NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 2/1/18

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


James Harden (11500/11400) – Harden is in play only if Chris Paul is out. That is my opinion, at least. I hope the opponent being the Spurs offsets what lines up to be the chalk play. Harden had some big games against the Spurs last year and with Kawhi out, there is no reason at all to believe that he will be unable to get the job done here.

Bradley Beal (8500/8400) – I think you have to like Beal at this price while Wall is out. Sure, we could run into a situation where he has an off game. We have seen many nights where his shot does not hit. However, he has a huge upside with Wall out. He may not end up being a top point per dollar play, but he could easily end up being a top overall scorer.

Malcolm Brogdon (5400/5300) – Right now, Eric Bledsoe is very questionable for this game, which would open up more time and usage for Brogdon. I know he is coming off some poor games, but I would not let that dissuade anyone from using him tonight. The upside is there.


Karl-Anthony Towns (9300/8700) – I do think it is safe to say that Towns does not have to be as dominant with Jimmy Butler in town. This matchup is just too good not to consider Towns at these prices. We know that Milwaukee has a weakness against centers, and I would be looking to exploit that tonight with Towns.

Kyle Anderson (5800/5100) – Anderson is a lottery ticket at this point, but he still does carry a high enough floor to warrant tournament play. Houston still plays at a fast pace and I think their style of play will absolutely benefit his skill set. I would still hesitate to drop him in cash game lineups, but maybe not.

Stanley Johnson (5200/5400) – Even though Blake Griffin should be playing tonight, I do think that Johnson is likely to be the biggest winner in this deal. He should see more time with both Bradley and Harris out of town. His scoring will also need to go up. We just saw him have a monster game, and I think he has 30+ point fantasy upside here.

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