FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Tuesday (4/20)
We’re back for a modest five-game NBA slate, 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
There’s value to be had across the board tonight, but the position that offers the most bang for your buck is SF. There are a ton of great, low-salary options to use in your build, and I’d recommend going cheap at that position. Tonight’s group of PF’s is extremely top-heavy to the point that I’m ponying up for both Zion Williamson AND Julius Randle based on their huge upsides and the cavernous drop-off from that tier to the rest of the options at the position. There is enough value on this slate to pay for both and still get one more stud in your lineup.
Below is a list of the top-10 players of the day expected to generate the most value relative to their salary.
C.J. McCollum (SG – POR): $8,100 vs. LAC
Damian Lillard will miss this one, leaving McCollum to take on a much larger offensive load. Over his last two games, McCollum has averaged 43 FD points, and he should be a quality, yet chalky option on the slate.
Terry Rozier (PG – CHA): $7,800 at NYK
Rozier will be an even scarier value if Devonte’ Graham sits again, but he’s still a value regardless. Despite a pace-down matchup, it’s tough to ignore someone who’s averaged 56 FD points across his last three games and remains priced so reasonably.
Anthony Edwards (SF – MIN): $7,100 at SAC
Even with D’Angelo Russell back in action, Edwards is still shooting a lot, and there’s reason to believe he’ll be doing a lot of that again tonight. The Kings/Pels game has an over/under of 237.5, the highest on the slate.
Norman Powell (SF – POR): $6,200 vs. LAC
Norman Ka-Powell! has averaged better than 30 FD points across his last four games, and he’ll get the benefit of Damian Lillard‘s absence tonight. I’ll fire him up without hesitation, but if you’re really looking to spend down and want a piece of this game from the Blazers side, Carmelo Anthony is a steal at $4,200.
R.J. Barrett (SF – NYK): $5,800 vs. CHA
Barrett is purely a tournament play based on his up-and-down season (more down lately), but there’s certainly some upside. He should have low ownership, he continues to play heavy minutes, and Charlotte offers the most friendly matchup available to opposing SF’s.
Cole Anthony (PG – ORL): $5,600 at ATL
Anthony has averaged 36 FD points and 31 minutes across his last two games, and he gets a fantastic matchup with Atlanta tonight. Without Michael Carter-Williams and Markelle Fultz in the lineup, Anthony is the unquestioned leader of the backcourt, and he should see plenty of minutes and production in this one.
Hassan Whiteside (C – SAC): $5,400 vs. MIN
Whiteside continues his campaign of per-minute dominance, though he hasn’t exactly seen a ton of playing time as of late. Across his last three, Whiteside has averaged 31.3 FD points in just 21 minutes of action. With Richaun Holmes still on the shelf and a great matchup on tap, Whiteside is a huge value on the slate.
Tyrese Haliburton (SG – SAC): $5,200 vs. MIN
Haliburton has played poorly as of late (24.9 combined FD points in his last two games), though he still has a ton of upside. Just three games ago, Haliburton went for 37.4 FD points, and in this high-quality matchup with a sky-high over/under, he’s well worth a shot in tournament lineups at this price.
Joe Harris (SF – BKN): $4,600 at NO
James Harden and Kevin Durant are both out tonight, and Harris could be a huge value in a game with a projected over/under of 231.5. He’s scored better than 34 FD points in two of his last four contests.
Naji Marshall (SF – NO): $4,300 vs. BKN
Marshall continues to see plenty of run for the Pelicans, and he’s averaged 28 minutes per game across his last five. He’s got an excellent game environment tonight, so I’ll roll the dice in tournaments.
Studs Worth Their Salary
- Kyrie Irving (BKN) $9,400: No Harden. No KD. No problem. Irving is set up beautifully to lead his team in a high-scoring and favorable matchup.
- Zion Williamson (NO) $9,800: Williamson has been a complete stud this season, and he’s scored better than 50 FD points in four of his last six games. He’s a building block on tonight’s slate against Brooklyn’s generous defense.
- Julius Randle (NYK) $9,400: Randle has averaged 58 FD points across his last four while coming through in a big way on offense (35.8 PPG). He gets a less-than-intimidating Charlotte frontcourt defense tonight.
Notable Players to Fade
- John Collins (ATL) $7,200: This is a nice discount for Collins, but he’s likely still facing a minutes restriction after he returned Sunday to play 20 minutes against the Pacers. I’ll fade for tonight in favor of Randle and Zion.
- Kawhi Leonard (LAC) $9,900: Leonard was uber-efficient in 22 minutes against Minnesota on Sunday, but his price tag is too inflated given the uncertainty of minutes he might play and the emergence of Paul George as of late. There are better options on the slate, especially at a loaded SF position.
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