NBA DFS: Targets for 2/1

Cavs Kyrie Irving

It’s a huge 12-game slate for NBA DFS tonight, and this article will have a slightly different format. Whenever there are eight or more games, I want to dial in on the games I like best, and find other players outside of those games to compliment my lineup. These large slates can get overwhelming, and starting my decision making this way helps me to focus, especially since I like to play just one lineup per slate and site. It’s a part of my process that has worked for me, and maybe you could give it a try too, if you want to try something new. Below are summaries of three games, along with players to consider. Enjoy!

Games to target:

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Minnesota Timberwolves @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Spread: -7 (Cavs)

Over/Under: 213

The Cavs certainly haven’t played well lately, carrying a 4-6 record in their last 10 games. Kevin Love is sitting this one out again with back spasms. They are a much better team at home, but the spread is rather low. Kyrie Irving (FD: $8,600/DK: $8,200 could be a PG to consider, but only on DK for me. As mentioned, Love is out and Channing Frye (FD: $4,200/DK: $4,000) could be a punt to help with salary relief. Although it was off the bench, Frye scored 13 points against the Mavericks and can make the value you need if he can get a few more minutes.

Ricky Rubio (FD: $6,900/DK: $7,200) has been more consistent as late, but it might be hard to slot him in with his rise in price. Staying with the Wolves, I also like Andrew Wiggins (FD: $7,500/DK: $7,400). If you’re thinking about rostering Rubio on DK, consider Wiggins instead for just $200. Wiggins has scored over 30 fantasy points in 9 out of his last 10 games on DK (7 out of 10 on FD). There’s also the revenge game narrative, if that’s your sort of thing. Karl-Anthony Towns (FD: $10,900/DK: $10,600) is also in play if you want to spend up.

New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets

Spread: -2.5 (Knicks)

Over/Under: 223.5

Derrick Rose is doubtful for tonight’s game, keeping Brandon Jennings in play (FD: $5,600/DK: $5,200). I don’t want to say he’s a “must play,” but certainly a strong consideration as a shoe-in for your PG/G slot. A lot of who we roster from the Knicks depends on Kristaps Porzingis. If he’s out again, whomever starts in his place should be a great value play, as Willy Hernangomez (FD: $4,300/DK: $3,900) was last night. Someone to also keep in mind, whether Porzingis plays or not is Kyle O’Quinn as a punt play on DK (FD: $4,100/DK: $3,400).

For the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie (FD: $3,900/DK: $3,600) could be a target for a low-cost PG. The Knicks are favored in this game, but not by much. He’s played 23 minutes in 11 straight games, and while he’s not getting you 5x every night, he’s worth a shot on this slate if you need it. Brook Lopez (FD: $7,400/DK: $6,700) can be so tilting at times, but I like him for his price on DK. Vegas thinks that the game will stay close, which is good for securing Lopez’s minutes. Hopefully, this game won’t get blown out from either team and we can get full game out of him.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns

Spread: -2.5 (Clippers)

Over/Under: 220

This is another close game too, according to Vegas. A Chris Paul-less Clippers is appealing for opponent guards, and I like Eric Bledsoe (FD: $9,400/DK: $9,000) if you can afford him. He’s at a price that will go overlooked. People may want to pay up for Russell Westbrook or Isaiah Thomas instead. With that being said, I also like Devin Booker (FD: $6,900/DK: $7,000) as well, preferably on FD where he’s at better price point. Booker has been steady when it comes to fantasy points over the last couple of weeks.

I usually don’t like to play power forwards or centers against the Suns, but Blake Griffin (FD: $8,900/DK: $7,500) on DK is my favorite play of the night. His price rose on FD, while it dropped by $200 on DK. Understandably, he only played 22 minutes against the Warriors in a blowout loss, but played 29 minutes in his first game back against the 76ers. This leads me to think he could play at least 30 minutes in a close game that the Clippers will want to win on the road.

Celtics Isaish Thomas

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Also take into consideration:

Isaiah Thomas (BOS vs. TOR) – preferably on DK

FanDuel: $10,600 (PG)

DraftKings: $9,500 (PG)

Mike Conley (MEM @ DEN) – on both sites

FanDuel: $7,900 (PG)

DraftKings: $7,300 (PG)

Norman Powell (TOR @ BOS) – on both sites

FanDuel: $4,200 (SG)

DraftKings: $5,500 (SG/SF)

Gordon Hayward (UTA vs. MIL) – on DK

FanDuel: $7,400 (SF)

DraftKings: $6,600 (SF)

Draymond Green (GSW vs. CHA) – on FD

FanDuel: $7,300 (PF)

DraftKings: $8,100 (PF)

Marc Gasol (MEM @ DEN) – on DK if Nikola Jokic is playing, or both sites of Jokic is out

FanDuel: $8,800 (C)

DraftKings: $7,800 (C)

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Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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