FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Tuesday (2/9)
It’s Tuesday night, and we’ve got a great, six-game NBA slate on tap. As always, we’ll name values, studs, and fades for the day’s DFS festivities. Let’s get right to it!
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.
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Draymond Green (PF – GSW): $7,500 at SA
Green bricked a potential game-tying three-pointer in last night’s loss to the Spurs. It was a head-scratching move, especially considering there was more than five seconds left on the clock, but Green isn’t a guy to host a pity party. He should be back and fired up for a chance at redemption tonight. Across his last three games, he’s averaged 13.3 assists.
Gary Trent (SG – POR): $6,600 vs. ORL
Orlando has been smoked by shooting guards this season (paging Fred VanVleet), and Trent continues to play a key role on offense for the Blazers. He’s well worth his $6.6K salary tonight in what could be a Tuesday-night eruption.
Tyrese Haliburton (G – SAC): $6,400 vs. PHI
Haliburton continues to light up the box score, as the rookie has shown his ability to contribute strong numbers in multiple categories. PHI/SAC has one of the highest over/unders on the slate tonight, and it’s a great matchup to target from a DFS standpoint.
DeMarcus Cousins (C – HOU): $6,000 at NO
Boogie’s price has remained pretty stable around the $6K range, so why not keep going back to him? With Christian Wood still out and Victor Oladipo now sitting tonight, Cousins should enjoy plenty of run alongside former Kentucky teammate John Wall.
Mason Plumlee (C – DET): $5,700 vs. BKN
A pretty good DFS strategy in 2020-21 has been “attack Brooklyn,” so that’s what we’ll do. The Nets are one of the worst teams defensively in the entire NBA, and Plumlee makes a fine value play at his sub-$6K price tag.
Jakob Poeltl (C – SA): $5,500 vs. GSW
Poeltl has finally cracked San Antonio’s starting lineup, and his new role has been abundantly fruitful. Across his last three games, Poeltl has averaged 11.7 points, 10.0 boards, and 3.0 blocks. He’s always been an efficient per-minute player, but his newfound playing time is finally giving him some tangible fantasy value. He’s a huge value tonight against Golden State’s undersized frontcourt.
Juan Toscano-Anderson (SF – GSW): $5,300 at SA
It’s #JTASZN for fantasy managers as the forward has averaged 8.0 points, 9.7 boards, and 3.0 dimes across his last three games while logging 34.3 minutes of court time in that span. Even with Eric Paschall back in action, JTA played 29 minutes Monday to Paschall’s 14.
Kendrick Nunn (PG – MIA): $5,000 vs. NYK
With Goran Dragic out, expect Nunn to see significant playing time against the Knicks tonight. Nunn is certainly a risky option with a super-low floor, but his scoring ability gives him a high ceiling that’s worth a look in tournaments at this affordable price.
Dwayne Bacon (SG – ORL): $4,100 at POR
No Evan Fournier? No problem. Bacon started Saturday with Fournier ailing from a back injury, and the former scored 16 points in 31 minutes. He’s expected to start again tonight, and getting him in your DFS lineups could mean bringing home the bacon on a winning entry.
Saben Lee (PG – DET): $3,500 vs. BKN
This is completely dependent on injury news tonight, so keep an eye on that. Delon Wright is questionable with an ankle injury, while newly-acquired Dennis Smith may not play due to COVID-19 protocols. If both end up sitting, Lee would be the proverbial last man standing in Detroit’s backcourt in a juicy matchup with Brooklyn.
Studs Worth Their Salary
- Jerami Grant (DET) $7,800: Grant’s career revival and high usage in Detroit should carry over to a fantastic matchup with Brooklyn’s barely-there defense.
- Harrison Barnes (SAC) $6,900: Sacramento has found its stride offensively, and even though the Kings’ guard play has been tremendous, Barnes has been doing his share of scoring too. Over his last eight games, Barnes has averaged 19.9 points, 6.9 boards, and 4.1 assists across 37.1 minutes per contest. I’m not afraid to pay up for Barnes in this great matchup.
- John Wall (HOU) $7,700: With Victor Oladipo resting and Christian Wood still on the shelf, Wall should take on a heavy offensive workload against New Orleans tonight.
Notable Players to Fade
- Jayson Tatum (BOS) $9,700: Boston faces a tough Utah defense with a slow pace of play. This isn’t a matchup to target, and I’m trying to avoid paying nearly $10K for Tatum in this spot.
- Rudy Gobert (UTH) $8,500: Gobert has eclipsed 40 FD points just once across his last six games, and there are plenty of better options on tonight’s slate in this price range.
- Kelly Oubre (GSW) $6,700: Oubre’s career night seems more like a month ago than a week, as he continues to be an underutilized option for the shorthanded Dubs.
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