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FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Friday (2/5)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Feb 5, 2021

We’ve got an exciting nine-game slate tonight! Before the Super Bowl festivities begin in earnest, let’s kick off the weekend with some FanDuel action. As always, we’ll name values, studs, and fades for the day’s DFS festivities. Let’s get right to it!

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Most Value Per Dollar 

Below is a list of the top-10 players of the day expected to generate the most value relative to their salary. These are ranked in order.

There are so many excellent options on the slate tonight, that for once, we don’t need to call out one position or another. The TOR/BKN game has the highest over/under at a whopping 241.5, but most of the options in that one will cost you a pretty penny. For some lower-cost plays, you can confidently go to the Thunder and Hornets, who are dealing with injuries that open the door for other guys to step up.

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Andre Drummond (C – CLE): $7,500 vs. MIL
Drummond is purely a tournament play tonight. He’s seen his minutes fluctuate since Jarrett Allen was added to the lineup, and Drummond went for just 19.5 FD points in his last game. Even sharing the frontcourt with Allen, that kind of production is not the norm for Drummond. He’s got 60-point upside and is sure to be extremely low-rostered. 

Thaddeus Young (C – CHI): $6,600 at ORL
Young has been a revelation for Chicago as of late, going for 41.6 FD points across his last four games. With Wendell Carter still on the shelf, it’s Thad’s world, and we’re just living in it. He’s come just shy of a triple-double in three games during that remarkable span, and I’m more than willing to spend $6.6K for that kind of upside.

Kemba Walker (PG – BOS): $5,700 at LAC
This hasn’t been the season many in the fantasy community envisioned from Walker, but… it’s still Kemba Walker. He went for 34.9 FD points in his last game and will be playing fresh tonight after taking Wednesday off for rest. Any time he’s priced this low, Walker is worth a shot in tournament lineups.

Darius Bazley (PF – OKC): $5,600 vs. MIN
Bazley nearly went for 40 FD points in his last game, and with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, and George Hill out, expect Bazley to see some heavy usage against the Wolves.

Devonte’ Graham (SG – CHA): $5,400 vs. UTH
Graham continues to play heavy minutes for Charlotte, having played no fewer than 32 minutes in a game since Jan. 6. The emergence of sensational rookie LaMelo Ball has overshadowed Graham’s solid play in his third season, and he likely won’t be highly rostered on tonight’s slate.

Theo Maledon (PG – OKC): $4,800 vs. MIN
With the Thunder down so many players again, Maledon should slot back into the starting lineup against the T-Wolves. He’s scored better than 33 FD points in two of his last three games, yet he’s still priced under $5K against a Minnesota team that plays no defense.

Miles Bridges (SF – CHA): $4,800 vs. UTH
With PJ Washington out again, Bridges should be in Charlotte’s starting lineup tonight. In his last game, Bridges went for 31.9 FD points, and he’s averaged 24 across his last three. The matchup isn’t ideal, but for DFS, we’re looking for minutes, opportunity, and an affordable salary. Bridges checks all the boxes.

Frank Kaminsky (PF – PHO): $4,500 vs. DET
Kaminsky has seen his production tick up over the last week, averaging better than 25 FD points across his last four games. Dario Saric remains out, and Jae Crowder may not take the court either. That leaves Kaminsky staring at some additional opportunity against Detroit.

Jordan Clarkson (SG – UTH): $4,500 at CHA
Clarkson has cooled down a little bit since Donovan Mitchell returned from his two-game absence, but you shouldn’t forget the quality of play he’s put forth this season. Clarkson has legitimate 40 FD-point upside, and he may be back on a heater after scoring 23 real-life points against Atlanta last night. There’s no reason he should be priced at just $4.5K.

Kenrich Williams (SF – OKC): $3,500 vs. MIN
Williams has logged at least 20 minutes in each of his last two games, and he’s expected to see plenty of run tonight. In his last game out, Williams went 19/6/2, and you’d be hard-pressed to find another player with this kind of upside at the bare-minimum price on this slate.

Studs Worth Their Salary

  • Jimmy Butler (MIA) $8,500: On a loaded slate with plenty of great options in the upper salary tier, Butler stands out. Across his last three games, he’s averaged just under 50 FD points, and he faces a friendly Wizards defense in what figures to be a high-scoring game.
  • Kyrie Irving (BKN) $9,500: Brooklyn and Toronto features a 241.5 over/under – easily the highest on the entire slate. While James Harden ($11K) and Kevin Durant ($10.7K) are priced way up in the stratosphere, Irving (capable of posting huge numbers, himself) is still just $9.5K. If you’re looking for some action in this game but don’t want to go five figures, Irving is a great play.
  • Jayson Tatum (BOS) $9,500: Tatum gets a favorable matchup with the Clippers tonight, and with Jaylen Brown a GTD, Tatum could be in for an increase in offensive usage.
  • Nikola Vucevic (ORL) $8,800: No Aaron Gordon, a great matchup with Chicago — Vuc has it all going for him tonight, but with so many great options on the slate, it’s likely he won’t be a popular option on the slate, making him a great GPP target.
  • Pascal Siakam (TOR) $8,900/Fred VanVleet (TOR) $9,000: Both players will be needed for their offense in a matchup with Brooklyn’s big three. FVV is coming off a historic 54-point performance, and Siakam is capable of big numbers on any given night.

Notable Players to Fade

  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) $8,300: Holiday gets a fantastic matchup with Cleveland tonight, but Milwaukee is favored by 10.5 in what could easily turn into a blowout. I’m not confident paying up for Holiday given that game environment.
  • Russell Westbrook (WAS) $9,800: Other than a 71-point showing against a ridiculously-poor Brooklyn defense, Russ has been absent or played poorly in every one of his games over the last two weeks. Even in a favorable spot against Miami, I’m not spending nearly $10K for Westbrook.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) $11,200: He can always go for 60+, but I’d rather spend my money elsewhere, especially given the potential for a Milwaukee blowout.
  • Mike Conley (UTH) $7,000: Conley has failed to hit 35 FD points in each of his last three games, and he went ice cold against Atlanta last night. There are so many great options tonight, and I’m surely not paying $7K for Conley.

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.