NBA DFS 2/5 – What Does the Fox Say?

I know what you’re thinking; “who writes about NBA DFS stuff while the Super Bowl is on? Isn’t it a national holiday or something?” Rest assured, the game is on in the background, but I am more interested in helping out our NBA fans that are sick of hearing about Tom Brady (no offense New England fans or Tom Brady) choose their daily fantasy lineups for February 5th. The show must go on, as Monday night in the NBA has seven games on the slate.

Blazers @ Pistons

Wizards @ Pacers

Magic @ Heat

Jazz @ Pelicans,

Hornets @ Nuggets

Bulls @ Kings

Mavericks @ Clippers

Here is a quick look at a few players to target for Monday night.

 PG De’Aaron Fox (DraftKings $6,000/FanDuel $5,800)

Being a die-hard Bulls fan makes this an easy pick. Ever since Kris Dunn went down with an ugly fall, Chicago has struggled to replace his defense. Insert rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox. His numbers may not jump off the charts this season, averaging 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal per game, but he is an absolute blur on the court. In his first matchup against the Bulls, Fox finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks in 28 minutes. Fox went down with an injury in mid-December, and since his return has shown why he was so highly rated coming out of Kentucky. I expect Fox to have a solid game showing major improvements all around and with the Bulls in all-out tank mode.

 SG Gary Harris (DraftKings $6,300/FanDuel $6,400)

The Denver Nuggets have scored over 100 points in nine of their last ten games. In his last six matchups, Harris is averaging 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal while playing huge minutes. He is putting up about 14 shots per game with an impressive FG% of .485. Not only is Denver playing in front of their home crowd, but also their opponent, the Charlotte Hornets, have given up about 106 points per game. Harris should be in line for major contributions in this likely high scoring matchup.

 SF Stanley Johnson (DraftKings $4,800/FanDuel $5,700)

This pick may come as a surprise to some as the 21-year old SF for Detroit has struggled to live up to his potential since being drafted in 2015. With the trade deadline coming this week, Johnson’s name has been connected to rumors as a hot trade target and has been given a starting role and plenty of minutes as the Pistons hope to maximize his value. The Pistons have been hot lately, especially after adding Blake Griffin into the mix. Johnson has scored in double digits in his last four games, one of which consisted of a 40-minute, 24 point, 10 rebound, 4 assist, 2 steals, and a block effort against division their division rival Cleveland Cavaliers. With his athletic gifts, and more confidence in recent games, he could be a great target at a pretty good price.

 PF/C Anthony Davis (DraftKings $11,200/FanDuel $11,700)

The Brow is eligible at PF/C on DraftKings, and C only on FanDuel. Davis is a generational type player for the Pelicans. He and DeMarcus Cousins were a pretty formidable duo and worked well together, but Cousins recently went down with a season ending injury, and it is up to Davis to carry the team. Through 46 games this season, he is averaging 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Since losing Cousins, Davis in the last four games has averaged 32 points and 13 rebounds.  The addition of Nikola Mirotic should help open up the floor for Davis, while also giving him an assist option kicking it out to the 3-point line.  On DK, he is averaging 50.9 fantasy points per game. If you can afford him, he’s worth a spot on your roster.

C Willie Cauley-Stein (DraftKings $6,900/FanDuel $7,000)

Strange feeling to double-up on the Sacramento Kings.  This is solely based on the opponent and Cauley-Stein’s freakish athletic ability.  With Lauri Markkanen out, who is an average defender at best, the other options to cover WCS are Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis, or Cristiano Felicio (pretty ugly, I know).  He is a great defender and perfectly capable of putting up solid offensive numbers in this matchup, while averaging a steal and two blocks per game.
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