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FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Sunday (8/30)

by Vaughn Dalzell | @VaughnDalzell | Featured Writer
Aug 30, 2020

With Gordon Hayward remaining out, Jaylen Brown is a good bet to continue balling.

The NBA has a three-game slate for Sunday’s action in Orlando. FanDuel has plenty of contests to enter for the league’s double slate tonight, so let’s take a look at some lineup possibilities with value plays, studs, fades, and more!

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Value Plays: Point Guard

Mike Conley (UTA) DEN $6,700 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Low
Reggie Jackson (LAC) DAL $4,700 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Seth Curry (DAL) LAC $4,600 ⭐⭐⭐ Medium

Mike Conley is one of the multiple guards in this series to be scoring at will. He’s averaging 23.3 points per game and 4.3 assists in three contests. He scored 26 and 27 in the first two games, and with this being a series-clinching game for Utah, I expect Conley to assist Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as much as possible.

Reggie Jackson has played off and on minutes for the Clippers through five games. He’s suited up for 22 or more minutes in three-of-five games and scored double-digits in all three. He’s knocking down 44% or more of his shots from the field in his last four games and with Patrick Beverley popping up on the injury report again, back Jackson as a cheap DFS option.

Seth Curry had his first disappointing game of the series between the Mavs and Clippers, but overall, he’s been reliable for Dallas. Curry scored 14 or more in every game up until the Game 5 blowout loss, and he’s played 30 or more minutes in three-of-five games. Luka Doncic is battling through a foot injury, and Kristaps Porzingis is out, so Dallas will need Curry or Tim Hardaway to step up.

Shooting Guard

Norman Powell (TOR) BOS $5,300 ⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Jordan Clarkson (UTA) DEN $5,000 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Low
Delon Wright (DAL) LAC $4,400 ⭐⭐⭐ High

Norman Powell was scorching from the field in Games 2 and 4 versus Brooklyn. He scored 24 and 29 points on 20-of-31 from the field (64.5%) and 6-of-15 from deep. Powell is a hit or miss DFS player as his scoring is most of his fantasy production. However, he’s involved on the boards, recording 4.5 per game in the first round, and he and Serge Ibaka will be two bench players worth watching moving forward.

Jordan Clarkson is the Utah Jazz bench at this point in the season, and he’s relished in that role. He’s averaged 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 29 minutes per game. Clarkson only played 30-plus minutes in Game 1 of the series, and with a few days of rest, he should be ready for another 30-minute plus effort.

Delon Wright is a sleeper of the sleepers. This is a play I’d only consider if Doncic will be limited, Hardaway is out, or Beverley for LA is out, then Wright is a possible play. He recorded 21.2 fantasy points in the last game, and if the Clippers roll once again, he should see blowout minutes.

Small Forward

Jaylen Brown (BOS) TOR $6,500 ⭐⭐⭐ Low
Joe Ingles (UTA) DEN $5,000 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Jerami Grant (DEN) UTA $4,800 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ High

Jaylen Brown scored 20 or more points in three-of-four games in the first round, and he added at least five rebounds in every game. Brown attempted 15 field-goals per game, and with Gordon Hayward remaining out, he’s a good bet to continue balling. Alongside Jayson Tatum, Brown’s liable to lead the Celtics in scoring any given night. Brown averages 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists versus Toronto.

Joe Ingles had a donut in Game 4 but countered that with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 33 minutes. Ingles has been hit or miss in this series, but with another closeout opportunity and to avoid a Game 7, he’ll have to contribute more. He’s a medium risk for most DFS lineups, but throwing him in with a lineup built around a few stars isn’t bad.

Jerami Grant has averaged 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in this series, and for the first time since Game 1, Grant attempted double-digit shots and played 40 minutes. If he’s playing 30-40 minutes per game, he’s worthy of a selection over Paul Millsap, Torrey Craig, and other Nuggets role players for the time being.

Power Forward

Serge Ibaka (TOR) BOS $6,800 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Low
Michael Porter Jr. (DEN) UTA $5,700 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Marcus Morris Sr. (LAC) DAL $5,300 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium

Serge Ibaka has been eating in the bubble. He’s averaging 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in the regular-season bubble and 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in the series. He scored 20 or more in three games versus the Nets and double-doubled in his last two contests. Against Daniel Theis and the Celtics small-ball lineup, Ibaka could have another successful series off the bench.

Michael Porter Jr. has been a pleasant surprise and a hot commodity in DFS since the bubble. MPJ has scored 13 or more points in three games and at least five rebounds in four versus Utah this series. He played a series-high 34 minutes in Game 5, and we should see more of him in Game 6 with his offensive ability.

Marcus Morris Sr. has averaged 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds through five games. He’s totaled 9.8 field goal attempts per game, and he’s connecting on 50.6% of his shots and 49.3% from downtown. He could have a significant game with LA possibly resting Kawhi Leonard or Paul George down the stretch if this game gets out of hand.


Ivica Zubac (LAC) DAL $4,900 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Marc Gasol (TOR) BOS $4,500 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Medium
Boban Marjanovic (DAL) LAC $4,200 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ High

Ivica Zubac hasn’t recorded a double-double since Game 1 but has made an impact scoring in this series. Zubac is averaging 10.4 points per game and has recorded three double-digit games, including two of 15 points. He and Montrezl Harrell have split minutes pretty much down the middle since he’s returned to the team, and Zubac is the slightly better DFS play, for now.

Marc Gasol has had a few decent games inside the bubble, and with his passing ability, he’s a decent DFS option. He played 21 minutes in three-of-four games for Toronto, and like Ibaka, he could have a well-rounded game versus Boston’s lineup.

Boban Marjanovic has received an increase in minutes thanks to Porzingis’ injury. He’s only played 33 combined minutes in the past two games, but scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. If he gets more playing time, he could easily double-double for Dallas, but they’ve taken a liking to Maxi Kleber, who’s a decent DFS option as well.

5 Studs Worth Their Salary

  • Nikola Jokic (DEN) $9,300: Jokic came out on absolute fire in Game 5, going 8-of-8 for 21 points in the first quarter. Utah is one of the few teams that he has dominated scoring, and in the series alone, he’s averaging 26.4 points compared to his 19.9 season average.
  • Jayson Tatum (BOS) $9,600: Tatum has completely taken over the Celtics’ reins, and no one is complaining. He averaged 27.o points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks int he first round.
  • Luka Doncic (DAL) $11,400: Doncic put up a dud in Game 5, and so did the rest of Dallas. The season will rely on one more Doncic-effort, and I wouldn’t put a double-double past him.
  • Jamal Murray (DEN) $8,600: Murray is playing the best basketball of his life, and in his last two games alone, he’s scored 92 points and had zero turnovers. 
  • Donovan Mitchell (UTA) $8,000: Mitchell continues to keep Utah alive, and if they can’t close this game out, the series will be in doubt. Expect every possession to go through Mitchell to avoid a Game 7.

5 Notable Players to Fade

  • Montrezl Harrell (LAC) $5,700: Harrell exploded for his first double-double of the bubble in Game 5, but it was thanks to a 43-point blowout. He’s been a non-factor in DFS since rejoining LA.
  • Paul Millsap (DEN) $5,000: Millsap recorded single-digit scoring in 4-of-5 games in this series, and he’s only grabbed three rebounds more than once.
  • Patrick Beverley (LAC) $4,300: Pat Bev continues to be on the injury report and should be worth fading if he returns. He doesn’t bring anything in DFS that Jackson can’t.
  • Marcus Smart (BOS) $5,300: Smart has made such an impact sliding into Boston’s starting lineup, just not in a DFS way. He played well in Game 3, but other than that, he’s been more fun to watch as a fan than a fantasy owner.
  • Torrey Craig (DEN) $3,700: Craig hasn’t reached 20 minutes in his last two games, and MPJ has received a larger load than Craig, making him an easy fade despite his super cheap price tag.

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Vaughn Dalzell is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Vaughn, check out his archive or follow him @VaughnDalzell.

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