FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Saturday (4/24)
We’re back for a modest Saturday slate in the NBA, and 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
Today’s values center around the Rockets, who figure to be severely undermanned. Keep an eye on the injury report for this team throughout the day, and pay attention to notable injuries across the slate. Remember, games begin at 1pm today, but this article focuses on the 7pm Main Slate. Power forward is the biggest trap yet again, and it’s worth it to spend up for Zion Williamson. Injuries are key, so if it’s not clear enough yet, CHECK THE INJURY REPORT before setting lineups!
Mike Conley (UTA): $7,100 vs. MIN
Without Donovan Mitchell in the fold, Conley and Joe Ingles have assumed much larger roles in the Jazz rotation. That won’t change tonight in a highly-favorable matchup with the Timberwolves. This one figures to be fast-paced and feature plenty of offense, making Conley a nice play in the mid-tier price range at just $7.1k. Across his last two games, Conley has gone for 25 points and 23 dimes.
Joe Ingles (UTA): $6,500 vs. MIN
As mentioned above, Ingles has taken on a larger role as of late, and he’s got a great chance to smash value against the T-Wolves. Ingles is hot right now, and he’s scored at least 20 points in three straight while contributing meaningful assists, rebounds, and steals in the process.
Jae’Sean Tate (HOU): $5,900 at DEN
Tate has been a consistent contributor for Houston all season, getting it done on both ends of the court and making a strong push for All-Rookie First Team honors. If Christian Wood sits, expect Tate to be the focal point of Houston’s offense tonight. He’s a huge value at $5,900.
Josh Jackson (DET): $5,600 at IND
J-Jax has been huge on offense for the Pistons this year regardless of who’s on the court. Tonight, he may be asked to do even more with Jerami Grant questionable, and I’m all in on Jackson as a scoring force for Detroit tonight at a reasonable price.
Oshae Brissett (IND): $5,200 vs. DET
Brissett has taken full advantage of Indiana’s multitude of injuries in the frontcourt, and he figures to see another hefty workload tonight. Fire him up confidently at just $5.2k.
Aaron Gordon (DEN): $5,100 vs. HOU
Gordon’s value has come down since joining the Nuggets, but he’s still capable of 35 FanDuel point nights. He’s got an especially high ceiling against the Rockets tonight, who figure to be running out a skeleton crew due to a litany of injuries.
Kelly Olynyk (HOU): $5,000 at DEN
Coming off a 23/10 performance (his best as a Rocket), Olynyk is poised for another strong showing tonight as one of the Rockets’ only healthy starters. At just $5k, the opportunity is just too big to ignore tonight.
Armoni Brooks (HOU): $4,200 at DEN
Brooks is the last man standing in Houston’s backcourt, and he should see as many minutes as he can handle tonight. There’s not much more to be said about a guy who should be in the starting lineup for a short-handed team and comes in at an extremely low price.
Danuel House (HOU): $4,000 at DEN
He returned from a 10-game absence Friday and came off the bench with a minimal role. Tonight, the Rockets will be playing a game of attrition, with Kevin Porter, John Wall, and Eric Gordon out and Christian Wood questionable.
PJ Dozier (DEN): $3,900 vs. HOU
Despite the signing of Austin Rivers, Dozier continues to see plenty of run for the banged-up Nuggets backcourt. Dozier has averaged 28 minutes across his last five games, and I love his upside against Houston tonight.
Studs Worth Their Salary
- Nikola Jokic (DEN) $11,400: Jokic had a down night Friday, but he’s in prime position for a bounce-back performance tonight against the lowly Rockets defense.
- Zion Williamson (NOP) $9,700: Power forward is a mess tonight, and Williamson is worth every penny of his nearly-five-figure price tag.
Notable Players to Fade
- Rudy Gobert (UTA) $8,300: Gobert will be asked to guard Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, and he’ll likely be forced out of his comfort zone in the paint by the opposing stretch five. I’m not confident in Gobert at this price tonight.
- Anthony Davis (LAL) $9,400: Davis made his much-anticipated return Thursday and scored 15.3 fantasy points in just 16 minutes. It’s unlikely the Lakers ramp up his minutes significantly tonight, and I’m fading him due to that uncertainty.
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