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

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


Jimmy Butler (10000/8800) – This price seems laughable for Butler on DraftKings. He has taken over this Wolves team, despite Karl-Anthony Towns being massively talented. The Rockets will be without Trevor Ariza, who is one of their more talented defensive players, making this an even better situation for Buckets.

Isaiah Thomas (5700/5700) – This is the first time we have seen Isaiah in this breakdown all year, but the reality is that this price is low, the matchup is good and he should see his minutes ticking up. He is talented and this Cavs team is going to turn it around eventually.

T.J. McConnell (5100/4400) – The donkey move is going to be playing Jerryd Bayless because he is starting, but while he is on the floor, he will be a fourth or fifth fiddle. McConnell plays differently, and I think he should be the one who has the higher floor. I think he will be higher owned, but I have been surprised before.


Clint Capela (7500/6700) – This is the same situation we saw with Biyombo on Tuesday. The Wolves will not play small, so Capela is going to be needed. He should be a pretty solid bet for a 30+ point game, and the upside for 40-50 points exists as well, especially with Harden on a minutes limit.

Bismack Biyombo (7500/6200) – Admittedly, this could go south, because there is no guarantee that the Cavs will play big enough to keep Biyombo on the floor. As a result, Biyombo does carry risk. We have seen his upside, though, and I think if the Magic are smart (they are not), he should see 30 minutes which should be worth about 40 fantasy points.

Al-Farouq Aminu (5600/5000) – I do not mind some exposure to Aminu tonight against the Pacers. They can be sloppy at times, and that is where his defense would come into play. He may not have huge upside, but as long as he sees the minutes, he should produce.

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