NBA FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Picks – 2/3/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Pricing is FD/DK

POINT GUARD:

Isaiah Thomas (10500/10000) – Play Isaiah Thomas. I don’t know what else to say. He’s on fire, and has a great matchup. He should be able to put up another absolutely massive game here, so I think he’s someone that should find his way into your lineups tonight. Not much more to say about that.

Jeff Teague (7600/7600) – Aside from Kemba Walker and Carmelo Anthony, everyone seems to put up some pretty big games against the Nets. Teague is priced at a fair point for this game, one which I could see him eclipsing the 40 point mark in. I think he is usable in either format tonight, though I do think I prefer him in tournaments after that soul crushing outing we got from Carmelo against them a few nights ago.

Isaiah Whitehead (3900/3600) – I loved watching Whitehead play at Seton Hall in the little college basketball I did watch, and he’s getting some chances here in Brooklyn. The price is very low, and he is the perfect type of player for a tournament. He’s like Shabazz Muhammad except a point guard – when he gets the ball in his hands, he turns into a bowling ball with it. If he’s on point, he’s going to turn out a nice game. If he’s not, Kenny Atkinson will play him 12 minutes. He’s worth a look tonight.

SHOOTING GUARD:

Giannis Antetokuonmpo (10900/10300) – I think tonight is a great time to buy in on Giannis in tournaments. After three pretty poor performances, his price has gone up. When you look at who the Nuggets have to put on him, you can see how easy it could be for him to have a big game. It’s tough to say where his ownership will land at, but I’m hopeful it will be pretty low and we can win some cash because of it.

Seth Curry (6300/5800) – Curry’s price continues to rise, but he continues to put up some pretty good lines, and he gets an attractive matchup tonight against the Blazers. I think he should have no problem coming up with steals, as well as points, and he’s still got a pretty good shot of exceeding value tonight. I think he is playable in all formats, and I think his recent price jump will pull some players off of him.

Gary Harris (5100/4700) – Harris is a great tournament option, because he has the ability to put up some big games, but then he also has these duds sprinkled in. I don’t think that many people will go that direction, but I think he’s in a good enough spot against the Nuggets that he should be worth a look in tournaments tonight. The price is great and this is a nice chance to roll him out, especially with Gallinari out.

SMALL FORWARD:

Jimmy Butler (9400/9000) – Butler is a great option tonight against the Rockets as the Bulls will be able to go into a fast paced matchup that should allow Butler to get a strong fantasy performance. This is one of those games where I can see him putting up some monster numbers, so I think outside of Thomas, he’s my top player of the day.

Wilson Chandler (6300/5700) – Chandler is another of the Nuggets who should be able to benefit from Gallinari being out, and he’s probably the one who benefits the most. His price is a little more than I’d like it to be, but I think he’s got some pretty major upside against the Bucks, especially if Jokic is out. This Nuggets team will be a team to stack if their injury woes continue just due to the fact that there aren’t enough bodies left and these guys will be minutes monsters.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (4300/4100) – Hollis-Jefferson is going to be one of my favorite plays tonight, especially on FanDuel where he is a power forward, because the coach is really into him right now. He’s priced at a point where he can see a very good return on it, and I do think his game has the ability to put something like a 10x outing at this price is things manage to stay close.

POWER FORWARD:

Zach Randolph (6100/5400) – Randolph is having himself a huge year, despite the fact that he’s coming off the bench. The Thunder have nothing that is going to stop him, and I think he’s going to pull through with a massive game here. He’s trending in the wrong direction in minutes and production, but I think that he will return to his form from last week here and makes an excellent play at the price.

Serge Ibaka (6000/6200) – Ibaka has been on the opposite trajectory as Ibaka, where he has two great games back to back. The Raptors are a very good team, but I think it’s a matchup that Ibaka could do well in, despite the fact he didn’t have a great outing the last time they played. The price is nice here, and he could definitely put up another game over 30 points tonight.

Dirk Nowitzki (5500/5200) – Old Man Dirk hasn’t been very consistent at all, but in a game like this against the Blazers, I think he has a pretty good shot at having a good game. I don’t know if we will see him put together many 40 fantasy point or more fantasy games this year, but I think he’s got a good shot to land around the 30 point mark tonight, which is nice for his price point.

CENTER:

DeMarcus Cousins (11300/10900) – Cousins had one of his worst games of the year on Tuesday against the Rockets, but after a long rest, I expect Boogie to come out very motivated. He’s got huge potential in a game like this against an uptempo team in the Suns. I am expecting him to come up with around 60 fantasy points in this one, and there is little question that his upside is actually even higher.

Nikola Vucevic (7200/7000) – Vucevic has basically been a one way wrecking crew since coming back into the starting lineup. He won’t be confused with a good defensive player, but it doesn’t matter because he does so much on the offensive end. The price is still fair for what he is capable of, and if you aren’t going to spend up on DeMarcus Cousins tonight, I think that Vucevic is the way to go.

Greg Monroe (5700/5300) – Monroe is an awesome tournament option, with true boom/bust capabilities in this game. The Nuggets could be without Nikola Jokic yet again, and it is noticeable that he is gone. The price is fair with a ton of upside potential left, but you have to know that the possibility of an 18 fantasy point game also exists. The upside is in the late 30’s I think, so he’s someone you should have on your radar.

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