minutes.

Alec Burks - SG, @ SAC ($4,500)

It's been somewhat difficult for Alec Burks to find consistency in this rotation, but the 76ers are absolutely giving him the ball when he's on the court which is always going to keep his upside on the higher end. Burks has had much more success when the 76ers are playing bad teams and he can work in isolation, which should be the case tonight for this Kings defense. Sacramento might be able to score with some of the best teams, but recently they have struggled across the board and their defense has never been their strong suit. Philadelphia is coming off loses to both the Lakers and Clippers, so expect them to be more conditioned and to put this game away early, allow the bench players to see more opportunities.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Eric Gordon - SF, vs. LAC ($4,000)

There is no downside to playing Eric Gordon at this price, now that he has returned from his injury. He has been a focal point of the Rockets offense for so long, that adding Russell Westbrook simply gives Gordon more spacing, rather than taking away anything. There was no real warm-up period to Gordon being back in the lineup, so look for him to get right into the swing of things. He is always due for a big-game, and now that both Westbrook and James Harden are playing well at the same time, the last two games have proved that Gordon's green light is brighter now than it has ever been. The Rockets don't need more offense, but they have been playing like a team desperate for that wing-shooter, and in his two games back, Gordon has already taken that role by storm. If anything, this will help Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker exert less energy on offense.

Glenn Robinson III - SF, @ SAC ($3,800) 

Similar to the Alec Burks play, only Glenn Robinson III has significantly more risk involved. The Kings defense is who we are targeting here, but we need some value plays that can actually exceed their projected. Robinson had his first big game for Philadelphia, and if there is one thing that has been consistent about Robinson, it's his ability to carry momentum over into consecutive games. The Kings shouldn't be able to keep this game close and as long as the 76ers are missing their two star players, Robinson, Burks, and even Raul Neto have serious upside on a nightly basis.

Nemanja Bjelica - PF, vs. PHI ($4,900)

Despite making it seem like the Kings are going to get steamrolled tonight, they still have players that can produce against this 76ers defense. His game log is not entirely promising, but if you consider his price drop, Nemanja Bjelica actually makes for a great value play. His rebounding, playmaking, and defense have been his most consistent traits recently, and him naturally being a shooter makes his upside ridiculously high when his price is below $5,000. Even if Philadelphia is toting a top defense, they are missing a key component in Joel Embiid. Even if Bjelica isn't able to hit all his shots, his attention to rebounding and defense gives him enough upside to exceed this projected.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Bismack Biyombo - C, vs. DEN ($5,000)

You will have to wait until right before tip-off to make sure you have the right player rostered, but both Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller can produce against the Nuggets frontcourt. Even though they don't match up well against the Nuggets defensively, and will struggle to completely contain Nikola Jokic, this is the center matchup for tonight. Depending on the rest of your roster, going with Biyombo or Zeller here will open up your roster to find the more expensive players without jeopardizing upside.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 20)

Initially, this intro was going to be another feature about the Miami Heat, but last night Shake Milton stole everyone's thunder and he is more than deserving of a few kind words. Milton was already mentioned in one of these articles a few weeks back, and finally this week, mainly due to injuries, he is a top source of production. This isn't some fluke either. This has been four games, consecutively, that Milton has either exceeded expectations through the eye-test, or literally given owners a box score to hang their hat on.

DFS players, standard league owners, everyone who has the chance to roster Milton, is thriving. We do have to assume much of this production comes from the help of two superstars being injured, but stats are stats, and as long as Milton is posting over 20 points a game with more than a handful of assists and rebonds thrown in, I'm not taking the chance and letting these games go to waste.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 20

Monte Morris, PG/SG – Denver Nuggets

Ownership: 10%

8.6 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .463 FG% /  3.6 APG  

Monte Morris is barely on the cusp of the top 60 players over the previous week, but it can't be ignored when he is contributing more than players like De'Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown, and Malcolm Brogdon. The Nuggets have needed scoring, and even though Morris hasn't directly impacted that need, he has helped get the offense moving, not to mention his defense has been severely undervalued this season. On both sides of the ball, the Nuggets clearly benefit from Morris being on the floor and recently, they have started rewarding him when he is open.

Earlier in the season, Morris was much more passive in his shot attempts, but recently, much thanks to Gary Harris forgetting how to shoot, Morris has seen an increased number of attempts and along with his defensive contributions, there is absolutely a reason to roster Morris if you are needing any extra stats to start off week 20. Morris plays five games this week, starting off against the Warriors and facing multiple other backcourts that are just as bad defensively.

Trey Lyles, PF/C – San Antonio Spurs

Ownership: 14%

5.7 PPG /  5.7 RPG /  .446 FG% /  0.9 3MPG  

February was huge for Trey Lyles. His minutes increased drastically and he ended the month on an extremely high-note. Against the Magic, a talented team defensively, he played near-40 minutes and scored 20 points for just the second time this season. It just so happens that both his 20-point games came in February, so while Lyles has this type of momentum and trust of the coaching staff, it only makes sense to roster him. There is no sign of him really losing his minutes, especially looking at the teams he is facing this week, so even if Lyles doesn't sustain this production, his trajectory in March is mimicking February's path.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF – Denver Nuggets

Ownership 42%

 11.7 PPG /  .471 FG% /  3.6 RPG / 0.8 BPG

Many thought the addition of Jordan McRae could lead to less minutes for Jerami Grant, but instead the reverse happened. McRae found himself being bought out by the Nuggets and Grant saw more minutes and increased his production. This previous week Grant strung together big games and even had his highest usage game of the season versus the Clippers. Since the Nuggets have a fairly easy schedule this next week, Grant is going to continue to fill any role that the Nuggets might need. As long as he is scoring and playing with this much effort, there is little reason to leave him on the wire. Just for context, from two weeks ago to last week, Grant upped his points per game from 16 to 21 in just a week. He might not continue that increase, but Grant has shown sustainability all season.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/29/20): NBA DFS Lineups

A seven-game slate means we have a bit more flexibility with lineup construction, but that also means our sleeper picks need to be spot-on. There are a ton of options tonight, and even though Ricky Rubio's price is a little steep, this seems like a trap game for value plays. Jevon Carter, and a few other Suns bench players, look like they are ready to make or break every lineup tonight, but instead it will be both the Phoenix starters carrying most of the workload per usual.

The Warriors have experienced a significant slide over the past week. Mainly, Draymond Green getting ejected while they lose their eighth game in a row. The Suns already have the upper-hand, even coming off a loss of their own to Detroit the night before, so with the little momentum they had from late in the fourth, and almost allowed them to escape with a win, they are still going to need the most from their starters, just to beat the Warriors.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 2/29/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before line-up lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Damion Lee - SG, GSW v. PHO ($5,300)

Even with the Warriors losing, Damion Lee is finding ways to stay productive. We have rarely seen Lee in this form and this is the first time all season he has been shooting with this much frequency. Even though his shot attempts have fluctuated more now, than earlier in the season, he has increased his ceiling by showing the willingness to be THE high-volume shooter for this team. The efficiency is slowly following behind, but it is there and for the time being, Lee and Andrew Wiggins are the rhythm of the offense. The Suns defense isn't good enough to really diminish their upside, and as long as Lee is playing with this sense of urgency, he'll need a serious price increase before you can safely fade him.

Avery Bradley - PG/SG, LAL @ MEM ($3,300)

If Avery Bradley is going to be consistently inconsistent, we need to find ways to play into that. This is one of those situations, where Bradley has performed well against Memphis in the past, and he tends to get more minutes against bad teams. He had a scoreless game versus the Pelicans, which entirely disagreed with the original math of that game, but it's also ideal since it led what his price is now. Luckily, he responded by scoring 12 points on seven shots the next game, so whatever that little hiccup was, the framework of this game will be defined Anthony Davis and should trickle down to make things easy for the guards, especially a wing-scorer like Bradley.

Markelle Fultz - PG/SG, ORL @ SA ($5,600)

Despite the Orlando Magic winning three-straight games, their longest winning streak since early-December, Markelle Fultz has seen both medial production and usage over those three games. The worst part about this tiny string of games is that none of those teams have quality backcourt defenses. Where Fultz looked like he should have thrived, he struggled, and that's where most DFS players will be looking. His inability to produce against normally bad defenses will ignore the fact that Fultz has matched up with the likes of Caris Levert, Josh Okogie, Taurean Prince, and Malik Beasley over that span. The Spurs lack those types of defensive tools and if Terrence Ross keeps playing well, it clearly impacts Fultz' upside.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Rudy Gay - SF/PF, SA v. ORL ($3,300)

This shouldn't come as much surprise. The Spurs are playing, which means you are contemplating their entire roster. It's an unfortunate circumstance, but it's part of DFS. The Magic defense is still very talented and even though they have small gaps here and there, only a few certain players fit the role of someone who can unravel that type of defense. Both DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay fall under the category of those players, but Gay's minutes on a nightly basis just aren't there. He makes the most of them every game, but since he doesn't have the leeway to miss a ton of shots, it's hard to confidently consider him every night. Since there is some history favoring Rudy Gay here, it's hard not to roster him at this price. The Spurs will need more individual offense, so LaMarcus Aldridge is also a solid play here.

Kevin Love - PF, CLE v. IND ($6,700)

The two times these teams have met, Kevin Love has dominated the stat sheet. To put it in context, Domantas Sabonis has had a stellar season that started on a very strong note. Even with that strong start, Love was able to post two monstrous double-doubles against the Pacers defense. Andre Drummond will force a few less rebounds to go Love's way, but the spacing he adds to this team, in this situation, allows the Cavaliers to actually compete in this game. The season might be a bust for Cleveland, but there are still points to be scored and Love should do more than carry his weight, again, tonight. The Pacers rank sixth for a reason, but they are going up against two of the league's top rebounders.

Carmelo Anthony - PF, POR @ ATL ($5,700)

Although Carmelo Anthony never made it clear he didn't want close to 40 minutes-a-night playing for a contender, he is somewhat making the most of those minutes? Even though Anthony is playing like a refined player with the Trail Blazers, we need efficiency. The Hawks defense ranks in the bottom three when matched up against forwards and Anthony is coming off a 12-point outing versus the the Pacers. The eight shots he took that game were the fewest he's taken since February 4th, so look for a sort of rebound game from him against a defense that lets up some of the best FG%'s to opposing power forwards.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Bam Adebayo - C, MIA v. BKN ($8,600)

Looking at the list of centers available, Bam Adebayo sneaks by. Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan are not skilled enough defensively to run the floor with Adebayo, and they don't have the size and attitude to bump around with him in the paint. Both the Nets centers might have upside when it comes to rebounds, but both also will be tasked with chasing around one of the league's most versatile big men. To make things worse for Brooklyn, adding Jae Crowder has seemingly increased Adebayo's defensive intensity, so his upside in blocks alone has me worried for whoever fades him tonight.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (2/27/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

There are four games on Friday night's slate, and already it's looking like Alex Caruso is up for a low-price, high-ownership night. Despite Caruso becoming a fan favorite among more than just Laker fans, his nightly production is fairly weak. Since he isn't a consistent shooter and his scoring seems to rely on dunks and easy looks around the rim, his fantasy upside is limited. Usually Caruso is good to fade against any opponent, but since there is sure to be some extra garbage time thrown around, Caruso should be first in line when it comes to usage and running the second unit.

He runs well with the starters, but he also still needs to work on his scoring and that's where most of his upside lies. With LeBron James already listed as out for this game, look for him to get a significant boost in minutes compared to when these two teams met earlier this month and Caruso barely played.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 2/27/20. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Find me in the NBA Chat Room and @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Malcolm Brogdon - PG, vs. POR ($5,900) 

The Pacers went through a prolonged struggle in early February, but Malcolm Brogdon has stayed consistent throughout. He might have had one or two bad games during the stretch, but none were enough to keep Brogdon away from filling the stat sheet and the Trail Blazers backcourt defense has not improved since losing Lillard. His price is low and Portland's 22nd ranked defense versus opposing point guards is going to struggle to keep Brogdon from contributing in his usual way, scoring from all three levels and incorporating his teammates.

Buddy Hield - SG, @ OKC ($5,900)

The biggest issue with this pick is that the Thunder defense is no joke and they rank 3rd for a reason. That being said, Buddy Hield facing a tough defense is, somewhat, what we want. The more the defense can force individual production the better it is for DFS players. With the chance that his ownership is extremely low, his price is right in the area that should keep most players away, but not high enough to really ruin any upside.

Alec Burks - SG, vs. NY ($4,000)

This should be the most important play for Friday. Not only did the 76ers lose Joel Embiid, but their offense is going to come from an entirely new set of players. While Al Horford, Shake Milton, and Furkan Korkmaz all have incredibly high upside with the injuries, Alec Burks is the only real natural scorer of the bunch. Since he is pretty much guaranteed usage this contest, I'd gladly take the chance while his price is so low. Since it's the Knicks and whatever happens this game, Philadelphia is still likely to change it up versus the Clippers the following game, Burks IS offense and the 76ers need some of that.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Abdel Nader - SF, vs. SAC ($3,500)

Since Abdel Nader has seen an increase in minutes over the past month, going from just over 10 minutes a game to the 18 he averaged over the previous week, it's getting harder and harder to simply fade him as a super-value play each night. The Thunder have been winning and play a much weaker opponent on the first night of a back-to-back, so Nader should see a few extra minutes versus a weak opponent defensively, not to mention it's a team he has already scored 15 points on this season.

Markieff Morris - SF, vs. GSW ($3,900)

Speaking of garbage time, with the LeBron James injury news, it makes sense the Lakers would try to get Markieff Morris a little more acclimated with the team and, more importantly, their schemes. His debut was nothing special and after scoring just four points in 14 minutes, it's going to take another game or two before we see, exactly, how the Lakers want to incorporate Morris into the offense. In other words, Morris' price is basically an unknown, and as a versatile big, this game just so happens to work directly in his favor since he plays more like a power forward.

Al Horford - PF, vs. NYK ($4,800)

Despite Al Horford being an utter disappointment in DFS, almost on a nightly basis at this point, he needs to be played Friday. Since Embiid is missing this game, offense is going to come from anywhere and the 76ers are going to rally around the fact that both their superstars are out. Horford will get usage, but he actually needs to do what he has struggled to do lately, produce. He's playing the Knicks. I know of all games this would be another game for Horford to disappoint, but it's the Knicks, everyone on Philadelphia is walking into this game with confidence.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

JaVale McGee - C, @ GSW ($3,600)

Not only are the Warriors competing for worst defensive frontcourt in the league, but they have the luxury of facing former center JaVale McGee. Both the Lakers and 76ers are going to be easy teams to stack with both of their best players missing, but don't be afraid to look at someone like McGee, since he is going to be doing as much as he can to help the offense without the main facilitator. He always makes the most of his minutes and when there are special circumstances, like tonight,  McGee tends to exceed those expectations.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 19)

This might come as a shock to some of you, but Jae Crowder has gone from fantasy irrelevance to, easily, a top standard league player. Over the past two weeks, however, he is posting first-round, top-12 production, despite being fairly new to the Heat. With this, many standard league players are selling high on Crowder and there is nothing wrong with that. His value is anchored in defensive stats, so any player that has a Rudy Gobert or Ben Simmons already rostered, can either double-up on those categories, or have an extremely flexible trade piece that could set them up for the playoffs.

The way Crowder has been playing, he's had almost no downside, and every game he has contributed in some way that actually benefits owners. The consistency on the scoring end has been the bonus that has lifted him to this valuable point, and as his role increases, it's unlikely he starts to contribute less and less. The Heat need that wing scoring so as long as Crowder is playing at this level, his Heat teammates will continue to reward him.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 19

Damion Lee, SG – Golden State Warriors

Ownership: 20%

12.3 PPG /  4.8 RPG /  .418 FG% /  2.5 APG  

It was fairly obvious that the Warriors were going to the be the team with a ton of players to grab off the waiver wire. It started early in the season with a few big games from Eric Paschall, then came Marquese Chriss, now Damion Lee is thriving in the spotlight. It hasn't been consistent all season, but over the past week, Lee has been one of the best players on this team.

The addition of Andrew Wiggins has been perfect for the spacing of this team, and someone with his offensive abilities can easily hoard the usage without it really bothering the rest of the team. Specifically, the Warriors are losing and Lee is still contributing among the top 50 or 60 players over the past two weeks.

For the time being, ride this wave, because Lee has been playing inspired basketball and has been shooting like never before. Whether it lasts or not doesn't matter, right now and for the next month, the Warriors need Lee and Wiggins to carry the scoring load and Lee has near multiplied his shooting attempts from the outside.

 

Coby White, PG – Chicago Bulls

Ownership: 34%

11.9 PPG /  3.5 RPG /  .380 FG% /  2.4 APG  

Coby White might not help your shooting percentages, but his raw production over the past few games can't continue to go unused in standard leagues. The Bulls offense is, basically, either Zach LaVine or Coby White initiating, with one of them either taking the shot, or passing to the player that is taking the shot. Now that White should be guaranteed 30 minutes for the next few games, since he has been succeeding with the 30 minutes they are giving him now, his output is going to mimic what it was this past week.

Why it took so long for White to get these many minutes consistently is a testament to the Bulls coaching staff and front office, but just watching the Bulls makes you feel unorganized and you get a good understanding why they are losing so often and by so much. There is little help in terms of offense, so there is really no downside to rostering and playing White through the rest of February, aside from his just below-average shooting percentages.

 

Chris Boucher, PF/C – Toronto Raptors

Ownership 3%

 6.3 PPG /  .461 FG% /  4.4 RPG / 1.0 BPG

It's tough to gauge the trajectory with Chris Boucher, simply because his upside is ridiculously high when he gets the minutes, but those heavy-minute games are few and far between. These past two games, Boucher has blocked at least four shots and while the Raptors don't require that extra defense, the teams the Raptors face in the upcoming week are susceptible to getting owned by athletic centers that contribute defensively.

The Bucks and Hornets alone make Boucher worth the pickup, but any boost in minutes and there is good chance someone else will look to steal the opportunity. Boucher isn't Boban Marjonovic, where any minutes lead to production, but when Boucher gets over 20 minutes, he has yet to have a bad game.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/22/20): NBA DFS Lineups

With seven total games this Saturday, there are only six on the main slate. Nearly every game today is lined up to be a competitive contest, with the Heat-Cavaliers as the only game looking like it will be a blowout, based simply on numbers. James Harden versus the Jazz has the ability to go both ways because of Rudy Gobert's impact, but Harden is back to his shooting form and this new offensive dynamic Russell Westbrook and he have created, makes the offense run through two people. Perfect for building DFS lineups.

Trae Young is also coming off his highest scoring game of the season, so rather than looking for him to cool off. Look for the Mavericks to gameplan around slowing down Young, forcing him to create more offense for his teammates. He might not score 50, or even 40, but he should contribute in multiple categories to make this pick viable if you cannot spend the extra $300 for Harden.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 2/22/20.  You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks.  Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before line-up lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Jeff Teague - PG/SG, ATL vs. DAL ($3,800)

Jeff Teague at this price seems like a mistake, but unfortunately the minutes have been all over the place for him. This might have been expected when he was traded back to the Hawks, a non-contending team, but it's not like he is failing to produce. He is playing well against solid defenses and his composure has been surprisingly more evident now that he is with the Hawks compared to the Timberwolves. It's unclear whether the variance in minutes will be consistent, but with the Hawks facing a good defensive backcourt, Teague is going to be forced into production.

Joe Ingles - SG/SF, UTA v. HOU ($4,800)

His ceiling isn't nearly as high as you would think playing against the Rockets, and Joe Ingles really hasn't played well versus Houston this season. He has yet to score more than ten points, and last time these two faced, Ingles only took two shots despite playing over 30 minutes. He contributed, but not to the tune of what his price currently is. Since this double-digit scoring drought has become a bit of a trend, the consistent minutes still give Ingles plenty of upside against the worst defense when facing opposing small forwards. Ingles might morph into the Jazz' second Defensive Player of the Year candidate when playing the Rockets, but he needs to be considered for such a cheap price, especially playing against a team that plays exactly into his hand so perfectly. A big, regular season game from Ingles versus the Rockets is looming.

Coby White- PG/SG, CHI v. PHO ($4,700)

It's very hard not to target the Suns every time they play, so I won't fight it. First things first, Coby White over the past week has seen a fairly significant bump in minutes. Over the last two weeks, he saw 30 minutes rarely, playing closer to 20-25 minutes a night, but over the previous two games, White has played over 30 minutes and scored 26 points on 25 shots. The scoring inefficiency is expected, he's been doing that all season, but when it comes to playing a defense like this, his upside is multiplied. He is a talented scorer, but for him to be useful in DFS, he needs to be assisting as well. Since the Suns lack that defensive firepower to really contain all the talent in the Bulls backcourt, this matchup should allow White to get to his spots, without forcing too much usage on him that might risk his upside.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Robert Covington - SF/PF, HOU @ UTA ($5,900)

Even though the slow pace of Utah might seem like the crux that works against Robert Covington, he has been able to consistently produce against the Jazz, and that was before he was on a contending team. He didn't have stand out performances in terms of being the highest scorer or rebounding at a high-rate, but he stuffs the stat sheet and makes sure to add in enough points make him exceed his value. With some of the options available, not many people should be looking at Covington when it comes to this matchup.

Al Horford - PF/C, PHI @ MIL ($4,600)

It's been anything but a good week for Al Horford, but the 76ers have won four straight so maybe it hasn't been too terrible for him. Statistically, yeah it's been pretty horrendous. A night where you fail to score while playing 30 minutes, followed up by two more low-scoring contests, is going to get you the price Horford is at now. Realistically, Horford has no reason to be slumping, but at the same time, a role player that doesn't focus on stats, in a slump, is the perfect pivot on a night with fewer games. DFS players are going to fade him since he is playing the Bucks and the upside looks like it's simply missing, but Milwaukee ranks 20th against centers and Horford should be actively trying to break out of this funk he is in.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Kelly Olynyk - PF/C, MIA v. CLE ($3,400)

Earlier this season, when Kelly Olynyk played less than 20 minutes in the first game versus the Cavaliers, the Heat won by 11. When Olynyk played closer to 25 minutes, he tripled his scoring output and doubled his rebounds. The Heat won in a blowout by 25 points. For his price being this low, the minutes are going to be there, not to mention that the Cavaliers play a style that works for someone like Olynyk. If they want to shoot, he is going to be on the perimeter nearly every possession waiting. If the Cavaliers look to take away that spacing, any combination of Heat frontcourt players still allows for Olynyk to get to his spots with ease. The Heat don't see him as a first option, but as a secondary scorer, he has the recent usage to back up why the Heat find a way to play Olynyk consistently.

Aron Baynes - C, PHO @ CHI ($3,000)

After dealing with a hip injury for the past month, Aron Baynes has been cleared to play and even received a quick ten minutes in his return versus Toronto. The Suns should look to get him back into the rotation as quickly as possible, so with this price, there is no way it is going to last. In those 10 minutes he played Friday night, he was producing in a similar fashion to how he has been playing all season. Unexpected consistency. Despite not doing much overall, he offered relief to the frontcourt and still managed to bring a defensive presence to the bench rotations paint. Those factors are priceless to the Suns and that alone keeps Baynes solidly in the rotation, even at this stage in the season, where playing him serves no other benefit than winning.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (2/20/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

All-Star break and our break from NBA DFS is finally over. With the return of basketball, we have a six-game slate with one major play sticking out due to some recent injury news. Since Kyrie Irving re-aggravated a shoulder injury, Spencer Dinwiddie for just $6,900 against any defense is a steal. Specifically against the 76ers this season, Dinwiddie is averaging just below 24 points, which alone is enough to make this pick worth the price. There is added upside since Dinwiddie has primary point guard duties and has posted at least six assists in each of the three games as well.

James Harden is also going to see high ownership Thursday night. So with his price in the right spot, he can be rostered without it really wasting our available salary, but be prepared for his tag to see another rapid increase after tonight. A bad game from Harden is just a bad game, but his price is too low and his upside too high to fade him tonight.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 2/20/20. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Buddy Hield - SG, SAC v. MEM ($5,700)

FanDuel must be banking on shooters not hitting shots based on how low some of these prices are. First Harden, now Buddy Hield with a wildly low price, at least based on the upside he has against the Grizzlies defense. Looking at the history between Hield and this Memphis team, it's been one bad game and one stellar game, with the better game coming more recently. Hield's success could be attributed to playing with De'Aaron Fox, and the tandem being too much for Memphis too handle, but Hield hit five three's and it didn't look like he was getting contested on most of the 17 attempts throughout the game. Since Jae Crowder was traded, the Grizzlies have managed the top defense since the then and should force both De'Aaron Fox and Hield into a high-usage games.

 Goran Dragic - PG, MIA @ ATL ($5,100)

Goran Dragic isn't posting great numbers for anyone in standard leagues, but the bump in minutes over the previous few games has improved his upside drastically. FanDuel has accounted for this with his price increase, but the way he is filling the stat sheet against some of the stingier defenses, even in a blowout, makes a matchup with the Hawks more enticing. Atlanta already struggles with defense and Dragic is not lacking experience against competitive defenders. Overall, the Hawks have been the second worst defense with a defensive rating of 119.0 since February 7th.

De'Anthony Melton - PG, MEM @ SAC ($4,600)

I get to namedrop Jae Crowder twice this article so my Thursday is off to a great start. Now that there is a slight excess of minutes within the Grizzlies rotation, not only has Brandon Clarke made the most of his opportunities, but De'Anthony Melton has created his own role within their offense. Even though his price is a little high compared to what he normally produces, Melton has had no problem dismantling the Kings defense. Despite not posting ideal stats the first game, Melton increased on his scoring and posted 16 points in 21 minutes in the second matchup. The Grizzlies lost in the very end, but Melton was incredibly useful and the Kings are going to need to help stopping him if he picks up the same momentum he had the last time these two teams met.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Josh Jackson - SF, MEM @ SAC ($3,600)

There is a pretty strong drop-off at small forward, so if you aren't spending up, you'll need to find that value play. Per usual with the former G-Leaguer, Josh Jackson is going to be one of the cheapest and one of, if not, the riskiest pick of the night. There is no real consistency about him, but the Grizzlies are giving him minutes and we can't argue if there is going to be a night where he actually has upside. The Grizzlies-Kings matchups have been close all season and Jackson has found close to 20 minutes in three of the last four Grizzlies games. I'd wait to hear more about this game to see if there is going to be a more direct opening for Jackson, but we can't overlook him just in case a window of opportunity opens up.

Luke Kornet - PF, CHI v. CHA ($4,300)

For how many three's Luke Kornet is taking, his price seems way too low. Then again, that would make sense since FanDuel isn't buying into scoring on the first day back from the All-Star break. The Hornets have boasted a top defense during this abbreviated month, which should change, but for the time being can be used to our advantage. Since players will look to avoid playing a low-end center versus a quality defense, it's important to remember Kornet is seeing uncontested minutes at center and is coming off his second-best rebounding performance as a Bull. The Hornets bigs will be able to roam the paint, but Kornet is going to stretch the floor and get open shots.

Jalen McDaniels - PF, CHA @ CHI ($3,700)

Similar to Kornet, Jalen McDaniels is a big that can stretch the floor and fill the rest of the stat sheet like a rebounding forward. McDaniels is better around the rim and has shown less hesitation on shots than Kornet, but he also hasn't actually had a quality game in the league yet, whereas Kornet has already posted a big game during his short career. However, McDaniels posted a double-digit scoring effort alongside six rebounds in just his fifth game with the team. He has played just over 60 minutes with the Hornets, a third of those minutes coming in his last game against Minnesota. The Hornets are finding ways to get McDaniels involved, most of his attempts stemming from some type of Devonte' Graham motion. McDaniels might be fighting for minutes, but the Hornets seem more than willing to take the chance based on their latest games.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

P.J. Tucker - C, HOU @ GSW ($4,300)

It's been a bit of a uphill climb for P.J. Tucker when it comes to actually producing in the stat column, but luckily we know that doesn't concern him. Even with his new role at center, Tucker is still getting chances to shoot corner three's at a high rate and his rebounding upside seems more dependent on his matchups height rather than skill. Since he will be facing Marquese Chriss at center, and Tucker has already posted one of his better games of the season against the Warriors, this is one of the safer picks with so few centers providing stability. Jonas Valanciunas, Kelly Olynyk, and Thon Maker other quality options.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (2/13/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

With just two-games on the last slate before the All-Star break, what better way to enjoy it than watching all four teams play at the same time. Although the points favor a Thunder - Pelicans stack tonight, RotoBaller's NBA Lineup Generator is heavily favoring the Clippers - Celtics game. To help clear up why, even though Chris Paul is facing the 29th worst team at defending point guards, per game they only give up two more fantasy points than the Clippers, despite the Clippers ranking 12th in the same category.

Value is going to be scarce and I apologize in advance, but these are going to be fairly risky options. If you want to construct a stable lineup, you won't need to find value below $5,000 tonight. You can craft a solid lineup tonight with a majority of the 'playing' high-tier players with enough left in your salary to keep your upside fairly high. There is a significant drop-off in terms of upside for players tonight, and I will be targeting the sleeper / pivot plays. If you want to hear about the superstar picks and names you see on a daily basis, I suggest reading another article.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 2/13/20. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Frank Jackson - PG, NOP v. OKC ($3,500)

There won't be any options cheaper than Frank Jackson that actually have upside tonight, and this is risky in itself. Last game, Jackson surpassed his projected because of a blowout where he got enough minutes, and if that were the sole indicator on whether this pick would flop or not, I'd say were in good shape. Sadly, Jackson has flown under the radar recently for good reason and if a Pelicans playmaker misses another game, for example Brandon Ingram doesn't play, Jackson will actually be able to find some usage within the offense, but more importantly, contribute on DFS for the cheapest of prices.

Lou Williams - SG, LAC @ BOS ($5,500)

It's not hard to go to RotoBaller.com, click on the NBA Lineup Generator and take your pick. You'll see the most optimized players in quite a few repetitive lineups, many of which you'll see Lou Williams. For the sake of interest, I'm trying to stray away from that group of 10-15 players in those lineups just to give that extra perspective. Williams is in that group for good reason and there are few defenses that can consider themselves Lou Williams - proof.

Williams had an off-game last outing versus the 76ers, where he started, played over 35 minutes, but was unable to get anything going. He also saw one of his lowest usage nights and when Williams can't get his shot going, it impacts the whole team. Look for him to rebound against a team he has dominated in the past.

Landry Shamet - PG, LAC @ BOS ($4,300)

Lou Williams might not have been the sleeper pick everyone was expecting, but I need someone on the cover photo, right? Anyway, in terms of pivot's and sleeper picks, only the bold are going to roster Landry Shamet with tonight's options. You can get by without going this cheap, but if everyone is rostering the same people, which will absolutely happen tonight, then nobody really wins. This is the perfect option for variance because not only has Shamet been playing well lately, but his role fits exactly into the type of player the Celtics want to beat them.

Shamet won't create much of his own offense and he will be sitting on the perimeter waiting to do most of his work. Boston isn't going to allocate resources to focus on Shamet with the other stars the Celtics have to worry about, so with a cheap price and upside against a good team, he has potential to see another 30 minutes.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Marcus Morris - SF, LAC @ BOS ($5,200)

I'll be honest, I really tried to find some value here, there just isn't. Adbel Nader, and Semi Ojeleye are not getting rostered tonight and if anything, I can see why someone would consider E'Twaun Moore. He's the type of boom-or-bust candidate that can single-handedly win you money tonight. Very few players will roster him and those who do are paying a fairly hefty price. Maybe not with his actual DFS price, but if he doesn't have a good game tonight, you are not cashing out and that was a wasted roster spot. Options are available and when Marcus Morris is already seeing 35 minutes and hitting multiple three's with his brand new team, I wouldn't hesitate to roster him.

This counts as a revenge game and by looking at the Celtics forwards, who will guard Morris, the upside is there as well. Despite the Boston defense holding solid defensive rankings in general, there's a reason why their frontcourt needs work. Daniel Theis doesn't have the skillset needed to keep up with versatile forwards who can stretch the floor and bump around in the paint.

Nicolo Melli - PF, OKC @ NOP ($4,000)

If you are looking for any type of low-ownership power forward play, Nicolo Melli is your only option. DFS players are going to roster Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, and Kawhi Leonard. Those are the top four guys in this position and right behind them, you have Nerlens Noel and Nicolo Melli. Based purely on history, Melli gets the advantage here and it's not even close. Melli is making the most of his minutes and the Pelicans are rewarding him at every stop.

He might not be the paint-threat that Williamson is, but Melli has been filling in wherever the team needs him and lately, it's been exactly where he wants to be. It might be the last game before break, but Melli has been an ideal low-end stretch big and that's one type of player that the Thunder defense can't do much about despite their top ten ranking versus orthodox power forwards.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Enes Kanter - C, BOS vs. LAC ($4,100)

This is the typical pivot for tonight. I would roster Montrezl Harrell or Derrick Favors way before Enes Kanter, but that's only if the price fits. As a cheaper option with some upside, it's always easy to see a way for the Celtics to utilize Kanter. The Clippers are one of those teams Kanter's size would dominate against, but they play at a speed that causes his defense to be easily exposed. He's played against the Clippers once already this season and the results were not overly promising. If he can repeat that, we'd be in decent shape, but any regression and we are pretty much out of contention. Looking at the trend surrounding Kanter, it looks more like Robert Williams or Semi Ojeleye will see extra minutes tonight, but neither of those players can be trusted with every DFS roster spot needing to contribute if we want to cash out tonight.

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NBA DFS Prop Picks for Wednesday (2/12/19) - Monkey Knife Fight

With only two days left before the All-Star Break, players will be looking to make the most of their last game before the return to regular season action on February 20th. To give you an idea of how the night will go, look to target the Kings defense and Luka Doncic, the Denver defense who should get pummeled by LeBron James, and a slumping Indiana defense, that has the misfortune of guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo, just days after the birth his son.

With 11 games tonight, there is plenty of action throughout the league, so just because I chose these five players, doesn't mean there aren't other bets out there. I'd be glad to go over others with you, but like always, if you have any questions, find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

Editor's Note: Here's a great special offer for all RotoBaller readers from our Monkey Knife Fight friends: New AND Existing Player Bonus. All players receive a 100% matched signup or reload bonus up to $50 with code 'RBNBA19'. Sign up and deposit, and use our prop picks to get off on a winning foot! 

 

Bradley Beal (WAS) OVER 31.5 Points

Over the previous two weeks, Bradley Beal has been averaging 32 points a game, which starts us on the right foot if we take the over here. This will be the last game for the Wizards and while it hasn't been all of Marcus Morris' undoing, the Knicks defense has collapsed. While they were managing some fairly impressive defensive numbers when it came to facing opposing guards, that has totally changed now that the paint is only being protected by Mitchell Robinson when he is in.

Since Robinson is getting minutes here and there depending on the matchup, he will most likely see 30 minutes again tonight, but with a injury tag already next to his name and Beal's ability to score from anywhere, this is going to be a night where he is forced to takeover in Madison Square Garden.

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Damian Lillard (POR) OVER 32.5 Points

Despite the Grizzlies having decent numbers versus opposing point guards, this is Damian Lillard. There have been very few players posting the same production over the last month and with this being the final game before break for the Trail Blazers, there is no way he is letting this go to waste. His history against the Grizzlies is a bit shady since he hasn't played them this year, but the Memphis defense has come primarily from Dillon Brooks and their athletic frontcourt.

The best part about this pick is that Lillard has been near impossible to guard this season, forcing nearly every team to throw some type of defensive scheme at him to stop him. That is a great strategy and although it has seldom worked, it is what teams need to do to stop him. This is where playing a very young Grizzlies team sells the pick. Defense is not their strong suit and especially not game-planned, team defense, trying to stop one of the league's best players playing at his best.

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Karl-Anthony Towns (PHO) Over 53.5 Points

First things first, Karl-Anthony Towns runs the Hornets. The last three times he has faced them, he has posted monstrous stats and to be fair, that is the case when most centers face Charlotte. Big men tend to to annihilate the Hornets frontcourt and there's no reason for that to randomly change tonight. Nothing against Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo, their defense is just not nearly enough for how little support they have.

The most important thing to note here is that even with D'Angelo Russell playing, Towns was still able to have one of his bigger nights of the season. His upside is increased playing with Russell, so look for him to continue to thrive on what I'll call the honeymoon phase of this deal.

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Trae Young (ATL) Over 10.5 Assists

Similar to the case with Karl-Anthony Towns playing the Hornets, Trae Young faces the Cavaliers with a ton of upside. Not only has he run them for 30 points and 11 assists previously this season, but he is averaging double-digit assists over the past week against everybody. The best part about Young is that scoring doesn't pull away from his ability to find open teammates.

Whether it's at the rim or on the perimeter, Young keeps his head up regardless of how many points he has scored that night. It's a blessing and a curse, but for us tonight, it's nothing short of a gift.

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Andre Drummond (CLE) OVER 15.5 Rebounds

It took me a while to decide which direction had more promise, but it's too hard not to bet the over here. The Cavaliers have rebounders that will compete with Andre Drummond and earlier this season while playing with the Pistons, Drummond was able to clear that 16 rebound benchmark just once. I understand betting the under, assuming there will simply be too many mouths to feed and everyone will be fighting for rebounds. But this is Andre Drummond, arguably one of the best rebounders, not to mention he is one of the biggest players in the league.

He is going to get his and playing with the Pistons actually hurt his upside when it came specifically to rebounding.  There was minimal team-rebounding and not only was Drummond forced to box-out multiple opponents, but he had to grab the board as well. With Cleveland, it's already clear there will be less effort on his part to grab rebounds and that's where most of his upside lies.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 17/18)

This is going to be a very short week for standard fantasy leagues, but luckily every team is going to play at least once before the All-Star Break starts. If you are looking to make trades over this time, the earlier the better. The longer you wait, the more leverage you lose when it comes to upside and trying to make the most of a trade. Send out as many trade offers as you can and do what you can to get what you want.

Players like James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis have carried you this far, but be careful because all three of those players are likely to miss more and more games with the season winding down. On the other hand, players like Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, and Trae Young have been studs all season and show no signs of slowing down as the fantasy season gets closer and closer to playoffs.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 17/18

Seth Curry, PG/SG – Dallas Mavericks

Ownership: 14%

11.3 PPG /  2.2 RPG /  .470 FG% /  1.9 APG  

Seth Curry jumped up the rankings with his last game, scoring 26 points in 27 minutes, shooting with incredibly efficiency and filling in some other categories as well. Dallas plays two more times this week, Monday against the Jazz and Wednesday versus the Kings. Outside of one game this season, every time Curry has played either the Kings or Jazz, he has scored or has been close to scoring 20 or more points.

Even in the game he only scored 19 points, he posted four rebounds and four assists to go along with it. Curry has adopted a much bigger scoring role over the past two games and with only two more games left before a significant break, I don't expect him to stop shooting.

 

Jordan McLaughlin, PG – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership: 5%

6.9 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .456 FG% /  3.9 APG  

D'Angelo Russell will be making his debut as the Timberwolves point guard soon, but until that is certain, Jordan McLaughlin, while very untimely, has been playing incredibly well. Minnesota had their best game of the season against the Clippers, and even though it was really just Karl-Anthony Towns, Malik Beasley, and McLaughlin doing all the scoring, that dynamic is likely to fade away rather quickly with Russell joining the offense.

Even with Russell, McLaughlin is deserving of minutes and a spot in the rotation simply because of how good he has been on both sides of the ball. Looking strictly at the numbers, the production is there and since he is facing the Raptors and Hornets with his last two games before break, the upside is there as well.

 

Marquese Chriss, PF/C – Sacramento Kings

Ownership 37%

 8.3 PPG /  .533 FG% /  5.5 RPG / 1.0 BPG

This is right below the maximum ownership for a waiver wire add to be considered "deep," but since Marquese Chriss, technically, should still be available in most leagues, he needs to be added. At first he was producing, but the Warriors weren't winning so Chriss was sent to the G-League for a few games, only to be called back up and given a contract. After he posted the best game of his career last outing, the Warriors can't do much but give the ball to the few players they have and let them do what they can while they are hot.

It'll be much easier for Chriss now that there is another serious offensive threat in the rotation, but don't let that distract you from the fact that Chriss plays better when he's not doing all the work. The more spacing he has, the better chance he has to produce.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/8/20): NBA DFS Lineups

Another slate of eight games, but only one is really popping out as one to watch for. To be completely honest, with some of the recent referee-ing situations we've had the past nights, it's getting a tad annoying watching it all go down unopposed. All that aside, with the Eastern Conference experiencing a minor shakeup before the trade deadline, only a few teams can consider themselves above the rest. The Raptors and Nets might not meet in the Finals, but it is a potential playoff matchup and the teams have matched up somewhat well in the past. The two times they have played this season, both teamshave scored over 100 points and the game has come down to the last quarter. Toronto is playing very well at the moment, so I don't think there is any need to worry about Toronto not covering their seven point spread, but for DFS, both teams have a ton of upside.

Terence Davis was the value play yesterday and just because he exceeded his value Friday, doesn't mean he is guaranteed is have an off night. Davis has slowly been playing more and more consistently within the rotation and with his price remaining on the lower end, there's no reason to let it go to waste.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 2/8/20.  You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks.  Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before line-up lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

P.J. Dozier - PG, DEN @ PHO ($3,500)

If the Nuggets can run a seven-man rotation again versus the Suns, every DFS player would appreciate it. When you know where the production is coming from, it changes the landscape of winning in DFS. Since the Nuggets have succeeded with a smaller rotation and P.J. Dozier has had solid games recently, there is a chance that the perfect combination will happen. That being, the Nuggets don't have enough players to run a healthy rotation so Dozier is literally forced to do something. He has the ability to create offense and if Gary Harris has another terrible night, Dozier won't only be a solid play, but he will be THE play.

Malik Monk - PG/SG, CHA vs. DAL ($4,500)

The Hornets didn't make any drastic changes to their roster, outside of trading Marvin Williams, so with Malik Monk seeing a general increase in minutes over the past month, it only makes sense to try and roster him versus the Mavericks, a team that will let up points to slashing, athletic guards. His ownership won't be high and even with Dallas technically ranking in the top ten versus shooting guards, Monk has a style that work against those rankings. In the past seven games, we have seen an entirely new player in Monk, and his new knack for shooting and creating offense is working right into our hand. The last time these two faced, Monk played 14 minutes and scored three points. He will improve since he should be getting more minutes and his usage has improved tremendously.

Kent Bazemore- SG/SF, SAC vs. SA ($3,200)

The Spurs rank seventh against opposing shooting guards and small forwards, but Kent Bazemore fills the role of a hybrid forward that uses his athleticism and size to produce. He has both of those advantages working for him when going up against any of the Spurs forwards, so with his price and recent history, the risk isn't nearly as high as it usually is with Bazemore. He should be slightly under-owned and he doesn't even need to play better to exceed his projected. He has been playing just well enough to keep his minutes, and even with a low ceiling, his projected is fairly low for the risk he carries.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Justin Holiday - SF, IND vs. NOP ($4,400)

His upside might never be that high because he deflects production to his teammates, but Justin Holiday can have big games and that is usually the case against unexpected opponents. He played well two games in a row against the Raptors, but in Friday night's game, Holiday unfortunately found himself on the back-end of a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poster. It might not be inspiring to get dunked on, but Holiday is going to be facing a much weaker opponent in the Pelicans and will look to rebound from that and keep his hot shooting streak going.

Sekou Doumbouya - SF/PF, DET vs. NYK ($3,700)

Marcus Morris being traded from the Knicks is going to have a major impact on their defense, but the most important player news in regards to this pick is Andre Drummond being traded from the Pistons for basically a washing machine. Christian Wood stepped up in a huge way and delivered a stat line that made some Pistons fans forget they had a center before Wood, but as a pivot for Saturday, since Wood's price has no choice but to skyrocket, Sekou Doumbouya has been getting minutes recently and it should be the case against the Knicks. No matter what direction this game goes, Doumbouya should get his opportunities.

JaMychal Green - PF, LAC @ MIN ($3,600)

Marcus Morris' debut is pending and if there is a small period where the Clippers need someone to use up Maurice Harkless' minutes, the minutes are going directly to JaMychal Green. Throughout the season, Green has found a consistent bench role for the Clippers, never really playing more than 25 minutes, but never really seeing less than 15 minutes. It's not ideal for a value pick to have a sketchy track record, but his last two games have been two of his better games all season. Before you decide the risk is too much, remember that he will be facing the Timberwolves, a team that ranks 23rd against opposing small forwards and just lost one of their most athletic rebounders.

DraftKings DFS Centers

Bobby Portis - PF/C, NYK @ DET ($3,800)

With the Knicks frontcourt able to dish out a few extra minutes, Bobby Portis should be first in line. Taj Gibson is a great pivot since he has had such a low ownership all season, but Portis has upside whenever he plays, and now that he is guaranteed starter minutes, it's hard to let him slide with such a low price. Even without Andre Drummond, the Pistons frontcourt is still able to rebound with some of the best teams and Christian Wood should not be taken lightly on defense. Portis has upside and should be able to produce even against Wood, but the paint battle will most likely come down between Mitchell Robinson and the Pistons, rather than Portis.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (2/6/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

With the trade deadline ending within 12 hours, there is no more need to worry about what unfortunately happened tonight. As many saw coming, Andre Iguodala is being traded. While not many can say they knew it would be to the Heat, alongside Jae Crowder and a few other Grizzlies, Iguodala is nonetheless on his way to Miami after not playing all season, whereas Crowder who had been playing in most games and wasn't a terrible value play Wednesday night, was considered a late scratch and unfortunately ruined any lineups he might have been in. After noon Thursday, the deadline will be over and lineups will become slightly more secure as the season rounds the midway point.

Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks are now 76ers, and Jabari Parker and Alex Len were traded to the Kings in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon. That may be it for now, but there are still a few hours left for trades to emerge in the early morning, so don't be surprised when you wake up to some interesting news. There are just five games tonight so you know the drill. Be accurate and any risk needs to pay off or you lose. Good luck.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 2/6/20. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Derrick White - PG, @ POR ($4,500)

This pick was between Derrick White and Tomas Satoransky, and White's price easily gave him the edge. Throwing another player into the mix, Dejounte Murray, there are already three decent value plays that all have a good chance of having high ownership Thursday. While Murray is the simpler pick, he also doesn't come with the significant financial freedom that White allows. It hasn't been the greatest week for Derrick White, but this is also the first time he is facing a non-Laker-Clipper backcourt. Playing the Trail Blazers should reinstill confidence in any Spurs player that might be in a slump. Despite Lillard's MVP-like performances, Portland is still letting up a ton of points.

Avery Bradley  - SG, vs. HOU ($3,600)

Everyone can joke about the Houston Rockets running P.J. Tucker at center for the time being, and guarding Anthony Davis is going to be a challenge for Tucker, much like it is for anyone in the league. With this knowledge it's not difficult to conclude that the Rockets are going to need to work for their rebounds. Since that will be the case and Avery Bradley was once a notable backcourt rebounder, he along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope multiply their upside in games where they can effectively rebound. They both should see heavy minutes because of the matchup, but I give the edge to Bradley simply because of his history of rebounding.

Josh Hart - SG, @ CHI ($4,700)

You could say it's been a slow season for Josh Hart, but that would mean you haven't been paying close enough attention. Hart is nearly averaging a double-double and despite what the Pelicans want to do with their offense, Hart is one of the few players that can perform well on the road as well as at home. Zion Williamson is a budding star and he will continue to pull from Hart's upside, but playing on the road against the Bulls makes me think that Hart will see a ton of minutes, a ton of chances to make shots, and plenty of missed opportunities to help keep his average up.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Rudy Gay - SF, vs. POR ($3,500)

Rudy Gay hasn't been playing enough to really trust in any situation right now, but with such a low price and the Trail Blazers playing down or up to their opponents level on a nightly basis, I like his upside when the game should stay competitive. There are some injuries throughout this game and Trevor Ariza is another nice play, but Gay has been scoring while receiving close to no minutes. He saw 31 total minutes between both losses versus the Lakers and Clippers, and only saw six minutes the game before the Spurs L.A. roadtrip. The upside doesn't seem there, but with other people most likely thinking the same thing, Gay can be the perfect option with close to zero ownership.

Chandler Hutchison - SF, vs. NOP ($4,500)

Moving one step up from basement-level value, Chandler Hutchison is greatly benefitting from injuries across the Chicago frontcourt and a lack of options when it comes to offense. For the second time in three games and after nearing a season-high in shot attempts, Hutchison has been trying to space the offense and take more shots now the opportunities are flying at him from all directions. Whether or not this is the start of a trend for him doesn't matter. He is playing the Pelicans. He is taking more shots, and after scoring above 15 points for just the second time this season, I expect him to carry his scoring momentum into Thursday.

Derrick Favors - PF, @ CHI ($5,000)

Just because I didn't tear Chandler Hutchison apart doesn't mean Derrick Favors isn't going to. With barely anybody available for the Bulls, New Orleans is going to somehow find a way to even make Jahlil Okafor useful tonight, completely negating this ideal Favors pick. His price is low for his upside and the Bulls defense couldn't stop anyone even if they were healthy. The biggest risk here might come from Favors siting because the Pelicans don't want him to get hurt, but that's being too optimistic towards the Pelicans offense.The Bulls should keep this close for long enough for Favors to hit his projected.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Bobby Portis - C, vs. ORL ($3,600)

Bobby Portis might not own Orlando every time they play, but he sure plays consistently against them. In the three games he has actually played versus the Magic, only one game has he performed poorly. He scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes which is not a great outing, but the Magic without Jonathan Isaac is a totally different team. All the Knicks forwards have upside tonight, but Portis is a great value option because of his recent bump in minutes and history versus this frontcourt.

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NBA DFS Prop Picks for Wednesday (2/5/19) - Monkey Knife Fight

As one of the top plays, Andre Drummond has been rolling in production and he faces one of the weakest frontcourts in the league Wednesday night. Normally, Drummond's ceiling is close to 20 points and 20 rebounds, but that number easily fluctuates depending on various factors. If he is playing a significant shot-blocker or high-volume rebounder, his upside is altered, but even then, Drummond has been tearing it up in every aspect. If it was anyone else other than the Suns I might hesitate on taking the over here, but Drummond has been too good lately and the Suns frontcourt is not where it needs to be defensively to limit Drummond tonight.

Also, can we take the under tonight on a player being traded? Even if some of these matchups didn't get talked about, they still have potential, so don't be afraid to take the risk if you notice a trend or a certain player picking up steam. But always, if you have any questions, find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

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Kawhi Leonard (LAC) UNDER 29.5 Points

First thought was that the Miami Heat defense would be able to limit Kawhi Leonard, but seeing how he posted a 30-point triple-double last time against them, 29 points seems modest when he is playing so well. He has scored 30 in nine out of his last 10 games, but it's hard to simply overlook the ability of someone like Jimmy Butler on the opposing defense.

He will not single-handedly stop Leonard, but if we need 30 points tonight, forcing the ball out of Leonard's and might be his only responsibility. If anyone misses time tonight, this pick is pretty much a guarantee, but my only concern is Leonard not playing in this out-of-conference matchup.

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Jimmy Butler (MIA) OVER 21.5 Points

The Clippers defense ranks 7th against opposing small forwards, but luckily Jimmy Butler just needs to score 22 points to hit the over. Already, he is not projected to have a terribly high-production game and looking forward to who he will be facing tonight, the Heat are going to need his scoring.

Last time these two teams faced, Butler had 20 points heading into the end of the game, but left with a slight ankle injury and had to miss the waning minutes. You might be able to see why there is optimism around this pick, so look for Butler to hit his 22-point threshold, but not have an overly-outstanding game.

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Devin Booker (PHO) Over 29.5 Points

The Detroit Pistons are in a tough spot right now. They seem unsure what direction they want to take their team, and while some Pistons players are extremely useful and have potential each night, as a whole they are struggling.

Devin Booker is coming off tying his season-low in scoring and this constitutes a rebound game from one of the league's most talented scorers against Detroit, who rank 19th against opposing shooting guards. The Pistons have been letting up a ton of points lately, and even when they are able to score and defense, they are letting up points to shooters.

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John Collins (ATL) Over 10.5 Rebounds

After specifically searching for this pick, it's a hard one to pass up on. John Collins returned from his injury and immediately returned back to the form fantasy players want to see. It is never a bad thing when a matchup indicator is a pleasant shade of dark-green, so although the Timberwolves might not seem like the 23rd worst team to face opposing power forwards, they are and they deserve to be targeted.

Eight out of Collins' last 11 games have been double-digit rebounding games, with two of those eight being just 10 rebound games. All in all, he has upside tonight and 11 rebounds is a low ceiling.

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Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) Over 24.5 Points

Even with both Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas holding down the Memphis frontcourt, Kristaps Porzingis is playing on an entirely different level at this moment. He is scoring from the outside with incredible efficiency he hasn't really shown in his career thus far, not to mention he is contributing elsewhere if he isn't hitting his shot.

That last statement has been a rare occasion, which in itself is a rare occasion given how little time Porzingis has seen over the past two years, so this outburst is being welcomed with open arms and heavy wallets. Until this streak comes to an end, potentially against the Jazz later this week, then and only then I will stop buying into the current hype of Porzingis.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 16)

The Portland Trail Blazers have had an interesting season to say the least. Not only have they been carried by Damian Lillard for the past month or so, but if it weren't for players like C.J. McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Rodney Hood, and a few others stepping up at just the right time, this explosion from Lillard might not have ever happened. Recently, it's been all Lillard in Portland. There are few players posting better stats and with his 48 points per game average over the past two two weeks, there isn't any sign of him slowing down just yet. He will, just not yet.

This is Lillard's comfort zone. He plays better when the team needs him and although this would start to take a toll on any player, we still haven't even reached the All-Star break and Lillard is still streaking upwards. He will experience a cooling off period at some point, but this isn't some generic rotational player, this is Damian Lillard and this could just be his year.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 16

Shake Milton, PG/SG  – Philadelphia 76ers

Ownership: 6%

6.6 PPG /  2.2 RPG /  .446 FG% /  1.3 APG  

Even with Matisse Thybulle stealing all his thunder, Shake Milton is carving out his own chunk of the 76ers rotational minutes and he is not letting them go to waste. After not playing in more than five consecutive games, he has played in the 76ers last five games, scoring double-digits in the last three, posting no less than four points and four rebounds per game. A low bar is being set, but with no ownership and no real downside, Milton is a perfect replacement for someone who might be dealing with Kyrie Irving, a player who seems to be missing more and more games as we get closer to playoffs. It also doesn't hurt Milton has received at least 20 minutes a game over this five-game span, nearing closer to 25-30 on most of those nights.

 

Danuel House Jr., SG/SF  – Houston Rockets

Ownership: 33%

10.3 PPG /  4.3 RPG /  .420 FG% /  1.2 APG  

There simply isn't much upside to this pick and that's just who Danuel House Jr. is. Nothing against him as a player, he just fills a role for a team that doesn't really require the offense. James Harden and Russell Westbrook have no problem being the only two players taking shots for the Rockets. Sometimes it's a good strategy because they are hitting, other times they struggle and House get's to clean up in terms of production. Since both Harden and Westbrook have found their struggles at interchanging times, specifically Harden's poor shooting over the past week, House has actually been able to find decent production within his role. It won't last and there isn't a ton of consistency to go along with it, but for the time-being, House is seeing close to a 20% usage rate in his most recent games and that should continue until the much needed All-Star break.

 

Dewayne Dedmon, PF/C– Sacramento Kings

Ownership 35%

 5.2 PPG /  .411 FG% /  4.7 RPG / 0.6 BPG

At this point I feel like I can just rotate a Kings frontcourt player and throw him in at this part of the article. Excuse the broken record part of this analysis, but until Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley return later this month, there is going to be a gap in the Kings frontcourt. After playing in the past seven of eight contests, starting in five of those seven games, he missed last outing against the Lakers and that is a cause for concern. If Dewayne Dedmon plays, he is always useful in terms of fantasy.

He plays defense and contributes defensive stats, not to mention he plays that role of a traditional center with how he is able to rebound over more athletic players and score on tough defenses. If Dedmon plays, he's worth the roster spot, but that seems skeptical lately, especially seeing how he went from playing 30 minutes and double-doubling against the Clippers to not even playing against the Lakers.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/1/20): NBA DFS Lineups

With Luka Doncic already listed as out for this game versus the Hawks, look for Kristaps Porzingis and Trae Young to run away with the production. The only problem with rostering Young tonight is that his price is just $100 above Damian Lillard, and over the past two weeks, there has been no one better in terms of fantasy production.

If you are concerned about how well Lillard plays against the Jazz and their defense, don't be. Two years ago Lillard struggled against the Jazz defense, but he's slowly figuring them out and the past two contests they've played each other, Lillard has scored at least 30. The more the Utah defense can limit the rest of the Trail Blazers, the more upside Lillard has, even after last night's performance.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 2/1/20. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before line-up lock.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Jeff Teague - PG/SG, @ DAL ($3,800)

Since the Maverick tend to hold point guards who can't create on their own, it shouldn't be the case for someone like Jeff Teague. His price is awesomely low and there is no reason for is to stop going down until he has a signature game. His role in the offense is suspect seeing how few minutes he gets on a regular basis, and it hurts he won'y really play or produce in blowouts, but luckily, that is why I am going with Teague tonight. I expect the Mavericks to need some type of output from Teague and this game to stay close because of it. The forwards in this game struggle at consistent defense so even though shots will be blocked, rims will remain un-protected.

Bryn Forbes - PG/SG, vs. CHA ($3,200)

It's going to be really hard not to hammer this pick in as the first thing I do when I start making my lineups. The Hornets guards have been borderline pathetic all season, not to mention Charlotte as a whole needs help on defense. When you have guards who struggle to defend and a frontcourt that isn't the best at keeping opposing bigs from controlling the paint, you have to target them for DFS heavily. The only problem with this is that it's the Spurs. The one team where consistent production is the name of the game, just not from the players. Look for DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge to carry the workload with the core of guards getting more than enough opportunities.

Garrett Temple - PG/SG, vs WAS ($3,400)

You might not consider this a revenge game, but I do. The one downside about playing anyone against really bad teams like this is that you never know if the coaches will resort to the bench quickly, most of the time hurting the value you played, or creating value you never even knew was an option. Against the Wizards, Temple tends to play well and absolutely treats this like it is an emotionally charged game for him. Sinec Kyrie Irving went off for 54 last night, there's a chance he will look to repeat, cool off, or he might even rest since Brooklyn is playing the Wizards. Either way, the upside is there for Temple since his price is so low.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Aaron Gordon - SF/PF, vs MIA ($5,900)

Ever since Jonathan Isaac went down for the season, the Magic have gone from a contender back to the Magic we hate and ignore. It's unfortunate that so many high-tier players go to waste, but this is a great chance for us to force some value out of the Orlando players. They are on a four-game losing streak and while it doesn't look like that will end Saturday, Gordon continues to have upside for as long as he is starting and getting those minutes. He wasn't able to really hit his shot last game, which just happened to be against the Heat, so expect an immediate turnaround.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - SG/SF, @ SAC ($3,600)

Just a generic value pick here from one of the more untrustworthy candidates. There isn't much to be said here or about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or his upside, other than last game between these two, it was the first time he scored over 15 points and started a fairly significant scoring streak. That won't always be the case when he plays the Kings, but if he was able to score against them the first time in a close game, I like his chances this time around.

Bobby Portis - PF/C, @ IND ($3,700)

Another fairly generic pick here, but this comes from the idea that the Knicks are actively trying to trade Bobby Portis, and they want to showcase him against anyone they can. This might not be the best opponent with how well Domantas Sabonis is playing and considering the Pacers overall talent, but Portis has created this image that he can have big games against anyone. They just come out of nowhere similar to a Randy Orton RKO.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Willie Cauley-Stein - C, vs ATL ($3,500)

There isn't a whole lot of confidence in this pick and convincing you of such would probably hurt my already hurting credibility. The important aspect here is that Willie Cauley-Stein is already filing the stat sheet, albeit modestly, he is still showing how well he can mesh with any team. He is fighting for minutes and it will continue, but if Luka Doncic misses time, it's his chance to assume a larger role in the frontcourt. He might not have the playmaking of Porzingis or the shooting of Maxi Kleber, but he can be a menace in the paint while they use their size to isolate their matchups. Cauley-Stein might not be the exact replacement Dwight Powell was, but Cauley-Stein has a chance to be a more productive version.

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