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

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 (8100/9000) – Other than the game where McCollum went absolutely bonkers, Lillard has been on point. Tonight, he will take on a Pistons team that suddenly seems to be giving up big games left and right. Lillard is pricey but he has the type of upside we want to win a tournament. Considering there are two cheaper options below that could end up with big games, he could end up with lower ownership than you would think.

Ricky Rubio (7000/6500) – This is an absolutely silly price for someone who has been one of the best players in the Association as of late. He will carry a ton of ownership, so fading him in tournaments could be in play. I would not do it because he is likely to exceed value and that is frankly good enough for me.

Tomas Satoransky (5600/5000) – While I am not expecting a monster game from Satoransky, I do think he could get us to the 25 point mark tonight. If he does, he will end up paying off great dividends, allowing us to stack the big names we need. The Pacers are worth targeting from a DFS perspective, so I am all in here.


Marcin Gortat (5200/5100) – It might seem funny to see Gortat here, but I think when you consider that without John Wall, everyone else sees a little more action. I want to keep with the theme of picking on Indiana with big men, and at his price, I think I prefer Gortat to Morris. I am not expecting a huge game, but I think he should be able to come close to 30 fantasy points.

Nicolas Batum (6800/6700) – Batum has seemingly put the elbow issue behind him, and as a result, this Hornets team is playing great basketball. Denver is a team that should be able to keep up with the Hornets, and I expect a close finish. Batum is a triple-double threat in a matchup like this.

Stanley Johnson (5700/4800) – OK look, it is highly unlikely we see Johnson go for 50 fantasy points here, but with his price at just $4.8k on DraftKings, he should be able to hit value and there is a good chance he goes over 25 fantasy points. This is more of a cash game plan than anything else, but it does free up at least some salary.

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