NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 1/16/18

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 FanDuel/DraftKings


Damian Lillard (9300/9300) – Lillard has always played well against the Suns. It does not help that the Suns do not do anything at all on the defensive side of the ball. His upside is over 50 points and could go as high as 60 in a matchup like this. It is a major pace up situation and something I want to pay a lot of attention to tonight.

Dennis Smith Jr. (6500/6300) – Smith has been picking up his game and should be a good bet to do well against the Nuggets. I am hoping he pops off with a monster game soon, but it does not seem like it is going to. I think he has 50 fantasy point upside and it is going to happen eventually. Until then, I am going to continue to play him hoping he goes off.

Rajon Rondo (5500/5000) – I really like Rondo in tournaments, especially single entry tournaments tonight. I think some may see the narrative of revenge against Boston, but I am thinking the stinkers as of late will push people off. For someone who can manage a triple-double on any night, this price is very small. I will take some exposure tonight.


Bismack Biyombo (6400/5600) – While everyone has been playing scared money with Biyombo, he has been winning it for me. The Wolves will not play small and that bodes well for Bismack. I think another 30 point fantasy game is in the cards for him. KAT is not a threatening defensive presence, so I want to have Biyombo in my lineups.

Harrison Barnes (6800/6800) – Barnes is a great cash game option every night. On nights like this, though, I think he makes a pretty solid tournament play as well. He could end up with over 40 fantasy points, and that would work out well for you on a 4 game slate.

Josh Jackson (5200/4800) – Jackson scares the hell out of me, but he has been playing well enough to merit using. The matchup is not great for him, but it is not awful either. If he is going to continue to see this type of usage, I think he should be on your radar.

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