Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 2/20

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After what has seemed like forever, daily fantasy basketball is finally back! Tonight we have a full card of games and tonight will be a tough one to roster certain players. The biggest reason being it’s hard to know who is playing for what team anymore. Yesterday was the most exciting trade deadline I can remember in any sport. So excuse my foggy brain if things aren’t clicking on full cylinders, between the break and the frenzy of roster moves my brain is still spinning.

Here are all may plays for tonight. All of my prices are according to DraftKings. Good luck and thank the basketball gods daily fantasy hoops is back!

Point Guard

Jeff Teague ($7,300) – It’s hard not to like Jeff Teague for only $7,300. He had a great All-Star weekend and will look to improve on that and the 40+ fantasy points he scored earlier in the season against Toronto. He is the best value of the night for me.

George Hill ($5,200) – I was sitting back and thinking who was starting for the Sixers in the backcourt, and struggled to fill in their rotation. Hill has had his minutes restriction lifted, so he should get the volume to hit value. He’s not my favorite play of the night, but one I strongly consider.

Elfried Payton ($5,500) – Payton was getting pretty hot right before the All-Star break. He hit value in four of his previous five games. Tonight he gets a nice matchup against the Pelicans backcourt that has been struggling defensively. Payton does a little bit of everything, so it doesn’t take much for him to outplay his price tag.

Shooting Guard

Eric Bledsoe ($8,000) – Do I really need to say much about Bledsoe? No more Dragic and IT2 means he’s the lone guy in Phoenix to run the show. I believe he’s now a top 30 player in the league and he will be able to showcase that starting tonight.

James Harden ($10,300) – As long as that beard is on the court, he is always in play.

Small Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7,400) – The Greek Freak had a solid All-Star weekend as well in the Rising Stars game. Tonight he doesn’t have much of a supporting cast to help him out. Larry Sanders is gone, Brandon Knight got traded, and Michael Carter-Williams is dealing with a toe injury. He’s pretty much all Milwaukee has tonight, so all of their loses is our gain tonight in DFS.

Trevor Ariza ($5,700) – Ariza has been playing great basketball with Dwight Howard out. He’s only hit below the 20-fantasy points mark once over his last ten games. While Dallas isn’t the most ideal matchup, there isn’t much at the position I like to warrant some of the other guys. I like him as a GPP play this evening.

Power Forward

Pau Gasol ($9,700) – Pau has quietly had one of the best runs in DFS that nobody seems to be noticing. He’s scored 40+ fantasy points in ten straight games and eclipsed 50 fantasy points in half of those. That’s the kind of consistency that wins you big money. Pay up for him.

Anthony Davis ($10,800) – The Brow has been resting for over a week now and should be good to go tonight. Be sure to check out for last minute scratches, but I think he plays tonight. He gets a terrible Orlando Magic defense to slow him down, so the sky is the limit for AD tonight.

Jason Smith ($5,000) – I have to be honest that it brings me joy to see Smith doing well in New York. He was a guy I loved watching in New Orleans and was sad to see him go. Now he’s been one of the focal points of the Knicks offense, which obviously isn’t saying much. But he’s been consistently hitting value and if you’re looking for a solid 25-30 points, then Smith is your guy.

Center

Hassan Whiteside ($7,800) – I know Whiteside was banged up before the All-Star break, but it appears he will be good to go tonight. With Chris Bosh out tonight and probably for the foreseeable future, it is going to be Whiteside’s show in the Miami frontcourt. His scoring will fade some with the addition of Goran Dragic, but he’s a guys that can get you 10/10/5 on any given night. Not to mention the Heat are playing the Knicks who are all kinds of terrible. He’s easily my number one guy at the position.

Rudy Gobert ($4,500) – I love Gobert the rest of the season with Enes Kanter gone. No more big man roulette in Utah and the 22 year old should have a monster night for such a cheap price tag. I’m using him everywhere I can.

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